VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES.- At times irascible, at others incoherent and poetic, Johnny Depp plays a family role libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard: the protagonist.
For three days the actor, three times nominated for an Oscar, has tried to convince the jury that the accusations of domestic abuse launched against him by Heard are false and have destroyed his career.
Lawyers for Heard, 36, responded by detailing the Depp’s long history of drugs and alcohol58, to undermine his credibility.
the star of “The pirates of the caribbean” He remained calm during questioning by Heard’s lawyers, although he occasionally let his anger show.
Intimidated by his ex-wife’s lawyerBen Rottenbornto answer with a “simple yes or no question”, Depp said: “Nothing is simple in this case”.
SEE HERE: Amber Heard publishes photos of Johnny Depp “passed out” after drug use
The actor has also learned the dynamics at play in the Virginia Court, where lawyers from both sides constantly interrupt each other to accuse each other of rumours.
“Those are rumours, I guess,” Depp said of one of his own comments, drawing laughter from the audience, which includes some of the actor’s fans. “I am learning”.
At other times, he displayed poetic eloquence during his responses, which are often lengthy.
Asked about the accusations of domestic abuse against him, Depp compared it to “running through drops of lava”.
“You try to run between drops that kill you and destroy you.”
– “Monster” –
Depp has attended the trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Court, Virginianear Washington, with her hair tied in a ponytail, earrings, and large rings.
He has favored three-piece suits, and on Thursday he wore all black: a black suit, a black vest, and a black shirt and tie.
Heard, who starred in the film “Aquaman”has mainly opted for black dresses and a change of headdress every day.
She has remained stoic over Depp’s testimony, listening intently, whispering with her lawyers and taking notes on a yellow pad.
READ HERE: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s therapist reveals that the abuse was mutual
He showed his emotions, however, when video was released Thursday of an irate Depp slamming his kitchen cabinet doors.
The actress was also clearly dismayed when the jury heard a tape of her pleading with Depp not to cut himself with a knife.
Heard’s lawyers have argued that Depp became a sexually and physically abusive “monster” when drunk or high, and questioned him extensively about his substance use.
“We drank together. We used cocaine together maybe a couple of times, “said Depp when asked about his outings with him. Rocker Marilyn Manson.
In a text message to another friend, the actor Paul BettanyDepp spoke about taking a flight without having “food for days, powders, half a bottle of whiskey, 1,000 Red Bulls and vodkas, pills and two bottles of champagne.”
– Text messages –
In the first week of the trial, the names of so many celebrities have come out to fill a tabloid.
Depp said he suspected the actor James Franco had an affair with Heard.
Heard, meanwhile, was jealous of a Depp tattoo that read “Winona Forever” (“inona forever”), referring to his ex-girlfriend Winona Ryder. Depp said he had the last two letters removed and the tattoo now reads “Wino Forever.”
The actor was questioned about his text messages in which he asks Elton John stay sober help and others to the singer patty smith in which he admits to drinking too much.
Domestic abuse is at the center of the trial and Depp and Heard accuse each other of being violent during their short marriage from 2015 to 2017.
LOOK HERE: Face to face: The details of the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Depp said he told several people about being hit by Heard, including the directorTim Burtonone of “his dearest friends”, and AliceCooper, band member “The Hollywood Vampires”.
The jury also heard Depp read out obscene text messages to various people calling Heard a “sneaky whore.” among other epithets.
In a message, Depp refers to his ex-partner, the singer vanessa paradismother of her two children, as a “French extortionist”.
On those messages, Depp acknowledged that it may have been excessive, but he defended himself: “When I write a message… it’s a canvas, it’s a painting.”
Depp sued Heard over a 2018 column describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Heard did not mention Depp in the text published in the Washington Post but he accuses her of implying that he was an abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.
Heard countersued in response, demanding $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at the star’s hands.
The trial resumes on Monday.