Johnny Depp mentioned Tuesday that ex-wife Amber Heard had made “sick” claims of abuse and falsely branded him a monster, because the actor testified in a U.Okay. libel case that hinges on who used to be the aggressor within the superstar couple’s violent, poisonous dating.
Depp is suing British tabloid The Sun over an April 2018 tale headlined “Gone Potty – How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”
The newspaper’s attorneys plan to make use of Heard’s allegations of abuse via Depp to protect the “wife beater” declare.
The Pirates of the Caribbean superstar strongly denies Heard’s claims that he assaulted her all over their tempestuous marriage, and is suing The Sun’s writer, News Group Newspapers, and its govt editor, Dan Wootton.
“These sick claims are totally untrue,” Depp mentioned in a written witness commentary, including that Heard’s allegations harm his occupation and had “been a constant issue in my casting.”
A 3-week trial over his libel claims opened Tuesday on the High Court in London. It is likely one of the first primary instances to be held in particular person since Britain started to raise its coronavirus lockdown.
Depp entered the witness field of the wood-panelled court docket dressed in a dismal go well with and tie, and started via taking the court docket oath and giving his complete identify: John Christopher Depp II.
He instructed the court docket Heard had “said to the world that she was in fear of her life from me, and I had been this horrible monster, if you will — which was not the case.”
Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met at the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. They divorced in 2017, and now bitterly accuse one some other of abuse.
Depp and Heard arrived on the court docket development via separate entrances at the opening day of the three-week trial, one of the vital first to be held in particular person since Britain started to raise its coronavirus lockdown.
Both wore face coverings. Proceedings were unfold over a number of courtrooms to permit for social distancing.
Private lives below the microscope
While Heard is not on trial, the case could also be a showdown between the previous spouses, each and every of whom accuses the opposite of being controlling, violent and deceitful. It is about to position the 2 performers’ complicated non-public lives below a microscope.
The Sun’s defence is determined by Heard’s allegations of 14 incidents of violence via Depp between 2013 and 2016, in places together with Los Angeles, Australia, Japan, the Bahamas and on a personal jet.
Depp denies all of them and says Heard attacked him with pieces together with a drink can and a cigarette. He additionally claims that on one instance Heard or one in every of her buddies defecated on his mattress.
In written witness statements, Depp mentioned that during Australia in 2015 Heard severed the top of his finger via hurling a vodka bottle at him. A photograph of the bloody digit used to be integrated along with his witness commentary.
Depp claimed that on some other instance, Heard many times punched him within the face on a personal jet, forcing him to spend the flight locked within the aircraft’s rest room.
“Rage-filled violent incidents on planes were common with Amber,” he mentioned within the written commentary.
Describing one incident during which Heard claims he hit her, Depp mentioned the other used to be true.
“As things tended to do, [it] escalated and got physical, ending with a bit of assault. Ms. Heard struck me,” he mentioned.
He painted himself as a peacemaker who attempted to take away himself from conflicts “before things got out of hand.”
In a written commentary, Depp alleged that Heard used to be “a calculating, diagnosed borderline personality; she is sociopathic; she is a narcissist; and she is completely emotionally dishonest.”
Heard alleges that Depp used to be vulnerable to drug- and alcohol-fuelled violent rages.
Under cross-examination via the Sun’s attorney, Sasha Wass, Depp stated taking myriad medication over time, together with marijuana, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, magic mushrooms and prescription prescription drugs.
He mentioned his drug use started when he used to be an 11-year-old kid with “not a particularly stable or secure or safe home life.” He mentioned it used to be “the only way that I found to numb the pain.”
Depp stated that he had struggled with repute, announcing it intended he used to be “forced to live the life of a fugitive.”
“Anonymity doesn’t exist anymore … You have become a product,” he mentioned.
Wass depicted Depp as any individual with an anger-management drawback, citing an arrest in 1989 for attack and a later incident during which he broken a New York resort room.
“I was angry, but that doesn’t mean I have an anger problem,” Depp mentioned.
Wass performed the court docket a video clip recorded via Heard that presentations Depp kicking kitchen cabinets and swearing earlier than pouring crimson wine from a big bottle.
While announcing he “wasn’t particularly proud of myself” over the video, Depp denied that it confirmed he changed into a “monster” when he drank and took medication.
“It’s not Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” he mentioned.
Heard is because of give proof later within the trial.
Depp’s attorney, David Sherborne, mentioned Heard had just lately requested that one allegation be heard in non-public “because of its supposedly horrific nature.”
Witnesses for Depp are scheduled to incorporate his former companions, Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder.
Depp could also be suing Heard for $50 million US for allegedly defaming him in a Washington Post article about home abuse. That case is because of be heard subsequent 12 months.
Sherborne mentioned in a gap commentary that the actor had sued The Sun to “clear his reputation.”
“This is not a case about money,” he mentioned. “It is about vindication.”