Johnny Depp locks himself in bathroom to avoid harassment, court hears

“He threw insults left, right and center, and he then took the bottle and threw it at me,” Depp said in court.

Amber Heard talks to her lawyer.

Amber Heard talks to her lawyer.Credit:AP

“It made contact and shattered everywhere. To be honest I didn’t feel any pain at all. I don’t feel any pain. What I felt was heat… as if something had dripped onto my hand, and then I looked down and realized that my fingertips had been cut off.”

“I’ve never had a nervous breakdown, but it was probably the closest I’ve ever had. None of it made sense, and I knew in my mind and heart that this was not life. No one has to go through this. ”

Two years after losing a similar case in London, Depp has once again sued Heard for libel, claiming he damaged his reputation when he wrote about domestic violence in 2018 Washington Post opinion, in which he said he had become a “public figure representing domestic violence”.

While the article never mentions Depp by name, his lawyers argue that it indirectly refers to allegations of domestic violence that Heard made against him in 2016 when the couple divorced.

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Depp – dropped from Pirates of the Caribbean franchise days after the work was published – the word op-ed ruined his career and reputation. He sued his ex-wife for $50 million.

In response, Heard, who has denied abusing Depp, sued him for $100 million for defamation after his lawyers called his claim a hoax.

The blockbuster trial is expected to last six weeks, with a witness list that includes billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and actors James Franco, Ellen Barkin, Jason Momoa and Paul Bettany. It happened in Fairfax County, about 15 miles from Washington DC because that’s where the Washington Post’s online servers are located.

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Spectators – many of them Depp fans – have flocked to the Fairfax County Courthouse every day to catch a glimpse of the pair, some standing for hours in the cold for wristbands that guarantee entry to the courtroom, which only allows 100 people, including the medium.

Heard has not provided evidence, and so far, Depp’s account is based on soft questions from his own lawyers. He’s scheduled to be cross-examined tomorrow.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Credit:Disney

Her testimony remains convincing, peeling back the layers on a toxic relationship that spilled over to the public several years ago when the couple split and Heard issued a restraining order against her.

Today, however, jury members were shown graphic images designed to support Depp’s claim that he was a victim of Heard’s aggression, not the other way around. One image includes his bleeding and severed finger; another shows the bruises he claims he received after Heard “landed a locomotive punch”.

The jury also heard an audio recorded by Depp, in which Heard admitted to him: “I did start a physical fight, but added: “I hit, it wasn’t punching you, baby. You weren’t hit. When Depp replied: “don’t tell me how it feels to be punched, he told him: “You’re like a baby, grow a fk up Johnny.”

Depp told the court how he started filming Heard’s tirade in hopes he could play it back on her, as she often denied attacking him.

“It was a kind of swift attack, a kind of endless parade of insults, looking at me like I was a fool. I had a hard time in my mind, of course, and in my heart, dealing with such a streak,” she said, likening it to the abuse she suffered from her mother as a child.

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The trial continues.

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