Johnny Depp today claimed he decided to divorce Amber Heard after she defecated in their marital bed ‘as a prank’ as he denied hitting her and said that she had abused him throughout their marriage.
The Hollywood legend, 57, is suing The Sun for labeling him a ‘wife beater’ and today branded those accusations ‘sick and completely untrue’ at a long-awaited blockbuster libel trial at the High Court in London.
But the most sensational revelation from Depp was that he decided to divorce Heard after faeces was left in their bed.
In a written statement, the actor said Heard or ‘possibly one of her friends’ was responsible for the incident, but claimed she dismissed it as ‘just a harmless prank’, and he said it was the final straw in their deteriorating marriage.
Today, he took to the stand to deny ever hitting Heard, as a series of newspaper stories alleged, and said it was ‘inconceivable’ that he would ever hit a woman, citing his Southern upbringing and saying he considers chivalry ‘very important’.
He said: ‘It is a strong and central part of my moral code that I would never strike a woman, under any circumstances, at any time. I find it simply inconceivable and it would never happen.’
While denying attacking Heard he also launched a blistering attack on her, accusing her of being a ‘calculating, narcissistic sociopath’ who married him to further her career.
His defence reeled off a string of incidents in which she had allegedly attacked him throughout their marriage including when she threw a vodka bottle at him, severing his finger, in Australia in 2015.
Depp also cited another incident in which she ‘repeatedly’ punched him in the face on a private jet in 2014 and claimed that she punched him again as he fled to the toilet.
In contrast, the actress’ lawyers painted Depp as a domestic abuser who repeatedly attacked her when he was drunk or high on drugs.
In other developments during the dramatic opening session –
- Depp accused Heard of being a calculating, narcissistic sociopath who married him to progress own career;
- Said Heard once told his former head of security, Mr Jerry Judge, that the actor was a ‘fat old man’ and ‘she did not know why she married me’;
- Star insisted he was never violent, but admitted to trying ‘every kind of drug known to man very young age’;
- He spoke about the abuse he had suffered during his childhood, and said drugs helped deal with ‘pain’;
- Admitted to taking drugs with Marilyn Manson ‘twice’ and another time with Avengers star Paul Bettany;
- Recalled how friend River Phoenix tragically died of a heroin overdose at his nightclub in West Hollywood;
- Remembered ‘trashing’ hotel where he was staying with Kate Moss in 1994, landing him with a $10,000 bill;
- In 1999, Depp said he assaulted photographers to protect then-partner, Vanessa Paradis, who was pregnant;
- Claimed to spend ‘much’ more than £24,000 a month on wine but said Elton John helped him to go straight;
- Referred to Vanessa Paradis as the ‘pain the a**e French ex albatross’;
- Depp’s lawyer alleged that Heard had ‘two extra-marital affairs’ or ‘extra-relationship affairs’ with Elon Musk and James Franco;
- Meanwhile, Heard’s lawyer revealed messages in which he called himself ‘the monster’ – which she claimed was his ‘drunken alter-ego’;
- Denied ‘any physical altercation’ with a crew member he was accused of attacking in 2017 on the set of his film, City Of Lies.
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Johnny Depp leaving the High Court this afternoon after a dramatic day of giving evidence in a libel case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard
Amber Heard leaving the High Court after today’s hearing. She was wearing a red polka dot face covering due to Covid restrictions
Amber Heard walked arm in arm with her sister, Whitney, (left) and lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, (right) as she arrived at the High Court today for the start of a three-week libel trial. In the white coat is her US attorney, Elaine Bredehoft
Depp seen in an image drawn by a court artist as he was giving evidence from a witness box at the High Court in London today
This photo released by Depp’s lawyers shows him with a severed finger after he was allegedly attacked by Amber Heard
Depp on Amber Heard
Depp started his account of his relationship with Heard by describing how he first met her when she auditioned for The Rum Diary, and later reconnected with her when they were promoting the film.
