“She was flinging insults left, right and centre, and she then grabbed that bottle and threw that at me,” Depp informed the courtroom.
“It made contact and it shattered everywhere. I honestly didn’t feel the pain at first at all. I felt no pain whatsoever. What I felt was heat… as if something were dripping down my hand, and then I looked down and realised that the tip of my finger had been severed.”
“I’ve never had a nervous breakdown, but that was probably the closest that I’ve ever been. Nothing made sense, and I knew in my mind and in my heart that this is not life. No one should have to go through this.”
Two years after shedding the same case in London, Depp is as soon as once more suing Heard for defamation, claiming she broken his repute when she wrote about home abuse in a 2018 Washington Post opinion piece, by which she stated she had grow to be the “public figure representing domestic abuse”.
While the article by no means mentions Depp by identify, his attorneys argue it not directly refers to allegations of home violence that Heard made towards him in 2016 when the couple divorced.
Depp – who was dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise days after the piece was revealed – stated the op-ed broken his profession and repute. He is suing his ex-wife for $US50 million.
In response, Heard, who has denied abusing Depp, is counter-suing him for $US100 million for defamation after his lawyer referred to as her claims a hoax.
The blockbuster trial is anticipated to final six weeks, with a witness record that features billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and actors James Franco, Ellen Barkin, Jason Momoa and Paul Bettany. It is going down in Fairfax County, about 15 miles from Washington DC as a result of that’s the place the Washington Post’s on-line servers are positioned.
Spectators – lots of them followers of Depp – have flocked to the Fairfax County Courthouse every day to catch a glimpse of the pair, some standing for hours within the chilly to get a wristband guaranteeing entry into the trial courtroom, which solely permits 100 folks, together with the media.
Heard is but to offer proof, and up to now, Depp’s account has been based mostly on gentle questioning from his personal lawyer. He is because of be cross-examined tomorrow.
His testimony has nonetheless been compelling, peeling again the layers on a poisonous relationship that spilled out publicly a number of years in the past when the pair separated and Heard took out a restraining order towards him.
Today, nevertheless, members of the jury had been proven graphic photos designed to again up Depp’s declare that he was the sufferer of Heard’s aggression, not the opposite approach round. One picture included his bloodied, severed finger; one other confirmed a bruise which he claims he acquired after Heard “landed a roundhouse” punch.
The jury additionally heard audio that Depp had recorded, by which Heard admits to him: “I did start a physical fight, but adds: “I was hitting, it was not punching you out, babe. You were not punched.” When Depp replies: “don’t tell me what it feels like to be punched, she tells him: “You are such a baby, grow the f–k up Johnny.”
Depp informed the courtroom how he began recording Heard’s tirades within the hope that he may play them again to her, as she would typically deny lashing out at him.
“It was a sort of rapid-fire, sort of endless parade of insults, looking at me like I was a fool. I was having difficulty in my mind, of course, and in my heart, dealing with that sort of barrage,” he stated, likening it to the abuse he suffered from his mom as baby.
The trial continues.
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