“I thought it was a strangely appropriate ending to the relationship,” said the 57-year-old actor.
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Depp finished his evidence in his defamation case against the Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its editor, Dan Wootton, about an April 2018 article titled “Potty – How JK Rowling can be “Really happy” for thresher Johnny Depp in the new movie Fantastic Beasts? ”
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In the three and a half days before witnesses for the High Court, Depp described a volatile relationship with Heard that turned into screaming matches, which sometimes took a physical turn. But he firmly denied hitting Heard and accused him of compiling a false claims case against him as an “insurance policy”.
He said that one of the triggering incidents of the couple’s separation occurred when a cleaner found excrement in a bed in his Los Angeles penthouse the morning after Heard’s 30th birthday party in April 2016.
Heard says they fought after the party and Depp threw a bottle of magnum wine at him, but he denies his claims.
She blamed the defecation incident on one of their Yorkshire burrows, but Depp believed someone had done it.
“He was not left by a three or four pound dog. I was convinced it was either Ms. Heard herself or one of her cohorts involved in leaving human excrement on the bed, “Depp said in court.
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He said that after this incident, he realized that their marriage could not be saved.
“I didn’t want anything to do with it,” added Depp.
The court heard a text message that Depp sent to Heard after their separation in which he sent “all my love and my regrets … I wish you nothing but good.”
“That’s what I felt,” admitted the actor. “I didn’t think there should be any poison at the time, because the bad part was over, which was the relationship, and now we just had to finish it.” “
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Depp said in June 2016 he became “quite bitter” because he felt publicly portrayed as “a woman drummer”.
the Public enemies The actor said Hear’s allegations that he mistreated her took him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in the public eye.
“I went, if you forgive the analogy, from Cinderella to Quasimodo in 0.6 seconds and I was speechless,” said Depp.
In July 2016, Depp wrote in a text to a partner that his ex-wife “craves total world humiliation … She will get it”.
Defense of the Sun is based on a total of 14 Heard allegations regarding Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016, in contexts such as his private island in the Bahamas, a rented house in Australia and a private jet. He firmly denies them all.
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During cross-examination by Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass, Depp described a tumultuous relationship with Heard during a period when he tried to kick drugs and alcohol and sometimes fall .
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He said he told Heard several times that it was “a crime scene that was to happen”. But he denied being violent.
Sun’s lawyer alleged that in a fight at the Los Angeles penthouse in December 2015, Depp, in “uncontrollable rage”, ransacked Heard’s wardrobe, threw a carafe at him, slapped her , pulled her by the hair and kicked her, causing two black eyes.
Depp claimed that Heard was the assailant and he only tried to restrain her “to keep him from arrowing and hitting me”. He said he could have kicked her, but only by accident, and denied having caused any injuries.
the Coup The actor also rejected Heard’s claim that he had subjected him to a “three-day assault test” in March 2015 in Australia, where Depp appeared as captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film.
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He agreed that they had an argument, which ended with the destruction of their house and the severing of Depp’s finger to the bone.
Depp accuses Heard of cutting his fingertip by tossing him a bottle of vodka. She denied being in the room when the number was cut.
Depp admitted in court that he may have done things he did not remember while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. But he denied being able to be physically violent and not remembering it.
“There have been outages, of course, but in any outage, there are memory snippets,” said Depp.
A short section of Friday’s hearing, which focused on allegations of sexual violence, was heard in private after the judge accepted a request from lawyers for Sun.
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Depp and Heard – who met during filming The Rum Diary in 2011 – were married on February 3, 2015. On May 23, 2016, Heard filed for divorce, requesting spousal support. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason. They officially divorced on January 13, 2017.
Four days after filing for divorce, Heard applied for a temporary restraining order against Depp, which the judge granted after she submitted several photos as evidence of the alleged assault, one of which allegedly shows the actress with what appears to be a bruise to his right. eye. She said the incident took place on May 21, less than 48 hours before it was filed.
In March 2019, Depp sued Heard in a US $ 50 million defamation lawsuit, citing an article she wrote for the Washington Post about domestic violence.
The complaint said that even if Depp was not named in the Post article, it was clear that Heard was talking about him. The trial called his allegations of domestic violence “categorically and clearly false”.
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“They were part of a hoax designed to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career,” said the trial, saying, “She is the author. ”
The suit said that Depp suffered financial losses as a result of the charges, including the withdrawal of his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
In his article, published in the Post in December 2018, Heard also said that she had lost an actor role and a contract with a major fashion brand because she had made public her allegations of abuse.
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“I spoke out against sexual violence – and I faced the wrath of our culture,” wrote Heard, adding that she felt like she was “on trial for public opinion.”
Heard asked a judge to dismiss the defamation lawsuit in April 2019.
While neither Heard nor Depp is on trial, the case is a confrontation between the ex-spouses, who accuse each other of being controlling, violent and deceptive during their tumultuous marriage.
Heard is participating in the three-week trial and is scheduled to testify next week.
Depp’s $ 50 million lawsuit is expected to be heard next year.
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– With files from the Associated Press
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