Johnny Depp: Five things we learned on day five of  million libel trial

Johnny Depp: Five things we learned on day five of $50 million libel trial

It was the fifth day of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, and for the first time the Hollywood star has come forward to testify.

Ms Heard is being sued by Mr Depp for involvement in a 2018 Washington Post column that he abused her, which Mr Depp says hurt her career even though she did not name him directly.

She, in turn, filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr. Depp for nuisance and immunity from the actor’s allegations.

Here are five things we learned from Tuesday’s trial.

Johnny Depp is ‘not embarrassed’ to take on his ex-wife in a very public court case

“I can’t say I’m embarrassed because I know I’m doing the right thing,” Mr Depp said after taking the witness stand.

The actor told the court he felt exposed by the litigation, insisting that despite his successful career he had always been a private person who had tried to protect his two children from the “hoards of paparazzi and that he didn’t want them to. see their parents as “newbies”.

The actor has compared himself to both Cinderella and Quasimodo

During his testimony, Mr Depp told the court that since Heard’s abuse allegations were first brought against him six years ago, he had been through “difficult times”.

“It’s weird when you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo,” he said.

Actor Johnny Depp testifies during a hearing at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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Depp joked Heard ‘definitely could kill me’ when they first met at an audition

The actor had agreed to meet the actress who was under consideration for the role of Chenault in The rum newspaper, based on a novel by the late author Hunter S Thompson.

“I looked at him and thought ‘Yeah, that’s the Chenault Hunter wants, that’s the one. I just thought ‘Yeah, she could definitely kill me, that’s what Hunter wants.’

And he went on to explain the things he first liked about her.

“She was sweet as hell, pleasant, intelligent, educated, very tasteful,” he said, but added that he felt he had taught her to use “stillness” in her acting.

Depp claims Heard’s characterization of his drug addiction has been ‘grossly embellished’

The star said on the witness stand that his drug and alcohol use had been “an easy target” for the actress following the breakdown of their marriage. But Mr Depp said he was not using to party, but rather to dull the pain of past trauma.

“It was never for the party effect, it was trying to numb the things on the inside that can afflict someone who’s had trauma,” he told the Virginia court.

“The characterization of my substance, my quote-unquote addiction that was delivered by Ms. Heard is grossly embellished, and I’m sorry to say, but much of it is just plain wrong.

“I think it was easy, it was an easy target for her. Because once you trusted someone for a number of years and told them all the secrets of your life, this information can then, of course, be used against you.

Depp describes his first kiss with Heard on the set of The rum journal

The actor said he and Ms Heard locked lips in a scene in which she met him in the shower.

And he described how the couple continued the passion in their trailer later that day.

“I think there was something about the kiss in the shower that was real,” he added.

“So that day after work Ms Heard had come to my trailer and I was sitting there listening to some old blues stuff and we had a glass of wine and kissed.

“At the time my caravan was the only caravan in the car park, she had a mind to stay in the caravan for a while with me, but I didn’t think it was a good idea on any level because there had nine Teamsters outside waiting to move the trailer.

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