A series of explosive texts sent by actor Johnny Depp to and about Amber Heard have been revealed in court as part of the bitter defamation case against his ex-wife in Virginia.
They include revelations about the then couple’s infamous trip to Australia in 2015 when they smuggled their dogs pistol and boo into the coubtry.
The court heard the Hollywood movie star admit to smoking cannabis and taking ecstasy while in Australia, made enquiries about cocaine on his trip although the actor said there was no evidence he actually took any, that he had a “sobriety nurse” to keep him on the wagon while filming on the Gold Coast and that Heard allegedly put out a cigarette on his face.
Depp is suing Heard for US$50 million ($A67m) over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about being a victim of domestic abuse. She did not name Depp in the piece, but he claims the allegations are clearly directed at him because Heard filed for divorce and a restraining order alleging that he physically abused her two years earlier. Depp says the allegations are false and cost him lucrative film work in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Heard has countersued for $100 million ($A134m), claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.
‘Let’s burn Amber’
Under cross examination in Fairfax County Court on Thursday, Depp was presented with several damning text messages that he sent to Heard, friends and associates during the couple’s relationship.
“Let’s burn Amber,” read one text sent by Depp to his friend Paul Bettany on June 11, 2013.
“Let’s drown her before we burn her.
“I will f**k her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead”.
Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn put it to Depp that he “wrote that about the woman who would later become your wife.”
“Yes I did,” Depp responded.
In a separate text sent on January 17, 2013, Depp wrote a text in which he described Heard as an “idiot cow”.
“I’ll smack the ugle c**t around before I let her in, dont worry,” it continued.
“Did that worthless hooker arrive?”
Heard’s lawyer asked Depp if he had “read that right”. “Yes,” Depp replied.
Later, Mr Rottenborn displayed a text that Depp had sent his sister in 2013 saying he was “an insane person…after too much of the drink.”
The text exhibits kept on coming. In a message sent on December 18, 2014, Depp described himself in a message to Heard as “a f***ing savage”, the court heard.
“I always regret it when I jump, or worse, when you jump. I’m sorry for being less, for your diappointmet in me. For my behaviour,” it read.
“I’m a f***ing savage. Gotta’ lose that. Gonna’ lose that. The devil is all around, right?”
In another, Depp wrote that he “never want(s) to lay eyes on that filthy whore again”, while they were still married.
Several big names were pulled into the case, including Elton John, Marilyn Manson and James Franco, on Thursday.
The court heard that Depp sent the ‘Rocket Man’ singer a text message in which he described part of himself as a “monster” who “would have swallowed (him up) if it wasn’t for you”. Depp said Elton was a “friend’ who had supported him in his quest for sobriety.
Heard’s lawyer then put it to Depp that he had done illegal drugs with Marilyn Manson.
Depp testified that the pair had done cocaine together then fessed up to drugging him with “a pill” to try and “stop him talking”. The star laughed on the stand as he recalled the incident.
He also admitted, under cross examination, that he believed during his marriage to Heard that she was having an affair with James Franco.
Franco, 43, will be grilled about whether he had an affair with Heard, as part of the suit.
Page Six previously reported that Depp sent a subpoena to Franco after 2016 surveillance video showed him getting into an elevator with Heard a day after she had a fight with Depp. Heard later alleged Depp gave her a black eye during the altercation.
During cross examination on Thursday, it also emerged that Depp had described the mother of his children, Vanessa Paradis, as a “French extortionist” and an “ex-c*nt” in a text message.
Heard’s lawyer then read a message Depp had sent an acquaintance after he “got drunk and destroyed my (hotel) room”.
“There are hookers and animals in here,” it read.
“Is it okay to put on a condom after the fact, I mean if I just wear it for the rest of the day, like that works doesn’t it?
“I’ve had to kill a few of the animals for sustenance. I’ve made quite a mess. There’s blood and animal tracks everywhere.”
The infamous defecation incident
On Wednesday, the court heard from Depp under direct examination.
He described how he fled their Los Angeles home after another blow-up with his then-wife, Heard, on her 30th birthday.
He said he planned to return to pick up a few items while Heard was at the Coachella music festival in 2016 – but his security warned him against it and showed him a photograph of their marital bed.
“On my side of the bed was human faecal matter,” he told the court. “I laughed. It was so outside, it was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh.”
Depp has previously accused Heard or one of her friends of doing a poo in the bed. But Heard has denied it, blaming the faeces on her teacup Yorkies.
“I lived with those dogs for many years,” Depp said. “That did not come from a dog. It just didn’t.”
Depp’s lost ‘nothing less than everything’
Depp testified that the fallout from Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed branding him an abuser was swift.
The actor is suing his ex-wife over the piece that doesn’t name him directly but identifies herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.
“I don’t think it took Disney very long, maybe a couple of days, to announce that I had been removed from the Pirates of the Caribbean films franchise,” he said. “I lost nothing less than everything.”
But, he said, the real damage began when she made the initial accusations.
“I will live with that for the rest of my life because of the allegations,” he told the jury. It was such a big, high-profile case that I lost then no matter the outcome of this trial.”
Heard’s $US7m divorce settlement
Depp testified that he agreed to pay a $US7 million divorce settlement to Heard in January 2017.
