Audio recordings of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s explosive fights were played in court on Monday as the third week of the convicted couple’s libel trial began.
In the new clips, shown by Heard’s legal team during cross-examination of Depp, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star can be heard berating his ex-wife.
“Shut up big ass,” Depp shouts at his ex-wife in one of the never-before-heard recordings.
The vicious comment came after Heard yelled at him to ‘put his cigarettes on someone else’.
Depp denied putting out his cigarette on Heard, telling the jury she was grossly exaggerating.
In other excerpts, performed by attorney Heard Ben Rottenborn, Depp calls the “Aquaman” actress a “c—t.”
He also warns of what could happen if their argument continues.
“The next move, if I don’t walk away…it’s gonna be a bloodbath, like it was on the island,” Depp says on a recording.
In another excerpt, Heard refers to a time when Depp allegedly “beat the shit out of her.”
The crowded courtroom in Fairfax, Va., was silent as the intense and often graphic clips aired. Depp grimaced and Heard seemed to hold back tears as he listened to the audio.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for $50 million, claiming she defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post opinion piece in which she described herself as a victim of domestic violence. Depp was not named in the essay, but he says it clearly referred to him – and ruined his career, damaged his reputation and cost him tens of millions of dollars.
Lawyers for Heard argue that Depp abused the actress, physically and sexually, and say his denials are not credible because he was often too drunk or stoned to remember what happened.
Audio made up much of Monday’s cross-examination, with Rottenborn also grilling Depp over vulgar text messages sent by the actor – including one in which he wrote that Heard “is as full of bullshit as a goose from Christmas”.
The post came after the now infamous 2015 fight with Heard in Australia which left Depp with a severed finger.
In the same text, read in court, Depp called Heard a “malicious, perverse and vindictive ct” who had an “obsession with herself” and was “so desperate for success and fame”.
Depp, who was testifying for the fourth day, expressed irritation at Rottenborn’s questions.
In an irritable exchange, he launched to the lawyer: “I am sorry, I spoke. Are you OK ?”
Depp also seemed irritated as Rottenborn read the headlines of a series of negative articles written about the actor, some dating back to 2014.
“These are all hit plays. They are drecks,” he said.
New York Post