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LIVE: Everything you need to know about the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial so far

Depp was pressed on his drug addiction during cross-examination

Trigger warning: This article contains mentions of self-harm and violence.

Aquaman actress Amber Heard and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp have been at the centre of international headlines since their 2016 split. Six long years of alleged abuse, court cases and “he-said-she-said” have at last come to a head. Now, the pair are coming face-to-face on trial.

In 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about her alleged experience with abuse. While she didn’t name Depp in the article, his lawyer said: “(Heard’s) implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser is categorically and demonstrably false.”

Just a year later, Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard for defamation. Here’s everything you need to know so far:

7pm: Audio is played of Depp begging Heard to ‘cut’ him

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“Don’t cut your skin, please do not cut your skin. Please don’t… Don’t cut yourself.” Heard said.

“You do it,” Depp can be heard saying.

“I would never cut you,” Heard insisted.

6pm: Court sees texts exchanged between Depp and actor Paul Bettany

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“Let’s burn Amber!!!” Depp wrote.

“Having thought it through, I don’t think we should burn Amber – she’s delightful company and easy on the eye, plus I’m sure she’s not a witch,” Paul Bettany said. “We could of course try the English course of action in these predicaments – we do a drowning test. Thoughts? N.B I have a pool.”

“Let’s drown her before we burn her! I will fuck her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead…” Depp continued.

5:41pm – Emails show Depp ‘couldn’t have done it without’ Heard

Depp has admitted Heard was present during his detox. Rottenborn displayed an email the actor sent to Heard’s mother which read: “I would have gone for a swim and swallowed a big drink of ocean without her, to be honest.

“I know you’re already proud of her, but if you’d have seen her in action… Amazing!!!”

5:36pm – Heard looks distressed as an audio clip of Depp ‘blacked out’ is played

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“I know you’re already proud of her, but if you’d have seen her in action… Amazing!!!”

5:36pm – Heard looks distressed as an audio clip of Depp ‘blacked out’ is played

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Jerry Judge, Johnny Depp’s late bodyguard, can be heard saying: “I’m going to stay with this fucking idiot in case he gets sick.”

Depp maintains the moaning sounds weren’t recorded during the flight.

5:30pm – Depp’s texts to Heard shown to court

“I’m gonna stop this booze thing, darling,” he wrote. “Admittedly, I’m too fucked in the head to spray rage at the one I love.”

He talked in the texts about being “in a blackout,” taking cocaine, pills and “half a bottle of whisky.”

Rottenborn asks Depp whether he was in a blackout while sending the texts. He denies he was. An extract from Depp’s statement in the UK lawsuit says: “Yes, apparently (parts of the flight were blacked out).”

5:11pm – Rottenborn alleges Depp was forceful to another woman

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Heard’s defence attorney asks Depp whether he recalls “removing the hand” of a woman named Kelly-Sue from Heard during a night out. Rottenborn alleged Depp had “shouted”: “That’s my girl.”

Depp said: “That’s not correct.”

According to the transcript from his lawsuit with The Sun, Depp testified: “I removed Ms. Kelly-Sue’s hand from Heard’s body. First of all, that’s my girl. Second of all, it was rude and invasive… if you’re going to take MDMA, you should know whether you’ll be able to handle it or not.”

An argument ensued between Depp and Heard after the incident with Kelly-Sue. Depp has admitted to “punching a bathroom sconce (light)” during this.

5:04pm – Private emails from Depp have been shown to the court

An email exchanged between Depp and his Personal Assistant, Stephen Deuters has been published. “I got drunk and destroyed my room,” Depp wrote. “There are hookers and animals in here.”

“Is it okay to put a condom on after the fact?” He continued.

4:57pm – An image of Depp ‘passed out’ on a sofa is presented to the jury

“It was from a 70-hour day that I worked and also the opiates I ingested… (Heard) asked me to hold her ice cream because she knew what was going to happen – that I was going to fall asleep and she could take a picture of it.”

