- Amber Heard has claimed Johnny Depp severed his finger while he attacked her in Australia in 2015
- Depp, 57, had previously claimed the injury had been sustained by a vodka bottle thrown at him by Heard
- Hollywood legend denies attacking Heard in March 2015 as he sues The Sun for labelling him a 'wife beater'
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Amber Heard has today claimed that Johnny Depp severed his finger while launching a savage attack on her in which she 'feared for her life' while he filmed Pirates of the Caribbean in 2015.
Depp is on the stand at the High Court for a third day today and was questioned about the incident after he previously claimed the injury was sustained when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him during the fight in Australia.
The 34-year-old actress alleges in her statement that she was subjected to 'a three-day ordeal of physical assault which left her with injuries including a broken lip, swollen nose, and cuts all over her body.'
In a witness statement submitted by Heard, she says: 'The Claimant [Depp] shoved Ms Heard into a ping pong table, threw bottles through the window panels ofa glass door, then grabbed Ms Heard and tore offher nightgown. The Claimant grabbed Ms Heard by her hair and choked her against the refrigerator in the kitchen.'
It says that Depp then 'grabbed Ms Heard by the neck and collarbone, slammed her against the countertop, and strangled her. Ms Heard's arms and feet were slashed by the broken glass on the kitchen countertop and floor. She was scared for her life and told the Claimant, 'You are hurting and cutting me''.'
Depp 'vehemently' denied the allegation and branded it 'pedestrian fiction'.
He is being cross-examined on the third day of his libel trial as he sues The Sun after it described him as a 'wife beater' following claims by his ex-wife Heard that he repeatedly attacked her.
The Sun's QC Sasha Wass began outlining one of the 14 allegations of violence Heard has made against Johnny Depp in the case, which is said to have occurred during a trip to Australia in March 2015.
The barrister said Heard alleges there was a 'three-day ordeal of assaults, during which you were under the influence of drugs including MDMA and you were violent'.
Depp said: 'I vehemently deny it and would go so far as to say it is pedestrian fiction.'
He added: 'I was unhappy with the production of Pirates of the Caribbean, I was unhappy with my life, my relationship, I was far away from my kids. I was unhappy with my life and my relationship with Ms Heard.
'I was angry by the fact that we were working on the fifth production of Pirates of the Caribbean…and I had to rewrite everything for the character.'
Heard's arms and feet were allegedly slashed by shattered glass strewn across the floor as she was chased round the room and slammed against a counter top by Depp, the court heard. She was allegedly forced to barricade herself in after he tore off her nightgown and shoved her onto a ping pong table.
Depp told Ms Wass that she seemed 'more familiar with MDMA than I am' when asked whether he had been confronted by his ex-wife about a bag of ecstasy pills during the trip.
The actor said he 'did not recall taking possession of controlled substances,' in contrast to claims that he spat in her face after chasing the drugs down with liquor.
He insisted that the only attack on the trip had been launched by Heard when she hurled a vodka bottle at him and caused the infamous injury which cut off the top of his finger.
The court was also shown images of graffiti drawn by Depp on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard. He admitted that some of it was done with his blood and some with paint.
When asked about it and why he had written 'good luck,' Depp replied: 'It was a message of good luck (to Heard). When all you want is the recognition and fame, when you are only interested in the result and not the journey; good luck. Hunger, passion and drive is the way to approach one's work.'
When asked by Ms Wass about how long it took him to daub the graffiti, Depp replied: 'I don't remember how long it took me but it was not a drawn out process.'
Ms Wass responded: 'There was completed carnage in the house.'
Depp was also accused of smashing up the house as well as attacking Heard.
Depp tells Sun's lawyer 'you are more familiar with ecstasy than I am'
Ms Wass referred to text messages in which Depp appeared to beg his assistant Nathan Holmes for 'happy pills' just days before the alleged attack in 2015.
The Sun's lawyer read out parts of the text exchange, in which Holmes asked Depp 'Do you hate me?' and the actor replied 'Have you lost your tiny mind?'
She said Holmes had messaged Depp to say he had 'panicked when you didn't reply to my cocaine-stealing text'.
The barrister told the court: 'Those texts, I suggest, demonstrate that, from February 25 you were communicating with your assistant, Nathan Holmes, telling him to use your cocaine and asking him for cocaine and asking him for what you described as 'happy pills'.'
Depp said: 'There is no text here that says 'it's great, I have done it, I am using it'. It is Mr Holmes saying that he took some of my cocaine.'
