Johnny Depp tells defamation trial he was nearly ‘devastated’ after arguing with Amber Heard while they were in Australia

Actor Johnny Depp – testifying in the defamation case he filed against his ex-wife Amber Heard – said he was the one being violent in their relationship and that the false accusations had cost him “nothing less than anything”.

On his second day at the witness stand in the Virginia courtroom, Depp said the pair had frequent fights including “demeaning” and “bullying” by Heard.

“If I keep arguing, eventually, I believe it will escalate into violence and, often, it does.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean star, 58, sued Heard, 35, for $67 million after she accused him of harassment.

Depp said Heard would “attack” with a slap or a push.

He also discussed violent arguments in 2015 – shortly after they married – that took place in Australia and which he claims resulted in the tip of his middle finger being severed. He said Heard was angry that Depp’s lawyers asked him to sign a post-nuptial agreement.

Depp said he threw two bottles of vodka at him, the second exploded where he placed his hand on the cellar bar, slicing the finger to the point where the bone was exposed.

Johnny Depp shows the middle finger of his hand to show where he is injured.
Depp shows the middle finger of his hand which, he said, was injured during an argument with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, in Australia in 2015.(Reuters: Evelyn Hockstein)

Depp wrote Heard’s list of ‘lies’ with his own blood

The actor said he started writing on the wall in his own blood telling lies he caught from Heard.

Depp informs the hospital doctor that he has injured himself, and contemporary text messages introduced as evidence refer to Depp injuring himself.

He testified that he lied about the cause of the injury to protect Heard.

However, Heard’s lawyers say the laws of physics do not support Depp’s story and they will present evidence to prove it.

In a similar legal case in Britain, Heard denied throwing the bottle and cutting Depp’s finger.

He said he threw things only to run away when he beat him, and once punched him because he was afraid he would push his sister down the stairs.

Close-up of blonde woman in white blazer turning to look at woman sitting beside her.
The actor said he would break away from a heated argument and denies ever assaulting his ex-wife (above).(Reuters: Evelyn Hockstein)

On Wednesday, Depp described an incident in which he said Heard repeatedly punched him.

The actor said he hugged her to soothe her, and their foreheads touched.

According to Depp, Heard accused him of “stabbing his head” and breaking his nose, returning minutes later with a tissue he said was covered in blood.

Depp said he then took a tissue and found the red stain was from the nail polish.

The actor said he would break away from heated fights, sometimes lock himself in the bedroom or bathroom, and never hit Heard.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp pose in front of a logoed wall at a red carpet event, both in formal wear.
The former spouses have been entangled in a legal battle for years, accusing each other of domestic violence.(AP: Jordan Strauss )

Why do ex-spouses return to court?

Depp accused Heard, also an actor, of slandering him when he wrote an opinion piece in December 2018 in The Washington Post about being a survivor of domestic violence.

The article never mentioned Depp by name, but Depp’s attorney, Benjamin Chew, told the jury it was clear Heard was referring to Hollywood’s leading man.

Depp said Heard’s accusations had cost him “nothing less than anything”.

The new Pirates film was postponed, and Depp was removed from the Fantastic Beasts film franchise, a Harry Potter spin-off.

“When the accusation was made, it quickly circulated around the world, telling people I was a drunk, cocaine-fueled threat beating women – suddenly in their 50s – it was over,” he said.

Lawyers for Heard, who just started cross-examining Depp on Wednesday night, argued that he was telling the truth and that his opinions were protected by free speech under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

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