Actor gave testimony for second day in a row on Wednesday
Johnny Depp took the stand on Wednesday (20 abril) in his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, giving witness testimony for the second day in a row.
Ms Heard is being sued by Mr Depp for implying in a 2018 Washington Post column that he abused her, which Mr Depp said damaged his career even though she did not directly name him.
Ela, [object Window], has filed a $100m counterclaim against Mr Depp and has asked for immunity from the actor’s allegations.
Here is what we have learned over the first two days of Mr Depp’s testimony:
quarta-feira 20 abril 2022
Johnny Depp likens relationship with Amber Heard to his relationship with his mother
Na quarta-feira, Mr Depp likened his marriage to Ms Heard to his fraught relationship with his mother, calling it an “endless parade of insults”.
He recalled how “demeaning name calling”, being “berated” and “made a fool of” by Ms Heard would frequently escalate into full scale arguments.
“If there’s a dialogue between two people, both people need to speak. But there was no way to fit a word in. It was a sort of rapid-fire, endless parade of insults," ele disse, adding that he “was not allowed to be right and not allowed to have a voice”.
“You start to slowly realise that you are in a relationship with your mother, num sentido. And I know that sounds perverse and obtuse, but the fact is, some people search for weaknesses in people," ele disse.
Actor’s tatoos are discussed
Mr Depp was asked about Ms Heard’s claims that the first time he struck her was in response to a comment about a tattoo.
The actor said that incident did not happen and reiterated that he never hit Ms Heard or any other woman.
He added that this specific allegation never made sense to him because he would have no reason to strike a woman for making fun of his ink.
Probed further on whether Ms Heard objected to any of his tattoos, he replied that he had “Winona forever” – a reference to his previous relationship with actor Winona Ryder – changed to “Wino forever”. It wasn’t clear which iteration Ms Heard objected to or if she influenced the change.
Amber Heard admits to hitting Johnny Depp in audio
Ms Heard could be heard admitting to hitting Mr Depp on a recording played in court.
Ms Heard and Mr Depp argued about the physical altercation on the recording, during which she said she hit Mr Depp but she didn’t “deck” him. She also told Mr Depp to “grow up”, calling him a “baby”.
“You told me to do it. You told me ‘go do that’,” Ms Heard said on the recording.
“You punched me in the f***ing thing,” Mr Depp said.
“You figured it all out,” Ms Heard responded. “I didn’t punch you by the way.”
“I’m sorry that I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap," ela adicionou. “I was hitting you, I was not punching you. You’re not punched.”
Johnny Depp describes finger injury
Mr Depp described in graphic detail a fight with Ms Heard during which he claims she threw a vodka bottle at him, cortando o dedo.
“She then grabbed that bottle and threw that at me,” Mr Depp said, demonstrating to the jury how he was sitting at the time. He said his fingers were resting on the edge of the bar and that the large vodka bottle “made contact and shattered everywhere”.
“I felt no pain at first all," ele disse. “I felt heat and as if something was dripping down my hand.”
“I was looking directly at my bones sticking out," ele adicionou. “Blood was just pouring out.”
Johnny Depp explains why daughter Lily-Rose Depp didn’t attend wedding
Mr Depp was asked about his wedding to Ms Heard on day two of his testimony.
During his testimony, Mr Depp said his daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, the eldest of his two children with Vanessa Paradis, did not attend his wedding to Ms Heard in 2015.
“Lily-Rose did not come to the wedding," ele disse. “She and Ms Heard were not on particularly great terms for several reasons.”
Johnny Depp cringes as he describes seeing photo of faeces on his bed
Mr Depp described seeing a photo of faeces on his bed days after a fight with Ms Heard.
Mr Depp said on that he didn’t see Ms Heard between 22 April and 21 Maio 2016 as he had “received some news that was as absurd and grotesque and cruel, and then I was shown a picture of what the problem was”.
He said he was shown a photo of “our bed and on my side of the bed was human faecal matter, so I understood why it wasn’t a good time to go down there”.
Mr Depp said his “initial response” was to “laugh”.
“It was so outside, it was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh," ele adicionou.
Johnny Depp tells how his mother’s death made him realise he wanted a divorce from Amber Heard
Mr Depp said his mother’s death dentro 2016 caused him to realise his marriage to Ms Heard had to end.
“When those you love leave, we’re the ones stuck with the pain, with the grieving. But I was glad that my kids got to see her and give her her send-off, I suppose. But it opened my eyes quite a lot to a number of things," ele disse.
Mr Depp added: “It opened my eyes to the fact that – yes, try, in relationships, whether friendships, whether courtships, whether marriage. Try your best. If it’s not going to work, it’s not going to work.”
Mr Depp said he had then decided that he would call Ms Heard and inform her of Palmer’s death, as well as his intention to file for divorce.
Ms Heard filed for divorce from Mr Depp on 23 Maio 2016 após 15 months of marriage.
terça 19 abril 2022
Johnny Depp is ‘not embarrassed’ to be facing his ex-wife in a highly public court case
“I can’t say that I’m embarrassed because I know that I’m doing the right thing,” Mr Depp said after taking the witness stand.
