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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had an emotional meeting two months after she filed for divorce in which he asked her to cut him with a knife and said ‘You’ve taken everything, you want my blood, take it’.
The $100m defamation trial between the exes heard that the dramatic meeting happened at a hotel in San Francisco in July 2016.
By that point Depp’s reputation had been shredded by Heard’s claims that he was physically violent to her, leaving a bruise that she showed to the world at a court hearing in Los Angeles where she got a restraining order against him.
Depp told the court that he repeatedly told Heard to cut him because his blood ‘was the only thing she didn’t have’.
The court also heard a tearful phone conversation between Depp and Heard after the divorce in which she challenged him about his claims she had beaten him up.
Heard said: ‘Tell the world I Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim of domestic violence and see how many people believe or side with you.’
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had an emotional meeting two months after she filed for divorce and a restraining order in which he asked her to cut him with a knife. The court was played audio where they heard Depp tell Heard, ‘You’ve taken everything, you want my blood, take it’
The court has previously heard the unsettling recording of the incident in which Depp repeatedly tells Heard to cut him, saying in a low voice: ‘You f**king hate me.’
Asked by one of his lawyers about the meeting in San Francisco, Depp said it went ‘not particularly well.’
He said: ‘I was quite confused I’d been summoned to her at that point since all the news was about the fact I’d allegedly done all these horrible things.
‘I met with her in the hope she would retract her lies that the world was now fed, had been fed. In no way was she ready to do that. I couldn’t understand why I was there.
‘Everything had been taken from me. My children couldn’t escape the fact all this had gone down.’
Asked why he was threatening to hurt himself, Depp said: ‘I thought Miss Heard had brought me to San Francisco, it was clear, under false pretenses. I don’t know what she was after.
‘I had a knife in my pocket. I took the knife out and said here, cut me.’
Recounting their conversation, Depp said: ‘That’s what you want to do. You’ve taken everything, you want my blood take, it.
‘She said no no. (I said) If you’re not going to take it, that’s all I’ve got left. If she wasn’t going to do it, I would have done it. I was at the end. I was broken.
‘The only answer was here, cut me, that’s all I have left to give you. There was no threat to Miss Heard, it was about spilling my blood, it was the only thing she didn’t have. I was broken and really at the end.’
Depp told the court that he told Heard to cut him because his blood ‘was the only thing she didn’t have’
The jury heard deeply disturbing audio of an incident between Depp and Heard where he was begging her to cut him with a knife. This knife was gifted to Depp by Heard and reads, ‘Until Death,’ in Spanish and ‘Slim’ – Depp’s nickname for Heard. It’s not clear if this was the knife used during their argument
The court also heard a dramatic phone call between Heard and Depp that he told the court took place some time between May and July 2016.
In the audio Heard challenged Depp to take her to court to see who would believe him if he claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse.
Depp and Heard are seen in September 2015 in Venice, Italy – the same year a blowout fight in Australia took place
Depp said: ‘It’s got to stop.’
A tearful Heard said: ‘I don’t know how to get my reputation back.’
Depp said: ‘We write a letter together saying we’re going to take this out of the public eye, saying that the media has created such a hateful storm that it’s sickening, that we love each other and that we’re going to make sure each other is okay.’
Heard said: ‘You have no idea. Every ounce of credibility has been taken from (me) and done so in a dishonest way.’
Depp says: ‘The abuse thing, we’ve got to deal with that….why did you put it out there?
Heard screams: ‘I did not! You forced me to. Your team forced me to by going on the offence. I promise. Look up the timeline.’
Heard appears to give up trying to persuade him and says: ‘Forget it. You don’t believe what I say. I did not choose this.’
Depp responds: ‘I did not put this anywhere. Let me talk to the f**king team.’
Heard appears to address their final argument before the divorce on May 21, 2016, when she claims he hit her with a phone.
Heard says: ‘I did not call the cops. I did not give them any statement, I was trying to protect you…the last time it got crazy between us I really thought I was going to lose my life’.
Looking back at their fights, Depp says: ‘I lost a f***ing finger. I had a can of mineral spirits thrown at my f**king nose’.
Heard replies: ‘Tell people it was a fair fight and see what the jury and judge think. Tell the world I, Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim of domestic violence and see how many people believe or side with you.’
Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez read the line back from Heard about her saying he should go to a judge and jury and claim he was a victim of domestic violence.
Vasquez asked Depp what he told Heard in response.
Depp said: ‘I said yes, I am.’
The court also heard a tearful phone conversation between Depp and Heard after the divorce in which she challenged him about his claims she had beaten him up Heard said: ‘Tell the world I Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim of domestic violence and see how many people believe or side with you’
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a piece she wrote in the Washington Post in which she described how she had been a victim of domestic abuse
Earlier in the day Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez questioned Depp about how it felt when the op-ed came out.
He said: ‘Hurt. A blinding hurt. It was like somebody had hit me in the back of the head with a 2×4 and as it said, I had no ability to speak prior because even if I’d done an interview it turned into a hit piece.
‘My mouth was shut and this was the opportunity where I thought something’s got to be done, I couldn’t take it any more.’
According to his contract that was submitted into evidence, Depp earned $25million for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment.
Depp said he was shocked when Disney dropped him from the Pirates franchise.
He said: ‘I didn’t quite understand how after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship certainly for Disney that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent.’
But Depp said that ultimately he soured on Disney and felt that there was ‘a very deep and distinct sense of having been betrayed.’
There was laughter in court as Depp struggled to name the other franchises he was in beyond Pirates.
Depp said Alice in Wonderland but struggled and said: ‘Boy.’
He said: ‘I’m so pathetic when it comes to knowing what movies I’ve done. I feel better not watching them. What was the question again?’
At that point Depp’s supporters laughed loudly in court
Judge Penney Azcarate said: ‘Order in the court or I will have you removed.’