Johnny Depp back on the stand in his trial against Amber Heard

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Actor Johnny Depp scoffed at the idea during his court testimony Wednesday that his constant bickering with his ex-wife Amber Heard would one day cause him to hit her.

“Violence is not necessary,” he said on the stand during his libel trial against Heard, his second day of testimony. “Why would you hit someone to agree with you? »

Depp also gave a graphic depiction of a final fight as the couple drifted towards divorce, accusing Heard and his friends of alleging he abused her. Shortly after, Heard applied for a restraining order and was photographed with marks on her face.

He testified that Heard was on the phone with a friend yelling, “Stop hitting me Johnny!” even though he was nowhere near her.

The fight had started as Depp said he realized after his mother’s death that it was time for the couple to go their separate ways. The argument escalated, he said, as Depp accused him of leaving human feces on his side of the bed in the penthouse they had shared. He said Heard continued to deny it, but he was convinced she was lying.

“She tried to blame it on the dogs. They were teacup Yorkies, 4 pounds each,” he said.

Heard accused Depp of repeatedly physically and sexually assaulting her before and during their brief marriage. Depp sued after Heard made an indirect reference to those accusations in a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post.

Depp began responding in detail to Heard’s accusations on Wednesday. Heard said the first time she was attacked was when Depp slapped her in 2013 after making fun of a tattoo he had – one that read ‘Winona Forever’ when he went out with actress Winona Ryder which he changed to “Wino Forever”. “after their breakup.

“It didn’t happen,” he said of the alleged assault. “Why would I be so offended if someone made fun of a tattoo on my body? That allegation never made any sense to me.

He later opened up about an alleged assault on a 2014 private plane flight from Boston to Los Angeles while filming the movie “Black Mass.” Heard said Depp became drunk and assaulted her during the plane ride.

Depp testified that he took two pills of oxycodone – an opiate he admits to being addicted to at the time – and locked himself in the plane’s toilet and fell asleep to prevent her from taking it. harasses.

He took a long time to explain the difference between falling asleep on opiates and passing out on alcohol, and insisted throughout his testimony that he had never been addicted to alcohol.

Depp testified that he only drank a glass of champagne on boarding the plane. But according to evidence presented at a similar trial in England where Depp sued a British tabloid — a trial he lost — Depp texted his friend, actor Paul Bettany, and referenced the consumption of half a bottle of whiskey, “a thousand Red Bull vodkas” and two bottles of champagne before the flight.

Depp also discussed a heated argument in 2015 – shortly after their wedding – in Australia that resulted in the tip of his middle finger being cut off. He said Heard was furious that Depp’s lawyers asked him to sign a post-nuptial agreement. Depp said he retreated to a bar in the basement and started pouring himself shots of vodka, which enraged her even more.

He said she threw two bottles of vodka at him, the second of which exploded where he put his hand on the bar, severing the finger where the bone was exposed.

“I don’t know what a nervous breakdown is like, but this is probably the closest I’ve ever been,” he said.

Depp said he started writing on the walls in his own blood to tell the lies he caught Heard in.

Depp told doctors at the hospital that he injured himself, and contemporary text messages presented as evidence refer to Depp injuring himself. Depp testified that he lied about the cause of the injury to protect her. In their opening statements, Heard’s attorneys said the laws of physics do not support Depp’s story and they would introduce evidence to prove it.

Most of Depp’s first-day testimony in Fairfax County Circuit Court focused on his descriptions of a difficult childhood, his rise to fame as an actor after an abortive music career and his first relationship. with Heard after meeting her on the 2011 film “The Rum Diary.” The two married in 2015 and she filed for divorce a year later.

Speaking for a second day, Depp said things started to change in his marriage when he felt he was “suddenly wrong about everything” in Heard’s eyes.

Violence often ensued, sometimes with a slap or a push from Heard or his wife throwing a TV remote or a glass of wine in his face, Depp said.

“There were times when I would just lock myself in the bathroom or somewhere she couldn’t get to,” Depp said.

Depp said he used drugs and drank alcohol to deal with Heard’s abuse and said she was also a heavy drinker.

Depp said he quit drinking at some point to try to salvage the relationship. But Depp said Heard refused to back down, even when asked to help with his sobriety.

Depp sued Heard after she wrote a 2018 opinion piece in The Washington Post in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic violence.”

She never mentioned Depp by name, but Depp and her attorneys said it was a clear reference to charges Heard made in 2016 when the couple divorced and she sought a restraining order. prohibition against him.

Depp said the accusations and the article contributed to an unjustly ruined reputation that made him a Hollywood pariah and cost him his role in the lucrative “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.

Heard’s attorneys say the article is accurate and does not defame him. They say Depp’s ruined reputation is the result of his own bad behavior, including drug and alcohol abuse.


Finley reported from Norfolk, Virginia.

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