On the third day of trial, Depp maintains that Heard built a “dossier” of alleged incidents of abuse and claims that allegations of his violence are part of a “hoax.”

The third day of trial began with questions over Depp and Heard’s detox trip on his private island in the Bahamas in August 2014. The trip is one of 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence — all of which Depp denied — used in The Sun’s defense. 

Depp accused Heard of withholding his medication, saying it was one of the “cruelest” things she did in their relationship. While Depp disputed in court that Heard looked after him, his text messages to Heard’s mother praises her efforts for taking care of “this poor old junkie” and that she has “the strength of 1,000 men.”

When asked if he ever hit or pushed Heard during the trip, Depp denied doing so. At one point, Heard sent a text message claiming that Depp started “flipping” and “screaming” and that he also pushed her. Depp said, “I did not push Ms. Heard or attack her in any way.”

The court heard from The Sun’s lawyer about a meeting between Heard and her psychiatrist where they talked about her filming with actor James Franco. According to the notes, Heard “precipitated a drinking binge that put JD in hospital.” Earlier in the trial, Depp confirmed he grew jealous over Heard working with Franco.

Depp accused Heard of telling “porky pies to her psychiatrist.” He suggested there was a “benefit to her [Ms Heard’s] motivation” to tell the medical professional that he was “threatened” by her career and her work with Franco. 

The court heard details of a medical note from Depp’s private doctor which says the actor “romanticizes the entire drug culture and has no accountability for his behavior”.

What happened in Australia

The second incident of alleged abuse brought to trial happened in Australia. Depp claimed Heard threw two bottles at him, one of which cut off the tip of his finger. He recalled there was a “quite a lot of blood” as well as damage done to the floors and sofa.

Depp maintained that Heard caused the most damage. Heard claimed he had drank “a bottle of vodka and Malbec wine and took 10 ecstasy tablets,” The Sun’s lawyer tells the court.

With his bleeding figure, paint, and lipstick, Depp drew graffiti on the mirror. The damage to the house they rented in Australia was estimated between £100,000 and £150,000.

Though Depp claimed Heard’s attack severed his finger, he did not tell anyone about it after. When he texted his sister, Depp wrote that “F***** my finger pretty badly.” To his doctor he said he trapped his finger in the large accordion door in the house. To his close friend, actor Paul Bettany, he wrote, “just had the tip of me finger knocked off as it happens”.

Depp: ‘she is not going to reveal the truth’

Later in the trial, they questioned Depp over incidents of physical abuse. The Sun’s lawyer suggested that by December 2015, 10 months after they married, Depp was “routinely” violent. 

Depp denied allegations of violence towards Heard. He said, “I tried to walk away from Ms. Heard as was my usual pattern.” 

Among allegations brought up against Depp, one was that he grabbed Heard by the hair and dragged her upstairs, and that he headbutted her, causing her to fall backward. They showed the court photos taken on December 15, 2015, depicting clumps of Heard’s hair, graffiti on the kitchen worktop saying “why be a fraud? All is such bullsh*t”, a photo of someone with “abrasion or a swelling under the left eye and some scratches”, identified by Depp, and Heard with two black eyes and injuries around her nose and mouth. 

When they Depp asked if he could explain Heard’s accounts of violence and why she would lie about it, he said “I would say very simply that Ms Heard can never be wrong, and she is not going to admit… to anyone… she is not going to reveal the truth”.

Candy Chan

Candy Chan is studying History with a focus on War and Revolution at Barnard College. She is currently a staff writer at the Columbia Daily Spectator, covering issues pertaining to Columbia's...