The image was taken while the actor was shooting Black Mass, which came out in 2015.

“That wasn’t a blackout. It was sleep,” he testified.

4:54pm – A third audio clip reveals Heard ‘cared for’ Depp while drunk

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“I fell asleep next to you in case you vomited… and choked. You do vomit a lot in your sleep – is this news to you? Then this is affecting you more than I thought it was,” she said.

4:46pm – The court reveals Depp called Vanessa Paridis ‘my ex c**t’

Archival emails exchanged between Depp and Elton John have been shown to the court. In Depp’s email, he said: “my kids have fallen in love with my new girl (Amber)”.

He branded Vanessa Paridis “the French extortionist” and “my ex c*nt”.

4:38pm – Johnny Depp talks about his sister, Christi Dembrowski


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Depp has been asked to study the transcript from his lawsuit with The Sun. There, he reads a statement about his relationship with Christi during his drug-taking years.

Rottenborn has asked Depp to confirm whether he was “abusing alcohol” towards the end of his relationship with Vanessa Paridis. Depp has bitten back, asking: “I was drinking… were you there?”

“I would definitely say towards the end of my relationship with Vanessa Paridis… it was a very painful time and I was more than likely trying to numb myself as much as possible… I would say that I was abusing alcohol. I do not know that I was abusing drugs, but I was abusing alcohol for sure,” the transcript reads.

Depp says he wasn’t drinking at the beginning of his relationship with Heard due to “concern over my liver.”

4:17pm – Depp is being cross-examined on his historical drug use

Rottenborn has shown texts exchanged between Depp and Manson talking about taking cocaine and weed. A photo of four bags of weed shown in Depp’s recording studio has been shown to the court. Depp said: “That is a lot of marijuana.”

Thursday, 4:10pm – Rottenborn pulls up texts from 2012

On the first day of cross-examination, Ben Rottenborn attempts to show Depp texts from 2012 between himself and his assistant.

Rottenborn has presented Depp with texts exchanged between the pair talking about his drug use – one of which said “I take pot.”

Depp is now being questioned on the nature of his friendship with Marilyn Manson.

8pm – Court adjourns for the day

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After Depp’s testimony took up the majority of the day, Judge Penney Azcarate decided to make a start on cross-examination (questioning by Amber Heard’s defense).

Ben Rottenborn, Heard’s lawyer, spoke about her WaPo opinion piece in his testimony.

The cross-examination will continue when court resumes.

7pm – Another audio clip of Heard is played to the court

“I hope to god Jack’s (Depp’s son) stepfather teaches him more about being a man,” she said.

Depp claims he found out he was fired from Pirates of the Caribbean in an article

“I don’t think it took Disney very long to announce that I had been removed from the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise,” he said. “Which I learned about reading… in some magazine.”

6pm – Audio clip reveals Heard ‘hit’ Depp

The first of two voice recordings was played to the court.

“I didn’t punch you, by the way. I’m sorry I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you. I wasn’t punching you.

“Babe, you’re not punched… I’m sorry I hit you… but I did not punch you. I didn’t fucking deck you. I fucking was hitting you. I don’t know what the actual motion of my hand was, but you’re fine. I did not punch you, I was hitting you.

“I’m not sitting here bitching about it, am I? You are. That’s the difference between me and you – you’re a fucking baby. You are such a baby, grow the fuck up, Johnny… I wish I’d never met you.”

Depp alleges Heard defecated in his bed

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During his testimony, Johnny Depp began talking about the moment he found a photo of “human” faeces in his bed – which he alleged “ended the relationship.”

“It was so outside,” he said. “It was so bizarre, and so grotesque that I could only laugh… it was human faecal matter.

“My initial response to that was… I mean, I laughed. She tried to blame it on the dogs. They’re Teacup Yorkies, they only weigh about four pounds each. It was clear it did not come from a dog.”

4pm – Depp recalls his finger being severed

A graphic image was shown to the court as Johnny Depp recalled a bottle fight which led to his injury.