The actor told the court that he did feel exposed by the litigation, insisting that despite his successful career, he had always been a private person who had tried to shield his two children from “hordes of paparazzi’ and that he did not want them to see their parents as “novelties”.
Actor compared himself to both Cinderella and Quasimodo
During his testimony, Mr Depp told the court that since Heard’s abuse allegations were first made against him six years ago he had been through “trying times”.
“It’s strange when you’re Cinderella, por assim dizer, and in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo," ele disse.
Depp quipped that Heard ‘Could definitely kill me’ when they met for the first time in audition
The actor had agreed to meet with the actress who was under consideration for the role of Chenault in The Rum Diary, based on a novel by the late author Hunter S Thompson.
“I took one look at her and thought ‘Yep that’s the Chenault that Hunter wants, that’s the one. I just thought ‘Yep she could definitely kill me, that’s who Hunter wants.’”
And he went on to explain the things that he first liked about her.
“She was sweet as pie, pleasant, intelligent, literate, very good taste,” he said but added that he felt he could teach her to use “stillness” in her acting.
Depp claims that Heard’s characterisation of his substance abuse was ‘grossly embellished’
The star said from the witness stand that his drug and alcohol use had been “an easy target” for the actress to hit after their marriage ultimately broke down. But Mr Depp said he didn’t use for the sake of partying, but rather to dull the pain of past trauma.
“It has never been for the party effect, it has been trying to numb the things inside that have, that can plague someone who has experienced trauma,” he told the court in Virginia.
“The characterisation of my substance, of my quote-unquote substance abuse that has been delivered by Ms Heard is grossly embellished, and I am sorry to say, but a lot of it is just plainly false.
“I think that it was easy, it was an easy target for her to hit. Because once you have trusted somebody for a certain amount of years and you have told them all the secrets of your life, that information can then, claro, be used against you.”
Depp describes his first kiss with Heard on set of The Rum Diary
The actor said that he and Ms Heard had locked lips in a scene in which she walked in on him in the shower.
And he described how the pair continued the passion back in his trailer later in the day.
“I think there was something in the kiss in the shower that was real," ele adicionou.
“So that day after work, Ms Heard had come to my trailer and I was sitting there listening to old blues stuff and we had a glass of wine and we kissed.
“At that point my trailer was the only trailer in the parking lot, she had the mind to stay in the trailer for a while with me but I did not think that was a good idea on any level as there were nine Teamsters outside waiting to move the trailer.”
Depp said mother’s abuse ‘tore up’ his family
Mr Depp also spoke at length about his difficult childhood, saying that his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, “had the ability to be as cruel as anyone can be”.
Describing his mother’s violence, Mr Depp said “an ashtray” could be “flung at you”. He added that she would hit her children in the head and that she could use a “high heeled shoe or a telephone or whatever was handy”.
He added that he started being able to see when his mother was about to “head into a situation where she was going to be riled up and somebody was going to get it. que adiciona uma certa sensação premium ao irmão maior, it was me”.
Mr Depp said the family learned to deal with the physical abuse but that the verbal and psychological abuse “tore us up”.
He described his father as “kind”, “quiet”, and “shy” who would “amazingly remain very stoic” when Mr Depp’s mother “delivered the pain”.
“He swallowed it, he took it,” Mr Depp said, adding that he once saw his father punch a concrete wall, shattering his hand. “He remained a gentleman.”
“He was able to maintain his calm and his compusure,” as well as his “relationship to his children,” Mr Depp said. “He’s a good man.”
Mr Depp said his father leaving led his mother into a “deep, dark depression” and he mimicked her stumbling around the home after taking a multitude “of pills to try to take herself out”. She survived after having her stomach pumped at hospital.
He said his mother seemed to “calm down” after taking some “nerve pills” and that he, na idade de 11, would take one as well because he wanted “to calm down” but he “didn’t know how to” and that he wanted to “escape feeling so much”.
“That was the beginning – when I realized that nerve pills calm the nerves," ele disse, adding that he had taken all the drugs “he was aware of” by the age of 15.
Actor reveals that he never saw piratas do Caribe
The actor also said he had never seen one of his most successful films – piratas do Caribe.
Mr Depp first appeared as Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 dentro piratas do Caribe: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The actor went on to also appear in several sequels, Incluindo Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides, e Dead Men Tell No Tales.
“I thought that it had all the hallmarks of a Disney film – that is to say, a kind of a predictable three-act structure,” he said about his first thought about the first script. “The character of Captain Jack was more like a swashbuckler type that would swing in shirtless and be the hero.”
He then revealed that he never saw the film.
“I didn’t see it. But I believe that the film did pretty well, apparently, and they wanted to keep going, making more and I was fine to do that," ele disse. “It’s not like you become that person, but if you know that character to the degree that I did – because he was not what the writers wrote, so they really weren’t able to write for him… Once you know the character better than the writers, that’s when you have to be true to the character and add your words.”