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 “disrespectful 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 previously heard that Mr Depp had written 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 real”.
“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… yes, I’m ashamed (of) how peanut butter needs to be spread around the world.
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“For example, the text about the burning of Mrs. Heard is straight from Monty Python and the sketch about the burning of witches and the subsequent drowning of the witches.
“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 mainly 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 (piece of wood).”
The process goes on.
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