Johnny Depp Concludes 4 Days Of Evidence In Libel Case Against Tabloid

Written by on July 10, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp stated in a London courtroom on Friday that he was left embittered by ex-wife Amber Heard’s claims he abused her, which turned him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” within the public eye.

He additionally stated the couple’s tempestuous marriage broke down for good after an incident by which he accused Heard or one in every of her mates of defecating within the couple’s mattress.

“I believed that was an oddly becoming finish to the connection,” he stated.

Depp was concluding virtually 4 days of proof in his libel case in opposition to a British tabloid newspaper that accused him of bodily abusing Heard. The Hollywood star is suing Information Group Newspapers, writer of The Solar, and the paper’s government editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that referred to as him a “wife-beater.”

Within the Excessive Courtroom witness field, Depp has described a unstable relationship with Heard that descended into screaming matches which generally turned bodily. However he has strongly denied hitting Heard and accused her of compiling a file of pretend claims in opposition to him as an “insurance coverage coverage.”

Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy “The Rum Diary” and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard, a mannequin and actress, filed for divorce the next 12 months and obtained a restraining order in opposition to Depp on the grounds of home abuse. The divorce was finalized in 2017.

Depp stated one of many triggers for the couple’s separation got here when a cleaner discovered feces in a mattress at their Los Angeles penthouse the morning after Heard’s 30th birthday celebration in April 2016. Heard claims the couple fought after the get together and Depp threw a magnum wine bottle at her. He denies it.

Heard blamed one of many couple’s Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, for the defecation incident, however Depp was satisfied an individual had accomplished it.

“It was not left by a three- or four-pound canine. I used to be satisfied that it was both Ms Heard herself or one in every of her cohorts concerned in leaving human feces on the mattress,” he stated.

He stated he initially laughed on the “absurd” incident, with one textual content message referring to “Amber Turd.”

However quickly after, he stated, he realized that the wedding couldn’t be saved.

“I wished nothing to do along with her,” Depp stated.

The courtroom was learn a textual content message Depp despatched Heard after their separation by which he despatched “all my love and regrets … I want you nothing however good.”

“That’s what I felt,” he stated. “I didn’t suppose there wanted to be any poison at the moment, as a result of the unhealthy half was over, which was the connection, and now we simply needed to end it.”

By June 2016, nevertheless, Depp stated he had develop into “fairly bitter” as a result of he felt he was being publicly depicted as “a spouse beater.”

Heard obtained a restraining order in opposition to Depp in Could 2016, claiming he’d hit her and thrown a cellphone at her throughout an argument, bruising her cheek. Depp denies the allegation.

“I went, when you’ll forgive the analogy, from Cinderella to Quasimodo in 0.6 seconds and I used to be with no voice,” he stated.

That August, Depp wrote in a textual content to an affiliate that Heard was “begging for whole international humiliation … She’s gonna get it.”

The Solar’s protection depends on a complete of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016, in settings together with his personal island within the Bahamas, a rented home in Australia and a non-public jet. He strongly denies all of them.

Below cross-examination by The Solar’s lawyer, Sasha Wass, Depp depicted a tumultuous relationship with Heard throughout a interval when he was attempting to kick medication and alcohol, and generally lapsing.

He recalled telling Heard a number of instances: “Hear, we’re a criminal offense scene ready to occur.” However he denied being violent.

The Solar’s lawyer alleged that in a combat on the LA penthouse in December 2015, Depp, in “an uncontrollable rage,” trashed Heard’s wardrobe, threw a decanter at her, slapped her, pulled her by the hair and headbutted her, inflicting two black eyes.

Depp claimed Heard was the aggressor, and he had solely tried to restrain her “to cease her flailing and punching me.” He conceded he may need headbutted her, however solely accidentally, and denied inflicting her accidents.

Depp additionally rejected Heard’s declare that he subjected her to a “three-day ordeal of assaults” in March 2015 in Australia, the place Depp was showing as Captain Jack Sparrow within the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

He agreed that the couple had an altercation, which ended up with their home being trashed and Depp’s fingertip being severed to the bone.

Depp accuses Heard of reducing off his fingertip by throwing a vodka bottle at him. She denies being within the room when the digit was severed.

A brief part of Friday’s listening to, which associated to allegations of sexual violence, was heard in personal after the choose agreed to a request by The Solar’s attorneys.

Close to the tip of his testimony, Depp was requested by his lawyer, David Sherborne, about medical notes from August 2014 that referred to Heard’s “historical past of substance abuse,” together with an dependancy to cocaine. The notes stated Heard skilled nervousness, insecurity and jealousy and had “extreme outbursts of anger and rage.”

The lawyer requested Depp whether or not the outline tallied together with his expertise of Heard.

“Sure,” Depp stated.

Heard is attending the three-week trial and is scheduled to testify subsequent week.

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