Depp denies hitting ex-wife Amber Heard in defamation case in UK

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LONDON (AP) – Johnny Depp denied hitting ex-wife Amber Heard in jealous rage, hanging his little dog out of a car window and being a Jekyll-and-Hyde monster while he was cross-examined for a second day Wednesday by a lawyer for the British tabloid The Sun. The newspaper defends a defamation charge after calling the Hollywood star “a woman thresher”.

Depp is suing The News editor, News Group Newspapers, and its editor, Dan Wootton, for an April 2018 article saying that he physically abused Heard.

The case was opened Tuesday at the High Court in London, with Depp sitting in the witness booth and denying Heard’s allegations that he had assaulted her repeatedly.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star said that Heard’s “sick” claims that he had assaulted her repeatedly were “totally false”. He described his ex-wife as a sociopath, narcissist and emotionally dishonest.

Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy “The Rum Diary” and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. They divorced in 2017, and are now accusing each other bitterly. each other of abuse.

Although Heard was not tried, the case is a confrontation between the ex-spouses, who accuse each other of being controlling, violent and deceptive during their tumultuous marriage.

Defense of the Sun builds on Heard’s allegations of 14 incidents of Depp violence between 2013 and 2016, in places like Los Angeles, Australia, Japan, The Bahamas and a chartered plane. He denies them all and says that Heard, an actress and model, attacked him with items like a drink can and a cigarette, and cut his finger by tossing him a bottle of vodka.

Cross-examining Depp, The Sun’s attorney, Sasha Wass, related an allegation of abuse which, according to Heard, took place at her home in March 2013. She said that Depp was furious at a painting of the Heard’s former partner, artist Tasya van Ree, who stayed in place. Heard’s room.

Depp acknowledged that he “could be jealous,” but denied Heard’s claim that he removed the painting from the wall, attempted the fire, and slapped Heard when she intervened.

“I did not hit Ms. Heard and, moreover, I never hit Ms. Heard,” said Depp, who wore a gray suit, blue shirt and patterned tie for his court appearance.

He also denied hitting Heard in 2013 after laughing at a tattoo he had read “Wino Forever”. He said he changed it from “Winona Forever” after breaking up with actress Winona Ryder years earlier.

“I don’t remember any argument about my tattoos,” said Depp.

Depp rejected all allegations of violence submitted to him by Wass, rejecting the claims as “not correct” and “clearly false”.

Asked about an incident in which he reportedly hung the Yorkshire terrier from Heard, Pistol, out of a car window, Depp said, “This is absolute and absolute falsehood.”

“It is not my idea of ​​pleasure, although my sense of humor is rather biased,” he said.

He denied counsel’s suggestion that his memory had been damaged by alcohol and drug abuse.

Wass tried to portray Depp as a volatile personality with a long-standing drug habit and anger management problem.

Depp admitted to having taken both prescription drugs and illegal drugs since childhood, but said that Heard’s clam, he became a “monster” when he drank and took drugs was “delusional.”

The lawyer read an email to Depp that Heard had composed in 2013 but never sent, in which she said he was “like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and described his behavior as “bath of full disco blood “.

Depp said the allegations of Heard’s abuse were a “hoax” and said the email was evidence “that Mrs. Heard was building a file” as “an insurance policy for later”.

Depp and Wass also clashed over whether Heard had tried to limit his alcohol and drug use. Heard says she tried to help Depp get sober and never used cocaine during their relationship.

“There were several times in our relationship, in the beginning, where not only did she cut the cocaine with a razor blade in lines, but she then took the cocaine on her finger and rubbed it on her gums,” said Depp.

When Wass said Heard often had two or three glasses of wine over the course of an evening, Depp retorted: “Two or three bottles. “

“This is completely absurd, Mr. Depp,” said the lawyer.

Heard is appearing in court and is expected to testify later in the three-week trial.

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