Depp ac­cused of as­sault­ing ex-wife on trip to Aus­tralia

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JOHNNY Depp used a sev­ered fin­ger dipped in paint to scrawl graf­fiti on a mir­ror and walls fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sive row with exwife Am­ber Heard, the High Court has been told.

The Hol­ly­wood ac­tor has been ac­cused of as­sault­ing Ms Heard, 34, and “com­pletely de­stroy­ing” a house in Aus­tralia in a drink and drug­fu­elled rage.

The al­le­ga­tions were put to Mr Depp on his third day on the wit­ness stand in his li­bel ac­tion against The Sun news­pa­per.

Mr Depp said he “ve­he­mently de­nied” sub­ject­ing Ms Heard to a “three-day or­deal of as­saults” dur­ing the Aus­tralia trip, say­ing it was “pedes­trian fic­tion”.

The 57-year-old is su­ing the tabloid’s pub­lisher News Group News­pa­pers (NGN) and its ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor Dan Woot­ton over an April 2018 ar­ti­cle which la­belled him a “wife beater”.

Mr Depp’s lawyers say the ar­ti­cle made “defam­a­tory al­le­ga­tions of the ut­most se­ri­ous­ness”, ac­cus­ing him of com­mit­ting se­ri­ous as­saults on Ms Heard and “in­flict­ing such se­ri­ous in­juries that she feared for her life”.

The in­ci­dent in Aus­tralia is one of 14 al­leged in­ci­dents of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, all de­nied by Mr Depp, re­lied on by NGN in their de­fence against the ac­tor’s li­bel claim.

Sasha Wass QC, lead coun­sel for NGN, said Ms Heard al­leges there was a “three-day or­deal of as­saults, dur­ing which you were un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs in­clud­ing MDMA and you were vi­o­lent”.

Mr Depp said: “I ve­he­mently deny it and would go so far as to say it is pedes­trian fic­tion.”

The bar­ris­ter put it to Mr Depp, who was in Aus­tralia film­ing Pi­rates Of The Caribbean, that he was “drink­ing reg­u­larly” and “tak­ing con­trolled drugs” at the time, to which he said: “I re­spect­fully dis­agree with your as­sump­tions.”

Ms Wass later said: “I sug­gest that you were an­gry, you were in a house that you had ex­clu­sive oc­cu­pancy of with Ms Heard, a house with a large amount of al­co­hol in it, and what you de­scribed as your ug­li­ness came to the fore very much in the three days that Ms Heard was in that house.”

Mr Depp said that it was not a “three-day or­deal” and claimed there was an ar­gu­ment when Ms Heard “started yelling” about sign­ing a pre-nup­tial agree­ment.

Dur­ing her cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, Ms Wass put it to Mr Depp that he sub­jected Ms Heard to a litany of abuse, in­clud­ing slap­ping her, grab­bing her by the throat, and throw­ing her “against a ping-pong ta­ble which col­lapsed”, all of which the ac­tor de­nied.

Mr Depp told the court that Ms Heard threw a vodka bot­tle at him, sev­er­ing his fin­ger, and that af­ter this he be­gan “what I feel was prob­a­bly some species of a break­down, a ner­vous break­down or some­thing”.

Ms Wass said that on the last day the cou­ple were in Aus­tralia, Ms Heard “came down­stairs in the morn­ing ... and the house was com­pletely de­stroyed”.

She said: “Ev­ery­thing was bro­ken and shat­tered, the tele­vi­sion, the win­dow, there was paint ev­ery­where and it was clear at that stage that you had very se­ri­ously dam­aged your fin­ger.”

Ms Wass also said: “You had writ­ten on a mir­ror. You had writ­ten in paint but you had used your fin­ger, your in­jured fin­ger, in place of a paint­brush so you had dipped your in­jured fin­ger in the paint and then used your fin­ger to do the graf­fiti.”

Mr Depp said: “At first, I had used my blood.”

In a wit­ness state­ment be­fore the court, Mr Depp said he had writ­ten on a mir­ror and walls “in blood and paint”.

He told the court he had felt “con­sid­er­able pain” from the in­jury, and de­nied that he did not know what he was do­ing at this point.

The ac­tor later said that when he re­alised the top of his fin­ger was miss­ing “and pour­ing blood pro­fusely and the bone was stick­ing out, I be­lieve that I went into some kind of break­down”.

He added: “I was at the end. I couldn’t live, didn’t want to live at that time.”

Ear­lier, Johnny Depp ac­cused Ms Heard of telling “porky pies” about him to a psy­chi­a­trist.

The Hol­ly­wood star sug­gested there was a “ben­e­fit to her (Ms Heard’s) mo­ti­va­tion” to tell the med­i­cal pro­fes­sional that he was “threat­ened” by her ca­reer and that a film she made with ac­tor James Franco led to a “binge” that put him in hospi­tal.

The High Court has also heard de­tails of med­i­cal notes writ­ten by Mr Depp’s pri­vate doc­tor which said the ac­tor “ro­man­ti­cises the en­tire drug cul­ture and has no ac­count­abil­ity for his be­hav­iour”.

The case con­tin­ues.

Vic­to­ria Jones/PA Wire

Ac­tor Johnny Depp ar­riv­ing at the High Court in Lon­don

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