Gruesome texts about Amber Heard allegedly despatched by Johnny Depp to a good friend, during which he hoped his former spouse’s physique was ‘decomposing’ behind a automotive, have been learn in court docket as a part of the actor’s defamation trial.
The actor, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for libel over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post, titled ‘I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath’, during which she mentioned her experiences of home abuse.
Depp’s attorneys say the article falsely implies Aquaman star Heard was bodily and sexually abused by the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor once they have been married and is looking for $50million (£39m) in damages.
In Wednesday’s cross-examination, Isaac Baruch, an artist who has identified Depp for 40 years, gave proof on the US trial and was requested about texts he exchanged with Depp in October 2016.
Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft requested Baruch: ‘Do you recall Mr. Depp ever telling you that he, in base terms, hoped that Amber’s rotting corpse is decomposing within the f**king trunk of a Honda Civic?’
Baruch replied: ‘Yeah, I’m seeing it right here so clearly yeah it was stated. It was written.’
He was additionally requested whether or not he recalled Depp calling Heard a ‘c**t and saying it was her fault?’, to which he replied: ‘It’s written there I see that.’
Baruch learn part of a message from Depp which learn: ‘That c**t ruined such a f**king cool life we had for a while.’
The court docket heard that the messages have been despatched a couple of weeks earlier than Baruch moved out of the penthouse Depp owned within the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles, the place Baruch had lived from 2013.
Elsewhere, Baruch instructed the court docket he was ‘tired’ of the drawn-out proceedings and that Heard ought to ‘take her responsibility, heal, and move on’.
Asked whether or not he was offended on the Aquaman star and her allegations, Baruch stated: ‘Yeah, that form of bought me confused and pissed off and offended, upset.
‘It’s (been) six years… am I offended? What I’m is drained and I need this all to finish.
‘So many people have been affected by this malicious lie that she started and she created and it’s gone out the door and world wide.
‘I’m not offended at anyone. I need the most effective for (Ms Heard), I need her to take her duty, heal, and transfer on.’
Becoming visibly upset, he added: ‘For Johnny, his family has been completely wrecked by all of this stuff and it’s not truthful.
‘It’s not proper what she did and what occurred for therefore many individuals to get affected from this, it’s insane how this occurred.’
Depp initially filed the $50million (£38m) lawsuit in March 2019, nonetheless it was postponed because of the Covid pandemic.
Lawyers for Heard – who married Depp in 2015, earlier than their divorce was finalised in January 2017 – say that, though her article is protected by the primary modification of the US structure, there may be additionally proof that Depp abused her bodily on a number of events.
Depp’s attorneys say the allegations of abuse are false and the actress had been ‘preparing to give the performance of a lifetime’ throughout the proceedings.
The case is being introduced in Virginia moderately than in California, the place the actors stay, as a result of The Washington Post’s on-line editions are revealed by servers positioned in Fairfax County.
Other high-profile celebrities are listed as witnesses within the trial, together with actors James Franco and Paul Bettany, and Tesla founder Elon Musk.