JOHNNY Depp scrawled “I love u” in his own blood with his severed finger stump after allegedly throttling Amber Heard in a three-day hostage rage, the High Court heard today.
The 34-year-old actress claims she had to barricade herself into a room after Depp allegedly tore off her nightgown, shoved her onto a ping-pong table and choked her against the fridge five years ago in Australia.
Depp severed his finger in the alleged attack in 2015 – sparked by a furious row about the post-nuptial agreement that Heard refused to sign.
He claims teary Heard was “quite riled up” as he described how a vodka bottle went “whizzing” past his head before the second smashed and sliced his finger tip off.
Heard has claimed her ex injured himself smashing a phone against the wall – with Depp saying he remembered there was “a lot of blood everywhere”.
He admits ripping the phone from the wall in a drug-fuelled rage, but says it’s because he was “upset” he had just lost his finger.
The court heard the star then used the bloody stump to scrawl “I love u” on a mirror of the hired home in a £150,000 rampage.
When Depp “ran out of blood” he then started to use paint to deface a lampshade, walls and the mirror, the court was told.
He is then said to have urinated on the floor and painted a fake “d**k” on a picture of a woman – trashing the accommodation after allegedly taking 10 ecstasy tablets in two hours and downing a bottle of vodka and wine.
Heard claimed she was left with “cuts all over her body” after the three day “ordeal of assaults” while Depp had a small burn on his face from a cigarette being stubbed out on it.
The actress said she was slashed by shattered glass strewn across the floor as she was chased round the room and slammed against a counter top by Depp.
At the time, Heard said she had been “scared for her life” telling Depp: “You are hurting and cutting me”.
The High Court heard today:
The 57-year-old — who is suing The Sun for calling him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article — has “vehemently” denied violence against Aquaman star Heard.
It was alleged the star used his own blood and paint to write on mirrors, walls and even a lampshade – causing £150,000 worth of damage – later telling Heard: “Look what you made me do.”
He is also claimed to have asked Heard: “Is this good enough for you? This is what a f***ing idiot I am for loving you.”
And Depp admitted he had “possibly” said that, saying: “When I realised that the top of my finger was missing and pouring blood profusely and the bones 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.”
He also admitted to writing” Why be a fraud? All is such bulls***” on a kitchen worktop – saying he was not in the “best mood” at the time.
But Depp today insisted that the only attack on the trip had been launched by Heard when she hurled a vodka bottle at him and caused the infamous injury which cut off the top of his finger.
Heard claims the injury came about after he smashed a telephone into the wall during the bust-up while the couple were in Australia for Depp to film Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.
Depp said he later lied to the film production team, telling them he had slammed his finger in a door to “protect” Heard.
A shocking photo shows the tip of the star’s finger sliced off.
After using his bloodied stump to scrawl blood on the mirror, he also used paint to write “Starring Billy-Bob” – a reference to his belief Heard was having an affair with Billy-Bob Thornton.
The graffiti also read “Call Carly Simon, she said it better, babe” in a reference to the singer’s song You’re So Vain – but Depp claims Heard wrote the message in lipstick after he was hospitalised for his binge.
Sasha Wass QC, who is representing News Group Newspapers, said the house was “completely destroyed”, telling Depp: “You were completely off your head on drink and drugs.”
But Depp denied taking illegal drugs, claiming it was Heard who was the aggressor and he was suffering a “nervous breakdown”.
He said: “This [graffiti]is a message to her of good luck and to be careful of her ambition to be a big star.
“I went into some kind of breakdown. Some species of nervous breakdown. I was at the end and didn’t want to live at that time.”
Depp, who has starred in cult classics including Edward Scissorhands, said he had told Heard several times: “We are a crime scene waiting to happen.”
The third day of the trial today heard how Heard had acted as Depp’s nurse during his detox while they were on holiday on his private island in the Bahamas.
The star said: “She was in control of the meds, she was in control of when I was taking the meds, she would give me the time to take the meds.”
In his witness statement, Depp claimed that he was left sobbing “like a child” when Heard “withheld medicine” from him.
Describing it as “one of the cruellest things that she has ever done”, he said: “My body clock was needing medication to stop the onslaught… I was not in good shape.”
