After two days on the stand in a $50 million libel case brought by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife, the actor wrapped up his account of their marriage by testifying Wednesday that the domestic violence allegations brought by his ex-wife amber heard It had destroyed his career.
“When the accusations were made,” Depp told the court, “when they were going around the world, telling people that I was a drunk, cocaine-fueled menace hitting women, suddenly in my 50s, it’s over. Are you ready.
“No matter the outcome of this trial, the moment those accusations were made against me, and they became media fodder, I lost,” he said. “I lost, and I will carry it for the rest of my life.”
Depp’s exploration in the courtroom of his marriage, which will now be turned over to Heard’s lawyers for cross-examination, had previously reached what in cinematic terms might be called a jury climax at Fairfax. Virginiahe saw a photograph of the actor’s partially amputated finger.
Depp testified that Heard became enraged when he started drinking in Australia during the filming of one of the Movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and had thrown a bottle of vodka at him, cutting off the tip of his finger.
“Blood was coming out,” he said. “I think I kind of went into a… I don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that’s probably as close as I’ve ever come. Nothing made sense.”
Depp said he had hidden in a bathroom and was later taken to a hospital where he told doctors the finger had been caught in large accordion doors.
“I lied because … I didn’t want to reveal that it was Mrs. Heard who had thrown a bottle of vodka at me and ripped my finger off,” he told the court in his lawsuit against his ex-wife. “I didn’t want to get her in trouble.”
During Depp’s second day of testimony, jurors also learned about the events that marked the end of their relationship, shortly after Depp’s mother died in hospital.
“I decided to call Amber and tell her that my mom had died that day. I told him, ‘Look, I’ve made a decision and I think it’s for the best.’ I’m going to file for a divorce.’”
He said he told Heard he would not cite irreconcilable differences or any abuse in the relationship and went to their penthouses to collect some of his things while Heard was at Coachella.
But Depp’s security guard told him it wasn’t a good time and showed the actor a picture on his phone of human waste on his side of the bed that was human fecal matter. “It was so out there, it was so weird and so grotesque that I could only laugh,” Depp said. When asked if it was possible that he belonged to the couple’s teacup Yorkies, the actor said no.
“I lived with those dogs for many years,” he said. “It was clear. That didn’t come from a dog. It just didn’t happen.”
Heard later explained that it was “fecal delivery” from the dogs. Depp said that he could not accept that. Later, she said, Heard spoke to iO artist Tillet Wright on the phone saying “how wonderful how much fun it was” that Depp thought the delivery was hers.
Depp previously recalled how Heard subjected him to an “endless parade of insults”, how he “wanted to try and make it work, help her”. The Amber Heard he knew was not this opponent. She was not my girl, she had become my opponent.”
Often the focus of his conflict, he said, was his drinking. “He had been pretty brutal telling me that he had to stop drinking,” Depp said, telling the actor that he was “weak, a complete mess, an alcoholic who messes everything up.”
Depp said the exchanges often turned into large-scale arguments. “Their need for conflict and violence comes out of nowhere,” he said. “I learned to deal with it exactly like I did as a kid, which was a retreat.”
The court in Fairfax, Virginia, has yet to hear Heard’s version of events, but over a day and a half of Depp’s testimony so far, jurors have taken a tour of a rocky celebrity marriage tainted by The addiction.
depp is suing Heard for $50 millionaccusing her of defamation after reporting violent domestic abuse.
The problem for much of their marriage, Depp said, was Heard’s anger at his inability to stop using substances. At one point, she convinced Heard to stay in a Beverly Hills hotel bungalow while she attempted to drop a brand of powerful prescription opioid painkillers under the care of her doctor.
“You won’t have to sit around ‘Mr. Shakey’,” he told the jury that he had told his wife. He continued on his second day of testimony:: “She was not happy with that, but finally she left. So for a few days I sat on a metal chair with a song on a loop so I could focus on the lyrics and the power of the song to get me through it.”
In another, after returning from Boston where he had been filming the movie Black Mass In May 2014, Depp said he paid for Heard and her friends to stay at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles while he again tried to kick his habit.
He hadn’t been drinking heavily on the plane, where Heard alleges an assault occurred, but he took two painkillers and locked himself in the bathroom to prevent her from bothering him, he said.
Depp testified that he had suggested to Heard that she also stop drinking and taking drugs, which Depp described as wine, ecstasy, mushrooms and “high speed.”
Through this extensive life story, Depp has interwoven aspects of his story with other women. Heard has said the first time she was assaulted was when Depp slapped her in 2013 after she made fun of a tattoo that had once read “Winona Forever,” a reference to actor and ex-girlfriend Winona Ryder, but has since it had been changed to “Wino”. Forever”.
“It didn’t happen,” he said of the alleged assault. “Why would I be so offended if someone made fun of a tattoo on my body? That accusation never made any sense to me.” He listened, suggested that he was jealous that Depp hadn’t signed up under his name.
Despite the difficulties in their brief marriage, Depp maintains that he never assaulted Heard, a charge that goes to the heart of the smear he claims she made in a 2018 Washington Post column.
On Wednesday, he repeated that denial, saying his disputes with Heard would never cause him to hit her. “Violence is not necessary,” Depp said. “Why would you beat up someone to agree with you?”
The trial continues.