In one of his witness statements filed as part of his libel case against The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), Depp said: ‘She was then extremely friendly to me and keen to tell me about the break-up with her former partner that she had recently gone through.
‘If I had known then what I know now, I would have seen the red flag warning signs, but I did not. She was beautiful, seemingly incredibly interested in me and my work, and I fell for it. She bombed me with what appeared to be love.
Johnny Depp in his own words as he takes the stand in libel trial
Depp on his drug-fuelled childhood:
‘My experience of alcohol and stimulants began at a very young age’
‘I remember my mother used to ask me to get her nerve pills. Around the age of 11 it dawned on me that these pills calm your nerves and I brought them home and took one. That began what was the only way to numb the pain’
‘Every kind of drug known by man I’d tried’ by age 14
Asked whether he had taken drugs with Marilyn Manson: ‘Yes. Twice, maybe’
Depp on his heroes:
‘Hunter S. Thompson was an idol of mine. I believe he has a very famous quote that says I don’t condone the use of drugs or alcohol to anyone but they’ve always worked for me’
‘Keith Richards has been a role model for me. He’s one of my favourite guitarists and a great role model’
‘I have always been interested in the counter-culture and many literary heroes of mine, including Chaucer, who was an opium addict, and Thomas De Quincey, author of ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater’, were into this subject’
Depp on his ‘anger problems’
‘I don’t [have anger problems]. I was angry, doesn’t mean I have anger problems’
After being asked about a hotel room he trashed while girlfriend Kate Moss slept: ‘Rather than assaulting a human being I assaulted a couch’
Asked about a clip of him smashing cupboard doors around Heard: ‘I was violent with some cupboards’
Depp on his alcohol addiction
Asked whether it was ‘nonsense’ that he spent more than $30,000 a month on wine while with Ms Paradis because it was ‘more than that’: ‘It was’
‘I would definitely say that towards the end of my relationship with Ms Paradis, the mother of my children, it was a very painful time… I was more than likely trying to numb myself’
Depp on getting sober
In an email to Elton John in 2012: ‘My dearest Elton, 100 f****** days of clarity for an old reprobate t**t like me. No one would ever have believed it possible but for a select few, most importantly you
‘I would have been swallowed up by the monster were it not for you’
Depp on his own fame:
‘It’s a very confusing thing because you become a product and your name no longer sounds the way it did when you were growing up… When I speak my own name it sounds foreign to me’
‘When you are trying to figure out what it’s all about, when success and notoriety and all these things come to you and you don’t quite understand why you have them and you don’t feel very worthy, it’s very confusing’
Depp on his violent upbringing:
‘The best way that I can explain it was that when I was going to have a baby back in 1998 [with partner Vanessa Paradis], one of my promises was that I would raise my child in the exact opposite manner that I was raised’
‘It was not a particularly stable or safe home life, there was a lot of unpleasantness in the house’
‘I’m well aware that there’s been a lot of pain the way I was raised’.
‘It was not until much later that I understood that she had an agenda, namely to get married to me in order to progress her own career and/or to benefit financially, and she knew how to bring it about.
‘For example, at the time, she repeatedly told me how much she admired my films; however, later in our relationship she admitted that she had never seen any of my films. She knew what she wanted and I was an easy target.’
Depp said their time together was ‘incredibly unhappy’, adding: ‘She is a calculating, diagnosed borderline personality; she is sociopathic; she is a narcissist; and she is completely emotionally dishonest.
‘I am now convinced that she came into my life to take from me anything worth taking, and then destroy what remained of it.’
Depp said the pair sought the help of a marriage counsellor who he says confirmed to him that Heard had a ‘borderline, toxic narcissistic personality disorder and is a sociopath’.
Depp on his ‘rage-filled fights’ with Heard
According to Depp’s statement, Heard ‘continuously belittled’ him and called him a ‘fat old man’. He said he found it ‘devastating and heartbreaking’ to hear Heard call him a ‘horrible father’.
