The Most Shocking Revelations From Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's Defamation Trial

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Content warning: This communicative discusses intersexual battle and abuse.
 
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are acceptable for a conflict successful the courtroom.
 
More than 5 years after their breakup, Depp's $50 cardinal defamation suit against his ex-wife is taking halfway signifier successful a Virginia courtroom. In opening statements shared connected April 12, Depp's lawyers argued that Heard ruined the actor's estimation by "choosing to prevarication astir him for her ain idiosyncratic benefit."
 
Back successful 2018, Heard wrote an effort for the Washington Post successful which she described herself arsenic a "public fig representing home abuse." Although the nonfiction ne'er mentioned Depp by name, his attorneys antecedently said successful tribunal documents that Heard's op-ed was each portion of an "elaborate hoax."
 
The Pirates of the Caribbean star besides claimed successful tribunal documents that Heard concocted her communicative successful the hopes of generating "positive publicity" and to "advance her career."

Days earlier the proceedings began, Heard made a uncommon connection connected Instagram announcing a interruption from societal media. "Johnny is suing maine for an op-ed I wrote successful the Washington Post, successful which I recounted my acquisition of unit and home abuse," she wrote connected April 9. "I wrote astir the terms women wage for speaking retired against men successful power. I proceed to wage that price, but hopefully erstwhile this lawsuit concludes, I tin move connected and truthful tin Johnny."

As the proceedings continues and is broadcast unrecorded connected TV, E! News is keeping way of the biggest revelations from some sides. Keep speechmaking to get the latest earlier a assemblage reaches a verdict.

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Lady Gaga’s Ex Christian Carino Took the Stand to Discuss Amber Heard’s Breakup With Elon Musk

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's erstwhile endowment agent, Christian Carino, took the basal connected April 28 and discussed his anterior conversations with Heard astir her breakup with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who she dated aft splitting with Depp.

Carino, who is Lady Gaga's erstwhile fiancé, testified to substance messages helium exchanged with Heard successful August 2017. In 1 message, Heard said she was "dealing" with a breakup, penning that she was "so sad" and hated that the quality was made public. Carino said helium believes she was referencing her divided with Musk.

Carino texted back, "You weren't successful emotion with him and you told maine a 1000 times you were conscionable filling space." When asked successful tribunal what helium meant by that, Carino said helium was telling her she shouldn't beryllium sad because she wasn't "in love" with Musk.

Heard wrote backmost that she wanted to "grieve and recover" successful her ain time. Carino said successful tribunal that helium didn't cognize whether Heard was referring to Musk oregon her anterior breakup with Depp. He aboriginal messaged Heard that she could "avoid" this occupation if she stopped dating "uber celebrated people." 

E! News has reached retired to Musk's lawyer for remark and has not heard back. The lawyer antecedently told E! News Musk volition not beryllium testifying astatine the trial.

Johnny Depp Defends His "Burn Amber" Texts With Paul Bettany

During a redirect connected April 25, Depp told the tribunal that his 2013 substance speech with his person Bettany—in which helium wrote successful part, "Let's pain Amber!!! Let's drown her earlier we pain her!!"—was a notation to a Monty Python sketch astir burning witches.

"This is simply a movie that we'd each watched erstwhile we were 10, and it's conscionable irreverent and abstract humor," helium said. "That's what we were referring to successful those texts."

While the texts did amusement Bettany rebuffing the idea, Depp testified that Heard had an "abominable" narration with the WandaVision actor.

"Ms. Heard despised Mr. Bettany due to the fact that chiefly we had go specified adjacent friends. For her, helium was a menace and would instrumentality maine distant from her," Depp said. "If Paul Bettany was getting attraction from me, that was a showstopper. It would origin each kinds of unpleasantries."

E! News reached retired to Bettany's rep for remark but did not perceive back.

Johnny Depp Wanted to Give a "Proper Goodbye" to Jack Sparrow and Pirates Franchise

While connected the basal connected April 25, Depp testified that helium had "planned connected continuing" to prima successful the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise "until it was clip to stop." The past film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was released successful 2017, a twelvemonth earlier Heard published her op-ed.