The actor also said that 'happy pills' referred to prescription drugs Xanax and Adderall, which he said he needed 'to live a happy life' because as a recovering addict his body was no longer able to produce serotonin and dopamine.
At one point Ms Wass suggested 'happy pills' also refers to ecstasy and told the actor the pills are often stamped with a smiley face, to which he replied: 'I would say you are more familiar with it than I am.'
He said there was a danger of 'unpleasant feelings' and also seizures if he ran out of his prescribed medication.
Ms Wass referred to a text message sent by Holmes to Depp which said: 'There was 2g in that jar.' She asked if that was 'a reference to grams, grams of coke?'
Depp replied: 'I don't know if he's referred to '2G' as in 2,000 dollars... I don't know.'
Ms Wass said the text then asked 'are you out', adding: 'I mean, you are not going to run out of money, are you?'
The text continued that 'the guy only carries two a day' because 'if he's caught with more than two here it's 20 years in prison'.
Depp said: 'He's obviously talking about drugs here.'
Ms Wass said: 'This is all about him supplying drugs to you, isn't it? You want to get hold of some drugs.'
Depp replied: 'Well, I clearly wanted to get hold of some drugs.' He added: 'I have already stated that I asked Mr Holmes if he could provide me with the cocaine and the MDMA at the time.'
Ms Wass read another message from Depp to Holmes which said: 'I'm a grown f****** man and I will NOT BE JUDGED.' The text continued: 'I will do whatever I damn well please.'
Ms Wass said: 'And you do whatever you damn well please, don't you?'
She suggested that Depp's witness statement, which said that the actor 'had not taken drugs of any sort in Australia', was 'clearly not the truth'.
Depp replied: 'I don't recall... physically taking possession of any drugs that I was searching for.'
Ms Wass said that there were 'quite a few bottles of spirits' in the house, which she said were provided 'to drink and smash up as you pleased'.
Depp responded: 'I don't believe the owner of the house bought them for that purpose, no.'
Ms Wass questioned Depp's previous contention that he had not had a drink in about 18 months before the Australia trip in the light of a text sent to Paul Bettany in May 2014 referencing drinking whisky, vodka and champagne.
The actor said: 'I'm not clear that it was 18 months... it was most assuredly nine months to a year at a minimum.'
He added: 'If I made a mistake with the amount of days or months or whatever, was off in my calculation of how long I had been sober, then I was incorrect.'
'One of the cruelest things that she has ever done': Johnny Depp says Amber Heard withheld his rehab medicine as he lay 'sobbing like a child' and going through withdrawal on his private island in the Bahamas
Depp today accused Heard of withholding his rehab medicine while he lay 'sobbing like a child' as he from suffered from withdrawal on a pre-wedding detox trip to his private island in 2014.
Depp discussed the 2014 trip to the 45-acre island Little Hall Pond's Cay under cross-examination by The Sun's QC Sasha Wass and denied kicking Heard, pushing her and grabbing her by the hair while she nursed him through an 'agonising' withdrawal from prescription painkiller Roxicodone.
He said he retired to the island - where he married Heard in 2015 and which he bought for $3.5million in 2004 - with Heard and a nurse while he tried to kick his addiction to the prescription drug known as 'Roxxies'.
In his witness statement, Depp claimed that Heard 'often intervened and withheld medicine from me' while the pair were on the island, which he described as 'one of the cruellest things that she has ever done'.
He told the court how Heard would deny him medicine, leaving him 'sobbing like a child' on the floor and having the 'heebie-jeebies' and start shaking and having stomach cramps.
'He's flipping, he's screaming, he's so mad he pushed me'
Texts exchanged between Heard and an onsite nurse standing by throughout the withdrawal showed her telling medics to come and help when Depp allegedly 'pushed' her.
Depp denied kicking Heard and pulling her hair, claiming that he was 'in no physical condition' to have assaulted her and calling the accusations her 'insurance policy'.
Depp told the court how Heard would deny him medicine, leaving him 'sobbing like a child' on the floor and having the 'heebie-jeebies' and start shaking and having stomach cramps.
Ms Wass told the High Court today how Depp and Heard were on one side of his private island while a nurse, Debbie Lloyd, was staying on the other side.
Referring to a page of text messages in evidence sent by Heard to the nurse, the barrister said: ''Issue seems to have arisen again. All of a sudden he's flipping. He's screaming, he's so mad he pushed me and I asked him to get out. Don't want to keep you guys.' The nurse asked: 'Should we come over?' and she said yes.
