Johnny Depp took the stand again in a Fairfax, Virginia, courthouse to refute testimony given by witnesses including Amber Heard. They testified that his ex-wife hit him on multiple occasions and that her accusations of violence against him are false.
Heard testified that Depp hit her. Any time she used force, it was because Depp had hit her. Depp said that Heard’s accusations of physical and sexual violence had gone too far.
“I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse. All these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things and living with it for six years and waiting to be able to bring the truth out,” Depp testified. “So this is not easy for any of us. I know that. No matter what happens, I did get here and I did tell the truth. And I have spoken up for what I’ve been carrying on my back reluctantly for six years.”
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million because he says she called him a domestic abuser in a Washington Post op-ed. Heard has countersued for $100 million because she says statements made by an attorney for Depp defamed her.
On Wednesday, Depp was asked how he got a black eye. This happened when he and Heard were on the Orient Express for their honeymoon.
“Ms. Heard hit me,” he testified.
Earlier this month, Heard testified about her perspective of multiple alleged violent incidents with Depp. She said that around the time of a March 2015 incident in Australia, Depp took about 8-10 MDMA pills. This caused him to have a severely injured finger.
Depp said that it would not be possible for him to consume that many pills during testimony on Wednesday.
“Because I’d be dead. Pretty sure I’d be dead,” Depp testified. “I think one would die. Probably rather quickly.”
Heard testified that she was not aware Depp had injured his finger until several hours later. Depp testified that the tip of his finger was severed after Heard threw a glass vodka bottle at him.
A text message from Depp to his physician at the time read, “I cut the top of my middle finger off … What should I do!??” Depp testified that when he was later examined by the doctor at the home where he was staying, he told the doctor what happened.
“When you saw the damage in the house and the blood everywhere and obviously there was serious damage everywhere, there would be no point in lying to the man. He’d been through it with me and Ms. Heard before,” Depp testified. “I told him that she had thrown a bottle of vodka and smashed and cut my finger off. The tip of my finger. A good chunk. I miss it.”
On Monday, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand surgery testified that the injuries Depp sustained to his finger were not consistent with his allegation that Heard had slammed his hand with a glass vodka bottle. On Wednesday, Depp disputed this claim on the stand.
“All that is the exploded first bottle that went past my head,” Depp testified, pointing to a photo of the scene. “And the second bottle hit right up here where my hand was resting on the marble bar.”
During Depp’s cross-examination, Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn questioned him about text messages he had sent to friends.
In one August 2016 text message to his former agent, Christian Carino, Depp wrote Heard was “begging for total global humiliation … She’s gonna get it,” adding “I can only hope that karma kicks in and takes the gift of breath from her …”
Depp testified about why he sent the text messages.
“When you’re accused of horrific acts and things that you have not done it’s actually some very ugly things that are going out there into the world about you on a non-stop basis by Ms. Heard and her team, you have a tendency, as humans, to get very, very irate and angry,” Depp testified. “Not to the point where you go out and hurt someone, not to the point where you even assault a cabinet, but you do get irate, you do wonder why this person is doing this to me.”
Kate Moss testifies
On Wednesday, model Kate Moss testified by video from England for actor Johnny Depp. She told the jury that he never pushed her down stairs.
Moss testified for less than three minutes. She said she had a romantic relationship with Depp from 1994 to 1998. Depp’s team called her as a rebuttal witness in response to testimony from Heard. Heard said on the stand that she thought about a rumor Depp had pushed Moss when she and her sister Whitney Heard Henriquez were in an altercation with Depp near a set of stairs.
“He swung at Whitney, and I’d heard a rumor, a vague rumor, about that,” Heard testified on May 17.
Moss testified under oath on Wednesday that the rumor was untrue. She said that the couple went to Jamaica during their relationship and that at one point on the trip, there was a rainstorm and Moss fell down a set of stairs and injured her back.
“We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I did and there had been a rainstorm and as I left the room I slipped down the stairs and I hurt my back,” Moss said. “I screamed because I didn’t know what happened to me and I was in pain and he came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”
Depp’s attorney asked Moss if Depp had ever pushed her down the stairs during their relationship.
“No. He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs,” Moss testified.
Moss was not questioned by Heard’s legal team.
When Depp later testified, he was asked about his recollection of the incident with Moss.
“I remember looking and seeing Kate coming out the door. And there were three little wooden stairs and she slipped, her legs went up and she landed directly on her coccyx, on her lower back. She was obviously physically in pain and she was hurt, she was crying, so I ran over and grabbed her to make sure she was alright. That’s it that’s the whole story,” Depp testified.
The trial has been going on for six weeks now. There was a break for one week in the middle. This week, the lawyers are expected to give their closing arguments.
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