In addition to the alleged verbal abuse, Depp accused Amber Heard of attacking him, and claimed she repeatedly punching him in the face and severing his finger by throwing a vodka bottle at him.
In one of his witness statements filed as part of his libel case against The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), the actor said ‘rage-filled violent incidents on planes were common with Amber’.
Depp said the pair were on a private chartered flight in late 2014 or early 2015 when Heard became ‘verbally aggressive’. He said she called him a ‘pussy’ and ‘spineless’ for ‘running away’ from fights with her.
‘Then she became physically violent and repeatedly punched me in the face. As I moved towards the back of the plane to get away from her, she followed me into the plane’s bedroom and punched me again in the face and the head.
‘I pushed her away from me, onto the bed. I then grabbed a pillow and locked myself in the bathroom, where I slept for the duration of the flight,’ he wrote in his statement.
Depp described a period of time in Australia in March 2015 when he says Heard severed his finger – an injury which she says came about after he smashed a telephone into a wall.
‘Amber severed my finger with the second of two thrown vodka bottles at me in the early afternoon of Sunday March 8. Amber claims this was on the second day of a ‘three-day hostage situation’,’ he said.
Depp added: ‘Amber claims that during these three days, I subjected her to a variety of what sounds like torture and other abuse. These sick claims are completely untrue.’
Depp said Heard did not sustain any injuries at all that weekend, while he meanwhile sustained ‘grievous’ injuries including the severed finger ‘and a cigarette stubbed out on my cheek’.
He said that at some point after she threw the bottle that cut off his finger tip, she put a lit cigarette out on his cheek.
‘The severity of these injuries brought about the personal realisation of the severity of the abuse that Ms Heard had inflicted upon me for so long. I couldn’t believe that we had come to this. I wondered what more she could do to me.’
The court also heard of an incident where Heard shouted at Depp in 2015.
Depp’s barrister David Sherborne read an extract from a tape in which Heard said to her husband: ‘You got hit… but I did not punch you. I did not f****** deck you. I f****** was hitting you’.
Heard then went on to say ‘you are a f****** baby’, to which 57-year-old Depp said: ‘Because you start physical fights.’ Heard replied: ‘You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up.’
Depp explained that both he and Heard recorded conversations during their relationship.
In her witness statement, Heard had said that she recorded their conversations ‘to remind Johnny of what he would do when using drugs and alcohol because he wouldn’t remember, or deny what he had said’.
Lawyers for The Sun allege that Depp’s violent outbursts were driven by alcohol and drugs, which left Heard with injuries and in fear for her life. They maintain that this justifies their article.
‘The monster’ and how Elton John helped him go straight
Ms Wass said Depp began using the term ‘the monster’ to describe his drunken alter ego, as she revealed how Elton John helped him go straight.
The lawyer referred to an email Depp sent to Sir Elton on March 22 2012 with the subject ‘100 days’.
The email read: ‘My dearest Elton, 100 f****** days of clarity for an old reprobate t**t like me. No one would ever have believed it possible but for a select few, most importantly you.’
The message also referred to his ‘brain and liver resembling Mrs Thatcher’ – referring to the former prime minister – and spoke of the ‘eternal savagery against myself’.
It concluded: ‘I would have been swallowed up by the monster were it not for you.’
Sasha Wass continued that ‘the monster’ was Johnny Depp’s ‘alter ego’ and said the reference to it was ‘not a coincidence’.
Amber’s squad: Who are the key members of Heard’s High Court entourage?
Amber Heard’s girlfriend, Bianca Butti, 38, who she was pictured with this morning, is a cinematographer living in Los Angeles. The couple were first seen in public in May.
Last year, Miss Butti revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time, and bravely documented her struggles on an Instagram page, @buttibeatsit.
