They spent hours in court focusing on Johnny's drug use, drinking and text messages he sent friends. One of these texts was about his desire to kill and defile his wife.
Heard's lawyers referred to Depp's history with trashing hotel rooms and smashing a bathroom light fixture during an argument between him and Heard. Depp faces a lawsuit from a member to a film crew that alleges he was assaulted and abused in 2018.
Depp claims that Heard falsely portrays him as a domestic abuser, and she has sued Heard. Heard's lawyers argue that Depp did abuse Heard both sexually and physically. Heard was often drunk to the point where he couldn't deny it.
Depp's text messages did not support his ex-wife's defense, according to her lawyers.
"I, of course," Depp stated in a text message sent to a friend by actor Paul Bettany in July 2013. This message was also shown to jurors.
Depp said, "I am an insane individual and not so fair headed after too many of the drinks."
J. Benjamin Rottenborn, a Heard lawyer, was focused on another exchange between Depps and Bettany that year. In which Depp wrote: Let's burn Amber! !"
Bettany replied: "After thinking it through, I don't believe we should burn Amber."
Depp wrote: "Let’s drown her before she burns her!" To make sure she's dead, I will burn her corpse.
Depp had apologized previously to the jury for using vulgar language in the texts. He said that "in pain of the hurt I was feeling," he went to dark places. The same apology was made Thursday.
Rottenborn also showed Bettany one of Depp’s 2014 texts in which he mentioned whiskey, pills, and cocaine.
These texts were written in a time when Depp claimed he had stopped drinking. They were sent at the same time as a private flight from Boston, Los Angeles to which Heard claimed that Depp assaulted him while he was drunk.
Rottenborn sent Bettany texts in which he said that he had drunk "all night prior to picking Amber up to fly out to LA Sunday.... Ugly, Mate... No food for days... Powders... Half a bottle Whiskey, a thousand vodkas and vodkas, pills, and 2 Champers on the plane ..."
Depp previously stated that he had taken two oxycodone tablets, an opiate to the which he admitted to being addicted. He then locked himself in the bathroom of the plane and fell asleep to escape her harping. Depp also denied that he had been drunk on the flight and said he only drank one glass of champagne as he boarded.
Rottenborn showed Depp's contrition after the flight.
Heard was told by Depp that "once again I find myself at a place of shame, regret." "Of course, I am sorry. I don't really know what or why it happened. It will not happen again. My illness somehow slipped up on me and grabbed my attention. I need to get better. I will. We both. Start today. You are my love. Again, I am so sorry. We are so sorry.
Depp also wrote a letter of apology to Heard's dad in which he admitted that he had "messed up" and "went too far" during a fight with Heard. Depp pointed out that the message didn't mention that it was a physical fight.
In court, multiple audio recordings of their conversations were made. One recording shows Heard telling Depp that he had vomited while asleep. Depp claimed that he headbutted Heard in another conversation.
Depp countered, "I was using words that Ms. Heard used," "But it wasn't an intentional headbutt. You might need to be a little more patient if you want to have peaceful conversations with Ms. Heard.
Depp has been in Fairfax County Circuit Court as a witness since Tuesday afternoon. Although he admitted to taking several drugs, he previously called the allegations of drug addiction "grossly embellished".
Heard was also a subject of Depp's previous testimony. Heard denied ever abusing him and described their volatile relationship. Depp stated that Heard used drugs and attacked him often.
Depp argued that Depp's movie career was damaged after she wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post in 2018. This article prompted him to file a libel suit against Heard.
Heard did not mention Depp in the article. However, Depp's lawyers claimed that it was a reference to allegations Heard made against him when she applied for a 2016 restraining or.
Depp claimed that the accusations and the article led to a reputational disaster for him, which made him an outcast in Hollywood and cost him his lucrative role in the "Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.
Rottenborn, during cross-examination on Wednesday, pointed out evidence that Disney had made this decision months before publication. According to her attorneys, Depp's bad conduct was the reason for his damaged reputation.
Rottenborn's cross examination of Depp lasted for all of Thursday. It is scheduled to continue on Monday.