Johnny Depp despatched texts referring to his ex-wife Amber Heard as “a witch” and saying “let’s burn Amber”, the High Court has been instructed through the second day of a high-profile libel motion in opposition to The Sun newspaper.
The actor, 57, is again giving proof and the court docket has heard extra particulars about his unstable relationship with Heard, whom he met on the set of 2011 comedy The Rum Diary.
In court docket at present, Depp additionally denied slapping Heard after she laughed at his “Wino Forever” tattoo – famously modified from “Winona Forever” after his break-up with actress Winona Ryder – as he confronted additional questioning.
It was additionally alleged that he held Heard’s little canine, Pistol, a teacup Yorkshire terrier, out the window of a shifting automobile and joked about placing the pet within the microwave.
Depp is suing The Sun’s writer News Group Newspapers (NGN), and government editor Dan Wootton, over an article printed in 2018 that labelled him a “wife beater”.
He strenuously denies allegations of abusing Heard.
Yesterday, the court docket heard extraordinary details about their relationship, with each stars accusing one another of violence.
Details of his textual content messages in a dialog with actor Paul Bettany had been learn out in court docket at present, together with one by which they each referred to as Heard, 34, a “witch”, and one by which Depp wrote: “Let’s burn Amber.”
Speaking concerning the messages, Depp instructed the court docket he was “resentful” of the truth that Heard tried to cease him consuming and taking medication.
Questioned by Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, concerning the alleged slapping in March 2013, he denied that he had slapped Heard 3 times throughout a interval when he had “fallen off the wagon”, after she made a joke concerning the tattoo on his arm.
“That is not true, you are mistaken,” Depp instructed the court docket.
“Do you accept that Ms Heard was making a joke out of your tattoo, ‘Wino Forever’?” Ms Wass requested.
“I don’t recall any conversation,” Depp replied.
“I suggest that that provoked disappointment, firstly, in you, and then anger in you, but you don’t remember,” Ms Wass stated.
Depp replied: “I don’t recall any argument about any of my tattoos.”
Ms Wass stated: “You then, Mr Depp, slapped Ms Heard across the face.”
The actor responded: “That is not correct, it’s untrue. It didn’t happen.”
Ms Wass stated: “You slapped her more than once, because after you slapped her the first time, she didn’t react, she just eyeballed you, she just stared at you, and that made you more angry and you slapped her again.”
Depp answered: “That is patently untrue.”
The barrister then put it to Depp that he “broke down” after coming to his senses, to which he stated: “I didn’t hit Ms Heard.”
Answering questions concerning the allegations regarding the canine, Depp stated he would by no means hurt an animal.
Heard alleges that Depp first hit her in early 2013. This declare is one in every of 14 separate allegations of home violence, all denied by Depp, which NGN is utilizing in its defence.