Under cross examination from Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn, brought up Depp’s friendship with the British actor Paul Bettany.
Rottenborn said, ‘Paul Bettany is a good friend you’ve done drugs with?’ Depp replied: ‘That’s a strange question.’ Depp then admitted he had drank alcohol and done cocaine with him and taken pills together.
Rottenborn read out texts Depp sent to Bettany on June 11, 2013. One of them read: ‘Let’s burn Amber!!!’ Rottenborn asked Depp: ‘You see that?’
In a low voice, he responded: ‘I do see that.’
Rottenborn said: ‘You didn’t stop. The next text down says: ”Let’s drown her before we burn her!!!” I read that right?’
Depp said: ‘Yes.’
Rottenborn said: ‘I’d like to apologize to the court and the jury for some of the language I’m going to use.’ He read the next text Depp sent to Bettany which read: ‘I will f**k her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she is dead.’
Rottenborn said: Did I read that right?
Depp said: ‘You certainly did.’
Rottenborn said: ‘You wrote that about the woman who would later become your wife.’
Depp said: ‘Yes.’
Johnny Depp was back on the stand Thursday in his $100million defamation trial against Amber Heard where horrific texts from Depp speaking about her were read
Rottenborn read out texts Depp sent to Bettany on June 11, 2013. One of them read: ‘Let’s burn Amber!!!’ Rottenborn asked Depp: ‘You see that?’
Rottenborn read out a text sent after the flight from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014 where Heard claims Depp was abusive and drunk.
He claims he had one glass of champagne and fell asleep in the toilet.
A week after the flight, Depp text Bettany: ‘I’m gonna properly stop the booze thing darling. Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA. Ugly mate. No food for days. Powders, half a bottle whiskey, thousand red bulls, pills, two bottles of champagne.’
Depp called himself an ‘angry agro engine in a blackout’ who was ‘screaming obscene’ things.
Under cross examination from Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn, brought up Depp’s friendship with the British actor Paul Bettany
He said: ‘I’m admittedly too fu**ed in the head to spray my rage at the one I love for little reason as well, I’m too old to be that guy but pills are fine.’
Rottenborn said: ‘Did I read that right?’
Depp said: ‘You did.’
Rottenborn read some texts sent by Depp on January 17, 2013 – he did not specify to whom.
One read: ‘For the idiot cow!!!’ apparently referring to Heard.
The following two said: ‘Will do I’ll smack the ugly c**t around before I let her in, don’t worry’ and: ‘Did that worthless hooker arrive.’
Depp admitted that contrary to his testimony his father did punch him once.
Rottenborn asked: ‘Walls were not the only thing your father punched. Once he punched you in the face and knocked you down?’
Depp said: ‘Yes when I was 15 years old, just before I’d dropped out of high school one morning in my mind I was done with school. He’d asked me to take the dog for a walk or something, take out garbage. I just said no and he gave me a quick shot pretty hefty and it rattled my head, rattled my cage.’
Rottenborn asked Depp if he tried to ‘conduct yourself as a gentleman’ and he said yes.
Rottenborn said: ‘Do you live up to the standards of a Southern gentleman?’
Depp said: That was essentially when you have deep deep roots in the south and Kentucky, it’s not just your parents, it’s your grandparents, raised to be southern gentleman, when chivalry was still alive.’
Rottenborn asked: ‘You think you live up to the standards of a Southern Gentleman?’
Depp said: ‘I believe I do.’
Rottenborn read out a text Depp sent to the singer Elton John in 2012 thanking him for his support in his struggle with drugs.
The message read: ‘I would have been swallowed up by the monster were it not for you, that is a simple fact?’
Depp said: ‘Elton was a dear friend who has been sober for 40 years, so he was, we’ve had discussions and he wanted me to get clean, sober so he actually sent a fellow called Charlie Dunnett who worked with Elton for years and years….’
Rottenborn cut in and said: ‘Can I just confirm you sent that message?’
A frustrated Depp said: ‘I’ll just stop talking.’