'Are you aware of any reason that Ms Heard would ask the medics to come over if you were so mad that you pushed her. Can you think why she would write that if it wasn't the truth?'
Depp said: 'I can only say from my point of view I was in no physical condition to push anyone. I'm denying I pushed her. I'm going to suggest that the testimony is fabricated.'
'And this is part of the hoax is it?' the lawyer asked.
'I believe it's part of the dossier that was an insurance policy for her,' Depp said. 'I wouldn't know if she followed the instructions of the nurse to the letter.'
Ms Wass suggested to Depp that Heard was 'effectively acting as your nurse'.
Depp replied: 'She was in control of the meds, she was in control of when I was taking the meds, she would give me the time to take the meds.'
Ms Wass asked: 'She wasn't the one in detox, was she?' Depp said that Heard was not.
She added: 'I am going to suggest you lied about the extent of her drugs use and alcohol consumption in order to discredit her in this court hearing.' Depp said: 'No.'
The barrister continued: 'She was doing what she was being told to do by the experts.' Depp replied: 'I don't know that she explicitly followed the orders of the registered nurse to the letter.'
Ms Wass said: 'The idea of a detoxification process is you come off drugs.'
She added: 'She (Ms Heard) was withholding drugs that you were not supposed to have.' Depp asked: 'Why would she have drugs that I was not supposed to have?'
Ms Wass also read a text exchange between Depp and his former mother-in-law, Paige Heard, sent during the Bahamas detox trip.
The barrister said Heard wrote 'please hang in there my son out-law'. The text continued: 'I know that it doesn't feel like things will ever get better, but I promise you they will.
'You've gotten through the hardest part, it may be hard to see, but you will be so glad to have this gorilla off of your back. I've seen the hell this addiction brings and I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
'You are a big wonderful man to break the cycle. Please let me know if I can help in any way. All my love.'
Depp said the messages to his mother-in-law were him saying good things about a daughter to her mother.
The barrister said Depp's assertion that Heard had withheld his medication during the trip was 'not substantiated by any evidence'.
He replied that he couldn't say whether it was substantiated, adding: 'I can say that there were incidents where, for example, the time allotted for me to take my medication by the nurse or by Ms Heard was 4pm on that date.'
The actor said he would sometimes have the 'heebie-jeebies' by about 3.15pm and that he would start shaking and having stomach cramps.
He said he told Heard he needed his medication, but that she said 'no, four o'clock'.
Depp continued: 'My body clock was needing medication to stop the onslaught... I was not in good shape.
'For someone this low... it is the lowest point I believe I have ever been in my life... on the floor, sobbing like a child and had still not received the medicine.'
Depp: 'Shall we each swallow an E at around 8pm and go to dinner (at a) wonderful Peruvian spot?'
Depp was asked if he was taking MDMA around September 2014. The actor said: 'I don't recall it but it's possible.'
Ms Wass then read out a message sent by Depp on October 4, 2014, which said: 'I'm going to quite gracefully glide into a massage for my broken back and neck.
'I shall exit in one hour a monster. Shall we each swallow an E at around 8pm and go to dinner (at a) wonderful Peruvian spot?'
Ms Wass said: 'This is an email to somebody who has not been identified.'
She asked about the 'Peruvian spot' and whether it was 'a reference to cocaine'. Depp said: 'It's a mystery to me. It might have been a Peruvian restaurant, it might have been a reference to cocaine.'
Ms Wass suggested to Depp that 'you started lapsing again, didn't you, in September 2014?'.
Depp replied: 'I wasn't taking the 'Roxxies' (Roxicodone) that I went to the island that I went to detox from... any other substances would come from (Depp's private doctor, David) Kipper.'
The lawyer asked: 'Dr Kipper wasn't supplying you with ecstasy, was he?' Depp said: 'No.'
Ms Wass read from medical notes dated September 22, which recorded that Depp punched the wall during an argument with Heard and was found 'sitting in the kitchen with scraped and bloodied knuckles'.
The barrister said: 'It seems to be how you are expressing your anger yet again.'
Depp replied: 'I would rather express my anger by hitting an inanimate object than... the person I love.'
Ms Wass said: 'There are times when you don't even remember the conduct that you were responsible for, you blacked out on many, many occasions.'
Depp said: 'There were blackouts for sure, but in any blackout there are snippets of memory.'