In a note on the page, Butti explained how she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2015 when she was just 34-years-old, and that it was confirmed to have returned in March 2019.
‘I was beyond devastated,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘A new tumor appeared in my right breast, almost 3 years since I was declared cancer free.’
For the first diagnosis she underwent a traditional western treatment of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Now, after extensive research and personal experience, she has has decided to seek more alternative treatments.
Butti’s career as a cinematographer includes several episodes of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta that aired in 2013, the upcoming Bella Thorne movie Leave Not One Alive, the thriller Uncanny and a few other independent films and shorts.
Jennifer Robinson, who held Amber Heard’s hand as she walked into the High Court, is a leading human rights lawyer from Doughty Street chambers who also represents Julian Assange.
The Australian has appeared at the International Court of Justice and given expert evidence at the UN and in Parliament. Her areas of expertise are free speech and civil liberties, and she regularly advises newspapers on media law.
Elaine Bredehoft is serving as her American attorney to handle US aspects of the case. Licensed in Virginia, Miss Bredehoft specialises in defamation law and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America periodical every year since 1997.
Amber Heard was also accompanied to court by her younger sister, Whitney. The siblings grew up together in Austin, Texas, and are known to have a close relationship.
Their father, David Clinton Heard, owned a small construction company while their mother, Patricia Paige (nee Parsons) worked as an Internet researcher.
But Depp said it was ‘a simple fact’ that he ‘would have been swallowed up by the monster were it not for you (Sir Elton John)’.
He explained that he meant he ‘would have been consumed by this poison – the monster here is death’.
Ms Wass continued: ‘You had a relationship with alcohol which was toxic… this is the story of your adult life, isn’t it? The fight between sobriety and alcohol and drug abuse.’
Depp on his drug use
Depp told the High Court his drug use started ‘at a very young age’, beginning when he took one of his mother’s ‘nerve pills’.
Sasha Wass, QC, representing The Sun, listed a series of drugs she claimed the actor had been taking since his childhood, including cocaine, cannabis, LSD, alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs.
The lawyer spent the entire morning grilling the actor over his notorious drug taking, which she claimed changed his character and made him violent.
Asked about his interest in drugs, the actor claimed he enjoyed learning about ‘the counter-culture’ and followed in the footsteps of his ‘literary heroes.’
The actor said: ‘I’ve always been interested in the counter-culture and many literary heroes of mine* have been opium users. It has been a subject that I have learned about.’
After admitting that he had regularly taken ‘every drug known to man’, Depp replied: ‘My experience of alcohol and stimulants began at a very young age. It was not a particularly stable or safe home life, there was a lot of unpleasantness in the house.’
He added: ‘I remember my mother used to ask me to get her nerve pills. Around the age of 11 it dawned on me that these pills calm your nerves and I brought them home and took one. That began what was the only way to numb the pain.’
The Sun’s lawyers and Heard allege that drugs and alcohol turned Depp into a ‘monster.’
Ms Wass claimed: ‘We see you now very charming, polite and softly spoken but there’s another side of you Depp that’s less charming? There’s a nasty, angry side to your character.’
Depp replied: ‘I’m well aware that there’s been a lot of pain the way I was raised. When you are trying to figure out what it’s all about, when success and notoriety and all these things come to you and you don’t quite understand why you have them and you don’t feel very worthy, it’s very confusing.’
Depp denied that he had a tendency towards ‘destructive and violent’ behaviour or that he had problems managing his anger.
Depp on his celebrity friends
Depp revealed that he considered Keith Richards a ‘friend and icon’ along with Hunter S Thompson and Marilyn Manson.
He told the court: ‘I have been very close to all three of them, they have been wonderful friends.
‘Keith Richards has been a role model for me. He’s one of my favourite guitarists and a great role model, yes.’
Depp also revealed that he spent £3 million ($5 million) firing the ashes of late author Hunter S Thompson from a canon, prompting Mr Justice Nicol to express surprise at the amount as he asked the actor to repeat the figure.
