Johnny Depp was back on the stand today and he wasted no time laying into Heard’s ‘outlandish’ claims while also saying she gave him a “shiner”.
Amber Heard could be seen smiling and shaking her head in court as an, at times, rambling Johnny Depp took the stand once more in the pair’s bombshell defamation case.
But he pulled it together to slam Heard’s claims of violence labeling them “outlandish, insane, ludicrous, savage, cruel and all false”, that Heard’s fears he had attacked his ex-girlfriend supermodel Kate Moss were “all in her head,” and that he helped her get the role in Aquaman.
He alleged that Heard had planted a “shiner” on him during a trip on the Orient Express in Thailand.
Depp had already faced lengthy questioning from both sides in the trial at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia, close to Washington DC
Heard’s team has said they might call him back to the stand but decided against doing so, however Depp’s own lawyers made the decision to bring him back to scrap some of his claims put by witnesses since he first took the stand
Heard is being sued by Depp for $US50million ($A67m) for implying he abused her in a 2018 washington post op-ed. Although she did not name him, he claims her allegations are false and cost him lucrative movie roles.
Heard has countersued, asking for $US100 million ($A134m) and claims she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at her hands but was defamed when claims were made that she had fabricated the allegations.
Heard smiles as Depp claims he helped with film role
During the trial, Heard had said Depp had not assisted her in getting a role in the film Aquaman.
“It’s not exactly true,” Depp said today.
He was asked when Heard first auditioned for Aquaman.
His response was a long, and at times rambling anecdote about how he remembered the date as it coincided with the date of a gig for his band.
Heard could be seen looking puzzled and a times smiling as Depp recounted the evening. Finally, after about two minutes, Depp said the date was September 24.
He said that at Heard’s request he spoke to three Warner Brothers executives to help her land the Aquaman role.
“She did get the job and so hopefully I suppose I had curbed their worries to some degree”.
Depp: Moss abuses ‘all in Heard’s mind’
Earlier in the day, the court had heard from British supermodel Kate Moss who was questioned about a specific incident in Jamaica referenced in the trial by Hears. That involved a rumor Depp had thrown Moss down a flight of stairs while they were in a relationship.
Moss had flatly denied any such incident occurred. “He never pushed me kicked me or threw me down any stairs.”
Depp also pushed back on the allegation.
“Ms Heard took the story and turned it into a very ugly incident, all in her mind.
“There was never a moment when I pushed Kate down any set of stairs. Yet (Heard) has spewed this three times before”.
Depp: heard gave me a ‘shiner’
However, Depp did claim Heard has hit him on a luxury train trip during their honeymoon.
“Something would become a dissatisfactory for her and she would start the rant, the blooming of a fight would and one point I remember I took a pretty good shot to the face, to the eye, so I had a bit of a shiner.
“But it all needed and then we would go to dinner and it was all fine.”
The jurors were show a picture from the train and one from Singapore which, it claimed by Depp, a black eye was visible.
‘I miss my finger’
He also described his version of the events of 2105 when he severed his finger after a row at their rented apartment in Australia.
Heard said he injured himself ripping a phone off the wall. In contrast, Depp said Heard threw two bottles at him. One went over his head while another hit his and that was resting on the bar.
“I miss it” he said of the tip of his finger.
Depp was asked about his drug use and denies he ever took eight to 10 MDMA pills in one night, as has been mentioned.
“No I haven’t, because I’d be dead.”
Heard’s accusations ‘insane, ludicrous, brutal, cruel’
A central part of Heard’s case is that she was defamed by Depp via his former attorney Adam Waldron.
A number of news articles have been produced where Mr Waldron made various comments about Heard including calling her alleged abuse at the hands of Depp a “hoax”.
But Depp said he had never seen the comments when they were published and many of them only when Heard had filed his countersuit. He said the comments seemed like a “lot of word salad to me”.
In the courtroom, Heard could be seen smiling and shaking her head at the comments.
Depp was asked what he had been like listening to Heard’s characterization of him doing the trial.
‘It’s insane to hear heinous accusations of sexual violence that she’s accused me of.
“I don’t think anyone enjoys going to split themselves open and tell the truth but one just simply has to because it’s gotten out of control,” Depp said.
“It’s horrible, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, imaginably brutal and cruel.
“And all false.”