The ice-cream photo: Johnny Depp

On Depp’s final day of giving evidence before court, he reveals he lost almost $650 million due to financial mismanagement and maintains that he has never hit a woman.

In the second week of the high-profile libel case against The Sun, Johnny Depp appeared before the court on Monday for his final day of giving evidence. 

Depp revealed that he lost $650 million due to mismanagement by his business managers and maintains his position that his ex-wife Amber Heard was the main aggressor in their relationship. 

The Sun’s defense relies on 14 separate allegations of domestic violence Depp perpetrated on Heard between 2013 and 2016, five of which resulted in physical injuries; Depp continuously denies these allegations. 

What happened on Thanksgiving?

In November 2015, during a Thanksgiving dinner incident, according to accusations, Depp “[threw] Heard around the room, ripped her clothes and thrown a wine glass and decanter at her, shattering glass and wine on to the bed and causing serious injuries to her.”

Depp refuted this claim and said Heard was the aggressor on this incident and attacked him. He acknowledged that the couple may have unintentionally “bumped foreheads” during the argument. 

A registered nurse, who is also a friend of Heard’s, said Heard told her she had a bruised forehead, bruised eye and headache, and that Heard did not go to the hospital for the injuries. When the nurse visited Heard the next day, Heard had an actively bleeding lip—which she claimed was the result of the fight. Heard said she had clumps of her hair pulled out by Depp, but the nurse saw no signs of damage to her scalp. 

Depp denied having anything to do with Heard’s bleeding lip, saying that Heard was “prone to dry lips” and had a tendency to pick on them.

What happened at Heard’s birthday party?

On the night of Heard’s 30th birthday party in 2016, Depp smoked cannabis before he showed up as the drug was “calming” for him, he admitted in court. Depp arrived very late to the party, causing a dispute between the former spouses.

Depp claimed that he learned before arriving that he lost the majority of $650 million he earned from his films due to financial mismanagement. 

When they returned from the birthday party, Depp and Heard found themselves in another argument. Though Heard claimed Depp acted violently, Depp said she punched him as he was in bed reading and gave him a black eye. 

Heard, according to Depp, “haymakered” him — a slang for punching wildly, named after a farm machine that stacks bales of hay. Depp said, “it’s kind of a roundhouse punch, as it were. It’s a bit of a wild swing, but effective if it reaches the target.”

Depp maintains that he never hit a woman in his life. Later on in the trial, the court will hear from Depp’s former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder.

Depp seeing photos of injuries “for the first time”

Heard allegedly documented injuries from her abuse to remind Depp of his actions. She “never imagined she would be sharing these photos at a trial.” Depp denies having seen these photos of supposed injuries and claimed he saw them “for the first time” in court.   

One photo in particular shows Depp unconscious with melted ice cream all over him. He was said to have fallen asleep holding an ice cream cone. Depp said Heard showed him this photo the following day.

The first witness was called to court: Stephen Deuters, Depp’s former assistant, who backed up Depp’s claims that Heard was the “abuser” in the relationship. Deuters is also the European president of the actor’s production company, Infinitum Nihil. 

They questioned Deuters about the incident on a plane ride in which Depp reportedly yelled obscenities about Heard and the actor James Franco. He replied that he has no recollection of Depp being aggressive on the flight and denied seeing Depp hit Heard. 

The Sun’s lawyer played audio allegedly recorded during the flight. They asked Deuters if he said “we have an hour, under 50 minutes” and also: “No, I’m going to stay with this f***ing idiot in case he gets ill.” Deuters disagrees. 

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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...

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