Depp added: ‘Hunter S Thompson was an idol of mine. He extolled the virtues of psychedelic drugs.’
Borrowing a quote from the late author, there was laughter in court as Depp declared: ‘I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.’
When asked about Manson, Depp admitted that they had taken drugs together but that their friendship was mainly based on music.
When asked by Ms Wass about his interest in drugs, Depp replied: ‘I have always been interested in the counter-culture and many literary heroes of mine, including Chaucer, who was an opium addict and Thomas De Quincey, author of ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater, were into this subject.
‘It is a subject, as there are many other subjects, that I also have an interest in.’
Depp also claimed he ‘dabbled in drugs’ with the Avengers’ Paul Bettany.
Heard pictured with her entourage outside the entrance of the Royal Courts of Justice, which will host the momentous trial
Heard’s lawyers submitted this photo to Los Angeles Superior County Court in 2016 and claimed Depp had caused the injuries. Speaking at the High Court today, Depp denied ever being violent towards Heard and said any claims he hit her were ‘lies’
Depp wore a black bandanna face covering as he arrived at London’s High Court to fight claims he was a wife beater. Heard is pictured on the right
Heard was wearing a red scarf as a face covering. In this photo her sister, Whitney is on the left, and Bianca Butti on the right
Depp on trashing a hotel while staying with Kate Moss
The court heard Depp had wrecked a New York hotel room in 1995 causing $10,000 worth of damage while his then-girlfriend, understood to have been Kate Moss, was present.
‘Why did you trash this room?’ Ms Wass asked.
‘It had been a particularly bad couple of days and that day turned out to be the… apex of an unpleasant time,’ Depp replied.
‘I asked you a little while earlier, I asked you if you thought you had problems with anger management?’ the lawyer asked.
‘I don’t. I was angry, doesn’t mean I have anger problems. I was expressing my anger,’ Depp responded.
‘Right, so just so we’re speaking the same language, you express your anger through destructive behaviour?’ Ms Wass said.
‘I have at times in my life,’ Depp replied.
‘Yes, and this was not the only time by any means was it?’ the QC asked.
Who will be called to give evidence? Johnny Depp’s exes Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis will make statements at High Court
Vanessa Paradis is one of Depp’s former partners. She insists he was never abusive towards her
Vanessa Paradis is a French singer, actress and model who shot to fame aged just 14 with the song Joe Le Taxi.
She has been a spokesmodel for Chanel for many years and appeared in a number of films, alongside continuing her singing career.
Ms Paradis, 47, was in a relationship with Depp for around 14 years from around 1998. The couple’s daughter, Lily-Rose, is also now pursuing a career as an actress.
Ms Paradis is due to give evidence at the trial, having given a witness statement in which she described her former partner as a ‘kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father’.
Winona Ryder is also due to give evidence at the High Court trial
Winona Ryder is also due to give evidence at the High Court trial as part of his case against News Group Newspapers (NGN).
Ms Ryder was in a relationship with Depp during the early 1990s, and the pair appeared together in Edward Scissorhands.
Depp famously tattooed Winona Forever on his arm. After the couple split, he reportedly changed it to Wino Forever.
Dan Wootton has been The Sun’s Executive Editor since March 2018
New Zealand-born Dan Wootton has been The Sun’s Executive Editor since March 2018. The article at the heart of Johnny Depp’s libel claim was written by Mr Wootton for his weekly column in the newspaper.
Mr Wootton also presents the weekday Drivetime show on talkRadio and has his own podcast – The Dan Wootton Interview.
A showbiz reporter for many years, before joining The Sun, Mr Wootton had stints at a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Mail, where he also worked as a columnist, and the now defunct News Of The World, where he was Showbiz Editor.
He was also showbiz presenter for ITV’s Lorraine show for 10 years.
‘No,’ came the reply.
‘I also express myself by laughing, I don’t have a humour problem.’
