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Depp wrote message to wife in his own blood, court told

Actor denies grabbing Amber Heard's throat during 'ordeal'


Amber Heard and a friend at court. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Amber Heard and a friend at court. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Amber Heard and a friend at court. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Actor Johnny Depp scrawled graffiti on a mirror in blood from his severed finger while subjecting his wife to three days of physical abuse, a court has been told.

The Hollywood star allegedly smashed Amber Heard's head against a fridge, slapped her and threatened to stub a cigarette on his own face during a sustained period of violence in 2015.

The actor's rage, allegedly fuelled by drink and drugs, was such that he used his cut finger to write in blood, and trashed his rented house, London's High Court heard.

Depp said that his relationship with Amber Heard was "a crime scene waiting to happen", but denied assaulting her during a drug-fuelled rampage in Australia while filming a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie.

The actor (57) was giving evidence for a third day in his libel case in London against Britain's 'Sun' newspaper for calling him a "wife-beater."

Depp is suing News Group Newspapers and the 'Sun's' executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he had physically abused Heard.

The 'Sun's' defence relies on a total of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp's violence between 2013 and 2016. He strongly denies all of them.

Sasha Wass QC, NGN's barrister, told the court Heard was upset to discover that Depp, who was supposed to be abstaining from drugs and alcohol but was angry at the film's progress, had been drinking and taking drugs.

Ms Wass said Depp swallowed a handful of pills to show Heard he could do "whatever you damn well pleased".

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Addressing Depp, she said: "You turned your anger into violence against her. You smashed her into the side of the fridge door and slapped her across the face. And on the Friday you had a cigarette in your right hand, as you do most of the time, and you threatened to put it out on your face."

Depp replied: "No, ma'am."

He recalled telling Heard several times: "Listen, we are a crime scene waiting to happen." But he denied being violent.

Depp vehemently rejected Heard's claim that he subjected her to a "three-day ordeal of assaults".

Depp and Ms Wass sparred over disputed details of the Australia episode, which ended up with the couple's rented house being trashed and Depp's fingertip being severed to the bone.

Depp accuses Heard of cutting off his fingertip by throwing a vodka bottle at him. She denies being in the room when the finger was severed.

According to Heard, Depp snorted cocaine, swigged Jack Daniels from the bottle, broke bottles, screamed at her, smashed her head against a refrigerator, threw her against a pingpong table and broke a window. "These are fabrications," he said.

He denied taking drugs but agreed that the couple had argued and he "decided to break my sobriety because I didn't care any more. I needed to numb myself."

The court was shown photographs of graffiti-covered mirrors, which Depp acknowledged he'd written on by dipping his bloody fingertip in paint.

But he insisted Heard was responsible for most of the damage to the house.

Ms Wass also alleged that Depp had lashed out at Heard during an attempt to break an opioid addiction on his private island in the Bahamas in 2014.

Ms Wass said that at the time Depp praised Heard's efforts to help him get clean. She read from a message Depp sent to Heard's mother, saying "your daughter has risen far above the nightmarish task of taking care of this poor old junkie" and speaking of her "heroism".

He denied physical violence, but said Heard's claim that he was "flipping" and "screaming" might be accurate.

"I wasn't in good shape. It was the lowest point I believe I've ever been in in my life," he said.

Depp accused Heard of telling "porky pies" about his behaviour. He acknowledged striking out at objects, saying it was better than "taking it out on the person that I love".

Depp has admitted in court that he may have done things he can't remember while he was under the influence. But he denied he could have been physically abusive and not remember it.

"There were blackouts, sure, but in any blackout there are snippets of memory," Depp said.

The case is shining a light on the tempestuous relationship between Depp and Heard (34) who married in Los Angeles in February 2015.

Heard filed for divorce the following year and obtained a restraining order against Depp on the grounds of domestic abuse. The divorce was finalised in 2017.

The former spouses now accuse each other of being controlling, violent and deceitful during their marriage.

In a text message to his doctor after the Australia altercation, Depp called Heard "malicious, evil and vindictive" and said she was "desperate" for fame, adding "that is probably why I was acquired".

Heard has claimed Depp felt threatened by her career and was jealous of her male co-stars.

On Wednesday Ms Wass read the court an email to Depp that Heard had composed in 2013 but never sent, saying he was "like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Half of you I love madly, and the other half scares me."

Depp accused Heard of compiling a dossier of "hoax" abuse claims.

Heard is attending the three-week trial and is expected to give evidence later.

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