In the more than two weeks that the trial has been going on for Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, testimonies and recordings have been heard that show how volatile the relationship between the two actors was.
The trial revolves around a $50 million lawsuit that Depp filed against Heard for an article she wrote for the newspaper Washington Post in which she recounted the alleged domestic abuse she suffered at his hands.
Heard, for her part, filed a $100 million counterclaim in court against her ex-husband.
Depp has already taken the stand to give his version of events and faced a harsh questioning by Heard’s lawyers.
The latter presented recordings which would show the abuse suffered by their client and which the actor’s lawyers deny.
Here we present some of the most explosive statements that were heard during the trial, which is still several weeks away.
“Yes, I am a victim of domestic violence”
These are the words used by Johnny Depp during an emotional phone conversation with Heard that took place, according to his testimony, between May and July 2016.
In the conversation, they talk about the last big fight they had in Australia before their divorce, when she alleges he threw a mobile phone at her which hit her in the face.
In the conversation, he reminds her that she threw a can at his nose in an incident that caused damage and broken glass in the house they were renting and in which Depp lost part of a finger.
Heard’s defiant voice is heard on the recording: “Tell the world that you, Johnny Depp, a man, are a victim of domestic violence and you will see how many people believe you and take your side.”
After Heard’s challenge was heard in court, Depp’s attorney asked his client what his response was.
“I said yes, I am”said the actor.
“Have you been so mad at someone that you lost your mind? »
The manager of the house the ex-partner rented during the fight in which Depp lost part of his finger has been called as a witness.
Ben King said he found Amber Heard “crying hysterically” when he arrived home.
He described in detail the damage he observed in the various rooms. Broken furniture including a ping pong table, tv and lamp. Broken glass, containers, cans and puddles of liquid on the floor and blood in various places, including the walls.
He said the Property damage was estimated at approximately US$50,000.
King told the court he flew back to Los Angeles with Amber Heard and the actress locked herself in the plane’s lavatory for about 15 minutes before takeoff and had to ask him to return to his seat.
During the flight, King asked Heard what had caused the fight in Australia.
She replied, “Have you been so mad at someone that you lose your mind about it?”
King looked at her “in disbelief” and said “no”.
“A spoiled teenager”
Ben King had also worked for the couple when they lived in London, while Depp filmed the 2014 film ‘Mortdecai’.
During this period, he also witnessed many fights. Referring to one of the altercations, he said Heard’s behavior resembled that of a “spoiled teenager”.
He also claimed that it was Heard he saw drinking wine, rather than Depp. “One or two bottles every night,” he said.
Her story also coincided with that of Depp’s defense, which claimed she chased the actor “from room to room, coming in or at least knocking on the door.”
“Let’s Burn (The Witch)”
In a 2013 text message exchange between Depp and fellow actor Paul Bettany, the pair refer to Heard as if she were a “witch.”
This evidence had already emerged during the trial for the lawsuit that Depp had brought a few years ago against a British tabloid – and which he had lost – but this time the texts were projected for the jury.
Bettany offers to put Heard through the drowning test that women suspected of being witches were subjected to in medieval times.
Depp responds in the following text message that after drowning her, they should burn her body.
Although the actor was “ashamed” of the language he used in the text messages, he stressed that “he didn’t want them to be the reality”.
He said he took it straight from a famous routine by British comedy group Monty Python and that “dry, obtuse English sense of humour” allowed him to connect with Bettany.
The British actor, who worked with Depp on several films, will testify on his friend’s behalf later in the trial.
“You want my blood, take it”
One of the most disturbing exchanges came on the recording of the couple’s reunion in San Francisco, after Heard’s domestic violence accusations against Depp were made public.
Depp told the court he had agreed to meet her in hopes that his ex-wife would ‘retract the lies that had been given to the world’ but later realized he had been summoned under a “false pretense”.
He accused her of taking everything from him (along with his accusation of domestic abuse). He explained that he had brought a knife which he took out saying, “You took everything from me. You want my blood, take it.
He clarified that this was not a threat to Heard, but that he was referring to “shed one’s own blood” which, according to the actor, was the only thing she didn’t have. “I was done, I was really done.”
feces in bed
On his second day of testimony, Johnny Depp claimed that in April 2016 his ex-wife left “human feces” on his side of the bed after an argument between them.
He said at that time he wanted to end his marriage and wanted to take advantage of the fact that his wife was not home to collect her things, but his head of security told him not to. do it and showed him a picture.
“He showed me a picture on his phone of…it was a picture of our bed, and on my side of the bed there was human feces.”
“I understood why it was not the right time to go. My first response was, I mean…I laughed. (…) It was so strange and grotesque that I could only laugh. So I didn’t go that day,” the actor said.
The trial will continue with testimony from Amber Heard and other public figures in the days and weeks to come.