Johnny Depp‘s testimony continued Wednesday as he took the stand for a second day to testify towards ex-wife Amber Heard, whom he has accused of ruining his fame and profession with false accusations of home violence.
On Wednesday, Depp testified concerning the particulars of his relationship with Heard, claiming she used his private weaknesses as “ammunition.”
“It appeared like pure hatred for me,” he mentioned, claiming Heard would would name-call and escalate misunderstandings into “full-scale arguments.”
“In all of those conditions, my foremost aim was to retreat,” he claimed.
When requested why Depp stayed with Heard given her alleged behaviour, he mentioned it was “sophisticated.” He hypothesized the reply needed to do along with his personal mom’s abuse towards his father.
Depp additionally claimed Heard had threatened suicide prior to now. “Many occasions after I would attempt to go away, she would cease me on the elevator with the safety guards, crying and screaming, ‘I cant stay with out you, I’m going to die.’”
Throughout his testimony, Depp advised the court docket about his former opioid habit and difficult restoration. He claimed he’s not and by no means has been an alcoholic.
He additionally testified he had witnessed Heard use a number of medicine on numerous events, together with MDMA (ecstasy), magic mushrooms and a drug comparable to hurry.
Depp appeared on the stand for the primary time Tuesday, detailing his troubled childhood by the hands of an abusive mom, sharing the historical past and frequency of his drug and alcohol use, and offering particulars concerning the starting of his relationship with Heard.
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In Depp’s testimony on Tuesday, the actor mentioned he needs the general public to know his aspect of the story. It’s the primary time he’s publicly addressed the fallout and the claims Heard has levelled towards him.
“I needed to await my alternative to handle the fees, which have been prison prices. They only weren’t true,” he mentioned.
Talking incessantly of the influence the case and its particulars have had on his kids, Depp mentioned he’s additionally suffered from a private fall-from-grace.
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“Someday you’re Cinderella, so to talk, after which in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo.”
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The absolutely televised authorized battle of the divorced couple has captured the eye of spectators across the globe, with each Heard, 35, and Depp, 58, claiming to be victims of violence. The preliminary court docket case started when Depp filed a $50-million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Publish op-ed penned by Heard in late 2018 about home abuse.
Heard didn’t point out Depp by identify within the article, although in court docket paperwork he alleges his fame and profession have been nonetheless “devastated” consequently.
When questioned about his childhood Monday, Depp described intimately the “violent” and “merciless” abuse he and his siblings suffered by the hands of his mom, Betty Sue Palmer.
He recounted occasions when his mom threw an ashtray or beat him with a high-heeled shoe.
“In our home, we have been by no means uncovered to any sort of security or safety. The one factor that one might do, actually, was to remain out of the road of fireside.”
He mentioned that within the early days of their relationship Heard appeared “too good to be true,” however issues started to deteriorate after a couple of 12 months when Depp mentioned Heard started to indicate indicators of controlling behaviour.
He additionally testified that the main points Heard has shared about his alleged drug and alcohol addictions are “grossly embellished” and “plainly false.”
He mentioned that whereas he did dabble in his mom’s “nerve capsules” at a younger age, and was hooked on an opiate for 4 to 5 years, he has additionally had months-long stints of sobriety and that when he did use substances, he “by no means appeared loaded or excessive, or any of that.”
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“Even when I felt somewhat spinny nobody would have ever recognized,” Depp advised the court docket.
Depp’s attorneys have already known as on a number of witnesses, together with buddies, the couple’s therapist, and the physician and nurse who declare they handled the Pirates of the Caribbean actor for substance abuse points.
In opening statements delivered by the previous spouses’ authorized groups final week, Depp’s attorneys declare Heard is “selecting to lie about him for her personal private profit.”
Heard’s attorneys argued the alternative, claiming freedom of speech allowed the Aquaman actor to pen the Washington Publish op-ed.
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