Legal professionals for actor Amber Heard sought to undermine Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit towards her Thursday by means of spending hours in courtroom targeted at the actor’s ingesting, drug use and texts he despatched to pals — together with one about in need of 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 all the way through a controversy with Heard. Depp could also be going through a lawsuit filed by means of a member of a movie team who alleges he was once assaulted in 2018.
The lawyers are looking to derail Depp’s libel lawsuit towards Heard that alleges that she falsely portrayed him as a home abuser and ruined his profitable performing occupation. They argue that Depp did certainly abuse Heard, each bodily and sexually, and declare that Depp cannot deny it as a result of he was once regularly inebriated and prime on medication to the purpose of blacking out.
“I, in fact, pounded and displayed unpleasant colours to Amber on a contemporary adventure,” Depp stated in a textual content message to a pal, the actor Paul Bettany, in July 2013, which was once proven to jurors.
“I’m an insane particular person and no longer so truthful headed after an excessive amount of of the drink,” Depp endured. “Weed, tablets … High quality!!! Booze??? My capability is simply too huge and I would possibly not prevent … Unsightly and unhappy … Oh, how I find it irresistible.”
Heard attorney J. Benjamin Rottenborn additionally inquisitive about any other change that 12 months between Depp and Bettany by which Depp wrote: “Let’s burn Amber!!!”
Bettany replied: “Having idea it via I don’t believe we will have to burn Amber.”
Depp texted: “Let’s drown her earlier than we burn her!!! I will be able to (expletive) her burnt corpse afterwards to verify she’s lifeless.”
Depp has up to now apologized to the jury for the vulgar language within the texts and stated that “within the warmth of the ache I used to be feeling, I went to darkish puts.”
Rottenborn additionally confirmed the jury one in all Depp’s texts to Bettany in 2014 by which he referenced whiskey, tablets and cocaine.
The texts had been despatched all the way through a duration by which Depp stated he had stopped ingesting. They usually had been despatched across the time of a personal flight from Boston to Los Angeles, all the way through which Heard had stated that Depp turned into blackout intoxicated and assaulted her.
Rottenborn introduced texts that Depp despatched to Bettany that stated he drank “all night time earlier than I picked Amber as much as fly to LA this previous Sunday … Unsightly, mate … No meals for days … Powders … Part a bottle of Whiskey, one thousand pink bull and vodkas, tablets, 2 bottles of Champers on airplane …”
Depp had up to now testified that he took two oxycodone tablets — an opiate to which he admits he was once addicted on the time — and locked himself within the airplane toilet and fell asleep to steer clear of her badgering. He additionally disputes that he was once inebriated at the flight, pronouncing he drank just a glass of champagne as he boarded the airplane.
However Rottenborn additionally confirmed the jury Depp’s expressions of contrition following the flight.
“As soon as once more I in finding myself in a spot of disgrace and be apologetic about,” Depp wrote to Heard. “In fact, I’m sorry. I in point of fact do not know why, or what came about. However I will be able to by no means do it once more … My sickness come what may crept up and grabbed me … I will have to get well. And I will be able to. For us each. Beginning these days. I really like you. Once more, I’m so sorry. So sorry.”
The jury additionally noticed a written apology from Depp to Heard’s father by which the actor stated he “(messed) up and went too a ways” in a combat with Heard. However Depp famous at the stand that the message didn’t say the combat was once a bodily.
A couple of audio recordings of the couple’s conversations had been performed in courtroom. In a single, Heard instructed Depp he vomited in his sleep. In any other dialogue, it seems that Depp stated he had head-butted Heard.
“I used to be the usage of the phrases that Ms. Heard was once the usage of,” Depp countered. “However there was once no longer an intentional head-butt. And if you wish to have a calm dialog with Ms. Heard, you may have to placate just a bit bit.”
Depp has been at the stand in Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom since. The actor has spent a lot of that point describing the couple’s unstable dating and denying that he ever abused Heard.
Depp stated that Heard regularly violently attacked him. And he argued that his film occupation suffered after she wrote a 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Put up,
Heard by no means discussed Depp by means of title within the article, however Depp’s attorneys stated it was once a transparent connection with accusations Heard made when she sought a 2016 restraining order towards him.
Depp stated the accusations and the item contributed to an unfairly ruined popularity that made him a Hollywood outcast and price 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 item’s newsletter. Her lawyers have stated that Depp’s broken popularity was once because of his personal unhealthy conduct.
Rottenborn’s cross-examination of Depp lasted all of Thursday and is scheduled to proceed Monday.