Johnny Depp explains why he didn’t leave Amber Heard
Johnny Depp testified for a second day in his $ 50m (£ 38.2m) defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Cross-examination began at the end of the day and will continue on Thursday morning.
Heard is being sued by Depp for implying he abused her in a 2018 op-ed she wrote. Although she did not name him, his lawyers claim her allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles, turning him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in Hollywood, as the Pirates of the Caribbean actor described it.
The actor recalled a traumatic childhood with an abusive mother and said his relationship with Heard mirrored that, accusing her of “bullying” him.
He described a tumultuous time together, including a fight in which his finger was severed, the time human faeces was found on his bed, and what he says happened on the night Heard accused him of throwing a phone at her in their penthouse, shortly before divorce proceedings began.
Heard has filed a $ 100m (£ 76.6m) counterclaim against Depp for nuisance and immunity from the actor’s allegations. Depp has previously lost a defamation case in the UK against The Sun newspaper over the same article by Heard.
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The bizarre story of the faeces on the bed
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‘Blood was just pouring out’: Depp recalls vodka bottle fight that led to severed finger
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Depp reveals why his daughter didn’t attend his wedding to Heard
During his testimony, Depp said his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, the eldest of his two children with Vanessa Paradis, did not attend his wedding to Heard in 2015.
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‘Endless parade of insults’: Depp says relationship with Heard mirrored abuse by his mother
He recalled how “demeaning name calling”, being “berated” and “made a fool of” by Ms Heard would frequently escalate into full scale arguments.
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‘The lowest point in my life’: Depp accuses Amber Heard of denying him withdrawal meds during detox
Johnny Depp has accused Amber Heard of denying him withdrawal medication as he tried to detox from opioids, calling it “the lowest point in my life”.
Mr Depp told the court that although he was not comfortable admitting it publicly, he owned a private island in the Bahamaswhere he traveled with private nurse Debbie Lloyd and Ms Heard to detox.
He told the court, during his defamation trial against his ex-wife, about the pain he felt as he tried to kick the drugs, describing it as “like nothing I’ve ever experienced before”.
Graeme Massie reports from Los Angeles.
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Heard chose to file for restraining order on the same day as movie premiere and daughter’s birthday, says Depp
“I felt like it was incredibly cruel …. I felt it was treachery,” he told the court in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Depp tells how his mother’s death made him realize he wanted a divorce
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Depp cringes as he describes seeing photo of faeces on his bed
Mr Depp said on Wednesday 20 April that he didn’t see Ms Heard between 22 April and 21 May 2016 as he had “received some news that was as absurd and grotesque and cruel, and then I was shown a picture of what the problem was ”.
He said he was shown a photo of “our bed and on my side of the bed was a human faecal matter, so I understood why it wasn’t a good time to go down there”.
Mr Depp said his “initial response” was to “laugh”.
Gustaf Kilander has the story.
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