Rottenborn said: ‘I want to be respectful of the court’s time and I trust you do too?’
A flustered Depp said: ‘I don’t feel that I’m wasting anyone’s time.’
Rottenborn brought up another text sent by Depp on April 9 2015 which Depp said was to Heard’s sister Whitney.
It read: ‘I’m alright. I…though I never ever want to lay eyes on that filthy wh**e Amber, most embarrassing.’
Rottenborn said: ‘When you called Amber that filthy who** she was your wife at the time?’
Depp said: ‘Yes sir.’
The court heard texts between Depp and his former security guard Jerry Judge on April 26, 2015, about two weeks after the ‘filthy wh**e’ message. Judge wrote: ‘Johnny lovely to see how you and Amber are so happy. Two of you need happiness. Love to you and Amber.’
Depp replied: ‘We have been perfect. All I had to do was send the monster away and lock him up. We’ve been HAPPIER THAN EVER.’
In a text to his personal doctor on June 28, 2015, Depp returned to the monster theme.
Depp wrote: ‘I have locked my monster child away in a cage deep within and it has fu**ing worked. We’re goddamn best friends now.’
Rottenborn read out a text sent after the flight from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014 where Heard claims Depp was abusive and drunk
On Wednesday, the jury heard audio recordings of Depp and Heard talking about a fight in which she admits to hitting him and where he claims she kicked the bathroom door against his head.
The recordings appear to have been taken by Depp, who earlier talked about making a habit of it. It was the first time the trial had heard Heard’s voice – she is due to testify later in the case.
In one clip Heard tells Depp: ‘I didn’t punch you. I’m sorry I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap. I was hitting you, it was not punching you.’
Depp says: ‘Don’t tell what it feels like to be punched.’
Heard replies: ‘You’ve been in a lot of fights, you’ve been around a long time. You didn’t get punched. You got hit. I’m sorry I hit you like this, I didn’t punch you. I did not fu**ing deck you. I fu**ing was hitting you. I don’t know what the motion of my actual hand was. You’re fine. I did not hurt you, I did not punch you, I was hitting you. I’m not sitting here bit**ing about.
‘You’re a fu**ng baby,’ Heard said.
Shouting, Heard continues: ‘You are such a baby! Grow the f**k up Johnny’.
When Depp says it was a physical fight, Heard says: ‘I did start a physical fight.’
Depp replies: ‘I got the f**k out of there’.
With bitter sarcasm, Heard said: ‘You are admirable.’
The court heard another recording of Depp and Heard in which she called him a ‘f****** piece of sh*t.’
She says: ‘Why don’t you go f*** yourself. Go suck your own d***. Stingy old piece of s***.’
Referencing Depp’s son Jack, Heard sarcastically says: ‘I hope to God Jack’s stepfather teaches them more about being a man because you’re so good at it.’
The jury in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial heard audio recordings of Depp and Amber Heard talking about a fight in which she admits to hitting him and where he claims she kicked the bathroom door against his head
The recordings appear to have been taken by Depp, who earlier talked about making a habit of it. It was the first time the trial had heard Heard’s voice – she is due to testify later in the case
BATHROOM DOOR INCIDENT
Depp can be heard talking about Heard ‘kicking the bathroom door and hitting me in the skull.’
Heard replies: ‘I was upset I was on an Ambien, there was a lot going on.’
In another section of the recording Depp talks about how in the Australia incident he went to ‘at least five bathrooms and two bedrooms.’
An angry Heard responds: ‘You escape the solution. We cannot work it out if you run away to the bathroom!’
Depp says: ‘A boxer can’t go 12 rounds without a break.’
In a later part of the argument, Depp complained that Heard had thrown ‘f**king pots at me.’
Heard said: ‘That’s different, just because I’ve thrown pots and pans does not mean you come and knocking on the door.’
Depp replies: ‘You seem to think there’s this cowardice in me.’
On the stand Depp said: ‘What was just played was very much the tone and the aggression and the attitude and the need for a fight from Miss Heard. I don’t know if that was some need for attention. That was the sound that I’d gotten very used to, the squabbling, the raising of the voice to excommunicate anything I had to say about the situation.’
