Editor’s Note: Some testimonies contain graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical assault.
Johnny Depp called his ex-wife’s allegations of sexual and physical abuse “insane” on Wednesday as he returned to the witness stand in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.
“Ridiculous, humiliating, ridiculous, painful, wild, incredibly brutal, cruel and all wrong,” Depp said when asked about his reaction to Heard’s allegations when she testified early in the trial.
Depp testified on Wednesday as a rebuttal witness – both he and Heard testified extensively at the beginning of the trial.
He provided some specific answers to some of the specific allegations made by Heard and also by her sister, Whitney Henriquez, who provided some of Heard’s strongest corroborative testimony.
He concluded questioning by his attorneys with a definitive denial of the allegations.
“I’ve never committed sexual assault, physical abuse, and all these outlandish, outrageous stories of myself committing those things in my life,” he said. “And live with it for six years, waiting for the truth to come out.”
He said, “No matter what, I came here and I spoke the truth and spoke up for what I’ve reluctantly carried on my back for the past six years.”
At Depp’s hearing, Heard’s lawyers took aim at this allegation, questioning the actor about his previous lawsuit against the British newspaper Sun, which branded him a “woman-beater”. Depp lost that defamation case.
Heard’s attorney, J. Benjamin Rottenborn, also read text messages between Depp and his assistant, in which he used vulgar terms to refer to a woman’s genitals, and said, “I NEED. I WILL. I TAKE.” Depp called the idea he had written, if he wanted to be sexual with a woman, that she was rightfully his, “ridiculous.”
“You can pull up whatever you want, I never said those words. There’s not enough hubris in me,” he told Heard’s attorney, suggesting the text was tampered with or someone may have confiscated his phone. “That’s pretty grotesque.”
Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 comment she wrote in The Washington Post representing herself as “a public figure who advocates domestic violence.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article, although he never mentioned his name.
dope hasHe has ever hit Heard and says she is the culprit in the relationship. Heard more than a dozen separate instances of physical abuse that she says were sustained at Depp’s hands.
Depp also denied a claim by Heard that Depp had nothing to do with getting her a role in the superhero blockbuster Aquaman. When Heard testified, she was clearly offended by a question from Depp’s attorneys suggesting Depp got her the part.
However, Depp said after Heard auditioned for the role, he spoke to the studio on her behalf. He was prevented from going into the details of his talks when Heard’s attorneys objected, but said that “she ended up getting the job, so I hope I had curbed her worries to some extent.”
However, on cross-examination, jurors saw a text message sent after Heard filed for divorce, in which Depp told his sister, “I want her to be replaced in this WB[Warner Bros.]movie.”
When Heard’s attorney asked Depp if he tried to fire Heard from Aquaman, he denied it. He said instead that he just felt obligated to let the studio know “it was going to get ugly” if they kept Heard in the film.
Also on Wednesday, supermodel Kate Moss, a former girlfriend of Depp, denied that she had ever been pushed or attacked by Depp in the course of their relationship.
Moss also testified as a rebuttal witness. Heard referenced Moss in her statement and a rumor that Depp pushed Moss down a flight of stairs when they were dating.
Moss, in a statement provided via video link, said Depp never attacked her. She said she once slipped down a flight of stairs at a Jamaican resort after a rainstorm, and Depp came to her rescue.
She testified for less than 5 minutes and was not cross-examined.
Depp also addressed the allegation in his statement, saying it happened exactly as Moss said it would. He said he told Heard the story about Moss years ago and “Ms. Heard took the story and turned it into a very ugly incident, all in her head.”