Amber Heard has told the court she recorded Johnny Depp “howling like an animal” when he was drunk on a private flight in 2014 because he couldn’t remember how bad it was afterwards.
The defamation trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard began on Monday, April 11, in Fairfax, Virginia, following Mr. Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019.
Mr Depp argues that she defamed him in a comment published in December 2018 The Washington Post entitled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change.”
The allegedly violent incident on the flight happened in May 2014 after Ms Heard flew from New York to Boston to meet Mr Depp for her flight to LA.
“I knew something was wrong in every cell of my body,” she said of Mr Depp’s arrival on the plane.
“He comes up to me and doesn’t say a word to me, just walks over and sits in another seat across from me.”
“At one point he asks me if I can tell him something about what happened yesterday,” she added.
“He stinks of weed and alcohol… I could see this was a no-win situation, there was no talking about him.
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“He asks me questions and I know not to interfere. I’m polite but not engaging. Move slowly. Eventually he went from ‘do you have something to tell me’ to ‘tell me how much you like it, did he twist your tongue?’” she added.
At the time, Ms. Heard was shooting the film The Adderall Diaries with actor James Franco, who Ms Heard said angered Mr Depp.
“He was very explicit about my body and said really gross things about how much I liked him. He said “I know you liked it”. He called me a daredevil when ***. Also, this happened in front of his assistants and security on the plane,” she said.
“I have trouble telling you how embarrassed I was.”
She added that Mr Depp had repeatedly asked “if I liked it”.
“I didn’t look at him, and he said that was proof,” she said.
Ms Heard added that Mr Depp accused her of “wanting it or deserving it”.
During Mr Depp’s cross-examination, as he testified early in the trial, Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, read an email from Mr Depp to Ms Heard, sent the day after the flight.
“I once again find myself in a place of shame and regret,” Mr Rottenborn said, citing the email.
“Of course I’m sorry, I really don’t know why or what happened, but I will never do it again,” he added.
“I want to get better for you and for me – I have to. My illness somehow crept in and got hold of me. I can’t do it again, I can’t live like this again, and I know you can’t either.”
Mr Rottenborn said Mr Depp texted his “good friend”, British actor Paul Bettany, five days later that he had been drinking all night before flying to LA, that he had not had anything to eat for days, that he Pulver consumed – referring to cocaine – half a bottle of whiskey, “a thousand” Red Bull and vodkas, pills and two bottles of “champagne” on the plane.
“What do you get? A raging aggro engine in a bloody blackout,” Mr Rottenborn said, citing Mr Depp’s message to Mr Bettany.
“Screaming obscenities and insulting any shit that came near.”
“I’m done, I’m admittedly too crazy in the head to vent my anger at the one I love,” Mr Depp added, according to court documents.
Mr. Rotterborn asked if the two bottles of champagne on the plane related to the flight between Boston and LA.
“Yes, it comes just after a thousand cans of Red Bull,” Mr Depp replied.
“There’s no reason you would tell Paul Bettany you were in a blackout, right?” Mr. Rottenborn asked.
“When I’m writing a text, especially when I’m in a passionate place – it’s a canvas, it’s a painting, you choose your colours,” Mr Depp said, dismissing the notion that he had a power outage on the plane.
Mr Rottenborn remarked on this during his testimony at his British trial against The sun Newspaper, which he is suing for branding him a “wife beater”, said Mr Depp there was “probably no” reason for him to tell Mr Bettany anything that wasn’t true.
Mr Depp did not agree that he was “very drunk” on that flight.
Mr Rottenborn went back to Britain’s transcript, which asked Mr Depp if he had been drinking or using drugs before or during the flight, to which Mr Depp said: ‘Sure, to get through this we say yes – everything you said – I agree”.
Mr Depp said he “relented” to questioning at the time.
The Heard legal team then played three excerpts from an audio piece of Mr Depp, who appeared to be moaning in pain.
“It sounds like a tortured animal and it’s my voice,” Mr Depp said in response to the audio recording.
In the final excerpt, Mr Depp’s former security guard, Jerry Judge, can be heard saying: ‘I’ll stay with that bloody idiot in case he gets sick’.
“The recording of the painful sounds is not from that flight,” Mr Depp said, without specifying where or when the recording was made.
In her 2018 comment, Ms Heard wrote: “Like many women, I was molested and sexually assaulted when I was college-age. But I was silent – I didn’t expect that filing complaints would bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”
“Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full brunt of our culture’s anger at women speaking out,” she added at the time.
While Mr Depp is not named in the piece, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Mr Depp is seeking “not less than $50 million” in damages.
Ms Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr Depp for harassment and immunity from his allegations.
More to come…
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