Recounting the argument which preceded the audio recordings, Depp said that it happened in the penthouse in Los Angeles that he lived in with Heard.
He said: ‘She came banging on the door, I didn’t answer. I was in the shower, I didn’t want to deal with any more of that sarcastic demeaning aggressive violent toxic spew.
‘She kept banging, I finally got out of the shower, I opened the bathroom door about that much (shows small space with hands) so I could have a good hold on the door in case she tried to burst in. I was right, she did. She was pushing all her weight on the door trying to get in and I was pushing back, I didn’t want to let her in.
‘When it was almost closed she yelped in pain and screamed ”ow my toes!”, so in that second I thought possibly her foot had gotten caught under the door. I thought she was injured so I knelt down to have a look. When I knelt down on my hands and knees to look at her foot, she kicked the bathroom door into my head.
‘I was completely taken aback by such a corrosive, horrific move so I stood up. By this point the door was open and I stood up and said: ”What the f**k was that?” Next move was bang, she clocked me in the jaw.’
BROKEN NOSE INCIDENT
Recounting another incident, Depp stood up and acted out a physical encounter where she claimed he broke her nose.
He said: ‘I was going into my office. She just started throwing wild punches at the back of my head, the side of my head. Anything she could connect with. I tried to avoid the attack.’
At this point Depp stood up and acted the scene out.
He said: ‘I walked across the mezzanine, as I’m approaching the door suddenly I’m just getting clobbered from behind. Primal instinct is to duck and cover. I came up protecting my face but there are arms swinging wildly. I put my arms up and was able to get her into a bear hug just to stop her from hitting me anymore.’
At that point Heard accused Depp of headbutting her and said: ‘Way to go Johnny, you broke my nose.’
Depp denied making a headbutt and said it was only ‘accidental contact.’
Depp claimed that Heard showed him a bloody tissue but when he checked it in the trash he ‘realized it was nail polish.’
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s caustic relationship
February 3, 2015
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard marry in a private civil ceremony at their LA home, four years after they met as co-stars on the set of The Rum Diary. The couple celebrate with a lavish reception on an idyllic private island in the Bahamas that Depp bought in 2004 for $3.6 million.
April 21, 2015
Heard breaches Australia’s biosecurity laws when she and Depp fail to declare their two Yorkshire terriers when they arrive Down Under on a private jet for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Heard admits falsifying quarantine documents and is placed on a $1,000 one-month good behavior bond.
May 23, 2016
Heard files for divorce after 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later a judge issues a temporary restraining order against Depp over domestic violence allegations. Pictures of Heard’s alleged injuries hit the tabloids but the LAPD finds no evidence of a crime.
August 16, 2016
Depp and Heard reach a $7 million divorce settlement which the actress promises to give to charity. Their marriage was ‘intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,’ the former lovers say in a statement. ‘There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm’.
December 18, 2018
The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard, an ambassador for women’s rights at for the American Civil Liberties Union, urging support for women who suffer domestic violence. ‘Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out,’ reads the headline.
March 1, 2019
Despite not being named in the article, Depp files a $50 million defamation suit in Fairfax Circuit Court, Virginia saying it implied he was an abuser and got him fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp dismisses Heard’s abuse allegations as a ‘hoax’ and claims he was actually the victim of her violence.
August 10, 2020
Heard countersues for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp and his lawyer Adam Waldman targeted her with a vicious smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to amplify false stories about her and derail her acting career.
November 1, 2020
Depp faces an uphill battle to save his reputation after he loses a libel battle with a British tabloid that labeled him a ‘wife beater’. A judge in London’s rules that The Sun’s 2018 article was ‘substantially true’ and that the father-of-two had attacked Heard a dozen times, causing her to fear for her life on three occasions.
April 11, 2022
After lengthy delays due to the Covid pandemic, the former flames finally lock horns in Fairfax County, Virginia where the Washington Post servers that published the disputed op-ed are based. The trial is expected to last six to seven weeks and celebrities tipped to give evidence include James Franco, Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin.
