22 March 2022 | Johnny Depp recounted a disagreement that occurred in 2015 that led to the tip of his finger being severed. Video / NBC
Jurors listening to testimony in Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit towards his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, listened to audio recordings during which he referred to the violence that might ensue if their arguments had been allowed to escalate.
“The following transfer, if I don’t stroll away … it’s going to be a massacre, prefer it was on the island,” Depp says on the recording.
In different audio clips, Depp loudly shouts vulgarities at his spouse, calling her a degrading title and yelling, “You silly f—-” at her.
Depp winced on the stand because the clips had been performed, whereas Heard appeared to combat again tears.
Depp is suing Heard for libel over a 2018 op-ed piece she wrote in The Washington Submit. She refers to herself as a “public determine representing home abuse”.
The clips had been a part of a grueling cross-examination of Depp that concluded late Monday morning, as he took the stand for the fourth day of testimony over his allegations that Heard falsely portrayed him as a home abuser.
Throughout Monday’s testimony, Depp really mentioned little or no, though on redirect he did search to elucidate a few of his coarse language and once more denied that he reduce off his personal finger throughout a combat with Heard, despite the fact that he advised individuals as a lot on the time. He now says the finger was severed when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him.
“Why would I begin lopping off digits in my 50s?” he mentioned, exhibiting his proper hand to the jury. “I can’t take duty for what I now name Little Richard, my chopped finger.”
Many of the questioning consisted of Heard’s lawyer taking part in audio clips or studying vulgar textual content messages despatched by Depp and asking Depp if he’d learn them accurately.
All through the cross-examination, Depp confirmed his displeasure with Rottenborn’s questions. When Rottenborn interrupted one response, Depp mentioned, “I used to be speaking.” When Rottenborn mentioned he thought-about the query to be totally answered, Depp responded, “so long as you’re blissful.”
Depp additionally expressed disapproval as Rottenborn learn headlines from a collection of damaging articles written concerning the actor, some relationship again to 2014.
“These are all hit items. These are dreck,” Depp mentioned.
Rottenborn launched the articles to attempt to show that the 2018 Submit article on the middle of the case isn’t what broken his repute, however as an alternative a protracted historical past of dangerous behaviour.
Whereas the libel lawsuit is meant to middle on whether or not Depp was defamed within the article, many of the trial has targeted on the ugly particulars of the couple’s temporary marriage. Depp denies ever putting Heard, whereas Heard’s attorneys argue that Depp bodily and sexually abused her and that his denials lack benefit as a result of he was typically drunk and excessive to the purpose of blacking out.
Depp was final on the stand Thursday. Heard’s attorneys referenced his historical past of trashing lodge rooms in addition to the time he smashed a toilet sconce throughout an argument with Heard. Depp can be going through a lawsuit filed by a member of a movie crew who alleges the actor assaulted them in 2018.
The jury has seen dozens of Depp’s texts to mates relating to his ingesting, drug use, and interactions together with his then-wife, in addition to his notes of contrition to Heard and her father.
Depp mentioned the accusations and the article contributed to an unfairly ruined repute that made him a Hollywood outcast and value him his function within the profitable “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. Heard’s attorneys say Depp’s broken repute is the results of his personal dangerous habits.
Depp has been on the stand in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket since Tuesday afternoon. The actor has testified that Heard abused medicine and that she was the one who bodily attacked him. He referred to as the drug habit accusations towards him “grossly embellished,” although he acknowledged taking many medicine. – AP