Johnny Depp Defamation Trial: Here Are The Key Moments From The Actor’s Testimony


Johnny Depp claimed Amber Heard abused him and that he didn’t harm her while testifying in his $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife that centers around a 2018 Washington Post article in which she wrote she was “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Key Facts

Depp, 58, who was married to Heard, 35, from 2015 to 2016, said “the only person I’ve abused in my life is myself,” and that he was a victim of domestic violence.

Depp recounted a fight the couple had in 2015 in Australia, claiming an angry Heard threw two vodka bottles at Depp, one of which shattered and severed his finger.

Heard—who has not yet testified—has previously denied throwing bottles at Depp and said he injured his finger while slamming a phone against a wall while attacking her.

Depp, who used his injured finger to write bloody messages including “easy Amber” on a wall and other surfaces after he was hurt, said though he texted a doctor “I got my finger cut off,” he did not do it to himself and said he would never hurt his finger because he loves playing guitar.

Depp claimed that during a fight on her 30th birthday, Heard punched him in the face several times and he later found fecal matter in their bed, which she blamed on their small dogs, but he believes was put there by Heard.

During cross-examination, Heard’s lawyers shared text messages sent by Depp in which he described Heard in graphic terms—calling her a “slippery w***e” and saying he will “f**k her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she is dead”—though he said they were references to Monty Python.

Depp said he wanted to continue to appear in future Pirates Of The Caribbean installments to give his character Captain Jack Sparrow a “proper goodbye” but was fired from the franchise because of Heard’s claims he abused her.

Key Background

When Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016, she obtained a temporary restraining order against him, saying Depp had often abused her during the relationship, which he denied. They settled their divorce in 2017, releasing a joint statement, saying “our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.” Though Heard did not name Depp in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed, Depp believes the story tarnished his career and reputation. Heard later countersued Depp for $100 million. Depp also sued The Sun, a British tabloid, for libel for describing him as a “wife-beater,” but a judge ruled against him in2020, finding there was “overwhelming evidence” Depp abused Heard. The current trial is expected to last six weeks. Depp’s testimony ended Monday, and Heard is also expected to testify.

Further Reading

Johnny Depp, Accused of Spousal Abuse, Says Ex-Wife Was the Aggressor (New York Times)

Johnny Depp alleged Amber Heard or one of her friends defecated in their bed after he broke up with her on her 30th birthday (Insider)

Johnny Depp concludes testimony in defamation case against Amber Heard (CNN)

15 shocking moments from Johnny Depp’s testimony in lawsuit against Amber Heard (CBS News)

Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard: What We Know (New York Times)

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