The actor Paul Bettany has spoken for the primary time about having the textual content messages exchanged between himself and Johnny Depp regarding Amber Heard learn out at Depp’s libel trial.
Bettany, who’s presently selling A Very British Scandal, instructed the Independent it was “a extremely troublesome topic to speak about” and mentioned he was involved doing so would “simply pour gasoline on the fireplace”.
“Are you able to think about what it will be like, truthfully, to have a bunch of attorneys undergo each one in every of your emails and texts for 10 years? All I can inform you is that it was an disagreeable feeling.”
A collection of aggressive and ugly texts exchanged between Bettany and Depp, his good friend and someday co-star, had been learn aloud in courtroom in 2020 by barristers for Information Group Worldwide, which Depp was suing after a column by Dan Wootton within the Solar referred to him as a “spouse beater”.
One message, despatched in 2013, made lewd reference to Heard’s “beaver”, and mentioned her homicide by “burning” or “drowning”.
“I’m undecided we should always burn Amber,” wrote Bettany. “She is pleasant firm and pleasing on the attention. We might after all do the English plan of action and carry out a drowning take a look at. Ideas? You’ve a swimming pool.”
Depp replied: “Let’s drown her earlier than we burn her!!! I’ll fuck her burnt corpse afterwards to ensure she’s useless.”
To which Bettany apparently wrote again: “My ideas fully. Let’s make certain earlier than we pronounce her a witch.”
Depp was requested in courtroom whether or not Bettany was one in every of his “drug buddies”, and he mentioned that the pair had taken medicine collectively and drunk alcohol.
Depp misplaced the libel case and was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen within the forthcoming third instalment of JK Rowling’s Implausible Beasts film franchise. Bettany has received plaudits for his efficiency because the Duke of Argyll in A Very British Scandal, in addition to in Marvel spin-off WandaVision.