Depp tells court he did not intend to headbutt ex-wife

Brenda Watkins
July 14, 2020

The 57-year-old actor is suing the tabloid over an article that referred to him as a "wife beater" - but the newspaper maintains it was accurate.

The actor would become, according to Heard, 34, and by his own account, "the monster", the Sun's lawyer Sasha Wass has told the court.

Johnny Depp's former personal assistant was "appalled" at Amber Heard's allegations of domestic violence against the actor because he considered the Aquaman star the "abuser in the relationship".

Johnny continued, "It was put to me this way, because I had no idea about money or amounts of money: Since Pirates [of the Caribbean] 2 and 3, I had - and this is ludicrous to have to state, it's quite embarrassing - apparently I had made $650 million, and when I sacked [the former business managers], for the right reasons, I had not only lost $650 million, but I was $100 million in the hole because they had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years".

Appearing in the witness box for a fifth day, Depp was also asked by his lawyer David Sherborne about the transcript of a conversation the couple had in 2016 after Heard had gone public with her accusations.

"No-one is going to believe that".

Earlier in the hearing, Mr Depp had denied a separate incident in Los Angeles in March 2015 when he allegedly grabbed Ms Heard's hair and punched her repeatedly.

In the legal document, Deuters revealed he was stunned when he learned the actress had requested a restraining order against Depp as she filed for divorce in 2016.

She had seen Ms Heard on several occasions that week and said her face was unmarked until May 27, when she had a "red mark" under her eye and said she was getting a divorce.

Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London

Ms Wass, The Sun's lawyer, said the photos were taken to show the Hollywood star when he had sobered up and in her witness statement Ms Heard had said she "never imagined" they would form part of a court case.

Depp said he had found out that he had lost $650 million he had made from movies due to alleged financial mismanagement.

Mr Sherborne asked: "If Lily-Rose. if your daughter told you that her husband had slapped her repeatedly, punched her, deliberately smacked her in the nose, grabbed her by the hair, dragged her upstairs by the hair, pulled chunks of her hair out, would you still send a text to him saying "I love you like a brother or father"?" He told the court Depp had only made a playful attempt to tap her on the bottom with his foot and that he described it as a kick simply to appease her.

The libel case has heard some extraordinary revelations and allegations about the couple's relationship.

Mr Deuters claimed that, the day after the alleged incident, Mr Depp told him and two others "he had sustained his injury when Ms Heard had thrown a bottle at him which smashed on his hand".

Mr Depp has previously recounted how in one incident, Ms Heard had severed the tip of his finger when she threw a bottle of vodka at him.

During his final day of testimony on Friday, Depp claimed Heard used to chop lines of cocaine for him and leave a shot of whiskey beside his bed as he was trying to get clean, with his lawyer telling the court the actor's ex was not always "entirely supportive in terms of the challenges" he faced with alcohol and drugs.

"This was a common theme on the multiple times when Mr Depp was abused by Ms Heard - he would take himself away from the situation, often to a bathroom, and lock himself out harm's way", he said.

In a further weird twist, Ms Esparza said she saw Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire, visiting Ms Heard in either June or July that year and learnt from a colleague he had been "visiting late at night when Mr Depp was away for more than a year".

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