Asked what had thrown him into such a rage that he caused $10,000 worth of damage, he said: ‘I had a friend who had been a friend for a very long time and he had for lack of a better word screwed me over if you will.’
‘And your then-girlfriend was there. Did you consider at the time she might be rather frightened by that?’ the lawyer asked.
‘She was in the bedroom asleep,’ Depp claimed.
‘She slept through the whole thing?’ Ms Wass asked.
‘Yes,’ Depp replied.
Reading from an interview about the incident, Ms Wass said: ‘It says after a spat with his then-girlfriend. What was all that about? The suggestion of the interviewer is that you had a spat with your girlfriend.’
‘That was the assumption of the media at the time because it makes for better press doesn’t it, but rather than assaulting a human being I assaulted a couch,’ Depp replied.
Ms Barkin, who was asked whether Depp’s behaviour ‘seemed out of control’ while she gave evidence in a separate US libel trial Depp has brought against Heard, said: ‘He threw a wine bottle across the hotel room in Las Vegas while we were shooting Fear and Loathing.’
When asked if his behaviour changed when he used drink and drugs, the court heard Ms Barkin had said: ‘He was not the same, he was high.’
Depp recalls River Phoenix’s drug death
Depp recalled the night young starlet River Phoenix tragically died of a heroin overdose at the famous Viper Room nightclub he owned in West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.
Ms Wass, acting for The Sun, said: ‘River Phoenix was a young actor who collapsed and died in your club.’
Depp replied: ‘He passed away on the sidewalk just inside my club, yes.
‘From what I understand River began to feel unpleasant, he began to sweat and he went out of the door and once out of the door he collapsed.’
Ms Wass said: ‘You’re surrounded I suggest by people who will never really say no to you.
‘They will do anything you ask including supplying drugs to you.’
The actor replied; ‘No. There are people who work for me and work with me.’
Depp claimed he had suffered pain from feeling unworthy of his celebrity status when questioned about a ‘nasty, angry side to his character.’
‘We see you now as very charming and polite and softly spoken, but there’s another side to you Mr Depp that isn’t so charming,’ the lawyer said.
‘I’m afraid that wouldn’t be for me to judge,’ he said.
Depp on Vanessa Paradis
Depp was asked about his excessive drinking towards the end of his 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis.
He told the court: ‘I would definitely say that towards the end of my relationship with Ms Paradis, the mother of my children, it was a very painful time – to break up with someone that you have been with for 14 years and that you have two children with.
‘So it was a very painful time and I was more than likely trying to numb myself as much as possible.’
He said he wasn’t sure if he was abusing drugs at that time, but was abusing alcohol ‘for sure’.
Depp said the family was ‘on the verge of falling apart’ and that Ms Paradis was ‘very, very sad’.
He added: ‘I didn’t like making her sad and I didn’t like making my children sad.’
Sasha Wass asked: ‘Did you smash things when you were living with Ms Paradis?’
Depp replied: ‘Over 14 years I imagine that I might have, over 14 years I imagine that she might have.’
Ms Wass then asked if the police were ever called to the former couple’s home in France, to which he responded ‘no, never’.
He responded to a further question about Ms Paradis’ approach to his drinking by saying: ‘Ms Paradis never had a problem with my drinking, and when I was with Ms Paradis for those 14 years, I didn’t touch cocaine, I didn’t touch marijuana.’
He added that he had even stopped drinking spirits when they were together, but consumed a lot of red wine.
He also referred to her in one message as the ‘pain the a**e French ex albatross’ .
Depp – pictured today – is suing The Sun and its executive editor Dan Wootton over allegations the actor behaved like a ‘violent monster’ towards his former wife during their troubled two-year marriage
The trial will hear claims that Depp waged a ‘three-day ordeal of physical assaults’ on Heard and ‘held her hostage’ while they were in the country
Depp on threatening photographers with a plank
Depp was also asked about a number of incidents in his past, including one in London in 1999 when he ‘chased off photographers with a piece of wood’ outside a restaurant.
