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The court heard a number of audio recordings of Depp and Heard arguing during cross examination by Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn. It was not clear who took each one but it was one of the parties.
In one audio clip, Depp tells Heard: ‘Walking away is necessary, is necessary, especially between you and I. It’s of utmost importance.
‘The next move, if I don’t walk away, it’s just going to be a bloodbath. Like it was on the island, it’s not worth it. Why be miserable, can we just have some understanding?’
Heard says that given a choice between a bloodbath and walking away ‘obviously’ she will choose the latter.
Depp says: ‘Then why has it (a bloodbath) been chosen so many times?’
Johnny Depp was back on the stand Monday in his $100million defamation trial against ex wife Amber Heard
The court heard a number of audio recordings of Depp and Heard arguing – it was not clear who took each one but it was one of the parties
Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn told the court that this was not the first time the description ‘bloodbath’ had come up during the trial.
On March 12 2013 Depp texted Heard: ‘Just thought you should know there exists a book titled Disco Bloodbath, that’s all.’
The title appeared to refer to the novel by Manhattan celebutante James St. James written in 1999 about a murder among his circle of friends, known as the ‘Club Kids’.
Heard said: ‘We need that book! Is it about last Friday night by any chance?’
Depp replied: ‘How can you make me smile about such a hideous moment. Yes it is. Funny bi**h. I fu**ing love you, c**t.’
In another audio Heard tells Depp: ‘You wouldn’t have used that as a way to hit me. I was pouring my heart out to you, what do you do?
‘You do without thinking. Throw a swing when you can. What better than when I’m on the floor because that’s when it’s really good to hit someone.
In one audio Heard tells Depp: ‘Put your fu**ing cigarette out on some one else.’
Depp replies: ‘Shut up fat a**.’
Asked about it in court, Depp said: ‘I think that was another grossly exaggerated moment of Miss Heard. I didn’t put a cigarette out on her.’
In another clip Heard says: ‘I cry in my bedroom after I dumped you a week prior after you beat the s*** out of me. A week later you show up saying you want to say goodbye.’
Depp says: ‘I made a huge mistake. I won’t do it again.’
During another recording Heard and Depp can be heard arguing, when Depp shouts: ‘You’re a fu**ing c**t!’
In yet another audio clip, Depp tells Heard: ‘You stupid f**k! I don’t fu**ing care, you shut up with that!’
Rottenborn said: ‘You heard Miss Heard say get off me? referring to the clip, which was faint.
Depp said: ‘(I heard) distant screaming and I’ll talk to you later’
The court heard a text sent by Depp to his agent Christian Carino on August 15 2016.
Depp said of Heard: ‘She will hit the wall hard!!!!’
‘I can only hope that karma kicks in and takes the gift of breath from her.’
‘The next move, if I don’t walk away, it’s just going to be a bloodbath. Like it was on the island, it’s not worth it. Why be miserable, can we just have some understanding?’ Depp said
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
Texts read in court were read out by Rottenborn, Heard’s lawyer, to Depp while he was in the witness box.
The court heard a message that Depp sent to his security guard Malcolm Connolly in February 2016 around the time he supposedly smashed up the kitchen of his Los Angeles home.
Depp says that ‘I feel like I’m going to puke all the time’ and says he wants to ‘get myself out of her (Heard’s) level of sh*t.’
Depp says: ‘I will never mention this c**t’s name ever again. The first prick that mentions her name will get a warning.’
Depp wrote that the next person who mentions Heard’s name will get ‘his nose bit off, chewed up and swallowed by Johnny Depp.’
Depp said that the individual will have to ‘force him to watch me mangling’ his nose.
Rottenborn asked: ‘Miss Heard was not the only one who disapproved of your drinking?’
Depp said: ‘If anyone had a problem with my drinking it was me. The only person I’ve abused is myself
The court heard a text from Depp to Kevin Murphy, his assistant, on January 21, 2014 that referred to Vanessa Paradis, his ex-wife and mother to their two children, including daughter Lily-Rose.
Depp said: ‘Just trying to get over my shocking discussion with Vanessa that lasted five plus hours. Now Lily-Rose hates me because she thinks I’m drinking and she’s right but I can’t admit or I fu**ing die in her eyes.’
Rottenborn turned to Depp’s views on Heard’s career as an actress.
On October 29, 2013 Heard was texting Depp that she was in a coffee meeting which appeared to frustrate him.
Depp replied asking what ‘species’ of meeting it was. He told her: ‘No goddam movies, no movies. Why deviate from our agreement?’
Rottenborn asked: ‘You didn’t want her to take the meeting?’
