Amber Heard has today claimed that Johnny Depp wrote ‘I love you’ in blood after severing 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’.
He used his blood to write the love message on a mirror inside their villa by way of apology, Heard claims, and the picture of the graffiti on the mirror was shown in court.
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 of a glass door, then grabbed Ms Heard and tore off her 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, who is suing The Sun after it described him as a ‘wife beater’ following claims by his ex-wife Heard that he repeatedly attacked her, denied the accusation and branded it ‘pedestrian fiction’.
In other developments at the trial today:
- Depp smeared blood from the tip of his finger across the walls of the property and said ‘look what you made me do’ to Heard before drawing a heart after the row in Australia;
- Depp was accused of attacking ex-wife Heard during a detox trip to the Bahamas in August 2014;
- Actor claimed Heard withheld his rehab medicine as he lay ‘sobbing like a child’ on his private island;
- Heard’s movie with actor James Franco allegedly sparked a binge that put Depp in the hospital;
- Depp’s private doctor said he ‘romanticises drug culture and has no accountability for his behaviour’;
- Actor flew into a rage when Heard told him she was meeting novelist Clive Barker at his home, court heard.
Depp also admitted to doing graffiti on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed. He admitted that some of it was done with his blood and some with paint
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
When asked about the attack in Australia which Heard called a ‘three-day hostage ordeal’, Depp replied: ‘The three-day period that Ms Heard speaks about or alleges was not a three-day ordeal at all. It happened in one day.’
He added: ‘I think it was Sunday and that was the morning where she had started yelling at me because she had been forced to sign, asked to sign, a post-nup (post-nuptial agreement).’
Ms Wass responded that it was ‘nothing to do with that’, saying: ‘She was upset and angry herself that you were drinking to excess and you were taking pills. There was a large bag of pills that you had been supplied with that you told her was MDMA.’
Depp denied having any MDMA or ‘drinking from the bottle’ while in Australia.
Ms Wass continued: ‘And when she (Ms Heard) told you she was unhappy about this, you made a point of putting a handful of pulls straight into your mouth and you did this to make the point that you could do, as you said to Nathan Holmes, whatever you damn please.’
I think it was Sunday and that was the morning where she had started yelling at me because she had been forced to sign, asked to sign, a post-nup (post-nuptial agreement).
Depp said: ‘No, ma’am.’
Ms Wass suggested that ‘the more angry Ms Heard became to you, you turned’ and used ‘violence’ against her.
The barrister said: ‘You slapped her across the face.’
Depp replied: ‘Not true.’
Ms Wass said: ‘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.
‘And you were completely off your head on drink and drugs.’
Depp said: ‘It didn’t happen.’
Ms Wass said Heard ‘stormed off upstairs… and she stayed upstairs and barricaded herself in the bedroom so you couldn’t get in, she pushed furniture against the bedroom door’.
The barrister suggested that Depp ‘stayed up all night taking ecstasy’ and when Ms Heard came down the following morning the actor was ‘playing music very loudly’.
Ms Wass asked if Depp recalled ‘lines of cocaine on the breakfast bar’ and ‘drinking Jack Daniels from the bottle’.
Depp said: ‘No, ma’am. Didn’t happen.’
‘You turned on her, grabbed her by the throat and held her up against the fridge and you said to her ‘it would be easy to crush your neck’
Ms Wass said Heard ‘tried to take the bottle off you and said you shouldn’t be drinking because of the medication’.
She added: ‘And you turned on her, you told her that everything your friends had told you about her was right, your friends all hated her, you didn’t love her and you grabbed her by the throat and held her up against the fridge and you said to her ‘it would be easy to crush your neck’.’
Depp replied: ‘Fabricated and vicious.’
Ms Wass said Heard then tried to go upstairs and Depp stopped her, before he ‘pushed her around and you actually spat in her face… all this time holding a bottle of spirits and drinking from it’.
The barrister continued: ‘At one stage you offered the bottle to Ms Heard, you were goading her, drinking from it, and Ms Heard took a bottle and she smashed it to the ground.’
Depp said: ‘No, ma’am.’
Ms Wass said: ‘And that just, Mr Depp, set you off and you picked up another bottle and threw it at the wall… bottle after bottle, like you enjoyed smashing things.’
Depp said: ‘I don’t enjoy smashing things. The accusations are untrue.’
When Ms Heard ran from the ping pong table to the kitchen you ran after her and again held her up against the fridge.
Ms Wass said Depp then ‘broke the window of the house’ and ‘threw Ms Heard against a ping pong table which collapsed’, which Depp denied.
The barrister said: ‘When Ms Heard ran from the ping pong table to the kitchen you ran after her and again held her up against the fridge.’
She added: ‘And you were smashing her head so the back of her head was hitting the fridge. And you were blaming her for your behaviour.’
Ms Wass said Depp said: ‘You f****** do this to me every time. You f****** did this.’
Depp said: ‘No, ma’am.’
Ms Wass said: ‘And you accused her of having affairs with her leading man.’
Depp said: ‘Possibly.’
