Depp accuses Amber Heard of ‘hoax’ abuse claims

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp denied an allegation by ex-wife Amber Heard that he is a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” monster who turned violent when he drank and took drugs, though he acknowledged in a London court on Wednesday that he may have done things he can’t remember while he was under the influence.

Depp underwent a second day of cross-examination at the High Court by a lawyer for British tabloid The Sun, which is defending a libel claim after calling the Hollywood star a “wife beater.” Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he’d physically abused Heard.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star says Heard’s claims that he assaulted her on multiple occasions are “totally untrue.”

Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy “The Rum Diary” and married in Los Angeles in 2015. Heard, a model and actress, filed for divorce the following year and obtained a restraining order against Depp on the grounds of domestic abuse. The divorce was finalized in 2017.

While neither Heard nor Depp is on trial, the case is a showdown between the former spouses, who accuse each other of being controlling, violent and deceitful during their tempestuous marriage.

The newspaper’s lawyer, Sasha Wass, read an email to Depp that Heard had composed in 2013 but never sent, in which she called his behavior a “full on disco blood bath.”

“I just don’t know if I can do this anymore,” she wrote. “It is like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Half of you I love madly, and the other half scares me.

“Many times you have hurt me. Physically and emotionally from the things you say and did while (messed) up,” she wrote.

Depp said the email was evidence “that Ms Heard was building a dossier” as “an insurance policy for later.”

Depp has acknowledged heavy drinking and drug use, but said Heard’s clam drugs and alcohol made him “monster” was “delusional.”

The Sun’s defense relies on Heard’s allegations of 14 incidents of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in locations including Los Angeles, Australia, Japan, the Bahamas and a chartered jet.

Wass asked Depp about a 2014 private plane flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Heard alleges the actor went into a rage during the flight, slapped her and kicked her in the back because he believed she was having an affair with actor James Franco.

Depp denied assaulting Heard or being out of control on the plane.

Wass then presented Depp with a text he sent after the flight to a friend, actor Paul Bettany, saying he’d taken “powders … Half a bottle of Whiskey. A thousand red bull and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of champers (champagne) on plane.” The message said the result had been “blackout, screaming obscenities and insulting any (person) who got near.”


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