Lawyers for Amber Heard on Monday ended their marathon of grilling Johnny Depp at a defamation trial against his ex -wife by playing audio recordings of a heated altercation between the couple.
“Shut up fat ass,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star told Heard in a recording played for a seven -person jury hearing the case in Fairfax District Circuit Court.
In another audio tape, 36 -year -old Heard, who had the lead character in the movie “Aquaman,” accused Depp of having “fought him” and threw “swings” at him.
Depp has denied ever physically abusing Heard and has repeatedly claimed at trial that he was a person who frequently committed violence.
Depp filed a defamation suit against Heard in connection with a column he wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which he described himself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Heard never named Depp but he sued him for imagining he was a domestic abuser and demanded $ 50 million in damages.
The Texas -born Heard responded, asking for $ 100 million and claiming he suffered “widespread violence and physical abuse” at his hands.
Depp, a three -time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the film “The Rum Diary” and married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.
Heard’s attorneys have claimed that Depp would be a “monster” of physical and sexual abuse when he was drunk or using drugs, and urged him widely about his drug and alcohol use during his three days of cross -examination in the witness stand.
“If anyone has a problem with my drink, at any time in my life, it’s me,” Depp said. “The only person I’ve ever abused in my life is myself.”
Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn also sought to convince the jury that the charges against Depp preceded the Washington Post column written by Heard.
Rottenborn noted that Heard had filed a temporary restraining order against Depp in Los Angeles in May 2016, citing abuse, and citing headlines from several newspaper articles.
“These are all hit pieces,” Depp replied.
Depp also downplayed some of the crude language he used to describe Heard in text messages to various friends, including one that said “I can only hope that karma begins and takes the gift of breath out of it.”
“It’s just rude and abstract humor,” Depp said, and he’s “embarrassed that this has to be spread around the world like peanut butter.”
Finger cut off
After Depp finished testifying, his lawyer called as a witness Ben King, a British man who managed the house where the couple lived in Australia during the 2015 filming for the fifth installment of the “Pirates” franchise.
Much of the evidence at the trial revolved around an incident that took place there where the tip of the middle finger of Depp’s right hand was severed.
Depp told the jury it happened when Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him, until his finger banged on the edge of the bar in the house. Heard’s attorney suggested Depp cut it with a knife in the kitchen.
King’s testimony appears to support Depp’s account.
The housekeeper said he found a severed fingertip in a tissue on the bar floor along with a broken bottle of Stolichnaya vodka.
He said a “large chunk” of the top of the marble bar had been broken.
King said that although he had witnessed frequent quarrels between the couple while they were in Australia, and another in London, he had never seen them become violent.
Testifying last week, Depp said allegations that he was “drunk, the threat of cocaine fuel hitting women” had caused him “everything.”
The actor said that “a few days” after the Post column appeared, Disney announced he would no longer appear as Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster franchise “Pirates”.
Depp filed a defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a “wife beater.”
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