Depp said: ‘It seems as thought he had an agreement to do something together. I’m asking what species of meeting.
‘It’s not necessarily an angry text, it’s why did you deviate from our agreement. It’s not about her doing films. How do you think she got Aquaman?’
Rottenborn asked: ‘You want to control her career?’
Depp said: ‘That’s patently untrue.’
Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 movie The Rum Diary, turning up on the red carpet together for its London premiere
Depp was shown a series of unflattering articles about him as Heard’s lawyers sought to show that there were many negative stories about him prior to her 2018 op-ed that he did not sue over.
Depp dismissed the reports as a ‘stack of hit pieces generated by Miss Heard’s publicity team.’
Rottenborn read out 12 headlines including one describing how he was drunk at an award ceremony and got cut off by the organizers.
A May 2016 piece said that Depp’s ‘friends and family are seriously concerned about him, here’s why.’
Depp responded: ‘How did they know?’
Depp dismissed a May 2017 story about his former manager saying he had an ‘epic sense of entitlement’ because he was in a lawsuit with them.
Depp said that another headline from the same month about how he drank heavily and was constantly late to the set of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was ‘pathetic’ and a ‘hit piece.’
Rottenborn read a headline for another story which said: ‘Where did it all go wrong for Johnny Depp?’
The article noted that ‘after a string of flops’ Depp’s career looks as ‘wobbly as Jack Sparrow on a plank.’ Rottenborn asked Depp if he read that correctly. He responded sarcastically: ‘You read it very well.’
A number of the headlines were from the Hollywood Reporter and Depp said bitingly they were ‘very nice to me.’
Another headline read out to Depp by Rottenborn read: ‘Why Johnny Depp’s movies are bombing at the box office.’
To a headline about Depp showing up drunk to a movie premiere, Depp protested: ‘This is hearsay, is it not?’
Rottenborn read out a headline published six months before Heard’s op-ed which talked about how his life was a ‘haze of booze and hash, a lifestyle he can’t afford.’
Rottenborn asked if he read it correctly. Depp shot back: ‘You should read the article,’ sparking laughter in court.
Rottenborn read a Daily Mail headline by journalist Alison Boshoff from June 2018 which read: ‘Vodka for breakfast, 72-hour drug binges and spending sprees that beggar belief: ALISON BOSHOFF reveals why Hollywood’s reeling over what’s being called Johnny Depp’s career suicide note.’
Depp said: ‘Who is Alison Boshoff and how does she know?’
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s caustic relationship
February 3, 2015
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard marry in a private civil ceremony at their LA home, four years after they met as co-stars on the set of The Rum Diary. The couple celebrate with a lavish reception on an idyllic private island in the Bahamas that Depp bought in 2004 for $3.6 million.
April 21, 2015
Heard breaches Australia’s biosecurity laws when she and Depp fail to declare their two Yorkshire terriers when they arrive Down Under on a private jet for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Heard admits falsifying quarantine documents and is placed on a $1,000 one-month good behavior bond.
May 23, 2016
Heard files for divorce after 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later a judge issues a temporary restraining order against Depp over domestic violence allegations. Pictures of Heard’s alleged injuries hit the tabloids but the LAPD finds no evidence of a crime.
August 16, 2016
Depp and Heard reach a $7 million divorce settlement which the actress promises to give to charity. Their marriage was ‘intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,’ the former lovers say in a statement. ‘There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm’.
December 18, 2018
The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard, an ambassador for women’s rights at for the American Civil Liberties Union, urging support for women who suffer domestic violence. ‘Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out,’ reads the headline.
March 1, 2019
Despite not being named in the article, Depp files a $50 million defamation suit in Fairfax Circuit Court, Virginia saying it implied he was an abuser and got him fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp dismisses Heard’s abuse allegations as a ‘hoax’ and claims he was actually the victim of her violence.
August 10, 2020
Heard countersues for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp and his lawyer Adam Waldman targeted her with a vicious smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to amplify false stories about her and derail her acting career.
November 1, 2020
Depp faces an uphill battle to save his reputation after he loses a libel battle with a British tabloid that labeled him a ‘wife beater’. A judge in London’s rules that The Sun’s 2018 article was ‘substantially true’ and that the father-of-two had attacked Heard a dozen times, causing her to fear for her life on three occasions.
April 11, 2022
After lengthy delays due to the Covid pandemic, the former flames finally lock horns in Fairfax County, Virginia where the Washington Post servers that published the disputed op-ed are based. The trial is expected to last six to seven weeks and celebrities tipped to give evidence include James Franco, Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin.