Actor Johnny Depp scoffed on the notion throughout court docket testimony Wednesday that his fixed quarrels with ex-wife Amber Heard would ever immediate him to hit her, and as a substitute portrayed Heard as an abusive associate who threw bottles at him, faked home violence and have become so risky that Depp would retreat into the toilet to cover.
“Violence isn’t necessary,” Depp stated from the stand throughout his libel lawsuit in opposition to Heard, his second day of testimony. “Why would you hit someone to make them agree with you?”
Heard has accused Depp of bodily and sexually assaulting her on a number of events earlier than and through their temporary marriage. Depp sued after Heard, who can be an actor, made an oblique reference to these accusations in an op-ed piece she wrote for The Washington Post.
Depp started to deal with Heard’s accusations intimately Wednesday. Heard has stated the primary time she was assaulted was when Depp slapped her in 2013 after she made enjoyable of a tattoo he had — one which used to say “Winona Forever” when he was relationship the actress Winona Ryder that he altered to “Wino Forever” after they broke up.
“It didn’t happen,” he stated of the alleged assault. “Why would I take such great offense to someone making fun of a tattoo on my body? That allegation never made any sense to me.”
Later, he addressed an alleged assault on a non-public aircraft flight in 2014 from Boston to Los Angeles. Heard has stated Depp grew to become blackout intoxicated and assaulted her on the aircraft journey.
Depp testified he took two oxycodone tablets — an opiate to which he admits he was addicted on the time — and locked himself within the aircraft rest room and fell asleep to keep away from her badgering.
Depp testified he drank solely a glass of Champagne as he boarded the aircraft. But in line with proof launched at an identical trial in England the place Depp sued a British tabloid — a lawsuit he misplaced — Depp texted his good friend, actor Paul Bettany, and referenced ingesting half a bottle of whiskey, “a thousand Red Bull vodkas” and two bottles of Champagne earlier than the flight.
Depp additionally mentioned a violent argument in 2015 — shortly after they have been married — in Australia that resulted within the tip of his center finger being reduce off. He stated Heard was irate that Depp’s attorneys had requested her to signal a post-nuptial settlement. He stated she threw two vodka bottles at him, the second of which exploded the place he had positioned his hand on a basement bar, severing the finger to the purpose the place bone was uncovered.
“I don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that’s probably the closest I’ve ever been,” he stated. Depp stated he started to write down on the partitions in his personal blood to recount lies during which he had caught Heard.
Depp informed hospital medical doctors he had injured himself, and contemporaneous textual content messages launched as proof check with Depp injuring himself. Depp testified he lied about the reason for the damage to guard her. In opening statements, Heard’s attorneys stated the legal guidelines of physics don’t assist Depp’s story and they’ll introduce proof to show that.
Depp additionally gave a graphic description of a last combat because the couple drifted towards divorce, accusing Heard and her mates of pretending that he was assaulting her. Soon after, Heard sought a restraining order and was photographed with marks on her face.
He testified that Heard was on the telephone with a good friend shouting, “Stop hitting me Johnny!” though he was standing nowhere close to her. The combat had began as Depp stated he’d come to the conclusion after his mom’s dying that it was time for the couple to separate. The argument intensified, he stated, as Depp accused her of leaving human fecal matter on his aspect of the mattress within the penthouse they’d shared. He stated Heard saved denying it, blaming it on their small canine, however he was satisfied she was mendacity.
Depp met Heard on the 2011 movie The Rum Diary. The two married in 2015 and he or she filed for divorce a 12 months later. Taking the stand for a second day, Depp stated issues started to alter in his marriage when he felt that he “was suddenly just wrong about everything” in Heard’s eyes. Violence would typically ensue, typically with a slap or a shove from Heard or his spouse throwing a tv distant management or a glass of wine in his face, Depp stated.
“There were times when I would just go and lock myself in the bathroom or a place where she couldn’t get to,” Depp stated. Depp stated he used medication and drank alcohol as a approach to deal with Heard’s abuse and stated she was additionally a heavy drinker.
Depp stated he at one level stopped ingesting to attempt to save the connection. But Depp stated Heard refused to abstain. Depp sued Heard after she wrote a 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Post during which she referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
She by no means talked about Depp by title, however Depp and his attorneys stated it was a transparent reference to accusations Heard made in 2016 when the couple divorced and he or she sought a restraining order in opposition to him.
Depp stated the accusations and the article contributed to an unfairly ruined popularity that made him a Hollywood pariah and price him his function within the profitable “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. Heard’s attorneys say the article is correct and doesn’t defame him. They say Depp’s ruined popularity is because of his personal unhealthy habits, together with drug and alcohol abuse.