Johnny Depp returns to the stands in civil trial against ex-wife Amber Heard

Editor’s Note: Some testimonials contain graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical violence.

Johnny Depp called his ex-wife’s allegations of sexual and physical abuse “insane” on Wednesday as he returned to the witness stand in his libel suit against Amber Heard.

“Ridiculous, humiliating, ridiculous, painful, cruel, incredibly brutal, cruel and all false,” Depp said when asked about his reaction to hearing Heard’s allegations when she testified earlier in the trial.

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Actor Johnny Depp testifies in court at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Depp testified as a rebuttal witness on Wednesday — both he and Heard testified extensively earlier in the trial.

He gave some specific answers to some of Heard’s specific allegations and also her sister, Whitney Henriquez, who provided some of Heard’s strongest corroborating testimony.

He concluded the questioning by his lawyers with a final denial of the charges.

“I’ve never in my life committed sexual assault, physical assault, all these bizarre, outrageous stories about me committing these things,” he said. “And live with it for six years and wait to get the truth out.”

He said that “whatever happens, I came here and I told the truth and I pleaded begrudgingly on my back for six years.”

In Depp’s cross-examination, Heard’s lawyers focused on that claim and questioned the actor about his previous lawsuit against the British newspaper Sun, which called him a “wife beater.” Depp lost that defamation case.

Heard’s lawyers also read text messages between Depp and his assistant in which he used vulgar terms to refer to a woman’s genitals and said, “I NEED. I WANT. I TAKE.” Depp called the idea he’d written if he wanted to be sexual with a woman, rightfully his, “ridiculous.”

“You can take whatever you want out of it, I never said those words. I don’t have enough hubris,” he told Heard’s lawyer, suggesting the text had been manipulated or someone might have seized his phone. “That’s rather grotesque.”

Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article, although his name was never mentioned.

Depp has refused he once punched Heard and says she was the abuser in the relationship. heard testified about more than a dozen individual cases of physical abuse she claims she has suffered at the hands of Depp.

Depp also disputed a claim by Heard that Depp had nothing to do with getting her a part in the superhero blockbuster ‘Aquaman’. When Heard testified, she was clearly offended by a question from Depp’s lawyers who insinuated that Depp had given her the part.

However, Depp said that after Heard auditioned for the part, he spoke to the studio on her behalf. He wasn’t allowed to discuss the details of his conversations when Heard’s lawyers objected, saying that “she eventually got the job, so hopefully I guess I had mitigated their concerns to some degree.”

Also on Wednesday, supermodel Kate Moss, a former girlfriend of Depp, denied that she had ever been pushed or attacked by Depp during their relationship.

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Model Kate Moss, a former girlfriend of actor Johnny Depp, is sworn to testify via video link during Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, May 25, 2022.

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Moss also testified as a rebuttal witness. Heard, in her testimony, made a reference to Moss and a rumor that Depp had pushed Moss down a flight of stairs as they went out.

Moss said in a video link testimony that Depp never attacked her. She said she once slipped down a flight of stairs after a rainstorm at a Jamaican resort, and that Depp came to her rescue.

She testified for less than 5 minutes and was not questioned.

Depp also addressed the allegation in his testimony, saying it happened exactly as Moss said. He said he told the story about Moss to Heard years ago and “Mrs. Heard took the story and turned it into a really ugly incident, all in her mind.”

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