The barrister read a statement from the actor’s publicist which was included in a newspaper report of the incident, in which he said the paparazzi ‘intentionally provoked him ( Depp)’.
Ms Wass asked: ‘So you are provoked quite easily, aren’t you?’
Battle of Britain’s top barristers: The two UK heavyweight lawyers going head-to-head in Depp vs Heard libel trial
As lead counsel for Johnny Depp, David Sherborne will take centre stage at the High Court in the coming weeks.
Mr Sherborne has a growing reputation as the barrister the rich and famous turn to for legal assistance – his current client list also includes the Duchess of Sussex, who he is representing in her privacy action against Associated Newspapers.
He has also represented dozens of claimants, including celebrities, suing New Group Newspapers (NGN) over phone hacking at the News Of The World.
On The Sun’s side will be, Adam Wolanski QC, a specialist in defamation in media law.
Mr Wolanski is no stranger to high profile trials and in 2018 served as junior counsel for South Yorkshire Police in Sir Cliff Richard’s privacy claim against the BBC.
He also represented The Sun in Labour MP Richard Burgon’s libel claim against the newspaper. Mr Wolanski, who took silk in 2019, is a specialist in media law.
Depp replied: ‘Not necessarily, no.’
Ms Wass said: ‘This was about somebody trying to take your photo.’
The actor replied: ‘It is a little more than that, but essentially you are correct.’
He explained that his then-partner Vanessa Paradis was ‘very pregnant’ at the time and he was concerned about her ‘being turned into somebody else’s circus’, adding: ‘I thought it was disrespectful.’
Ms Wass referred to another incident where Depp had allegedly acting violently.
Referencing a 2018 news story about Depp being sued for punching a crew member on the set of the film City of Lies, Ms Wass said: ‘The headline is Depp punched crew member in drunken tirade. [It says] you took drugs onset.
‘It says Johnny Depp allegedly punched a crew member – Gregg ‘Rocky’ Brooks..
‘He claims he punched him twice in the ribs during a foul mouthed tirade outside Los Angeles. He also says he took drugs onset. Depp’s bodyguard was forced to remove the actor form the set. Is this article correct?’
Depp replied: ‘No. Mr Brooks brought a case against me. It’s ongoing.’
He explained that the altercation was sparked by the ‘aggressive’ behaviour of the alleged victim.
‘He very nastily and very aggressively told one of the extras – it was a little African American woman – and he said get the f– out of my way,’ Depp said.
‘I approached him and said what gives you the right to think that she’s less than you? What gives you the right to speak to her in such a disrespectful manner? It doesn’t matter what mood you’re in. So there was a bit of a banter.’
Depp on spending £24,000 a month on wine
Ms Wass referred to Depp enjoying red wine ‘hugely’ and an interview in which he described as ‘nonsense’ that he spent around £24,000 on wine ‘because the truth is it was considerably more than that’.
Depp said ‘it was’, but pointed out that he did not drink all of that wine himself.
How the star-studded relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp fell apart amid claims of violence and abuse
Johnny Depp’s high-profile libel claim against the publisher of The Sun is over allegations he was violent towards his ex-wife Amber Heard during their relationship – claims the Hollywood star vehemently denies.
The pair met in around 2011 on the set of The Rum Diary, a film adaption of a novel by Depp’s friend Hunter S Thompson, before they started living together in around 2012.
Here is a timeline of the key events in their relationship and the bitter legal battle that has ensued.
– March 8: Depp allegedly tries to set fire to a painting by Heard’s ex-partner Tasya van Ree before he is said to have attacked her for the first time, which the actor denies.
– February 3: The couple marry in a private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles.
– March 3-5: The key incident in The Sun’s defence, the three-day trip to Australia has been described by Heard as a ‘three-day hostage situation’ in which Depp was allegedly physically and verbally abusive while drinking heavily and taking drugs.
