Attorneys for actor Amber Heard sought to undermine Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit towards her Thursday by spending hours in court docket centered on the actor’s ingesting, drug use and texts he despatched to buddies — together with one about eager to kill and defile his then-wife.Heard’s legal professionals referenced Depp’s historical past of trashing lodge rooms and his smashing a WC sconce throughout an argument with Heard. Depp can also be dealing with a lawsuit filed by a member of a movie crew who alleges he was assaulted in 2018.The attorneys are attempting to derail Depp’s libel lawsuit towards Heard that alleges that she falsely portrayed him as a home abuser and ruined his profitable performing profession. They argue that Depp did certainly abuse Heard, each bodily and sexually, and declare that Depp cannot deny it as a result of he was usually drunk and excessive on medicine to the purpose of blacking out.”I, after all, pounded and displayed ugly colours to Amber on a current journey,” Depp mentioned in a textual content message to a pal, the actor Paul Bettany, in July 2013, which was proven to jurors.”I’m an insane particular person and never so honest headed after an excessive amount of of the drink,” Depp continued. “Weed, capsules … Fantastic!!! Booze??? My capability is simply too giant and I will not cease … Ugly and unhappy … Oh, how I adore it.”Heard lawyer J. Benjamin Rottenborn additionally centered on one other trade that yr between Depp and Bettany wherein Depp wrote: “Let’s burn Amber!!!”
Actor Johnny Depp listens as he testifies within the courtroom on the Fairfax County Circuit Court docket in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, April 21, 2022.
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Bettany responded: “Having thought it by I do not suppose we should always burn Amber.”Depp texted: “Let’s drown her earlier than we burn her!!! I’ll (expletive) her burnt corpse afterwards to ensure she’s useless.”Depp has beforehand apologized to the jury for the vulgar language within the texts and mentioned that “within the warmth of the ache I used to be feeling, I went to darkish locations.”Rottenborn additionally confirmed the jury one in every of Depp’s texts to Bettany in 2014 wherein he referenced whiskey, capsules and cocaine.The texts had been despatched throughout a interval wherein Depp mentioned he had stopped ingesting. And so they had been despatched across the time of a non-public flight from Boston to Los Angeles, throughout which Heard had mentioned that Depp turned blackout intoxicated and assaulted her.Rottenborn offered texts that Depp despatched to Bettany that mentioned he drank “all night time earlier than I picked Amber as much as fly to LA this previous Sunday … Ugly, mate … No meals for days … Powders … Half a bottle of Whiskey, a thousand purple bull and vodkas, capsules, 2 bottles of Champers on airplane …”Depp had beforehand testified that he took two oxycodone capsules — an opiate to which he admits he was addicted on the time — and locked himself within the airplane lavatory and fell asleep to keep away from her badgering. He additionally disputes that he was drunk on the flight, saying he drank solely a glass of champagne as he boarded the airplane.However Rottenborn additionally confirmed the jury Depp’s expressions of contrition following the flight.”As soon as once more I discover myself in a spot of disgrace and remorse,” Depp wrote to Heard. “After all, I’m sorry. I actually do not know why, or what occurred. However I’ll by no means do it once more … My sickness someway crept up and grabbed me … I have to get higher. And I’ll. For us each. Beginning at this time. I really like you. Once more, I’m so sorry. So sorry.”
Actress Amber Heard arrives on the courtroom for the defamation trial towards her on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 20, 2022.
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The jury additionally noticed a written apology from Depp to Heard’s father wherein the actor mentioned he “(messed) up and went too far” in a battle with Heard. However Depp famous on the stand that the message didn’t say the battle was bodily.A number of audio recordings of the couple’s conversations had been performed in court docket. In a single, Heard informed Depp he vomited in his sleep. In one other dialogue, apparently Depp mentioned he had head-butted Heard.”I used to be utilizing the phrases that Ms. Heard was utilizing,” Depp countered. “However there was not an intentional head-butt. And if you wish to have a peaceable dialog with Ms. Heard, you may need to placate just a bit bit.”Depp has been on the stand in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket since Tuesday afternoon. The actor has spent a lot of that point describing the couple’s unstable relationship and denying that he ever abused Heard.Depp mentioned that Heard usually violently attacked him. And he argued that his film profession suffered after she wrote a 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Submit, which prompted his libel lawsuit towards Heard.Heard by no means talked about Depp by title within the article, however Depp’s legal professionals mentioned it was a transparent reference to accusations Heard made when she sought a 2016 restraining order towards him.Depp mentioned the accusations and the article contributed to an unfairly ruined popularity that made him a Hollywood outcast and price him his function within the profitable “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise.When cross-examination started Wednesday, Rottenborn pointed to proof that Disney made that call months earlier than the article’s publication. Her attorneys have mentioned that Depp’s broken popularity was as a result of his personal unhealthy habits.Rottenborn’s cross-examination of Depp lasted all of Thursday and is scheduled to proceed Monday.