"Captain Jack Sparrow was a quality that I had built from the crushed up," Depp said. "I didn't rather recognize however aft that agelong relationship—and rather a palmy narration surely for Disney—that abruptly I was blameworthy until proven innocent."

Depp besides claimed helium had "many discussions" astir a relation successful the sixth installment of the Pirates saga earlier Heard's op-ed.

"My feeling was that these characters should beryllium capable to person their due goodbye, arsenic it were," helium said. "A franchise tin lone past for truthful long, and there's a mode to extremity a franchise similar that. I thought that the characters deserved to person their mode out—to extremity the franchise connected a precise bully note."

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Johnny Depp Claims Amber Heard Did Drugs connected Their Wedding Day

While taking the stand, Depp accused Heard of being precocious connected MDMA, commonly known arsenic ecstasy, connected their February 2015 wedding day. "Amber, a mates of friends of mine…All of her pack were each partaking successful the MDMA," Depp testified. When asked if helium besides took drugs that day, Depp claimed that helium didn't bash immoderate MDMA oregon portion alcohol. He did, however, admit to smoking marijuana. E! News has reached retired to Heard's rep for remark and hasn't heard back. 

Lily-Rose Depp Skipped Johnny Depp's Wedding to Amber Heard

When looking backmost connected his February 2015 wedding to Heard, Depp explained wherefore 1 of his kids wasn't funny successful attending the large day. "My girl Lily-Rose did not travel to the wedding," helium testified of the 22-year-old. "She and Ms. Heard were not connected peculiarly large terms, for respective reasons."

Amber Heard's Thoughts connected Johnny Depp's Winona Ryder Tattoo

Back successful the ‘90s, Depp got a tattoo successful grant of his then-girlfriend Winona Ryder that read, "Winona Forever." Once they broke up, Depp changed the tattoo to "Wino Forever."

"I took disconnected the past 2 letters," Depp testified. "I thought done symptom comes humor. Humor has to travel successful determination into the symptom and that's however you play it retired successful the mind." The histrion testified that Heard hated the tattoo and made him get a tattoo of her ain name. 
 
"I was doing everything I could to bring a grin to her look arsenic opposed to a frown and past the onslaught of immoderate problems she was experiencing," he said. "I would effort to aftermath her up with laughter, singing anserine songs successful her ear. I mostly conscionable tried to support bringing her temper up. Sometimes it worked, galore times it didn't. But I tried."

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Johnny Depp Suspected Amber Heard Was Having an Affair With James Franco

During cross-examination connected April 21, Depp admitted to having a heated speech with Heard earlier they boarded a 2014 formation from Boston to Los Angeles. According to the actor's testimony, helium feared Heard was having an matter with James Franco, her co-star successful 2015's The Adderall Diaries. The time aft the flight, Depp sent a substance to Heard apologizing for his behaviour writing, "Once again, I find myself successful a spot of shame and regret. Of course, I americium sorry. I truly don't cognize wherefore oregon what happened but I volition ne'er bash it again." E! News has reached retired to Franco's squad for remark and hasn't heard back. 

Johnny Depp Praises Amber Heard to Elton John

At 1 constituent successful Depp's cross-examination, Heard's lawyer work an email the histrion sent to Elton John. The email stated, "My kids person fallen caput implicit heels successful heavy emotion with Amber, my girl, and that unit disconnected my shoulders is f--king gone. that is until the French extortionist attempts to brainwash them against her which I'm definite is imminent." Depp aboriginal verified the e-mail in tribunal and confirmed that helium was referring to ex-partner Vanessa Paradis arsenic the French extortionist.

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Johnny Depp Texts Paul Bettany About Amber Heard

During court, Heard's attorneys showed texts from a 2013 speech betwixt Depp and Paul Bettany. In 1 of the substance exchanges with Bettany, Depp wrote: "Let's pain Amber!!! Let's drown her earlier we pain her!! I volition f--k her burnt corpse afterward to marque definite she is dead." Bettany pushed backmost connected the thought stating successful substance messages, "I don't deliberation we should pain Amber…" 

E! News has reached retired to Bettany's squad for remark and hasn't heard back. The histrion antecedently expressed that it was "embarrassing" to have his texts made nationalist erstwhile they were utilized successful the U.K. libel lawsuit Depp brought against The Sun, which helium lost. "During the matrimony I didn't cognize them," Bettany told The Times erstwhile addressing Depp and Heard's marriage. "I wasn't astir for immoderate of that. We unrecorded successful a satellite without context."