He said his lawyers hashed out the agreement more than seven months after Heard publicly filed for divorce and for a temporary restraining order against the actor on his daughter’s birthday.
Heard later announced that she would donate the entire payout to two charities, so Depp sent subsequent payments he owed her directly to the named not-for-profits.
“Ms Heard was very, very angry that I had made those first payments, and she went into kind of a tirade about how I should be charged double the $7 million, I should be charged $14 million,” he told the court.
Stars split the day Depp’s mother died
Depp told the jury that he split with then-wife Amber Heard the same day his mother died.
Betty Sue Palmer passed away on May 20, 2016, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Depp said, choking back tears.
“I’ve made a decision and I think it’s the best thing, I’m going to file for divorce,” he said he told Heard over the phone.
The next day, he met her for the last time at their home in Los Angeles. He testified that she pretended he was beating her while she was on the phone with a friend – even though he was standing 6m away.
“‘Stop hitting me, Johnny!’ she’s screaming in her best freaked out, upset voice,” Depp told jurors.
Depp says Heard once faked a broken nose
Depp testified that Heard attacked him in his office then pretended he had broken her nose.
During the struggle, their heads connected, he said, but he never made contact with her face. She left the room and returned a few minutes later clutching a tissue to her nose that had a red substance on it. “Way to go, Johnny, you broke my nose,” he recalled her saying.
A few minutes later, he crept into her bathroom.
“I pulled the Kleenex out of the trash bin, and I inspected it pretty closely and realised it was nail polish, nail varnish.”
‘I did start a physical fight,’ Amber Heard admits
Jurors heard audio of Depp and Heard arguing after an altercation.
Depp, 58, had recorded the conversation and his legal team introduced it as evidence on Wednesday.
“I did start a physical fight,” she said on the tape. “I was hitting, it was not punching out, babe, you were not punched.”
Depp replied: “Don’t tell me what it feels like to be punched.” She said: “You are such a baby, grown the f**k up, Johnny.”
The pair were fighting over an incident that happened the night before. Depp said Heard had slammed a bathroom door on his head then hit him in the face.
Depp and Heard in Australia
Part of the day’s court proceedinsg heard about Depp and Heard’s 2015 trip to Australia where he was filming Pirates of the Caribbean.
Depp told jurors that while in Australia in 2015, after Heard allegedly threw a vodka bottle at him, severing the top part of his finger, she put out a cigarette on his face.
“Ms Heard had taken my cigarette from the ashtray and stomped it out in my face,” Depp claimed, as his lawyers showed the panel photos of his injuries.
Depp, 58, said he used what remained of his middle right finger to scrawl messages on the wall.
“In the midst of being in a nervous breakdown, I started to write in my own blood on the walls,” he testified. “Little reminders from our past that essentially represented lies that [Heard] told me, lies that I had caught her in.”
Heard has denied injuring Depp’s finger and previously accused him of viciously attacking her on the trip.
‘I was looking directly at my bone’
Depp talked more about the incident which left him with a severed finger.
He said Heard hurled a bottle of vodka at him, smashing into his hand and severing the tip of his right middle finger.
He said they were fighting over a postnuptial agreement he had asked Heard to sign, he told jurors.
He said the request sent Heard into a rage, and she began firing off insults. After she relented, he snuck downstairs and broke his sobriety by drinking a few shots of vodka. The actress caught him and became angry, throwing the bottle at him, he claimed. It shattered on his hand, which was resting on the side of the bar, Depp said.
“What I felt was heat. I felt heat and I felt as if something was dripping down my hand,” the actor told the court. “I looked down and realised the tip of my finger had been severed. I was looking directly at my bones sticking out.”
Heard’s lower lip trembled and she look as though she was on the verge of tears during her ex-husband’s testimony.
The actress has denied slicing off the tip of Depp’s finger and previously claimed that he had physically assaulted her on the trip.
Depp had to have his finger reconstructed.
Depp’s shocking drinking claim about Heard
Amber Heard could drink two bottles of wine in a single night, Depp testified.
She and her friend were particularly fond of the Spanish wine Vega Cecilia.
“Ms Heard could very easily drink two bottles of wine per night, not a problem,” he said, prompting Heard, sitting in the courtroom, to shake her head in disagreement.
But, the actor said, if he ever drank, Heard went “apoplectic”.
“I was weak, I was a complete mess, I was an alcoholic, I was going to ruin everything,” he told the court she said to him. “Your kids are not proud of you, they cannot stand what you are doing.”
At one point, he asked her to support him by getting sober with him but she refused.
“In support of me not drinking, I thought that she might stop drinking – but she did not, she continued,” he said.
Heard ‘threatened suicide’ when Depp tried to leave
Depp said that part of the reason he remained in the marriage with Amber Heard so long was that she would threaten suicide.
He said Heard had mentioned killing herself several times and that terrified him.
“When I would leave sometimes, she would stop me at the elevator with the security guards, crying, screaming, ‘I can’t live without you! I’m going to die!’” he said.
On one occasion, he escaped to another property, he said, and she showed up minutes later in her nightgown at 3am screaming in front of his house.
“It was ludicrous, it was out of control, it was uncontrollable,” he said. Another factor that kept him in the relationship was a desire not to fail, he told the court. The pair soon started recording each other during arguments.
It was Depp’s second day on the stand, and he spoke, often haltingly, in a monologue.