The second week of Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his former wife Amber Heard ended with jury members being shown video and audio recordings of the actor’s allegedly violent episodes.
r Depp slammed kitchen cupboards and poured himself a tall glass of wine in one clip before appearing furious at being filmed by Ms Heard.
The actor, who wears a feathered hat and dark sunglasses, also appears to injure himself cursing and kicking at furniture.
Mr Depp, who denies physically abusing Aquaman star Ms Heard, admitted on Thursday to “attacking a couple of closets”.
In another audio recording, Ms Heard can be heard repeatedly saying: “Please don’t hurt yourself” while Mr Depp threatens to cut himself with a knife.
The evidence was presented on the third day of Mr Depp’s testimony at the Virginia trial, during which the court was also shown a series of graphic and violent text messages he had sent about Ms Heard.
In a text conversation in 2013, Mr Depp told actor Paul Bettany, “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.”
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Much of the evidence heard so far at the trial relates to his drug use while the two were together, which Ms Heard’s lawyers said had sparked violent episodes.
Mr Depp previously testified that Ms Heard’s behavior “inspired” him to use substances and said she did not “support” his attempts at sobriety.
In a later conversation with Mr Bettany, also shown to the court, the actor said he had been drinking “all night” before picking up Ms Heard to fly to Los Angeles.
“Ugly mate… No food for days… Powder… Half a bottle of whiskey, a thousand Red Bull and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of Champers on the plane,” read the message.
Before the video, audio and text messages were shown, Ms Heard’s attorney, Benjamin Rottenborn, asked Mr Depp if he met the standards of a “southern gentleman”.
“If you have deep, deep roots in the South … you will be raised to be a Southern gentleman, that is, when chivalry was alive and permitted,” Mr Depp replied.
“I think I do (meet the standards), I’ve certainly done my best my whole life.”
He later admitted he’d had times when he’d “deviated” from such standards, saying it was a “normal, primal” thing.
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.
On Wednesday, Mr Rottenborn reminded Mr Depp that the lawsuit was not brought about anything the actress herself had done before writing the article.
Mr. Depp will continue to testify when the trial resumes in Fairfax County District Court on Monday.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/violent-video-footage-shown-as-second-week-of-johnny-depps-us-lawsuit-concludes-41576212.html Violent video footage shown at the end of the second week of Johnny Depp’s US lawsuit