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Johnny Depp‘s cross-examination continued Thursday as he took the stand for a 3rd 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.
As cross-examination started, Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn requested Depp if he thought-about himself a “Southern gentleman.” Depp confirmed, including he’s achieved his finest to uphold chivalrous requirements.
Heard’s lawyer then requested about Depp’s relationship with Marvel star Paul Bettany, finest identified for taking part in Imaginative and prescient in WandaVision.
Throughout a 2020 U.Ok. libel case, which Depp misplaced, a number of non-public and disturbing textual content messages with Depp have been learn in courtroom.
These texts from 2014 have been once more learn in courtroom Thursday, together with messages from Depp, who texted Bettany, “Let’s drown [Heard] earlier than we burn her.”
“I'll f–ok her burnt corpse afterward to ensure she is lifeless.”
A number of photographs of medication allegedly belonging to Depp have been submitted as proof to the jury, together with a photograph of a number of strains of cocaine alongside whiskey, and a small field with a cranium and crossbones and the phrases “property of JD.” A photograph of 4 giant baggage of marijuana was additionally proven in courtroom.
A number of textual content messages from Depp discussing medication and drug utilization have been learn aloud, together with references to cocaine, marijuana and numerous capsules.
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The courtroom additionally heard an audio recording of a dialog between Heard and Depp. Within the audio, jurors listened to Heard inform Depp of his behaviour whereas allegedly below the affect of medication, together with vomiting in his sleep.
A photograph was additionally proven of Depp asleep on the sofa in his Boston residence with melted ice cream in his lap. Depp defined to Rottenborn he had labored a protracted day and had taken opioids, and that’s why he fell asleep on the sofa.
Defamation trial: Depp testifies about photograph of him sleeping with melted ice cream on his lap
Tensions rose within the courtroom as Rottenborn continued, casting doubt on whether or not the actor had been sober from alcohol for 18 months.
Depp has claimed durations of sobriety throughout his testimony earlier within the week.
After lunch, Rottenborn continued to grill Depp. Heard’s lawyer started by questioning the actor concerning the couple’s time in Australia throughout 2015, when Depp’s finger was severed.
Throughout his testimony, Depp admitted to dipping his severed finger in paint to write down messages in each paint and blood on the partitions and furnishings in the home the place he and Heard have been staying.
A number of photographs of the the paint/blood “reminders,” as Depp known as them, have been proven in courtroom, together with scrawled, barely legible writing on a mirror and lampshade.
A big portion of Thursday afternoon’s questioning was devoted to the day Depp’s finger was severed. In each an audio clip and several other textual content messages, Depp refers to that day as “the day I chopped off my finger.”
Throughout his earlier testimony, Depp claimed the digit was severed by Heard throwing a vodka bottle at him.
Maybe essentially the most disturbing particulars to be revealed throughout Thursday’s cross-examination got here within the late afternoon, when Rottenborn performed for the courtroom a video of a combat between the couple, that Heard had tried to secretly document.
Within the video, Depp could be seen within the kitchen of his Hollywood residence, slamming cabinets violently and kicking on the cupboard. He stumbles in and off digicam a number of instances, and the sounds of breaking glass could be heard two time.
Heard asks him a number of instances what he’s upset about, whereas Depp, visibly intoxicated, drains a considerable amount of wine right into a mason jar wine glass.
When he realizes Heard is recording the argument, he slaps the cellphone out of her hand.
The courtroom was additionally proven texts from Depp to his pal Issac Baruch, through which he referred to Heard as a “slippery whore” and advised Baruch “hopefully that c–t’s rotting corpse is decomposing within the f–king trunk of a Honda Civic!!”
Thursday’s cross-examination closed after the jury was offered a five-minute audio clip of one in all Depp and Heard’s final conferences in 2016.
Within the recording, Depp could be heard attempting to persuade Heard repeatedly to chop him with a knife.
“Do you need to reduce me someplace?” he asks.
“Please don’t harm your self,” she begged.
“In the event you don’t, I'll,” her replied.
