Severed fingers, ‘poogate’ and ice cream spillages have been just some of the highlights during the second week of Johnny Depp’s $100 million civil defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Hollywood star Depp, 58, has been taking the court stand this week in Fairfax, Virginia, where he is looking to sue the 35-year-old actress for £38 million, arguing that she has harmed his reputation and career as a result of her domestic abuse claims. Heard, meanwhile, has filed a countersuit against The Pirates of the Caribbean actor and is seeking almost £78 million in damages.
She has also said Depp’s legal team have falsely accused her of fabricating claims against him and accused her former husband of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her, while declaring that his lawsuit is a continuation of his “abuse and harassment.” Here we look at the best bits of week two as they happened…
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‘One day you’re Cinderella, then 0.6 seconds later you’re Quasimodo’
Early in the week, Depp denied ever hitting Heard and insisted that he wants both his children and movie fans to know the truth regarding his character and his relationship with his former wife. He told the court: “Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms Heard in any way.
“It’s very strange when one day you’re Cinderella so to speak then 0.6 seconds later you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve that nor did my children nor did the people who believed in me all these years.
“I didn’t want any of those people to believe I had done them wrong or that I was a fraud. I pride myself on honesty.
“I pride myself on truth. Truth is the only thing I am interested in.
“Lies will get you nowhere but lies build upon lies that build upon lies. I am obsessed with the truth.”
Depp claims Heard refused to give him his meds
Depp went on to say the day that Heard took charge of his medication was the “lowest point in my life.” The couple were in the Bahamas in 2014 on a detox trip that had been prescribed by Depp’s private doctor.
But Heard refused to give him his meds when he was in desperate need of them, with the Aquaman actress saying it wasn’t the right time. Recalling the incident, Depp said: “I hate to have to admit this but that was about the lowest point in my life, because I had to say please.
“Please may I have the meds, because it’s really kicking in. She was adamant… it’s not time.”
Depp added that he was begging her before rolling off a sofa and was “sitting on the floor crying”. Instead, he then took a scalding hot shower as a way of “trickling” her body into dealing with the pain of that rather than suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
Accusations that vodka bottle throwing frenzy led to a severed finger
A photo of Depp’s severed finger was shown in court, which he claimed he suffered following a row with Heard while he was in Australia, filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film in 2015. Heard had previously claimed that the trip Down Under was a ” three-day hostage situation” due to her husband’s abusive behaviour.
The pair had only recently been married with Depp saying that Heard was upset by talks they had about pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. He told the court that he had locked himself in “at least nine bedrooms, bathrooms” in the rented house and said that Heard was “banging on the doors, screaming obscenities.”
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Then, when he went downstairs later to pour two or three “stiff” shots of vodka, he alleged that Heard “hurled” the bottle at him and it smashed behind his head. After he poured another shot from a bigger bottle of vodka, Depp claimed that she also threw that one at him and, after it shattered, some of the glass hit her finger.
“I was looking directly at my bone… sticking out… blood was pouring out,” Depp said, before adding it was “probably the closest I’ve ever been” to having a nervous breakdown. He then showed the court his finger from him-“the funny looking one”-before adding that it “looked like Vesuvius” at the time.
Depp rubbishes claims that Yorkshire terriers were responsible for ‘poogate’
The trial took another surreal twist when Depp spoke of the moment that “human faecal matter” was found on the sheets of his bed. It happened after Heard had argued with him over his late arrival of her to her 30th birthday of her.
He said that she had gone to the Coachella Arts and Music Festival in 2016 and, following an argument, he had gone back to their Los Angeles home to pick up a few items, only for his security guard Sean Bett to warn him against going into the bedroom after showing the Edward Scissorhands actor a photograph of their marital bed. Depp told the court: “On my side of the bed was human faecal matter.
“I laughed. It was so outside. It was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh.”
Heard blamed the mess on her Yorkshire terriers, but Depp, who believed the actress or one of her friends was responsible for it, said: “I lived with those dogs for many years. That did not come from a dog.
“It just didn’t. The dogs are Teacup Yorkies, they weigh about 4lbs each.
“The photograph I saw… that did not come from a dog, it just didn’t.”
‘Let’s burn Amber!!!’
A series of violently-worded text messages, meanwhile, about Heard caused a stir when her lawyer, Benjamin Rottenborn read them out in court. In a series of texts to his friend – actor Paul Bettany – Depp said: “Let’s burn Amber!!!” “Let’s drown her before we burn her !!!” and “I will f**k her de ella burnt corpse de ella afterward to make sure she is dead.”
The messages were sent before the couple got married and Depp admitted that the lawyer had read them out right. In a later conversation with Mr Bettany, the actor said he had drunk “all night” before picking up Heard to fly to Los Angeles, with the message reading: “Ugly, mate…No food for days…Powders…Half a bottle of Whiskey , a thousand red bull and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of Champers on plane.”
In another series of messages, delivered to his manager Stephen Deuters, Depp wrote: “I got drunk and destroyed my room, there are hookers and animals in here.”
Depp admits to assaulting kitchen cabinets
Yet more strangeness followed when Heard secretly filmed Depp slamming kitchen cabinets repeatedly during a sweary tirade, which led him to confess in court that he “assaulted a couple of cabinets.” He also added: “Clearly I was having a bad time.
“I don’t know what with regard to, but being illegally recorded by your chosen other is quite fitting with the rest of the photographs and tape recordings. She tried to hide it from me and laughed and smiled at the end. That was the most interesting part.”
‘She was lapping it up when she took photo of ice cream on my jeans,’ claims Depp
Another picture that defined week two of the trial was an image shown in court of Depp “passed out” with a substantial amount of ice cream dribbling down his lap. He accused his ex-wife of staging the humiliating photo after he had finished a long day of filming on the set of Black Mass in Boston during 2014.
The court were also shown a second snap of what appears to be cocaine, alcohol and tobacco on a table, taken at a time Depp admitted he had “fallen off the wagon.” Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn said to Depp: “This is a picture of you on a black leather couch passed out, correct?”
Depp replied: “Passed out is an interesting way of putting it, maybe asleep. Miss Heard asked me to hold the ice cream when she noticed I was on the nod, that means falling asleep from the 17-hour day I worked and also the opioids I had injected.
“You will notice my right hand is in my pocket so I wasn’t participating in the festival of ice cream. I was holding her ice cream and because she knew what would happen, I would fall asleep.
“That was a wonderful picture to take for her. I don’t know why she took it.”
The court were also shown a second image of what appears to be cocaine, alcohol and tobacco on a table, taken at a time Depp admitted he had “fallen off the wagon.” Asked if he would often drink whiskey in the morning, Depp replied, “Isn’t happy hour anytime?” – a response that elicited a few guffaws from the gallery.
It remains to be seen, though, who has the last laugh!
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