JOHNNY Depp today claimed the end of his finger was sliced off by a shard of glass after ex- wife Amber Heard hurled a vodka bottle at him during an explosive row.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star lifted the lid on their “incredibly unhappy” relationship as he branded Ms Heard “calculating, sociopathic and emotionally dishonest”.
Depp, 57 — whose other films include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — came face to face with Ms Heard at London’s High Court today.
The pair were both wearing face coverings to guard against coronavirus as they arrived for a dramatic showdown worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Depp is battling for his reputation and career after Ms Heard, 34, accused him of attacking her in a series of drug-fuelled rages.
The American actor denies being violent. He claims Ms Heard was the abusive one and cheated on him repeatedly with actor James Franco and Tesla founder Elon Musk.
The court even heard that Depp decided to divorce Ms Heard after she had left a poo in their bed.
Depp is suing The Sun for referring to him as a “wife beater” in a 2018 article. The paper says the term was justified. Ms Heard is its star witness.
She is expected to tell the court that he injured the finger himself after smashing a telephone.
Referring to the incident in Australia in March 2015 — when Ms Heard also claims that the actor attacked her — Depp said: “The only person who was harmed in Australia, grievously so, was me.
“Ms Heard threw a vodka bottle at me that cut my finger off when the bottle exploded on the bar on which my hand was resting.
“I tried not to react, so I got up and slowly walked around the bar, grabbed another, bigger bottle of vodka and poured myself another glass.
“This enraged Ms Heard further and she came over and grabbed the bottle from me.
“I then swung round behind the bar stool and Ms Heard threw that bottle at me as hard as she could from a fairly short distance.
The bottle smashed against my hand, severing the top of my finger and fracturing multiple bones
“The bottle smashed against my hand, which was resting on the marble top of the bar, severing the top of my finger and fracturing multiple bones.
“Despite the severity of this injury, Ms Heard continued shouting at me and then proceeded to put a cigarette out on my right cheek.
“Initially, I did not feel the pain in my finger but felt some warmth. I then noticed that the top of my finger was missing and I was essentially looking at my bones.
“When Ms Heard saw this, she realised the severity of what she had done and she then freaked out and began shouting.”
He added the injury was “very severe” and required “a significant amount of medical attention”.
He said: “The severity of these injuries brought about the personal realisation of the severity of the abuse that Ms Heard had inflicted upon me for so long.
“I couldn’t believe that we had come to this. I wondered what more she could do to me.”
The bitter dispute is set to continue for three weeks, with the pair sitting just yards from each other in a cramped, ancient courtroom at the Royal Courts of Justice.
At least two of Depp’s exes — Chanel model Vanessa Paradis and Stranger Things star Winona Ryder — are set to give evidence for him.
The gloomy and uncomfortable setting — with its creaking wooden benches, dusty bookshelves and antique clocks — is a world away from their A-list lifestyle.
It is also unlike the bright, airy courts portrayed in US movies and TV shows, where dynamic lawyers wage dramatic verbal battles.
Instead, the wig-wearing barristers and judge, Mr Justice Nicol, will conduct the case with the utmost formality.
Today, Depp apologised repeatedly for failing to address the judge as “my lord”, as tradition dictates — instead calling him “sir”.
The star gave evidence for more than four hours and his testimony will continue for at least two more days.
Speaking about Ms Heard, who will have her turn in the witness box later, he said: “I am now convinced that she came into my life to take from me anything worth taking and then destroy what remained of it.
“A marriage counsellor confirmed to me that Ms Heard had a borderline, toxic narcissistic personality disorder and is a sociopath.
“She invariably accuses other people of the bad things she herself has done.”
The actor revealed he believed Ms Heard or “possibly one of her friends” was responsible for leaving a poo in their bed following a birthday party in April 2016.
He claimed she later dismissed it as “just a harmless prank”.
In his witness statement, he said: “I understand that the following morning (after the party) Ms Heard (or possibly one of her friends) defecated in our shared bed.
“On 12 May 2016, Ms Heard confessed to our estate manager, Kevin Murphy, that leaving the faeces in the bed had been ‘just a harmless prank’ thereby effectively acknowledging that she had been responsible, whereas she had previously sought to blame our dogs.
“(They) were both too tiny to jump on to the bed nor able to leave faeces like that which was deposited on the bed. I resolved to divorce Ms Heard on that day.”
Depp arrived at court wearing a navy suit, sunglasses and a black mask with white flowers printed on it.
Ms Heard was wearing a black dress with a red scarf wrapped around her face.
She was flanked by her younger sister, Whitney, and her lawyer Jennifer Robinson. They all walked hand in hand.
Ms Robinson is a leading human rights lawyer from Doughty Street chambers who also represents WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Amber’s girlfriend, Bianca Butti, was also with the group.
In the courtroom, Depp wore dark-rimmed glasses when reading and was occasionally ticked off by The Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass QC for going off-topic.
Ms Wass successfully prosecuted paedophile TV star Rolf Harris and rogue trader Kweku Adoboli.
Depp is represented by David Sherborne, who has worked for Princess Diana, Harry Styles, Mick Jagger and Kate Moss.
Depp’s career has already entered stormy seas after Disney dropped him from its multibillion-pound Pirates franchise.
His film City of Lies was shelved at the last minute in 2018 owing to backstage disputes with the actor.
The case continues.
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