Depp denies the allegations and says Heard lost her temper after a conversation about a post-nuptial agreement.
– April 21: The couple arrive in Australia with their pet Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol, which they did not declare to customs officials in Queensland. Heard was charged later with bringing the dogs into the country illegally – the charges were later dropped and the pair later recorded a bizarre video apologising for bringing their dogs to Australia.
– Around May 22: The pair separated, Heard claims after an incident at their LA penthouse in which Depp allegedly became very angry and destroyed property with a bottle of champagne.
– May 23: Heard files petition for the dissolution of their marriage.
– May 27: Heard applies for a temporary domestic violence restraining order, which prevents Depp from contacting her.
– August 16: The estranged couple reach an agreement concerning the dissolution of their marriage. Heard later donates her seven million US dollar (£5.5 million) settlement to charity.
– January 13: The couple are formally divorced.
– April 27: The column by The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton is published online at around 10pm. Under the headline ‘Gone Potty – How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’, Mr Wootton asked if the Harry Potter author had been ‘blinded by a personal friendship’ with Depp.
The piece also quoted two alleged victims of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, which Depp says was included to ‘finish his career’.
– April 28: The following day, the online article is amended to remove the words ‘wife beater’ from the headline, which was not included in the print edition.
– June 1: Depp files claim his libel against News Group Newspapers. His written claim, filed a few weeks later, claims the article ’caused serious harm to (his) personal and professional reputation’ and also caused him ‘significant distress and embarrassment’.
– December 18: The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard which did not mention Depp by name, but said that the actress ‘became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out’.
– February 27: Depp fights off a bid to halt his English legal action after The Sun applies for his claim to be ‘stayed unless and until’ the star confirmed in writing that he would not sue Heard if she participated in a forthcoming trial.
– March 1: Depp files a libel case against Heard in Virginia, blaming the Washington Post piece for Depp being dropped from the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and claiming that Heard was the one who had been abusive towards him.
– February 26: Johnny Depp attends the High Court in London for a preliminary hearing ahead of a trial which was due to begin the following month. The star heard NGN’s barrister Adam Wolanski read out texts sent by Depp, including one from November 2013 to actor Paul Bettany, in which Depp wrote: ‘Let’s burn Amber.’
He also wrote: ‘Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.’
– March 20: The trial, which was due to begin on March 23, is postponed due to the global coronavirus crisis. NGN’s lawyers had claimed Depp wanted to delay the trial ‘because he’s a coward and because he knows he’s going to lose’, which was denied by Depp’s legal team.
– April 8: Mr Justice Nicol rules that parts of Heard’s evidence, relating to allegations of sexual violence, will be heard in private.
– May 13: The court gives permission for Depp’s former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder – who both say Depp was ‘never violent’ to them – to give evidence. Heard’s former personal assistant Kate James is also permitted to give evidence.
– June 25: NGN asks the court to throw out Depp’s claim just two weeks before trial over the star’s failure to disclose text messages of him apparently trying to buy drugs in Australia in 2015. The publisher’s lawyers say Depp deliberately withheld text messages they say show him trying to obtain ‘MDMA and other narcotics’.
– June 29: Mr Justice Nicol rules that Depp did breach a court order by not disclosing documents from separate libel proceedings against Heard in the US – which include the text messages. But Depp’s lawyers argue that it would be ‘wholly disproportionate’ to strike out the actor’s libel claim.
– July 2: The High Court rules Depp’s claim can go ahead after granting his application for ‘relief from sanctions’ for the breach of a court order.
– July 4: The trial judge, Mr Justice Nicol refuses an application by Depp’s lawyers to exclude Heard from court until she gives evidence.
– July 7: The three-week trial finally begins at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, with witnesses set to include Depp’s former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder as well as several of Heard’s friends who say they were present when Depp was abusive.