Johnny Depp 'romanticises the entire drug culture and has no responsibility for his behaviour', says his doctor
Ms Wass read out medical notes written by Depp's private doctor, David Kipper.
The notes said that Depp 'romanticises the entire drug culture and has no accountability for his behaviour'.
The doctor also wrote that Depp paid 'lip service' to people like the actor's friend Sir Elton John 'more for their celebrity than their struggle with sobriety'.
Dr Kipper added: 'There is also an issue of patience. He is driven almost reflexively by his id. He has no patience for not getting his needs met. He has no understanding of delayed gratification and is quite childlike in his reaction when he doesn't get immediate satisfaction.'
Depp responded: 'We had all just met, Dr Kipper and myself and Ms Heard and Nurse Lloyd, so they were not versed in our lives, our life together, as yet.'
Amber Heard's movie with James Franco 'sparked a a binge that put Johnny Depp in the hospital'
Ms Wass continued that Dr Kipper 'started treating Heard for anxiety and indeed referred Ms Heard to another medical person', Dr Connell Cowan.
She said Dr Cowan wrote in medical notes: 'JD is very threatened by career, particularly any kind of romantic scenes she has to do. Her movie with JF (James Franco) precipitated a binge that put JD in the hospital.
'Everyone around J seems to be intimidated by his power and money. No one stands up to him.'
Ms Wass asked: 'Can you think of any reason why Ms Heard would have said that to Dr Cowan unless it was true?'
Depp said: 'I believe it had a benefit to her motivation.'
Ms Wass asked if it was part of 'the hoax, the agenda, the insurance policy'.
The actor replied: 'I think she was telling porky pies with her psychiatrist.'
Depp 'flew into another rage when Heard told him she was meeting English novelist Clive Barker at his home while he recovered from illness'
The court heard how Depp claimed his jealousy was 'provoked' when asked about allegedly kicking Heard for visiting Hellraiser novelist Clive Barker at his home while he recovered from an illness.
The Hollywood star allegedly flew into 'another' rage when his ex-wife told him she was meeting the English playwright while he recovered from an illness on December 17, 2014.
He today denied that apologetic texts sent to Heard after the alleged incident in which he described himself as a 'lunatic' and a 'f***ing savage' related to domestic abuse.
Ms Wass asked: 'In December 2014 Ms Heard had arranged to meet with the playwright and novelist Clive Barker.
'She had arranged to meet him at his home because in fact he had been very seriously ill and you were very uncomfortable about her going to his time and your jealousy came to the fore as it did with James Franco. It made you angry and you lost your self control. Do you agree or not?'
Depp replied: 'There were many instances. There was an episode involving her rendezvous with Mr Barker. There were many instances where jealousy did come from my side.
'There were many instances where it was provoked if you will.'
In a text sent to Heard after the alleged attack read to the court, he said: 'Slim I'm truly sorry I could not be more sorry for upsetting you to the degree I have.
'I do of course take your generosity and devotion to heart and I reciprocate. Please know my apology is sincere and solid. I hope your meeting with Clive Barker is excellent. Love you very f**ing much, Steve.'
He later wrote: 'I always regret it when I jump or when you jump therefore I put in heavy work with shrink. I'm sorry for being less your disappointment in me and my behaviour, I'm a f***ing savage.'
Ms Wass noted that Depp used the same language to describe himself in his texts as he had earlier used to refer to individuals who 'kicked' women.
The lawyer asked: 'Yesterday I asked you how you would describe a man who kicks his wife in the back and you immediately came up with the word savage.
'It's a word I use,' came the reply.
'And you were describing yourself as savage in that text because you had been violent towards a woman,' the lawyer said.
'No ma'am, I often describe myself in derogatory ways and would be the first to be unkind to myself,' Depp said.
'Not only did I not kick, or punch Ms Heard at any time. Calling myself savage is certainly not to the effect that you suggest. So I disagree with your dissection of this text.'
Depp described himself as 'sick' while infamous footage of him presenting an awards ceremony while under the influence of drugs was played to the court.
He denied being drunk in the viral clip of him onstage hosting the Hollywood Film Awards in 2014.
Asked about his slurred speech and shambolic appearance, Depp said he had been withdrawing from a 'very unpleasant medication.'
He said: 'I was not drinking.
'I don't feel ashamed of that moment because that's a sickly man, a drug addict who is coming off a very unpleasant medication and I was not prepared to go out and give that awards show however because they had asked me and it was my duty to do so I carried it through. It was a horrific mistake.
'I was under the influence of many many medications.'