Johnny Depp‘s testimony continued Wednesday as he took the stand for a second day to testify in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard, whom he has accused of ruining his status and profession with false accusations of home violence.
On Wednesday, Depp testified in regards to the particulars of his relationship with Heard, claiming she used his private weaknesses as “ammunition.”
“It appeared like pure hatred for me,” he mentioned, claiming Heard would would name-call and escalate misunderstandings into “full-scale arguments.”
“In all of those conditions, my foremost purpose was to retreat,” he claimed.
‘Too many traces have been crossed’: Johnny Depp particulars alleged abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard
When requested why Depp stayed with Heard given her alleged behaviour, he mentioned it was “sophisticated.” He hypothesized the reply needed to do along with his personal mom’s abuse in opposition to his father.
Depp additionally claimed Heard had threatened suicide prior to now. “Many occasions once I would attempt to depart, she would cease me on the elevator with the safety guards, crying and screaming, ‘I cant reside with out you, I’m going to die.'”
Throughout his testimony, Depp instructed the court docket about his former opioid dependancy and difficult restoration. He spoke about how tough withdrawal was, calling his detox “the bottom second of my life.” In response to Depp, Heard denied him his treatment whereas he was making an attempt to get well.
The actor claimed he's not and by no means has been an alcoholic.
He additionally testified he had witnessed Heard use a number of medication on numerous events, together with MDMA (ecstasy), magic mushrooms and a drug comparable to hurry.
Depp appeared on the stand for the first time Tuesday, detailing his troubled childhood by the hands of an abusive mom, sharing the historical past and frequency of his drug and alcohol use, and offering particulars in regards to the starting of his relationship with Heard.
In Depp’s testimony on Tuesday, the actor mentioned he desires the general public to know his facet of the story. It’s the primary time he’s publicly addressed the fallout and the claims Heard has levelled in opposition to him.
“I needed to watch for my alternative to deal with the fees, which have been legal costs. They only weren’t true,” he mentioned.
Talking regularly of the affect the case and its particulars have had on his youngsters, Depp mentioned he’s additionally suffered from a private fall-from-grace.
Johnny Depp takes stand in defamation trial in opposition to Amber Heard: ‘My purpose is the reality’
“At some point you’re Cinderella, so to talk, after which in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo.”
The totally televised authorized battle of the divorced couple has captured the eye of spectators across the globe, with each Heard, 35, and Depp, 58, claiming to be victims of violence. The preliminary court docket case started when Depp filed a $50-million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Submit op-ed penned by Heard in late 2018 about home abuse.
Heard didn't point out Depp by identify within the article, although in court docket paperwork he alleges his status and profession have been nonetheless “devastated” because of this.
When questioned about his childhood Monday, Depp described intimately the “violent” and “merciless” abuse he and his siblings suffered by the hands of his mom, Betty Sue Palmer.
He recounted occasions when his mom threw an ashtray or beat him with a high-heeled shoe.
“In our home, we have been by no means uncovered to any sort of security or safety. The one factor that one might do, actually, was to remain out of the road of fireside.”
He mentioned that within the early days of their relationship Heard appeared “too good to be true,” however issues started to deteriorate after a couple of 12 months when Depp mentioned Heard started to point out indicators of controlling behaviour.
He additionally testified that the small print Heard has shared about his alleged drug and alcohol addictions are “grossly embellished” and “plainly false.”
He mentioned that whereas he did dabble in his mom’s “nerve drugs” at a younger age, and was hooked on an opiate for 4 to 5 years, he has additionally had months-long stints of sobriety and that when he did use substances, he “by no means appeared loaded or excessive, or any of that.”
“Even when I felt a little bit spinny nobody would have ever identified,” Depp instructed the court docket.
Depp’s legal professionals have already referred to as on a number of witnesses, together with mates, the couple’s therapist, and the physician and nurse who declare they handled the Pirates of the Caribbean actor for substance abuse points.
In opening statements delivered by the previous spouses’ authorized groups final week, Depp’s legal professionals declare Heard is “selecting to lie about him for her personal private profit.”
Heard’s legal professionals argued the alternative, claiming freedom of speech allowed the Aquaman actor to pen the Washington Submit op-ed.
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