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Amber Heard’s protection workforce offered surprising proof towards her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, in a Virginia courtroom on Thursday throughout Depp’s defamation trial towards Heard.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Submit alleging she was the sufferer of home abuse. Heard by no means recognized Depp instantly, however attorneys for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor say her allegations have negatively impacted Depp’s profession and relationship together with his household.
The pair have accused one another of abuse over the course of the trial for the previous 10 days, however cross-examination by Heard’s protection workforce on Thursday revealed eye-popping textual content messages, pictures and video proof — a lot of which Heard took herself throughout their relationship — portray Depp as a violent substance abuser.
Depp, throughout his third day on the stand, confirmed texts he despatched to his good friend, Paul Bettany, relationship June 2013, learn aloud by Heard legal professional Ben Rottenborn, that stated, “[L]et’s down her before we burn her,’ and “I’ll f–k her burnt corpse afterwards to verify she’s lifeless.”
Later on Thursday afternoon, Rottenborn, presented yet another text from Johnny Depp to a friend talking about Heard’s theoretical “corpse.”
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“I hope Amber’s rotting corpse is decomposing within the f—ing trunk of a Honda Civic,” a 2016 text from Depp to his friend, Isaac Baruch, presented as evidence on Thursday and confirmed by Depp read.
The text was previously presented in court when Baruch testified last week.
The actor apologized for the texts whereas on the witness stand.
Rottenborn additionally introduced up an notorious quarrel he had with Heard on a 2014 flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Heard’s attorneys have alleged that Depp kicked Heard within the again on the aircraft.
Depp testified that he was not drunk and didn’t bodily or verbally abuse his now ex-wife on the aircraft after the 2 argued over his suspicion she had an affair along with her co-star James Franco, however Rottenborn confronted Depp with an electronic mail he had despatched Heard the following day, apologizing profusely.
“Once again, I find myself in a place of shame and regret,” Rottenborn learn from the e-mail. “I am sorry. I really don’t know why or what happened, but I will never do it again. I want to get better for your and for me. I must. My illness somehow crept up and grabbed me. I can’t do it again, I can’t live like that again, and I know you can’t either.”
5 days later, Depp despatched a textual content to pal Paul Bettany, which Rottenborn learn in court docket.
“I’m going to properly stop the booze thing, darling,” Depp wrote. “Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA. Ugly, mate.”
Further proof offered towards Depp included a photograph of Depp handed out with a spilled container in hand after taking roxycodone, audio of Heard telling Depp to not reduce his personal finger and a video displaying Depp kicking a chunk of furnishings and slamming cupboards in what seems to be a kitchen.
Heard took the video and could be heard asking Depp if he drank a complete bottle of wine that morning after he pours himself a big glass.
“I did assault a couple of cabinets, but I didn’t touch Ms. Heard,” Depp stated of the video, including that “there’s a possibility” he was drunk on the time.
The cross-examination ended Thursday and can resume Monday morning.
A supply near Depp informed Every day Submit Digital that he’s a “victim of abuse” and “has been since Ms. Heard made her very first false allegation in 2016, and has continued to be subject to abuse ever since, as outlined in his testimony.”
“Today’s cross-examination by Ms. Heard’s attorney has proven to be no exception. Mr. Rottenborn’s aggressive and, coincidentally, ‘jack-hammer’ approach toward a man who has suffered extensively over the last six years proves that the mistreatment of Johnny goes well beyond Ms. Heard’s grievous behavior. Colorful texts, which Johnny has already apologized for, do not equate to physical actions and Mr. Rottenborn still has not been able to connect the two, nor will he ever be able to,” the supply stated.