Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for $50 million in a Virginia court after she accused him of abuse.
Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic details that some readers may find distressing.
Johnny Depp was asked to read aloud some of his past text messages about ex-wife Amber Heard in court on Thursday. The actor confessed he isn't proud of the language used. Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a Washington Post op-ed in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. The Oscar-nominated actor denied his ex-wife’s allegations that he physically abused her while they were together. The couple married in 2015 and settled their divorce in August 2016. But the former couple has been embroiled in a public court battle since they split.
Jurors Shown Johnny Depp’s Graphic and Violent Text Messages https://t.co/OyLCgwNCLq— Variety (@Variety) April 21, 2022
The 58-year-old answered questions from Heard's lawyers during cross-examination in Fairfax, Virginia after finishing his witness testimony, which began on Tuesday. According to PEOPLE, Heard's attorney Ben Rottenborn asked Depp to read October 2016's text messages that he sent to longtime friend and neighbor, Isaac Baruch. The actor said, "I'll just say that I'm not proud of any of the language that I used in these anger—." The first read: "Is the slippery wh-re that I donated my j--- to for awhile staying there???" After Depp said in passing, "I'm not sure I sent that text." The next one read: "Hopefully that c---'s rotting corpse is decomposing in the f-----g trunk of a Honda Civic!!"
Amber Heard's lawyer focuses on Johnny Depp's texts: 'Let's burn Amber'https://t.co/2eQ1mGZfsl— TIME (@TIME) April 21, 2022
VICE reports that in 2013, Depp texted actor Paul Bettany, “Lets burn Amber!!!” according to Heard’s lawyer, J. Benjamin Rottenborn. He then wrote, “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!!” Rottenborn then told Depp, “You said, ‘I will f-ck her her (sic) burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead’… and you wrote that about the woman who would later become your wife.” Depp replied, “Yes, I did.” Another text from 2015 included the words "filthy wh-re Amber.”
“When you called Amber that ‘filthy wh-re’, she was your wife at the time, correct?” Heard’s lawyer asked Depp who said yes. According to the outlet, many of the messages seem to reveal a man battling substance abuse.
Johnny Depp's graphic texts about 'burning' ex-wife Amber Heard revealed in court— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 21, 2022
"When the allegations were made, when the allegations were rapidly circling the globe, telling people that I was a drunken, cocaine-fueled menace who beat women, suddenly in my 50s, it's over," Depp said earlier this week. Depp admitted in court that he is "embarrassed" by his texts. He did mention however that he often uses "dark humor" to express himself. He maintains that he has never physically assaulted his ex-wife. As per PEOPLE, Depp said, "Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life." The reason he is suing Heard for defamation is for "the truth." He believes that her allegations cost him a lot of work and it has ruined his Hollywood career. Depp hopes to "clear the record" of the domestic violence claims made against him by Heard.