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 wherein he accused Heard or considered one of her associates of defecating within the couple’s mattress.
“I assumed 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 govt editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that known as him a “wife-beater.”
Within the Excessive Court docket witness field, Depp has described a risky relationship with Heard that descended into screaming matches which typically turned bodily. However he has strongly denied hitting Heard and accused her of compiling a file of faux 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 yr 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 party in April 2016. Heard claims the couple fought after the social gathering 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 finished 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 considered one 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 wherein he despatched “all my love and regrets … I want you nothing however good.”
“That’s what I felt,” he stated. “I didn’t assume there wanted to be any poison at the moment, as a result of the dangerous half was over, which was the connection, and now we simply needed to end it.”
By June 2016, nonetheless, Depp stated he had turn 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 Might 2016, claiming he’d hit her and thrown a cellphone at her throughout an argument, bruising her cheek. Depp denies the allegation.
“I went, for those who’ll forgive the analogy, from Cinderella to Quasimodo in 0.6 seconds and I used to be and not using a voice,” he stated.
That August, Depp wrote in a textual content to an affiliate that Heard was “begging for whole world 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 personal jet. He strongly denies all of them.
Beneath cross-examination by The Solar’s lawyer, Sasha Wass, Depp depicted a tumultuous relationship with Heard throughout a interval when he was making an attempt to kick medication and alcohol, and typically lapsing.
He recalled telling Heard a number of instances: “Pay attention, 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 might 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 slicing 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 legal professionals.
Close to the top 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 along with his expertise of Heard.
Heard is attending the three-week trial and is scheduled to testify subsequent week.
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