Johnny Depp returns to the stand in his injury case against Amber Heard

Depp is suing Heard, his ex-wife, for $ 50 million over a 2018 assignment she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although Depp was not mentioned in the article, he claims it cost him lucrative acting roles.

The former couple settled their divorce in August 2016 and issued a joint statement that read in part, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times fleeting, but always bound by love.”

The trial, which began on April 11, is set to last six weeks. Heard has not yet testified.

Depp began his testimony on April 19, and he is expected to continue to be cross-examined by Heard’s attorney on Monday.

Here is some of what came up during his testimony so far.

Frequent arguments

Heard claimed in 2016 that Depp was “verbally and physically violent” against her, according to a complaint she filed that year, claiming that Depp had slapped her face after throwing a phone at her in their Los Angeles home.

Depp denied the charge and was not charged with any crime.

Depp testified Tuesday that the couple often quarreled, but said, “I never even got to the point of beating Mrs. Heard in any way, nor have I ever beaten any woman in my life.”

Audio recordings of some of their heated exchanges have been played in court, including one in which Heard discussed striking Depp.

Amber Heard speaks with one of her attorneys at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse on April 19th.

“You were not beaten, you were hit. I’m sorry I hit you like this, but I did not hit you,” Heard reportedly said.

Laurel Anderson, a clinical psychologist who worked with Depp and Heard in 2015 as their marriage counselor, testified in a video played in court on April 14 that Heard told her she was “fighting back” after Depp wanted to get physical. Anderson said the former couple “engaged in what I saw as mutual abuse.”

Depp has also claimed that he sometimes physically defended himself, talking about an incident in which Heard said her nose was injured. Depp said in court that his head was connected to Heard’s forehead as he tried to “master” Heard.

“There was not a deliberate headache,” the actor said.

A severed finger

Depp testified that his finger was cut over by broken glass in 2015 after Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him. He sought medical attention but said in court that he was telling others at the time that he injured his finger by slamming it into a door.

“I did not want to disclose that it had been Mrs Heard who had thrown a bottle of vodka at me and then taken her finger off,” he said during his testimony. “I did not want to get her in trouble. I was just trying to keep things as copacetic and easy as possible for everyone. I did not want to put her into that mix.”

Johnny Depp points the middle finger at his hand in court, injured in 2015.
Depp said he has had several surgeries to repair his finger and contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) during recovery. MRSA causes staph infections that are resistant to some antibiotics and are often difficult to treat.

Dr. David Kipper, who has dealt with Depp, confirmed parts of Depp’s story in a clarification that was played out in court this week.

Heard’s lawyers have referred to statements Depp made to doctors at the time, arguing that Depp had cut his own finger off. Depp denies this.

Depp was also asked about his actions after his injury, including when he used his injured finger to write on the walls with a mixture of his blood and paint. Depp confirmed in court that he had done so.

Text messages

Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn introduced several text messages Depp sent to friends and co-workers as evidence on Thursday, one of which referred to Heard’s “rotting corpse”.

Depp testified that he was “embarrassed” by the messages read in court, saying he sometimes uses “dark humor” to express himself.

Johnny Depp testified on April 21.

Other text messages were shared, with Depp discussing his drug and alcohol use with friends such as actor Paul Bettany and musician Marilyn Manson.

‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’

As Depp’s lawsuit focuses on the damage that has been done to his once lucrative career, some conversations were focused on “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the popular franchise that Depp directed in five films over 15 years.

Rottenborn, Heard’s lawyer, claimed that Depp was aware that he was “probably out of” the sixth film, or that Disney would drop or diminish its role in it before the release of Heard’s op-ed. Depp denied this.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

“I would be a really simple man not to think that there was an effect on my career based on Mrs. Heard’s words, whether they mentioned my name or not,” Depp said at the booth.

Depp admitted sheepishly in his testimony that he has not seen the first film in the “Pirates” series. However, he said, “I wholeheartedly believed in the character.”

But when Rottenborn asked, “If Disney came to you with $ 300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would make you come back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie, right?”

“That’s true, Mr. Rottenborn,” Depp replied.

Depp added about his career: “One day you are Cinderella so to speak, and then at zero point six seconds you are Quasimodo. I did not deserve it, nor did my children, nor the people who had believed in me all. in these years. “

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