A number of instances all through the clip, Heard asks Depp to not reduce himself and tells him she won't reduce him, both.
On Wednesday, Depp testified concerning the particulars of his relationship with Heard, claiming she used his private weaknesses as “ammunition.”
“It appeared like pure hatred for me,” he stated, claiming Heard would name-call and escalate misunderstandings into “full-scale arguments.”
Depp advised the courtroom the rationale he stayed with Heard was “difficult,” hypothesizing his behaviour stemmed from his personal mom’s abuse in opposition to his father.
He stated Heard threatened suicide “many instances” when he tried to depart, and likewise shared particulars of a very nasty combat that occurred shortly after he requested Heard to signal a postnuptial settlement in 2015.
Though he claims he had been sober for “many months” at that time (excluding marijuana) he stated he drank two or three photographs of vodka.
As he was ingesting, he stated Heard threw two bottles of vodka at him. The primary bottle missed the actor, however the second bottle, he claims, made contact along with his hand, severing the highest of his finger.
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Depp stated in the midst of his “nervous breakdown” he began to write down “little reminders from our previous” on the partitions in his personal blood, together with “little lies I had caught her in.”
Depp additionally accused Heard of extinguishing a lit cigarette on his proper cheek throughout the identical incident.
The courtroom additionally heard audio clips of the ex-spouses arguing. In a single clip, Depp accused Heard of punching him, whereas Heard accused Depp of operating away from the combat into different rooms of the home.
“I didn’t punch you, by the best way,” Heard stated within the clip. “I’m sorry, I didn’t hit you throughout the face in a correct slap, however I used to be hitting you. I didn’t punch you.”
Johnny Depp alleges Amber Heard threw liquor bottle at him, severing his finger
“Don’t inform me what it feels prefer to be punched,” Depp replied.
Depp additionally shared that after one altercation, the place he claims Heard scratched him on his face, she returned to the room with what gave the impression to be blood on a tissue and he or she claimed he broke her nostril.
Depp stated when he retrieved the tissue from the rubbish it gave the impression to be crimson nail polish on the tissue, not blood.
“Every time one in all these incidents would happen it appeared to worsen and worse,” Depp stated, referring to the extent of alleged abuse.
Earlier than turning to cross-examination, Depp detailed a few of the results Heard’s allegations had on his profession and status.
“I don’t know if she needed me to be erased, or drop lifeless, or needed me to stay round and permit her to damage my life and exit of her strategy to disgrace me, and harm my youngsters, and harm folks I’ve identified for a lot of, a few years,” the actor advised the courtroom.
He stated that as Heard’s allegations made their means by way of the media, he started to note a change in how folks handled him.
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“You discover folks taking a look at you in a different way. And then you definately discover calls cease coming from brokers and producers.”
Cross-examination began on the finish of the day on Wednesday, with Heard’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, rapidly getting below Depp’s pores and skin by narrowing in on the op-ed piece and a joint assertion launched by each actors, casting a lot of Depp’s different testimony apart.
The lawyer emphasised that in 2016 Depp signed a doc stating “Neither celebration has made false accusations for monetary achieve,” contradicting what Depp now claims occurred.
Testimony earlier this week heard Depp element his troubled childhood by the hands of an abusive mom, the historical past and frequency of his substance use and the timeline of his relationship with Heard.
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Talking incessantly of the influence the case and its particulars have had on his youngsters, Depp stated he’s additionally suffered from a private fall-from-grace.
“Someday you’re Cinderella, so to talk, after which in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo.”
The authorized battle of the 2 stars has captured the eye of spectators across the globe, with each Heard, 35, and Depp, 58, claiming to be victims of violence. The preliminary courtroom case started when Depp filed a $50-million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Publish op-ed penned by Heard in late 2018 about home abuse.
Heard didn't point out Depp by title within the article, however the actor alleges his status and profession have been nonetheless “devastated” in consequence.
Depp’s legal professionals have already known 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 other, claiming freedom of speech allowed the Aquaman actor to pen the Washington Publish op-ed.
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