Johnny Depp has sued ex-wife Amber Heard over an op-ed that implied he had abused her. Just hours after hearing audio clips of him berating his ex-wife with coarse vulgarities, Depp wrapped up a grueling four days on the witness stand, telling jurors in a calm voice that he filed his libel lawsuit against her because it was his best chance to reclaim his reputation.
Jurors hearing testimony in Depp’s libel lawsuit against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, listened to audio recordings in which he discussed the potential for violence if their feud escalated. Depp shouted vulgarities at his wife in other audio clips, calling her a derogatory name.
The next move, if I don’t walk away … it’s going to be a bloodbath, like it was on the island.
As the clips were presented, Depp winced on the stand, while Heard tried to hold back tears. Depp is suing Heard for libel after she published an op-ed essay in The Washington Post in 2018. She describes herself as a “public figure who advocates for victims of domestic violence.”
The tapes were part of Depp’s arduous cross-examination, which ended recently as he took the stand for a fourth day of testimony over his claims that Heard unfairly represented him as a domestic abuser. During cross-examination, Heard’s lawyers continued to bombard him with questions. During their relationship, Depp’s drinking, drug usage, and tense encounters with Heard were highlighted. This is a developing story, so stay tuned for more.
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