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Johnny Depp calls Amber Heard a “fat ass” in footage of “bloodbath” arguments played out in court.

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Johnny Depp says texts he sent to actor Paul Bettany about the burning and drowning of his former partner Amber Heard were a joke based on a Monty Python sketch.

The actor told a US court on Monday that he was ashamed of the messages but said they were an attempt at “irreverent and abstract humor”.

It comes as Mr Depp continues to testify in the defamation trial, which is taking place in Fairfax County, Virginia and is now in its third week.

The actor is suing Ms Heard for defamation over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post which his attorneys said falsely implied he physically and sexually abused her.

The court had previously heard Mr Depp write during a text exchange with Mr Bettany in 2013: “Let’s burn Amber.

“Let’s drown them before we burn them. I’ll fuck her burned corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead.”

But Mr Depp said he and Mr Bettany bonded over their “abstract sense of humour” for dealing with sticky situations and the comments were never “intended to be genuine”.

“Because these are private texts, there was a lot … in context,” he said.

“It’s important to realize that none of this was ever meant to be real and the language used that… yeah I’m ashamed of how peanut butter needs to be spread around the world.”

“For example, the text about the burning of Mrs. Heard is straight from Monty Python and the skit about the burning of witches and the subsequent drowning of the witches.

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“It’s a movie we would all see when we were 10 – it’s just irreverent and abstract humor.”

Mr Depp added that Mr Bettany and Ms Heard’s relationship was “abhorrent” as she sees him as a “menace”.

“Ms Heard despised Mr Bettany mostly because we had become such close friends and he was a threat to her and would take me away from her.”

Mr Depp has denied all allegations that he ever assaulted Ms Heard.

He told the court that after reading the Washington Post article for the first time, he felt like he had been “hit in the head with a two-by-four[wood]piece.”

The jury listened to audio Monday as Depp pointed out the violence that could ensue if he and Heard’s arguments were allowed to escalate.

“The next step, if I don’t go away … will be a bloodbath, like on the island,” Depp says on the recording.

In other audio clips, Depp yells vulgarities at his wife, calls her a demeaning name and yells at her, “You stupid f—-“.

Depp winced on the stand as the clips played while Heard appeared to be fighting back tears.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2018 comment she wrote in The Washington Post. She describes herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”.

The clips were part of a grueling cross-examination of Depp that ended late Monday morning when he stood for a fourth day of testimony over his claims that Heard misrepresented him as a domestic abuser.

Laughter erupted in the courtroom after Depp said he doesn’t watch his own films and doesn’t remember the question he was asked.

“I’m not watching them. I feel better not watching her. What was the question again?” Mr Depp said to laughter from around the room.

Heard’s attorneys continued their onslaught of questions during their cross-examination. The focus is on Depp’s drinking, drug use, and charged interactions with Heard throughout their relationship.

During Monday’s testimony, Depp actually said very little, though in the relay he attempted to explain some of his crude language and again denied cutting off his finger during a fight with Heard, despite telling people so much at the time . He now says the finger was severed when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him.

“Why would I start cutting off digits in my 50s?” he said, showing the jury his right hand. “I cannot take responsibility for what I now call Little Richard, my severed finger.”

Most of the interrogations consisted of Heard’s attorney playing audio clips or reading vulgar text messages sent by Depp and asking Depp if he read them correctly.

Throughout the cross-examination, Depp showed his displeasure with Rottenborn’s questions. When Rottenborn interrupted a response, Depp said, “I’ve been talking.” When Rottenborn said he considered the question fully answered, Depp replied, “As long as you’re happy.”

Depp also expressed his disapproval when Rottenborn read headlines from a series of negative articles about the actor, some dating back to 2014.

“These are all hit tracks. It’s crap,” Depp said.

Rottenborn introduced the articles to demonstrate that the 2018 Post article at the heart of the case didn’t tarnish his reputation, but rather a long history of bad behavior.

While the defamation lawsuit is said to focus on whether Depp was defamed in the article, most of the lawsuit has focused on ugly details of the couple’s brief marriage. Depp denies ever hitting Heard, while Heard’s attorneys argue that Depp physically and sexually abused her and that his denials have no merit because he was often drunk and high until he passed out.

Depp was last in the stands on Thursday. Heard’s attorneys cited his history of vandalizing hotel rooms and the time he smashed a bathroom light fixture during an argument with Heard. Depp is also facing a lawsuit filed by a member of a film crew alleging the actor assaulted her in 2018.

The jury saw dozens of Depp’s texts to friends about his drinking, drug use and interactions with his then-wife, as well as his remorse for Heard and her father.

Depp said the allegations and the article contributed to an unjustly ruined reputation that made him a Hollywood outcast and cost him his role in the lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. Heard’s lawyers say Depp’s tarnished reputation is the result of his own bad behavior.

Depp has been on the witness stand in Fairfax County Circuit Court since Tuesday afternoon. The actor has testified that Heard was a drug abuser and that she was the one who physically assaulted him. He called the drug addiction allegations against him “grossly embellished,” although he admitted to using a lot of drugs.

More to come…

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