Taking the stand Tuesday in his libel lawsuit towards his ex-wife Amber Heard, actor Johnny Depp stated her home abuse allegations towards him had been disturbing, heinous and “not based mostly in any species of fact”.
“Nothing of the type ever occurred,” Depp stated in courtroom, including: “By no means did I personally attain the purpose of placing Ms Heard in any method. Nor have I ever struck any lady in my life.”
In a gentle voice, Depp stated he’d introduced the case to clear his title towards accusations that he’d abused Heard throughout their three-year marriage, and since he was involved for his youngsters and the individuals who have believed in him.
“I’m obsessive about the reality,” Depp stated. “So right now is definitely my first alternative that I’ve been ready to discuss this case.”
He stated the accusations towards him had come “as a whole shock” – accusations that “simply didn’t have to go in that path”.
Depp’s testimony comes every week right into a trial in Fairfax, Virginia, as a part of a defamation trial through which he accuses his ex-wife, Amber Heard, of ruining his profession with false accusations of violence of their relationship.
Depp’s testimony got here every week into the dueling defamation trial, throughout which witnesses for the actor have largely conformed to Depp’s rivalry that his spouse, not he, initiated marital discord and fights.
However the testimony has come at a value, with the actor being depicted as a childlike, drug-and-alcohol-abusing Hollywood A-lister surrounded by a retinue of medical doctors, nurses, assistants, associates on the payroll and various hangers-on.
However that depiction should show much less damaging to the actor’s stalled profession and ruined repute than Heard’s claims that she was the sufferer of violent abuse throughout their three-year marriage.
On Monday, a physician and a nurse recounted the hunt for the lacking tip of Depp’s center finger, severed in March 2015 whereas he was in Australia for the filming of the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
The actor has accused Heard of throwing a bottle at him, severing the finger. Heard has stated Depp in all probability reduce his finger when he smashed a phone. Throughout the combat, she has alleged, Depp beat her, choked her and sexually assaulted her.
David Kipper, Depp’s “concierge physician”, treating the actor for substance abuse, earlier stated Depp’s chef discovered the lacking finger amid blood and damaged glass within the kitchen.
Earlier than Depp’s testimony, the courtroom heard from his on-set sound technician, Keenan Wyatt, who stated capturing on the movie was delayed three weeks whereas Depp sought surgical procedure.
Wyatt testified that he accompanied Depp, his former spouse, Vanessa Paradis, and youngsters to their residence within the Bahamas on a number of events. Wyatt testified that Depp was a loving father who by no means raised his voice to his youngsters and whose persona didn’t change when he drank – when as a substitute “he turned sleepy”.
“I’ve by no means seen him be violent towards anyone,” Wyatt stated.
Wyatt’s testimony conforms to statements issued by Paradis and Winona Ryder, former companions of Depp, through the actor’s failed libel motion towards the Solar newspaper final yr, denying Depp ever acted violently or abusively towards them.
A number of witnesses have characterised Heard because the abusive get together. Throughout a non-public aircraft journey from Boston to Los Angeles, Wyatt stated, Heard was “giving Johnny the chilly shoulder, being quiet, being pouty”. When he approached her, he testified, Heard responded, “How dare you discuss to me?”
Underneath cross-examination, Wyatt denied that Depp shouted at Heard, “Get fucked with fucking James Franco” – referring to an affair Heard had allegedly had with the actor – and later handed out behind the aircraft.
Depp, 58, alleges Heard, 35, defamed him when she wrote a December 2018 opinion piece within the Washington Publish about being a survivor of home abuse. Heard maintains her opinion is protected as free speech below the primary modification to the US structure. Depp filed a $50m lawsuit towards Heard in 2018. Heard later filed a $100m counter-claim.
A lot of the trial testimony has targeted on Depp’s abuse of medicine and alcohol and difficultly in conserving to detox therapies. Heard’s attorneys have claimed Depp’s denial that he abused his spouse lacks credibility as a result of he steadily drank and used medication to the purpose of blacking out.
Early within the trial, Depp’s sister confirmed she’d texted her brother in February 2014 to say: “Cease consuming, cease coke, cease capsules.”
Depp’s authorized group introduced a video deposition of the couple’s therapist, who testified that each suffered childhood abuse and had been engaged in “mutual abuse” throughout their union.
“It was some extent of satisfaction to her if she felt disrespected to provoke a combat,” Dr Laurel Anderson testified. “She slapped him as a result of he was being incoherent and speaking about being with one other lady.”
However Anderson additionally testified that Depp was overwhelmed by Heard, whom she described as speaking like a “jackhammer”. Depp allegedly stated to his spouse: “Nobody likes you. You’re getting fame from me. I’m falling out of affection with you. You’re a whore.”
Heard’s former assistant Kate James stated Heard instructed her she didn’t get pleasure from hanging out along with her husband’s associates as a result of they had been “boring and all previous males taking part in guitars and it wasn’t attention-grabbing to her”.
Trial observers have speculated that the he said-she stated nature of the case, streamed reside to tens of millions of viewers, is as a lot an effort by Depp to rebuild his public picture as it’s a defamation trial.
That effort without delay includes making himself seem weak whereas presenting himself because the sufferer of a scheming lady who, his attorneys declare, returned to the problem of home abuse in her Washington Publish editorial so as to hitch her profession prospects to the #MeToo motion.
The parade of managers, bodyguards, medical doctors, therapists, nurses, associates and assistants giving testimony has offered an perception into the scaffolding that Depp saved round him. At instances, Depp has appeared a prisoner of his personal making.
Heard prompt as a lot in her Publish column, describing his profession as “an enormous enterprise”, likening it to the Titanic, with lots of people having a vested curiosity in patching up the holes. On Monday, Variety famous a “sordid tradition of enablers” across the actor.
“The trial has felt like sifting via the wreckage of a royal courtroom after its ruler has been deposed,” it famous.