Hollywood star Johnny Depp accused his ex-wife Amber Heard of lying about him beating her up, and told London`s supreme court on Tuesday that she had actually struck him.
Depp, the 57-year-old star of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, is suing The Sun`s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, for libel over a piece of writing Wootton wrote in April 2018 calling him a “wife beater”.
The paper`s lawyers said they might show the claim was true which he had beaten actress Heard, causing her to fear for her life, during violent rages brought on by alcohol or drugs, sometimes when he had falsely accused her of infidelity.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, I even have never abused Ms Heard, or, indeed, the other woman, in my life,” Depp said during a witness statement during which he characterised his ex-wife as a calculating, emotionally dishonest narcissist.
Wearing a dark suit and glasses and speaking during a deep clear tone, Depp gave evidence at the start of the case at London`s supreme court . Heard, who arrived wearing a red scarf tied round her face, is additionally thanks to give evidence.
In a written statement outlining Depp`s case, his lawyer David Sherborne said Heard had first aired the abuse allegations in May 2016, saying it had been hard to consider “more extreme or violent” claims of abuse than she would make during the trial.
s position is clear; Ms Heards allegations are complete lies,” Sherborne said. “The Claimant wasn’t violent towards Ms Heard, it had been she who was violent to him.”
In papers submitted to the court, Depp`s team also said Heard had begun an affair with Tesla chief executive Elon Musk in early 2015 shortly after that they had got married and had engaged in a minimum of one extra-marital relationship together with her co-stars, with actor James Franco named.
Appearing within the witness stand , American Depp said he was the victim of attacks from his ex-wife and had himself sought to avoid confrontation.
“I would attempt to attend my very own corner because it were,” he said. Asked about one argument, Depp said: “It escalated and it got physical … Miss Heard struck me.”
The couple met on the set of the 2011 film ‘The Rum Diary’ and married in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce after 15 months, and days later obtained a restraining order against Depp. Their divorce was finalised in 2017 when the restraining order was dismissed.
Cross-examined by lawyer Sasha Wass, Depp agreed he had taken “every drug known to man” by the age of 14 and said he had a difficult childhood and struggled to return to terms along with his fame and success.
“Even once I speak my very own name it sounds foreign to me,” he said.
The court was shown mobile footage taken by Heard which showed an angry Depp slamming kitchen cupboard doors and pouring himself a “mega” glass of wine.
“I can only say i used to be upset, very upset,” he said, adding it had been not a pleasing video to observe .
Wass said he would become an alternate persona which he himself described as “the monster”, which was brought on by anger, jealousy or drugs.
He said “the monster” Heard mentioned was when he yelled back at her in arguments.
“It would become a screaming match which was the monster,” he said. “It`s not Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.”
Depp denied Wass`s suggestion that he had a “nasty, angry side”.
Depp is additionally being sued by a crewman from one among his films in 2018 who accused him of punching him twice within the ribs, the court heard.
Wass recounted a press release from actress Ellen Barkin, who said Depp had thrown a bottle of wine across a bedroom on one occasion and had got jealous and angry.
“Untrue,” Depp replied, saying Barkin held a grudge. “I don’t have an anger management problem.”
In his witness statement, Depp said Heard had thrown a vodka bottle at him, severing his finger off, which his ex-wife or one among her friends had defecated in their bed.
The case is about to last for 3 weeks, the judge, Andrew Nicol, said. Also thanks to give evidence via videolink are Vanessa Paradis, Depp`s former partner, and actress Winona Ryder.