“I stood up,” he said. “And I walked behind the bar. There was a larger bottle of vodka with a handle, you know? I grabbed that and I went and sat in my seat again. I opened the bottle and I poured myself a shot…

“Ms. Heard was flinging insults left, right and centre and she then grabbed that bottle and threw it at me. I didn’t feel the pain at first, at all. I felt no pain whatsoever… I looked down and realised the tip of my finger had been severed.”

The actor reveals his daughter didn’t attend the wedding

Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of the actor and his ex-partner, Vanessa Paridis, didn’t turn up to his 2015 wedding.

“She and Ms. Heard were not on particularly great terms, for several reasons.”

He didn’t go into further detail.

Depp alleges Heard took drugs at the wedding

While detailing the day he got married to Heard; Depp claimed she took drugs from a “communal bag of MDMA,” alongside her friends.

Depp compares Heard to ‘abusive’ mother

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“If there’s a dialogue between two people, both people need to speak,” he said. “But there was no way to fit a word in. It was a sort of rapid-fire, endless parade of insults.”

“You start to slowly realise that you are in a relationship with your mother, in a sense. And I know that sounds perverse and obtuse, but the fact is, some people search for weaknesses in people.”

Betty Sue Palmer died in May 2016.

3pm – Heard allegedly denied Depp his ‘withdrawal’ medication

The actor spoke candidly about his “addiction to the opiates.” He was introduced to his doctor in 2014, and agreed to go through detox following family intervention.

In a moment he described as “the lowest point of my life,” Depp alleged Heard withheld medication from him while going through withdrawal symptoms.

“I was sitting on a couch… Ms. Heard was in the kitchen area… I think it was around 2:30 in the afternoon and the effects of the withdrawals were really coming on. And I said to Ms. Heard, ‘I’m going to need the meds. Now.

“She looked at the clock, and she said it wasn’t time. I said no, no, you don’t understand. This isn’t about clocks and watches. I’m going into… it was visible.”

Betty Sue Palmer’s death made Depp want a divorce

Depp said his mother’s death made him realise “that life is a birdsong. That what feels like 100 years is, in fact, a second. A millisecond… It opened my eyes to the fact that – yes, try, in relationships; whether friendships, whether courtships, whether marriage. Try your best. If it’s not going to work, it’s not going to work.

2pm – ‘I stayed because of childhood trauma’

Depp said “childhood trauma and fear of failure” made him stay in the marriage. “I wanted to try and make it work, he said. I thought maybe I could help her.”

He stated his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, attempted suicide when his father left.

“Ms. Heard had spoken of suicide on a couple of occasions, so that also becomes a factor, that’s something that lives in the back of your brain,” he said.

Wednesday, 4pm – The courtroom is filled with Johnny Depp fans, ready to watch him deliver his testimony

8pm – Court adjourns for Tuesday


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Court dispersed at the end of Depp’s statement, as the actor prepared for his new testimony on Wednesday (20th April).

7pm – Depp sued Heard to ‘clear my name’

“My goal is the truth,” he said. “One day you’re Cinderella and then in zero-point-six seconds you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve that and neither did my children.

“Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life.”

6pm – The actor’s addiction issues began ‘at age 11’

“I’d done pretty much all the drugs I was aware of by the time I was 15 years old,” he said. “It’s never been for the party effect – it’s been for trying to numb the things inside that can plague someone who has experienced trauma.”

He claimed Heard’s comments surrounding his own drug use were “grossly embellished”.

5pm – Depp expressed his regret at ‘shameful texts’

Texts revealed in court last week showed Depp branding Heard a “c*nt” and that he hoped her “rotting corpse was decomposing in the fucking trunk of a Honda Civic.”

“I am ashamed of some of the references made,” the actor testified. “I’m embarrassed that at the time, in the heat of the moment, the heat of the pain that I was feeling went to dark places.”

4pm – Johnny Depp said he ‘never’ struck his ex-wife

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“Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” he said.

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