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"Can you imagine... If I was called to the witness stand?": Dakota Johnson Didn't Want to Support Black Mass Co-Star Johnny Depp in Amber Heard Trial

The infamous Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial had grabbed headlines from global outlets making it one of the most sensational trials in the last few months. In the trial, many celebrity names appeared in the testimonies from the actors including  Paul Bettany, Elon Musk, and James Franco. Amid the trial, a viral video online put Dakota Johnson in tension and she was afraid of being in the middle of it.

Depp and Heard meet during the filming of , later in 2012 they were spotted dating. The couple got married in a private ceremony in 2015.

What Sacred Dakota Johnson?

Following a circulation of a viral video online titled The EXACT moment KNEW Amber Heard was VIOLENT towards (which was not part of the evidence) made Johnson worried that she’d be dragged to the case. In the promotion of Black Mass at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, as it appears in the clip, reveals Depp’s injured finger to Johnson. The video has created a such buzz that many believed Johnson will be called to the witness box.

Responding to the buzz Johnson told Vanity Fair , “I was like, ‘For the love of God, why? Why am I involved in this?’” 

“I don’t remember that at all, but please, take me out of this. Don’t let this go further. Can you imagine, oh, my God, if I was called to the witness stand? […] I can’t believe that people are watching [the trial] like it’s a show,” she said.“It’s like a courtroom drama and my heart breaks. It’s so, so, so crazy. Humans are so f**king weird. The Internet is a wild, wild place.”

Later, in the trial, Depp testified that Heard allegedly injured his finger by throwing a vodka bottle at him in a fight in Australia in March 2025. However, she denied the accusation.

Other Celebrity Names Mentioned in the Trial

Paul Bettany, Elon Musk, and Cara Delevingne are prominent names mentioned in the Depp-Heard trial. 

Depp’s friend Paul Bettany was mentioned because of the close association between the two actors. Depp said in the trial that Heard was jealous of their friendship.

“Ms Heard despised Mr Bettany, mainly because we had become such close friends and for her, he was a threat and would take me away from her, with regard to if Paul Bettany were getting the attention from me, that was a show-stopper. It would cause all kinds of unpleasantries,” the Black Mass actor said.

Elon Musk and Cara Delevingne’s name appeared following an alleged threesome he had with Heard and Cara Delevingne. Musk denied the allegation and stated on that he only dated Heard after she filed for divorce. Other than that names of James Franco, Winona Ryder, Eddie Redmayne, and Marilyn Manson also came to the trial.

The Depp vs Heard Trial

Depp and Heard split in 2016. In 2018 Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post where she described surviving domestic violence. However, Depp’s name was not mentioned. Following the op-ed, their battle in court started.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million in damages. In the trial, the jury found that Heard’s allegations against Depp were false and awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in his defamation suit.  

After the verdict, Heard countersued for $100 million saying she was only violent with Depp in self-defense or defense of her younger sister. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages in her counterclaim but $0 in punitive damages.

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