Attorneys for actor Amber Heard sought to undermine Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit in opposition to her Thursday by spending hours in court docket centered on the actor’s consuming, drug use and texts he despatched to buddies — together with one about desirous to kill and defile his then-wife.
Heard’s attorneys referenced Depp’s historical past of trashing resort rooms and his smashing a WC sconce throughout an argument with Heard. Depp can be going through a lawsuit filed by a member of a movie crew who alleges he was assaulted in 2018.
Depp’s lawsuit in opposition to Heard alleges that she falsely portrayed him as a home abuser and ruined his profitable appearing profession. But Heard’s attorneys argue that Depp did certainly abuse Heard, each bodily and sexually, and declare he can’t deny it as a result of he was usually drunk and excessive to the purpose of blacking out.
Depp’s textual content messages solely bolster his ex-wife’s protection, her attorneys mentioned.
“I, after all, pounded and displayed ugly colours to Amber on a current journey,” Depp mentioned in a textual content message to a good friend, the actor Paul Bettany, in July 2013, which was proven to jurors.
“I am an insane person and not so fair headed after too much of the drink,” Depp continued.
Heard lawyer J. Benjamin Rottenborn centered on one other alternate that yr between Depp and Bettany during which Depp wrote: “Let’s burn Amber!!!”
Bettany responded: “Having thought it through I don’t think we should burn Amber.”
Depp texted: “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will (expletive) her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead.”
Depp has beforehand apologized to the jury for the vulgar language within the texts and mentioned that “within the warmth of the ache I used to be feeling, I went to darkish locations.” He made the identical apology Thursday.
Rottenborn additionally confirmed the jury certainly one of Depp’s texts to Bettany in 2014 during which he referenced whiskey, tablets and cocaine.
The texts have been written throughout a interval during which Depp mentioned he had stopped consuming. And they have been despatched across the time of a non-public flight from Boston to Los Angeles, throughout which Heard mentioned Depp assaulted her whereas he was blackout drunk.
Rottenborn offered texts that Depp despatched to Bettany that mentioned he drank “all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA this past Sunday … 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 …”
Depp had beforehand testified that he took two oxycodone tablets — an opiate to which he admits he was addicted on the time — and locked himself within the aircraft toilet and fell asleep to keep away from her badgering. He additionally disputes that he was drunk on the flight, saying he drank solely a glass of Champagne as he boarded the aircraft.
But Rottenborn additionally confirmed the jury Depp’s expressions of contrition following the flight.
“Once again I find myself in a place of shame and regret,” Depp wrote to Heard. “Of course, I am sorry. I really don’t know why, or what happened. But I will never do it again … My illness somehow crept up and grabbed me … I must get better. And I will. For us both. Starting today. I love you. Again, I am so sorry. So sorry.”
The jury additionally noticed a written apology from Depp to Heard’s father during which the actor mentioned he “(messed) up and went too far” in a combat with Heard. But Depp famous on the stand that the message didn’t say the combat was a bodily.
Multiple audio recordings of the couple’s conversations have been performed in court docket. In one, Heard informed Depp he vomited in his sleep. In one other dialogue, it seems that Depp mentioned he had head-butted Heard.
“I was using the words that Ms. Heard was using,” Depp countered. “But there was not an intentional head-butt. And if you want to have a peaceful conversation with Ms. Heard, you might have to placate just a little bit.”
Depp has been on the stand in Fairfax County Circuit Court since Tuesday afternoon. He beforehand referred to as the accusations of drug habit “grossly embellished,” although he acknowledged taking many medication.
The actor additionally spent a lot of his earlier testimony describing the couple’s risky relationship and denying that he ever abused Heard. Depp mentioned that Heard abused medication and sometimes violently attacked him.
Depp has argued that his film profession suffered after she wrote a 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Post, which prompted his libel lawsuit in opposition to Heard.
Heard by no means talked about Depp by title within the article, however Depp’s attorneys mentioned it was a transparent reference to accusations Heard made when she sought a 2016 restraining order in opposition to him.
Depp mentioned the accusations and the article contributed to an unfairly ruined fame that made him a Hollywood outcast and value him his function within the profitable “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise.
When cross-examination started Wednesday, Rottenborn pointed to proof that Disney made that call months earlier than the article’s publication. Her attorneys have mentioned that Depp’s broken fame was as a consequence of his personal dangerous habits.
Rottenborn’s cross-examination of Depp lasted all of Thursday and is scheduled to proceed Monday.