Watch live as Johnny Depp takes stand as defamation case against Amber Heard continues
Heard is being sued for defamation by Depp for implying he abused her in a 2018 column. Although she did not name him, his lawyers claim her allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles.
Depp says the abuse allegations turned him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in the eyes of others and have impacted his career. In his testimony he recalled a traumatic childhood with an abusive mother, his early career, and how Pirates of the Caribbean changed his life. He then recalled details of the beginning of his relationship with Heard.
Earlier, Depp’s friend and sound engineer Keenan Wyatt testified on behalf of the actor on Tuesday morning, recalling an incident in which Heard yelled at him on a private jet. The court also heard from security guard Sean Bett.
Heard has filed a $100m (£76.m) counterclaim against Depp for nuisance and immunity from her the actor’s allegations. Depp has previously lost a defamation case in the UK against The Sun newspaper over the same article by Heard.
Depp says he is ‘not embarrassed’ as he testifies in trial against ex-wife Heard
Johnny Depp said in testimony today that “about six years ago, Ms Heard made some quite heinous and disturbing criminal” claims against him, adding that the allegations were not within “any species of truth”.
He said, “it was a complete shock… it just didn’t need to go in that direction”.
Gustaf Kilander reports on what the court heard from Depp today.
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 22:42
Depp: Heard’s description of drug abuse ‘grossly’ embellished
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 22:20
Testimony ends for the day an the jury is excused.
Judge Penney Azcarate says Depp can stand down until tomorrow morning.
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 22:02
Depp say she met Heard’s friends almost immediately and is asked about each individually.
One friend, Rocky Pennington, also moved into a penthouse at the Eastern Columbia Building with her boyfriend, Josh Drew. Later a female friend moved in as well.
Another, iO Tillett Wright lived in a house owned by Depp in order to write a book.
He said the penthouses would otherwise be empty, though one had been intended for his sister.
Depp says they spent more time at the penthouses than he ever did.
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 22:01
Depp speaks fondly of the Heard family who he first met when they visited Los Angeles from Austin.
He speaks more specifically about Heard’s sister Whitney who lived with her at times and later moved into one of the penthouses (number four) owned by Depp at the Eastern Columbia Building in Downtown LA. He charged her no rent.
Asked if he had ever done drugs with Whitney, Depp responds yes on a couple of occasions. He later adds that they did a line or two of cocaine together.
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 21:53
Depp is asked if they had nicknames for each other. He recalls that hers was “Slim” and he was “Steve” — names taken from the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movie To Have and Have Not, he had asked her to watch to practice “stillness” on camera.
He acknowledges the large age difference between him and Heard and between Bogart and Bacall. Bogart was 45 and Bacall was 19 when they met.
Depp was 48 and Heard was 25 when they began dating in 2012.
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Asked what he liked about Heard, Depp says she seemed to be the perfect partner for him for her love of obscure blues music, being literate, and being smart and funny.
For the first year and half he says things were wonderful, then “things began to reveal themselves”.
Referring back to her habit of taking off his boots, Depp is asked what other habits he observed early on in the relationship.
He says that if she wanted to go to bed and he wanted to stay up because he wasn’t ready to go to bed, Heard would find that unacceptable.
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 21:42
Depp recalls filming the movie and how Heard was appreciative about his realisation that she did not have to film a nude scene and it could be suggested instead.
He recalls in a scene they had together that he felt something in a kiss that they preformed for the camera. He says it was something that he shouldn’t have been feeling.
Asked when their romantic relationship began, he says that the next day they had a glass of wine while listening to old blues music and they kissed, he tells the court.
He says it was only later that they began to see each other as a couple after his relationship with Vanessa Paradis came to an end.
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 21:38
Depp’s attorney asks him about his relationship with Heard and how it began.
He talks about discovering the long-lost novel of The Rum Diary with author Hunter S Thompson and how that led to him meeting Heard as they moved forward with plans to take the book to the big screen.
When Heard was brought in, she has been auditioned five times and Depp says there was uncertainty about her ability to fit the role.
He met with her and felt that she was a fit for the role and Thompson would have wanted her for the role.
Depp is complimentary about Heard in his testimony, and describes how he felt he could help her with the part.
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 21:29
Depp says he began taking opioids before he met Heard, and he detoxed while he was in a relationship with her.
He says he has not taken any opioids since for fear of going through the “hell” of detox again.
Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 21:22
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