The court was told Heard had been in “regular contact” with Depp’s nurse Debbie Lloyd – at one point texting her saying: “He was so mad he pushed me and I asked him to get out. Don’t know what to do. Sorry to keep at you guys.”
Ms Wass today asked Mr Depp if he remembered the detox being “so difficult you started flipping?”
Mr Depp replied: “I remember that I was in a great deal of pain and uncontrollable spasms … if they are not taken care of immediately there is not much you can do.”
He added: “So flipping would be a word that is correct.”
He was so mad he pushed me and I asked him to get out. Don’t know what to do
However he denied pushing her, saying he was in “no physical condition to push anyone”.
Mr Depp repeated what he had said on Wednesday that Heard’s allegations were part of an “insurance policy”.
The High Court today also heard Amber Heart’s mother Paige had sent Depp a supportive text, telling him: “You’ve gotten through the hardest part, it may be hard to see, but you will be so glad to have this gorilla off of your back.”
She also added: “I’ve seen the hell this addiction brings and I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.”
Depp then replied, telling Paige: “What you do need to know is that your daughter has risen far above the nightmarish task of taking care of this poor old junkie.”
Sasha Wass then read a text sent by Mr Depp to Amber Heard which read: “Thank you so much for getting me f***ing clean baby.”
The court was today shown a clip of Depp slurring at the Hollywood Film Awards in 2014.
Ms Wass said that it showed a “spiralling-down” of Depp’s sobriety, adding: “You were falling off the wagon.”
But the star said he had not been on any illegal drugs and was instead taking prescribed drugs to help him kick his addiction to painkiller Roxycodone.
Medical notes were later read out from Depp’s private doctor David Kipper who admitted the star “romanticised the drug culture”.
Dr Kipper said: “He has no understanding of delayed gratification and is quite childlike in his reaction when he doesn’t get immediate satisfaction.”
The medic started to treat Heard for anxiety before referring her to Dr Connell Cowan, who wrote in his notes that Depp was “threatened” by James Franco.
The court was told Heard’s movie with the other actor left Depp hospitalised after a drug binge.
Ms Wass said Dr Cowan wrote in medical notes: “JD (Johnny Depp) is very threatened by career, particularly any kind of romantic scenes she has to do.”
Asked if there was a reason why Ms Heard would have said this, unless it was true, Mr Depp said: “I believe it had a benefit to her motivation.”
He later added: “I think she was telling porky pies with her psychiatrist.”
Depp also claimed his jealousy over Heard’s visit to Hellraiser novelist Clive Barker had been “provoked”.
It comes after explosive claims in court this week heard:
Ms Wass read from medical notes dated September 22, which recorded that Mr Depp punched the wall during an argument with Amber Heard and was found “sitting in the kitchen with scraped and bloodied knuckles”.
The barrister said: “It seems to be how you are expressing your anger yet again.”
Mr Depp replied: “I would rather express my anger by hitting an inanimate object than… the person I love.”
And he admitted that while he had blackouts, he still had “snippets of memory”.
He also denied kicking or punching Heard, or calling himself a “savage”.
The High Court earlier heard that Depp would transform into “The Monster” during violent drug-fuelled arguments with his ex.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star also told how he did drugs aged 11 and had acquired a liver “resembling Margaret Thatcher” shortly before she died. Depp denies being violent towards Heard.
But he admitted in court: “The Monster came out when our arguments escalated and I would not placate.
“If she was yelling at me, I’d yell back and it would turn into a screaming match.”
Depp said he was never violent to Heard — claiming she was the abuser.
Depp was also accused of other incidents of abuse. It was said Depp struck Heard in 2013 in a row over a painting by her ex Tasya Van Ree.
Ms Wass said Depp hit her “so hard that blood from her lip ended up on the wall”.
The judge was shown a picture taken by Heard of a bruise on her arm, allegedly caused by Depp.
The actor’s case against NGN and executive editor Dan Wootton arises out of the publication of an article on The Sun’s website on April 27 2018 with the headline “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”.
NGN is defending the article as true and says Mr Depp was “controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs” between early 2013 and May 2016, when the couple split.
The pair met in 2011 and began living together in 2012 before marrying in Los Angeles in February 2015.
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