Johnny Depp takes a stand for day 4 of defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Jurors in Johnny Depp’s libel trial against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, heard audio recordings Monday in which he referred to the violence that could ensue if their arguments were allowed to intensify.

“The next move, if I don’t walk away…it’s gonna be a bloodbath, like it was on the island,” Depp says on the recording.

In other audio clips, Depp loudly shouts vulgarities at his wife, calling her a demeaning name and shouting, “You’re stupid f—” at her.

Depp grimaced on the stand as the clips played, while Heard appeared to be fighting back tears.

The clips were part of the grueling cross-examination of Depp, who took the floor for a fourth day of testimony on her allegations that Heard falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser.

Heard’s lawyers are expected to continue their flurry of questions during their cross-examination. The questions focused on Depp’s drinking, drug use and charged interactions with Heard during their relationship.

Heard’s lawyers argue that Depp physically and sexually assaulted her and that his denials lack merit because he was often drunk and stoned to the point of passing out.

Depp’s previous last day on the stand was Thursday. Heard’s lawyers referenced his history of trashing hotel rooms as well as the time he smashed a bathroom light during an argument with Heard. Depp is also facing a lawsuit brought by a member of a film crew who alleges the actor assaulted them in 2018.

The jury saw dozens of texts from Depp to friends regarding his drinking, drug use and interactions with his then-wife, as well as his notes of contrition to Heard and his father.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post. She describes herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”. The piece does not name Depp. But his lawyers say he is clearly referring to a restraining order Heard sought in May 2016, just after Depp told him he wanted a divorce.

Depp said the accusations and the article contributed to an unjustly ruined reputation that made him a Hollywood pariah and cost him his role in the lucrative “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. Heard’s attorneys say Depp’s damaged reputation is the result of his own bad behavior.

Depp has been on the helm of Fairfax County Circuit Court since Tuesday afternoon. Her previous testimony described the couple’s unstable relationship. He denied ever abusing Heard.

The actor said Heard abused drugs and often violently attacked him. He called the drug charges against him “grossly embellished”, although he admitted to taking numerous drugs.

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Associated Press writer Ben Finley in Norfolk, Va., contributed to this report.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Johnny Depp took the stand Monday in a Virginia courtroom for his fourth day of testimony in the trial over his allegations that ex-wife Amber Heard falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser.

Heard’s lawyers are expected to continue their flurry of questions during their cross-examination. So far, they’ve focused on Depp’s drinking, drug use, and charged interactions with Heard during their relationship.

Heard’s lawyers argue that Depp physically and sexually assaulted her and that his denials lack merit because he was often drunk and stoned to the point of passing out.

Depp’s last day on the stand was Thursday. Heard’s lawyers referenced his history of trashing hotel rooms as well as the time he smashed a bathroom light during an argument with Heard. Depp is also facing a lawsuit brought by a member of a film crew who alleges the actor assaulted them in 2018.

The jury saw dozens of texts from Depp to friends regarding his drinking, drug use and interactions with his then-wife, as well as his notes of contrition to Heard and his father.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post. She describes herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”. The piece does not name Depp. But his lawyers say he is clearly referring to a restraining order Heard sought in May 2016, just after Depp told him he wanted a divorce.

Depp said the accusations and the article contributed to an unjustly ruined reputation that made him a Hollywood pariah and cost him his role in the lucrative “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. Heard’s attorneys say Depp’s damaged reputation is the result of his own bad behavior.

Depp has been on the helm of Fairfax County Circuit Court since Tuesday afternoon. Her previous testimony described the couple’s unstable relationship. He denied ever abusing Heard.

The actor said Heard abused drugs and often violently attacked him. He called the drug charges against him “grossly embellished”, although he admitted to taking numerous drugs.

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Associated Press writer Ben Finley in Norfolk, Va., contributed to this report.

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