Amber Heard Johnny Depp Trial: More Recordings Of Arguments Come Forward

The former couple settled their divorce in August 2016.

Actor Johnny Depp concluded his testimony in his defamation trial against Amber Heard in a Fairfax, Virginia court on Monday, and more audio recordings of the former couple’s fights were presented in the court.

Jurors heard a series of audio recordings of conversations between the former couple, and in one exchange, Amber Heard shouts at Depp to put his “cigarettes out on someone else”. Depp could be heard insulting Heard about her weight.

Lawyers for Heard focused again on Depp’s history of substance use, claiming he would be violent during alcohol and drug binges. But Depp said: “If anyone had a problem with my drinking, at any time in my life, it was me. The only person I’ve ever abused in my life is myself.”

Heard’s attorney on Monday also played a recording of Depp telling Heard he had no interest in getting clean. “I want you to be clean and sober so we can fix all of our problems,” she says in the clip.

Depp responded, “I’m never getting clean and sober.” “I know,” Heard says.

Last week during the trial, Johnny Depp’s text to his friend regarding wanting to kill Amber Heard came forward. “Let’s burn Amber!!!” Depp wrote in a text. “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will (expletive) her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead,” he added.

Trying to explain his text, Depp told the jury, “The text that is about burning Ms. Heard is — it’s directly from Monty Python in a sketch about burning witches and then drowning the witches,” referring to the British comedy troupe Monty Python. 

Johnny Depp said during his trial on Monday that he made the decision to file his hefty defamation suit against Amber Heard—and not the Post—because “she was the one making the statement.”

“I had the opportunity to fight back,” he said.

The actor added that when he initially saw Heard’s op-ed, he experienced “blinding hurt,” adding that it felt like “somebody hit me in the back of the head with a 2×4.”

Depp is suing Heard, his ex-wife, for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Both Heard and Depp, who met in 2009 and were married from 2015-2016, accuse the other of acts of physical violence during their relationship. They have both denied the other’s claims.

The former couple settled their divorce in August 2016, releasing a joint statement that read in part, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”

The trial, which started on April 11, is set to last six weeks. Heard has not yet testified.

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