While on Depp’s island in the Bahamas in December 2015 with his daughter Lily-Rose, Depp claimed that Heard threw a can at his head.
He said: ‘The argument escalated and she simply reached down and grabbed the can of mineral spirits and chucked it at my face. It struck me right at the bridge of the nose, the forehead, bridge of the nose. It hurt’
AMBER’S 30th BIRTHDAY
Depp arrived at the dinner at Heard’s penthouse nearly two hours late after a meeting with his accountants which revealed the state of his finances, which he called a ‘shock.’
Depp said: ‘Quite an inordinate sum of money had been withdrawn, it had disappeared and after having worked 30 something years in the industry I was shocked at where I was to learn where I was financially.’
Depp said that some of his houses might have to be sold due to the state of his accounts.
During the dinner Depp was ‘cold’ towards her but when she tried to argue with him later on he just got into bed.
He said: ‘Miss Heard entered the bedroom while I was laying on my side of the bed reading. She was still rattling off all the wrongs I’d done to her on that particular day, how unreliable I am, what a horrible person I was.
‘I did not engage verbally, nothing. She didn’t get a jolt of me, she got out of bed, walked around the bed, you’ve got a person who is throwing multiple shots at your face, at your head at your neck, anything she could hit.
‘I got up out of bed, grabbed her by the shoulders, sat her down on the bed and I said I’m leaving, please don’t try and stop me. I’m leaving. And she got up off the bed and she squared off at me in the doorway of our bedroom.
‘I said what do you want to do, hit me again? I said go ahead, hit me. Bam (motions being hit). Would you like another. Bam. There’s a second. Good, now you’re done. Grabbed her by the shoulders, walked her to the bed, said don’t follow me, I’m leaving.’
Depp walked out and went to his other house – it was 4.30am.
Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 movie The Rum Diary, turning up on the red carpet together for its London premiere
POOP IN THE BED
Depp said that he planned to go back and pick up some of his belongings while Heard was away for a few days but his security guard Sean Bett told him not to.
He said: ‘I received some news that was as absurd and grotesque and cruel. I was shown a picture of what the problem was.
‘(Bett) showed me a photograph on his phone.’
With a laugh Depp said: ‘It was a photograph of our bed and on my side of the bed was human fecal matter, so I understood why it wasn’t a good time to go down there.
‘My initial response to that was, I mean I laughed. It was so outside, it was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh, so I did not go down there that day.’
Depp told how on May 21, 2016, the last time he saw Heard before the divorce, she brought up the ‘fecal matter’.
He said: ‘She tried to blame it on the dogs. The dogs are Yorkies, they weigh about 4lbs each. The photograph that I saw – I lived with those dogs for many years and so did Hilda Vargas, she’s a woman who’s been with me for 30+ years, she was the one who photographed it. She knew the dogs as well as I did and knew that did not come from a dog.’
FINAL MEETING – MAY 21, 2016
Depp claimed that Heard made up claims that Johnny hit her.
‘I was walking towards the kitchen to exit and then suddenly (Heard’s friend) Rocky Pennington ran into the penthouse and started yelling, leave her alone Johnny.
‘I was by the refrigerator, I was 20ft away. She was still sitting on the couch. That’s when the screaming started.
‘I’m 20ft away. She’s got Rocky there. ”Stop hitting me Johnny, she’s (Heard) screaming in her best freaked out, upset voice. Stop hitting me.’
Depp’s security team Jerry Judge and Sean Bett entered the room, Depp said.
‘(Heard) said that’s the last time you’ll ever hit me, the last time you’ll ever do that to me.
‘I’m a good 20ft away.’
Depp detailed the explosive fight he and Amber Heard had in March 2015 in Australia where the top of his finger was severed when Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him
‘She threw the large bottle and it made contact and shattered everywhere and I honestly didn’t feel the pain at first at all, I felt no pain,’ Depp said
‘What I felt was heat and I felt as if something were dripping down my hand and then I looked down and realized that the tip of my finger had been severed. I was looking directly at my bone sticking out,’ Depp said
The couple were in Australia while Depp was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film. Heard claims that he chopped off his fingertip with a knife during the argument, and her team has called it a ‘three day hostage situation’ where Depp was repeatedly violent.
