Johnny Depp trial live: the actor testifies on the vulgar texts of Amber Heard, the attack on wardrobes and the painting of blood

Johnny Depp reacts to photo Amber Heard took of him sleeping with spilled ice cream

Lawyers representing Amber Heard cross-examined Johnny Depp for a full day on Thursday following his two days of giving evidence in the $50m (£38.2m) defamation lawsuit he brought against his ex. woman.

The trial has now been adjourned and resumes Monday for a third week at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.

Heard is being sued by Depp for implying he abused her in a 2018 op-ed she wrote. Although she hasn’t named him, his lawyers say his allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles, taking him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in Hollywood, while the Pirates of the Caribbean the actor described it.

The actor opened up about a traumatic childhood with an abusive mother saying his relationship with Heard reflected that, describing her as “harassing” him.

On Thursday, Heard’s lawyers challenged him over vulgar text messages he had sent about her, her drug use and her drinking.

His account of his finger being cut in Australia has also been disputed, and images of messages scribbled on mirrors with blood and paint were shown in court, along with several secretly recorded arguments and fights.


Court hears audio of Depp moaning like a ‘pained animal’

During questioning on the flight from Boston to Los Angeles in 2014, Depp admitted that he had a bad reaction to mixing alcohol with opioids.

The court then heard three audio clips in which he appeared to be moaning in pain.

“It sounds like a pained animal and it’s my voice,” Depp said in response to the audio.

In the last clip, his former security guard Jerry Judge can be heard saying, “I’m going to stay with that fucking idiot in case he gets sick.”

Megan SheetsApril 22, 2022 4:10 p.m.


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Depp says he feared Heard was having an affair with James Franco

Much of Thursday’s cross-examination centered on a May 2014 flight from Boston to Los Angeles, during which Heard and Depp argued.

Heard’s lawyers have sought to portray jealousy as the catalyst for the fight, citing his frustration that Heard was at the time filming a film with James Franco.

Depp confirmed he was concerned Heard and Franco were having an affair and said it was “very likely” they had a heated discussion about his suspicions.

The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander reports:

Megan SheetsApril 22, 2022 3:40 p.m.


Heard begs Depp not to cut himself in disturbing sound

A shocking audio played in court at the end of Thursday’s proceedings featured Heard pleading with Depp not to cut himself two months after filing for divorce.

Heard became emotional when the jury heard the clip in which Depp pleaded with him to cut him with a knife, as he also wiped his eyes and grabbed a tissue.

The knife in question had “Until I die” inscribed in Spanish, as well as “Slim,” Depp’s nickname for his ex-wife.

“Do you want to cut me somewhere?” Depp could be heard saying in a low voice on the recording.

Heard replied, “Don’t cut your skin, please don’t. Why should I do it? Please don’t cut yourself.

The Independents Graeme Massie reports:

Megan SheetsApril 22, 2022 3:10 p.m.


Depp asked about the vulgar texts on Heard

Thursday’s cross-examination of Depp began with questions about text messages in which he said he wanted to “burn” and “drown” Heard.

Depp had sent the texts in question to his friend Paul Bettany in June 2013.

“Let’s drown it before we burn it!!! I’ll fuck up her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead…” the actor wrote in a post.

The Independents Gustaf Kilander reports:

Megan SheetsApril 22, 2022 2:40 p.m.


The court is not in session today

After three days of gripping testimony from Johnny Depp, the Fairfax County Courthouse will be quiet on Friday as the trial is adjourned until Monday.

Judge Penney S Azacarate announced at the start of the trial that each week would last just four days, with a break on Friday to give everyone involved a three-day weekend.

Megan SheetsApril 22, 2022 2:19 p.m.


Depp reacts to photo Amber Heard took of himself sleeping with spilled ice cream

The jury in the trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard saw a photo of Mr Depp asleep on a couch with ice cream spilled on his lap.

Mr Depp said he worked 17 hour days, took opioids and Ms Heard gave him the ice cream ‘because she knew what was going to happen’.

Gustaf Kilander reports on the testimony.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 22, 2022 1:45 p.m.


Depp’s lawsuit showed messages he scribbled in blood and paint after cutting his finger

The court in the trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has received messages and ‘reminders’ that Mr Depp scribbled in blood and paint after cutting his finger during a fight in which he claims Ms Heard threw two bottles of vodka at him.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 22, 2022 1:15 p.m.


Why is Johnny Depp suing Amber Heard?

The procedure began on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, but how did it come to this?

Olivier O’ConnellApril 22, 2022 12:30 p.m.


Depp cracks happy hour joke and recalls using drugs with Marilyn Manson

Johnny Depp laughed in the courtroom saying every hour was “happy hour” and recalled taking drugs with Marilyn Manson, giving her a pill to stop her talking so much.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 22, 2022 11:30 am

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