Ms Wass said: ‘At this time, you were particularly fixated with Billy Bob Thornton.’
Depp denied that, adding: ‘After the incident where Ms Heard threw the vodka bottle, the second vodka bottle at me, which severed the top of my finger and crushed the bones, that’s when I began what I feel was probably some species of a breakdown, a nervous breakdown or something.
‘I hadn’t realised that it had been cut off immediately until I felt the warmth… and then I began to write things’
Depp 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
‘I hadn’t realised that it had been cut off immediately until I felt the warmth… and then I began to write things.’
Ms Wass said to Depp: ‘At one stage when you were in the kitchen screaming at Ms Heard you picked up the wall-mounted telephone.’
She said Depp had the phone ‘in your right hand and you were repeatedly smashing it against the wall’.
Depp replied: ‘That’s possible.’
He added: ‘I remember ripping the phone off the wall.’
Ms Wass asked: ‘By this stage, you were really, really angry, weren’t you?’
Depp said: ‘I had just lost the top of my finger and as a musician – as a human being and as a musician – it is upsetting.’
Ms Wass asked Depp about previously saying that he had been responsible for losing the top of his finger.
When I realised that the top of my finger was missing and pouring blood profusely and the bones was sticking out, I believe that I went into some kind of breakdown. I was at the end. I couldn’t live, didn’t want to live at that time.
Depp replied: ‘I had to give the news to the production company that I would not be working the next day. They asked what happened and I lied to production and to anyone who had anything to do with production.
‘I told them that I had slammed it in a very large accordion door … to protect Ms Heard.’
Ms Wass said that, on the last day the couple were in Australia, Heard ‘came downstairs in the morning … and the house was completely destroyed’.
She said: ‘Everything was broken and shattered, the television, the window, there was paint everywhere and it was clear at that stage that you had very seriously damaged your finger.’
Depp said his finger was ‘bleeding profusely’, prompting Ms Wass to ask why he waited ‘hours and hours before you called for any help’.
The actor denied that was true.
Ms Wass continued: ‘You had written on a mirror. You had written in paint but you had used your finger, your injured finger, in place of a paintbrush so you had dipped your injured finger in the paint and then used your finger to do the graffiti.’
Depp said: ‘At first, I had used my blood.’
Ms Wass said: ‘This painting exercise of yours was going on all over the house.’
She added: ‘Somebody who was sober and not under the influence of drugs would have realised or would have felt considerable pain.’
Depp said: ‘Yes, ma’am, I did feel considerable pain.’
Ms Wass said: ‘You didn’t know what you were doing at this stage.’
Depp said: ‘That’s not true, I knew exactly what I was doing.’
He added: ‘For me, at that time, it was the end.
‘I was convinced it was never going to get any better, only worse, and worse was death. So this (the painting) is a message to her, ‘good luck and be careful at the top’, in reference to her ambition to be a big star.’
Ms Wass said to Depp: ‘When Ms Heard came down and saw what I suggest was a state of complete carnage in the house, you showed her your right hand … and said ‘look what you made me do’ and she was the one who told you to phone security.’
Depp replied: ‘I’m afraid that’s not true, it’s incorrect.’
Ms Wass said the actor then told Ms Heard: ‘Is this good enough for you? This is what a f****** idiot I am for loving you.’
Depp replied: ‘Possibly. I could have said that, it was certainly what I was feeling but, as I stated earlier, when I realised that the top of my finger was missing and pouring blood profusely and the bones was sticking out, I believe that I went into some kind of breakdown.’
He added: ‘I was at the end. I couldn’t live, didn’t want to live at that time.’
He smeared blood from the tip of his finger across the walls of the property and said: ‘Look what you made me do’ to his former spouse, the court heard.
Asked whether he had been angry, the Pirates of the Caribbean star said: ‘As a human being and as a musician it’s a little upsetting when you see your bone sticking out.’
I vehemently deny it and would go so far as to say it is pedestrian fiction.
Referring to photographs of the damage to the property shown to the court, Ms Wass said: ‘You had written in paint but you had used your injured finger in place of a paintbrush.
‘Yes ma’am at first I was using my blood which was coming out of my finger, that’s what the heart you see at the bottom of that and the U.’
‘There’s another message in lipstick, ‘Call Carly Simon she said it better babe.’
‘Was that a message written on a different occasion?’ Ms Wass asked.
‘That’s Ms Heard,’ replied Depp.
Depp said the accusations of violence were part of a conspiracy to paint him as ‘a wetbrain, a savage, an uncontrollable maniac, a monster etc etc, because they do keep going on.’
He added: ‘I vehemently deny it and would go so far as to say it is pedestrian fiction.
‘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.’
The actor told the High Court he descended into a ‘species of nervous breakdown’ during the 2015 trip to Australia and broke his sobriety because of Heard’s ‘rage-filled rants.’
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.
He allegedly received concerned texts from Hollywood screenwriter and friend Stephen Deuters urging him to ‘take a break’ near the time of the incident.
The Texan allegedly came downstairs one morning in a burgundy negligee given to her as a gift by his private doctor David Kipper, who oversaw Depp’s withdrawal from prescription drugs.
The Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass QC asked Depp: ‘Mr Deuters was a yes man wasn’t he? He knew how to placate you just like you knew how to placate Ms Heard?’
‘I do not accept that description,’ Depp replied.
Reading a text allegedly sent by Deuters, Ms Wass said: ”All anyone wants to see on the screen is the Johnny Depp they know and love. That said you deserve a break. Take some time off and we can discuss other stuff.’
‘What he’s saying is basically you are wonderful and secondly take a break.’
The message went on: ‘To call it an honour to work for you doesn’t do my feelings on the topic any justice whatsoever, you’re the reason I’m in this business by f*** does this business need you.’
‘On looking on it I would say it was a very very kind gesture and a wonderful attempt by a friend to pull me out of what felt like a constant tailspin of constantly being told ‘you’re wrong and your pardon the term a f***-up and many things like that.
‘Those are things that I can very easily go onto, a state of depression. And so he was trying to take me out of it.’
‘Is that a reference to Ms Heard? Because she would not flatter you?’ Ms Wass asked.
Depp replied: ‘She did flatter me when it was in her interests to do so but there was also a barrage of insults and accusations about things which never happened.’
‘I was far away from my kids and I was unhappy with my life and my relationship with Ms Heard.
‘I was angry that we were working on the third of the Pirates of the Caribbean films and on the others I’d been able to write some of (the script)… The dialogue.’
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: ‘Heard was unwilling to sign a pre-nup’
Depp has described his relationship with Heard as ‘complicated’ as the High Court was told there was ‘a lot of anger’ and a ‘very deep love’ between the couple.
Ms Wass asked the actor about a January 2015 trip to Tokyo he took with Heard and his two children, alleging he had been violent towards Ms Heard in their hotel room and had wrestled her to the floor.
Depp said this was ‘incorrect’.
The barrister later said: ‘It was a very complex relationship with Ms Heard, there was a lot of anger on one level … but there was also a very close connection and a very deep love between the two of you.’
Depp replied: ‘It felt so at the time, yes. It was complicated.’
Ms Wass asked the star about a pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreement, telling the court that according to Californian divorce laws a wife was entitled to 50 per cent of her husband’s wealth.
Depp said: ‘She (Heard) was unwilling to sign a pre-nup, my attorneys tried for Ms Heard to sign a post-nuptial agreement, which she said she was fine to do.
‘She said she was fine to sign a pre-nup too but it never happened.’
‘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.
Johnny Depp has accused Amber Heard of withholding his rehab medicine while they took a detox trip together to his private island in the Bahamas on the third day of his libel trial in London
Amber Heard has arrived at the High Court today with her sister Whitney (wearing a green covering) after going out on the town with her until the early hours of this morning on the third day of Johnny Depp’s blockbuster libel trial in London
Heard is pictured arriving at the High Court with her squad, including her girlfriend Bianca Butti (back left, in sunglasses)
Sasha Wass QC, representing The Sun, 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
‘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.’
The 57-year-old actor was cross-examined on the stand by The Sun’s lawyer and asked about the trip he took with his ex-wife Heard, 34, in August 2014 – while they were engaged to be married
Amber Heard, 34, was seen leaving Oswald’s private members club in the early hours of this morning
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 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.’
Heard has arrived at the High Court with her squad after going out on the town with her sister Whitney until the early hours of this morning on the third day of Johnny Depp’s blockbuster libel trial in London
Who will be called to give evidence? Johnny Depp’s exes Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis will make statements at High Court
Vanessa Paradis is one of Depp’s former partners. She insists he was never abusive towards her
Vanessa Paradis is a French singer, actress and model who shot to fame aged just 14 with the song Joe Le Taxi.
She has been a spokesmodel for Chanel for many years and appeared in a number of films, alongside continuing her singing career.
Ms Paradis, 47, was in a relationship with Depp for around 14 years from around 1998. The couple’s daughter, Lily-Rose, is also now pursuing a career as an actress.
Ms Paradis is due to give evidence at the trial.
Winona Ryder is also due to give evidence at the High Court trial
Winona Ryder is also due to give evidence at the High Court trial as part of his case against News Group Newspapers (NGN).
Ms Ryder was in a relationship with Depp during the early 1990s, and the pair appeared together in Edward Scissorhands.
Depp famously tattooed Winona Forever on his arm. After the couple split, he reportedly changed it to Wino Forever.
Dan Wootton has been The Sun’s Executive Editor since March 2018
New Zealand-born Dan Wootton has been The Sun’s Executive Editor since March 2018. The article at the heart of Johnny Depp’s libel claim was written by Mr Wootton for his weekly column in the newspaper.
Mr Wootton also presents the weekday Drivetime show on talkRadio and has his own podcast – The Dan Wootton Interview.
A showbiz reporter for many years, before joining The Sun, Mr Wootton had stints at a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Mail, where he also worked as a columnist, and the now defunct News Of The World, where he was Showbiz Editor.
He was also showbiz presenter for ITV’s Lorraine show for 10 years.
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.’