'Heard was the abuser', says Depp's ex-PA

Lawrence Kim
July 13, 2020

The court was told on Monday that one incident occurred after Heard's 30th birthday party in 2016 which Depp had been late to following a meeting with his business advisers.

The Sweeney Todd star is also suing Heard for defamation related to a 2019 Washington Post article she wrote, in which she referred to herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse".

Mr Depp explained he was wearing a cast on his hand with a "little dinosaur" on it because he had decided if he was going to have to wear one he should have the children's "wraparound" on it as it was "more fun".

"Since Pirates (Of The Caribbean) 2 and 3, I had - and this is ludicrous to have to state, it's quite embarrassing - apparently I had made 650 million USA dollars (£510 million) and when I sacked them, for the right reasons, I had not only lost 650 million dollars, but I was 100 million dollars in the hole because they (the previous business managers) had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years".

He told the court Heard accused him of making her look foolish in front of her friends and had attacked him while he was reading in bed, throwing a "haymaker" wild, swinging punch at him.

Depp rebuffed Heard's allegations in the first four days of the trial, of him turning into a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" monster and abusing her while drinking and doing drugs.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star has admitted giving misleading evidence about his drink and drug use before a flight from Boston to LA in May 2014 and "accidentally" headbutting Ms Heard during a row at their home in December 2015, but says his ex-wife's allegations are "complete lies" and that she was "the abuser" in the relationship.

Pressed to say how much money was allegedly taken, Depp paused and replied that it had been put to him that since the second and third parts of the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean series - "and this is a ludicrous number to have to state" - that he had made $650m.

Mr Deuters, now European president of Mr Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, said he had worked for the USA actor since 2004.

He said the actor "made a playful attempt to tap her on the bottom", adding that he did not believe that Mr Depp made contact with her.

Mr Deuters also spoke about the couple's trip to Australia in March 2015, during which it is alleged Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard and "completely destroyed" a house in a drink- and drug-fuelled rage, which the actor denies.

The actor denied being violent towards her, and insisted he was still recovering from a finger injury he sustained in Australia earlier that month.

Depp has previously recounted how in one incident, Heard had severed the tip of his finger when she threw a bottle of vodka at him.

And Mr Depp told the High Court he did not intend to headbutt Ms Heard during an alleged heated row at their Los Angeles penthouse. He used his damaged finger to scrawl messages across the house using his blood and paint, the court heard. Depp said Monday that he had surgery on the severed finger when he returned to the USA and developed a "painful" superbug infection, MRSA.

Witnesses including Mr Depp's former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder are expected to give evidence via video link, and the hearing is expected to last for three weeks.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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