Johnny Depp Explains Why He "Lied" About His Severed Finger

Though Depp initially sought attraction astatine an exigency country for his severed finger, the histrion said during his grounds connected April 20 that helium "lied" to the doc determination astir however helium got injured.

"I didn't privation to get her successful trouble," helium testified. "I tried to conscionable support things arsenic copasetic and arsenic casual arsenic imaginable for everyone. I did not privation to enactment her sanction successful that mix."

Previously, a justice presiding implicit Depp's libel suit against The Sun did not judge that Heard was liable for severing the actor's fingertip done allegedly throwing a vodka vessel astatine him, according to The Guardian.

Johnny Depp Says He Tried to "Make It Work" with Amber Heard

During his tribunal quality connected April 20, Depp compared his contentious narration with Heard to the maltreatment helium and his begetter John Depp Sr. allegedly experienced astatine the hands of his precocious mother, Betty Sue Palmer.

"The lone happening I learned to bash was precisely what I did arsenic a child—retreat, instrumentality a measurement back," helium said. "Why did I stay? I stayed, I suppose, due to the fact that my begetter stayed."

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Johnny Depp Claims Amber Heard Used His Childhood to "Verbally Decimate" Him

On April 20, Depp claimed successful tribunal that Heard utilized his embattled puerility against him, with him saying it "became ammunition for Miss Heard to either verbally decimate maine oregon to nonstop maine into a benignant of tailspin of disorder and depression."

Depp said the "only mode to find immoderate benignant of bid was to effort to locomotion away," adding that "there were times erstwhile I would conscionable spell and fastener myself successful the bath oregon anyplace that she couldn't get into."

Johnny Depp Says He Turned to Drugs and Alcohol arsenic a "Numbing Agent"

Sharing that determination were "constant clashes" passim his narration with Heard, Depp testified connected April 20 that helium utilized drugs and intoxicant "to person thing to region maine and region my bosom from those verbal attacks."

"I was much inspired by Miss Heard to scope retired for a numbing agent," helium said. "I had to person thing to beryllium capable to support me."

Johnny Depp Calls Detoxing Under Amber Heard's Watch the "Lowest Point successful My Life"

Depp's doctor, David Kipper, antecedently testified that the histrion traveled to the Bahamas with Heard successful August 2014 for a detox from the opiates helium had been taking aft dental surgery, according to The Washington Post.

During his grounds connected April 20, Depp said broke down crying during that travel erstwhile helium begged Heard to springiness him his medicine amid a withdrawal.

"That was the lowest I'd ever felt arsenic a quality being," helium recalled. "Tears streaming down my face, begging different quality being, ‘Please, delight springiness maine the meds that volition instrumentality this away.' And she would not."

Johnny Depp Alleges Amber Heard Put a Cigarette Out connected His Face

While connected the basal during a grounds connected April 20, Depp claimed Heard erstwhile took a lit cigaret and "stomped it retired connected my face."

"This was aft the digit had gone away," helium continued, referring to the March 2015 incidental successful which his digit was severed. "She stubbed it retired successful my face, connected my cheek."

E! News has reached retired to Heard's rep for comment.

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Johnny Depp's Controversial Texts to Amber Heard

On April 13, text messages betwixt Depp and his neighbor Isaac Baruch were revealed successful court.
 
''I anticipation that Amber's rotten corpse is decomposing successful a f--king trunk of a honda civic," Depp's text read, according to court footage posted to Twitter. Baruch acknowledged arsenic real, saying, "...I spot it here. Yeah, it was written."  
 
The messages were presented portion Baruch was being cross-examined connected the basal by Heard's lawyer Elaine Bredehoft. E! News reached retired to Depp's rep who said they would not beryllium commenting.

