LONDON—Hollywood star Johnny Depp wrote on a wall with blood from his severed finger tip during an extended and violent confrontation together with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, five years ago, London’s High Courtroom heard on Thursday at his libel case towards a British tabloid.
Depp informed the courtroom he suffered “some species of nervous breakdown” throughout a row with actress Heard, however denied he had violently attacked her and accused her of slicing his finger by throwing a bottle at him.
The revelations came on the third day of Depp’s look in the witness stand as he sues the writer of Britain’s Sun tabloid, Information Group Newspapers, over an article during which it labelled the actor a “spouse beater.”
The courtroom heard that Depp was in Australia in March 2015 to film “Pirates of the Caribbean” a month after the couple married. Heard had flown to hitch him from London, the place she had been making a movie with co-star Billy Bob Thornton.
The Solar’s lawyer, Sasha Wass, stated Heard suffered a three-day ordeal at Depp’s arms in the rented home the place the actor was staying after she turned indignant at him because he had been consuming to excess and taking medicine.
Consumed with jealousy about Heard and Thornton, Depp attacked her, always swigging from a bottle, Wass stated.
He slapped Heard across the face, pushed her towards the fridge and smashed her head towards it, and she or he barricaded herself in her bedroom to escape him, the courtroom was informed.
Wass stated at one stage Depp spat in her face, grabbed her by the throat and advised her it will be straightforward to crush her neck.
“Fabricated and harsh,” Depp replied, rejecting all of the accusations which he says type a part of a hoax by his ex-wife.
He agreed the couple had a violent row on the ultimate day that started as a result of he needed Heard to sign a post-nuptial settlement, and he had not been consuming till that point.
Depp described the Australian incident as the top of the wedding, after which it was only going to worsen.
Depp stated Heard threw two vodka bottles at him, the second of which “severed my finger and crushed my bones.”
“That is once I started what I really feel was maybe some species of a nervous breakdown,” he informed the courtroom. “I couldn’t reside, didn’t need to reside.”
He stated he started to write down messages on the wall in blood using his severed finger, earlier than then using paint. One message on a mirror stated, “Starring Billy Bob, Straightforward Amber.”
He agreed he may need ripped a phone off the wall and smashed it and advised Heard that she had ruined his life.
Wass advised the courtroom the house was a scene of “carnage” with paint in all places and windows and the television smashed. It brought on $75,000 of injury, in accordance with Depp’s assistant.
Earlier Depp denied attacking Heard whereas undergoing detox to ease himself off prescribed drugs on his personal island within the Bahamas in August 2014.
Depp advised the courtroom it was the “lowest point of my life,” when he was in quite a lot of ache, struggling uncontrollable spasms, and sobbing like a toddler on the floor.
He accused Heard of withholding medicine that may ease the method, calling it “one of many cruellest things that she has ever finished,” the courtroom was advised.
Nevertheless, Wass stated Heard, 34, was following instructions from Depp’s medical staff and identified she had contacted a nurse who was staying on the island to say he was screaming and had pushed her.
“I did not push Miss Heard or attack her in any approach,” Depp stated. “I was not in a situation to take action in any case.”
Depp has advised the courtroom that the abuse allegations have been a hoax, and Heard appeared to have been building a file as an insurance coverage policy. The trial is due to final three weeks.
By Michael Holden