Attorneys for actor Amber Read sought to undermine Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit from her Thursday by investing hrs in court docket focused on the actor’s consuming, drug use and texts he despatched to mates — including 1 about wanting to eliminate and defile his then-wife.
Heard’s lawyers referenced Depp’s background of trashing resort rooms and his smashing of a bathroom sconce in the course of an argument with Listened to. Depp is also struggling with a lawsuit submitted by a member of a movie crew who alleges he was assaulted in 2018.
Depp’s lawsuit towards Heard alleges that she falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser and ruined his beneficial acting job. But Heard’s attorneys argue that Depp did certainly abuse Read, both of those physically and sexually, and claim he can’t deny it mainly because he was often drunk and significant to the issue of blacking out.
Depp’s text messages only bolster his ex-wife’s protection, her attorneys claimed.
“I, of class, pounded and exhibited unsightly colors to Amber on a latest journey,” Depp explained in a text concept to a good friend, the actor Paul Bettany, in July 2013, which was shown to jurors.
“I am an insane person and not so reasonable headed immediately after too substantially of the drink,” Depp continued.
Listened to law firm J. Benjamin Rottenborn concentrated on another trade that 12 months among Depp and Bettany in which Depp wrote: “Let’s melt away Amber!!!”
Bettany responded: “Having considered it via I do not think we ought to melt away Amber.”
Depp texted: “Let’s drown her right before we burn off her!!! I will (expletive) her burnt corpse later on to make confident she’s useless.”
Depp has formerly apologized to the jury for the vulgar language in the texts and claimed that “in the warmth of the suffering I was emotion, I went to dark destinations.” He designed the exact apology Thursday.
Rottenborn also confirmed the jury one of Depp’s texts to Bettany in 2014 in which he referenced whiskey, products and cocaine.
The texts have been published throughout a period in which Depp claimed he experienced stopped ingesting. And they were being despatched all-around the time of a non-public flight from Boston to Los Angeles, all through which Read explained Depp assaulted her even though he was blackout drunk.
Rottenborn introduced texts that Depp sent to Bettany that reported he drank “all evening before I picked Amber up to fly to LA this earlier Sunday … Hideous, mate … No meals for days … Powders … 50 % a bottle of Whiskey, a thousand crimson bull and vodkas, capsules, 2 bottles of Champers on aircraft …”
Depp had beforehand testified that he took two oxycodone drugs — an opiate to which he admits he was addicted at the time — and locked himself in the airplane rest room and fell asleep to avoid her badgering. He also disputes that he was drunk on the flight, expressing he drank only a glass of Champagne as he boarded the aircraft.
But Rottenborn also confirmed the jury Depp’s expressions of contrition following the flight.
“Once once again I come across myself in a spot of disgrace and regret,” Depp wrote to Heard. “Of training course, I am sorry. I definitely really do not know why, or what took place. But I will hardly ever do it once again … My sickness in some way crept up and grabbed me … I need to get superior. And I will. For us both. Beginning currently. I like you. Again, I am so sorry. So sorry.”
The jury also noticed a penned apology from Depp to Heard’s father in which the actor explained he “(messed) up and went way too far” in a combat with Heard. But Depp observed on the stand that the concept did not say the battle was a bodily.
A number of audio recordings of the couple’s discussions have been played in courtroom. In one particular, Listened to informed Depp he vomited in his sleep. In a different dialogue, it sounds as if Depp stated he had head-butted Listened to.
“I was making use of the text that Ms. Heard was using,” Depp countered. “But there was not an intentional head-butt. And if you want to have a tranquil conversation with Ms. Heard, you could have to placate just a minor bit.”
Depp has been on the stand in Fairfax County Circuit Court due to the fact Tuesday afternoon. He formerly named the accusations of drug dependancy “grossly embellished,” though he acknowledged using lots of drugs.
The actor also put in significantly of his past testimony describing the couple’s risky marriage and denying that he at any time abused Heard. Depp said that Listened to abused medicine and often violently attacked him.
Depp has argued that his motion picture occupation experienced following she wrote a 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Write-up, which prompted his libel lawsuit against Heard.
Listened to under no circumstances talked about Depp by identify in the short article, but Depp’s lawyers stated it was a obvious reference to accusations Read created when she sought a 2016 restraining purchase against him.
Depp mentioned the accusations and the article contributed to an unfairly ruined status that produced him a Hollywood outcast and expense him his job in the profitable “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.
When cross-evaluation commenced Wednesday, Rottenborn pointed to evidence that Disney produced that choice months prior to the article’s publication. Her attorneys have said that Depp’s harmed name was owing to his very own lousy actions.
Rottenborn’s cross-evaluation of Depp lasted all of Thursday and is scheduled to go on Monday.