The Johnny Depp libel trial against “The Sun” kicked off Tuesday, as the actor took to the stand to deny the Amber Heard claims that he’s a wife-beater and “monster”.
The toxic twosome is being forced to air their dirty laundry in public yet again after Depp filed suit against the British newspaper for an April 2018 story, headlined, “Potty — How can J.K. Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”
Ooops, somebody forgot to add the legalese-get-out-of-jail-free “alleged” card.… That could prove to be a very expensive omission indeed.
Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against The Sun
Depp’s lawsuit is against the tabloid’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and Dan Wootton, who’s the Executive Editor of The Sun.
The libel trial is based on allegations made in The Sun article, which include calling him a “wife-beater”, claiming there was “overwhelming evidence” that he attacked Heard during their toxic, tumultuous marriage, and that he was violent and abusive towards the 34-year-old actress.
Depp has always vehemently denied any form of domestic violence or attack on his behalf, alleging it was actually Heard who carried out an assault against him.
Depp denies Amber Heard’s claims of being a “monster”
Depp didn’t hold back when he took to the stand to testify at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, shooting down the “monster” Amber Heard claims.
The 57-year-old gave his full name John Christopher Depp II as he swore in, and went on to testify, “[Amber] said to the world that she was in fear of her life from me, and I had been this horrible monster if you will, which was not the case.”
Peacemaker not wife-beater
Depp claimed he was in fact the “peacemaker” in the toxic relationship, and insisted he’d always tried to abate the situation whenever things got heated between the couple.
“Whenever it would escalate, I would try to go to my own corner, as it were … before things got out of hand,” Depp testified, before going on to point the finger of assault blame at his now ex-wife.
“As things tended to do, [it] escalated and got physical, ending with a bit of assault. Ms. Heard struck me,” he insisted.
Depp alleged that Heard attacked him with a can and a cigarette, amongst other items, and went on to claim that she, or one of her friends, even defecated on his bed once.
Depp’s legal team plans to bolster their client’s claims with testimony from two of his ex-partners, Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, who’ve both spoken out publicly in his defense previously, in addition to issuing statements of support.
The Sun newspaper’s lawsuit defense
The Sun newspaper’s defense against Depp’s lawsuit is based entirely on the Amber Heard claims that she publicly made after their relationship ended.
Amber Heard claims she was subjected to assault by Depp in a total of 14 different domestic violence incidents between 2013 and 2016.
According to Heard, the attacks occurred all over the world, including the Bahamas, the USA, the UK, Japan, and Australia—the latter of which is where she alleges Depp subjected her to “a three-day ordeal of physical assaults” after a crazy booze and drugs binge.
The Sun had previously tried to get Depp’s libel lawsuit dismissed on the grounds he’d not disclosed text messages he sent whilst in Australia with Heard in 2015, asking his assistant to get them “MDMA and other narcotics”. The High Court refused their request, however.
Sex drugs & rock ‘n roll
It really wouldn’t be a very Johnny Depp-like situation if there wasn’t a big old dose of drugs involved somehow. Depp’s been open in the past about his heavy drug use—and his extremely close relationship with Hunter S. Thompson says it all really.
However, the Sun newspaper’s attorney, Sasha Wass, really hammered it home when he grilled the star about his drug abuse issues during cross-examination.
Depp admitted to consuming pretty much every single drug you can think of—prescription and street—claiming his use of narcotics began as a way of numbing himself back when he was just an 11-year-old child with “not a particularly stable or secure or safe home life”.
The attorney also questioned Depp about his previous arrests—one for assault and the other for smashing-up a hotel room in New York.
“I was angry, but that doesn’t mean I have an anger problem,” Depp insisted.
No end in sight for Depp
The Johnny Depp libel trial is underway and will inevitably eventually bring a close to his libel lawsuit against The Sun.
However, when it comes to Depp and Heard’s toxic relationship battle, it appears there’s no end in sight.
Both continue to sling mud at each other during interviews and Depp is currently suing his former wife for $50 million for allegedly “defaming” him.
In a Washington Post Op-Ed piece about domestic violence, Amber Heard claims, “I write this as a woman who had to change my phone number weekly because I was getting death threats”.
Depp’s defamation case is scheduled to be heard next year.