However Depp took the stand Wednesday and told the court that Heard was angry at him after she met with his lawyers to discuss a post nuptial agreement. Heard had claimed that one of the lawyers laughed at her – he later discovered that was not true.
Depp said: ‘All I could do was try to calm her down and say I was not out to screw her over or put her in a position that was uncomfortable. It did not work, it escalated and turned into madness, chaos, violence.’
‘She was irate, she was possessed. When I tried to remove myself as I normally would, as she’s hammering me with brutal words. Pardon my language but I remember that it wasn’t nice.. Sort of being called an a** kisser to lawyers or a pu**y that didn’t fight for her or stand up for her. I tried to remove myself from the situation but to no avail.
‘The house they’d rented for me in Australia was quite a large place. I think I ended up locking myself in at least nine bedrooms, bathrooms that day as she was banging on the doors and streaming obscenities and wanting to have a physical altercation.’
Depp described how Heard walked away after he locked himself in one room and then he walked downstairs to the rec room where there was a pool table and a bar.
He said: ‘I went behind the bar, I grabbed a bottle of vodka, and a shot glass and sat at the bar and I poured myself two or three stiff shots of vodka, first taste of alcohol in a long time.
‘When she came down to the bar and found me there started screaming you’re drinking again, the monster and all that.’
‘She walked up to me and reached and grabbed the bottle of vodka and stood back and hurled it at me’, Depp said, motioning the act of throwing. Moving his hand past his head, he said: ‘It just went right past my head and smashed behind me.
‘I stood up and walked behind the bar and there was a larger bottle of vodka, the kind with the handle. I grabbed that and sat in my seat, opened the bottle and poured myself a shot and drank it
‘Miss Heard was flinging insults left right and center. She grabbed that bottle and threw that at me.’ Depp said he used the bench in front of him to show the jury where the bar was situated and leaned back in his chair.
He said: ‘I was leaning like this in the chair. First bottle went, got the other bottle, shot. Takes second bottle. I’m in this position again. My hand is on the edge of the bar like that, leaning over.
‘She threw the large bottle and it made contact and shattered everywhere and I honestly didn’t feel the pain at first at all, I felt no pain.’
‘What I felt was heat and I felt as if something were dripping down my hand and then I looked down and realized that the tip of my finger had been severed. I was looking directly at my bone sticking out.
‘The meaty portion of the inside of your finger. Blood was just pouring out and at that point I think I went into some sort of, I don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like but that’s probably the closest I’ve been. Nothing made sense. I knew in my mind and in my heart this is not life. This is not life. No one should have to go through this.
‘This feeling of being in the middle of some sort of nervous breakdown I started to write with my own blood on the walls, little reminders from our past that essentially represented lies she had told me, lies I had caught her in.’
Looking at a picture of himself on a stretcher, Depp said, ‘That’s me in the emergency room. I see a detail I’d forgotten.
‘Miss Heard had taken my cigarette from the ashtray and stubbed it out on my face.’
Asked which finger it was, Depp held up his right middle finger and said: ‘It’s the funny looking one.’
Showing it to the jury, he said: ‘You can see from the initial wound all these bones were crushed, it looked.’
Depp said that while Depp was injured Heard yelled ‘white noise in a very high frequency’ at him, adding: ‘I was in shock.’
Depp was taken to the emergency room where he lied to the doctors and said he smashed the finger in some accordion doors because he ‘didn’t want to get Miss Heard in trouble’
Depp was shown a photo of the finger taken in the hospital which he said was ‘the remains of my finger’.
Putting his prescription sunglasses on, he looked at a photo of himself lying on a stretcher in hospital.
He said: ‘I see a detail I’d forgotten. Miss Heard had taken my cigarette from the ashtray and stubbed it out on my face.’