Johnny Depp Denies Amber Heard's Sexual Assault Allegation

During opening statements, Heard's lawyer Ben Rottenborn claimed his lawsuit suffered intersexual unit astatine the hands of Depp. He besides alleged that the actress suffered home maltreatment by Depp that "took galore forms," including physical, emotional, verbal and intelligence abuse.
 
"You volition perceive successful the astir graphic and horrifying presumption astir the unit that she suffered," Rottenborn said astir Heard's upcoming testimony. "You'll perceive that consecutive from her. She volition get connected the basal and she volition archer you that. It happened."
 
A spokesperson for Depp denied the allegations, saying, "This follows a signifier of her elaborate, erroneous claims which person continued to alteration and germinate implicit clip for the intent of Hollywood daze worth of which Amber has mastered and utilized to exploit a superior societal movement."

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Did Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Engage successful "Mutual Abuse"? 

Laurel Avis Anderson, a therapist who worked with Depp and Heard, testified connected April 14 that the mates engaged successful "mutual abuse."
 
"I thought helium had been good controlled," Anderson said according to Variety erstwhile discussing Depp's past partners. "With Ms. Heard, helium was triggered. They engaged successful what I saw arsenic communal abuse." The therapist, who saw the mates respective times betwixt October and December 2015, testified that Depp denied being violent. At the aforesaid time, she said the pair, who wed successful February 2015, had "terrible skills" communicating.

"Ms. Heard had a jackhammer benignant of talking. She was precise amped up," Anderson testified. "He had occupation talking astatine a akin pace…She loved him. He loved her. She believed that she wasn't stupid. She knew what they were doing wasn't healthy."

Johnny Depp's Doctor Recalls Treating His Severed Finger

Depp's longtime doc David Kipper participated successful a deposition that was played successful tribunal connected April 18. In the deposition, recorded successful February, Kipper recalled treating the histrion after his fingertip was severed. 

Kipper said helium didn't cognize however Depp had gotten injured back successful March 2015 when helium cleaned the actor's coiled successful Australia. Depp antecedently claimed Heard "threw a ample solid vodka bottle" astatine him and that the vessel deed the countertop wherever helium had his manus and caused his digit to shatter. "I had to person 3 surgeries to reconstruct my digit and contracted MRSA 3 times," Depp said backmost successful 2019 successful his archetypal declaration arsenic portion of his $50 cardinal defamation lawsuit against her. "I feared that I would suffer my finger, my limb and my life."
 
When asked successful the deposition astir a substance connection to Kipper from Depp that claimed the histrion chopped his ain finger, Kipper responded, "I deliberation that's what it said, yes." Kipper besides testified that the histrion told the ER doc he'd chopped his ain digit with a knife.

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Why Johnny Depp Took the Stand


On April 19, Depp took the basal and explained wherefore helium chose to prosecute the high-profile defamation case.

"I felt it my work to basal up not lone for myself successful my instance, but basal up for my children who astatine the clip were 14 and 16," the dada of Lily-Rose Depp, 22 and Jack Depp, 20, with ex Vanessa Paradis, testified, NBC News reported. "They were successful precocious schoolhouse and I thought it was diabolical that my children would person to spell to schoolhouse and person their friends oregon radical successful schoolhouse attack them with the infamous People magazine cover with Miss Heard with a acheronian bruise connected her face." The cover, released successful June 2016, featured a photograph taken from Heard's person of the histrion visibly injured.

Depp went connected to accidental helium ne'er reached the constituent of striking Heard "in immoderate way" nor has helium ever struck immoderate pistillate successful his life.  

"It's been six years of trying times," Depp told the court. "It's truly unusual erstwhile 1 time you're Cinderella truthful to speak, and zero constituent six seconds you're Quasimodo. And I didn't merit that, nor did my children, nor did the radical who believed successful maine for each these years. I didn't privation anybody to judge that I had done them incorrect oregon that I had lied to them oregon that I was a fraud."

This station was archetypal published connected April 19, 2022, and updated connected April 20, 21, 22, 25 and 27 pursuing further testimony.

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