‘Roughly Embellished’ Drug Use, Childhood Scars and a Disney Crush: Johnny Depp’s Testimony on Amber Heard

It was the fifth day of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard, and for the first time the Hollywood star testified.

Ms Heard is being sued by Depp for implying a 2018 Washington Post column that he abused her, which Depp said hurt her career even though she didn’t name him directly.

She, in turn, filed a $100 million counterclaim against Depp for nuisance and immunity from the actor’s allegations.

Here are five things we learned from Tuesday’s trial.

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“I can’t say I’m embarrassed because I know I’m doing the right thing,” Depp said after testifying.

The actor told the court he felt exposed by the litigation, insisting that despite his successful career, he was always a private person who tried to protect his two sons from “paparazzi hordes” and that he didn’t want them to see their parents as “news”.

Actor compared himself to Cinderella and Quasimodo

During his testimony, Depp told the court that since Heard’s abuse allegations were brought against him six years ago, he has had “hard times”.

“It’s weird when you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo,” he said.

Actor Johnny Depp testifies during a hearing at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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Depp joked that Heard ‘could definitely kill me’ when they first met at the audition

The actor agreed to meet with the actress who was being considered for the role of Chenault in The Rum Diary, based on a novel by the late author Hunter S Thompson.

“I took one look at her and thought, ‘Yeah, this is the Chenault that Hunter wants, this is it. I just thought ‘Yeah, she could definitely kill me, that’s who Hunter wants.’”

And he went on to explain the things he liked first about her.

“She was sweet as pie, pleasant, intelligent, literate, very tasteful,” he said, but added that he felt he could teach her to use “stillness” in her acting.

Depp claims Heard’s characterization of his substance abuse was ‘grossly embellished’

The star said from the witness stand that her drug and alcohol use was “an easy target” for the actress to hit after her marriage broke up. But Mr. Depp said he didn’t use it for the sake of the party, but rather to ease the pain of past trauma.

“It’s never been for the party effect, it’s been trying to numb the things that they have, that can torment someone who’s been traumatized,” he told the court in Virginia.

“The characterization of my substance, my substance abuse in quotation marks, which was delivered by Ms. Heard is grossly embellished, and I’m sorry to say, but a lot of it is just plain untrue.

“I think it was easy, it was an easy target for her to hit. Because after trusting someone for a certain period of years and telling them all the secrets of your life, that information can, of course, be used against you.”

Depp describes his first kiss with Heard on the set of The Rum Diary

The actor said that he and Ms. Heard kissed in a scene where she found him in the shower.

And he described how the pair continued their passion in their trailer at the end of the day.

“I think there was something about the shower kiss that was real,” he added.

“So that day after work, Ms. Heard came to my trailer and I was sitting there listening to old blues stuff and we had a glass of wine and we kissed.

“At that point my trailer was the only trailer in the parking lot, she had intended to stay in the trailer for a while with me but I didn’t think it was a good idea on any level as there were nine Teamsters outside waiting to move the trailer. trailer.”

Depp says mother’s abuse ‘torn’ his family

Depp also spoke at length about his difficult childhood, saying that his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, “had the ability to be as cruel as anyone can be.”

Describing his mother’s violence, Depp said that “an ashtray” could be “thrown at you”. He added that she would hit her kids over the head and that she could wear a “high-heeled shoe or a phone or whatever was on hand.”

He added that he began to be able to see when his mother was about to “face a situation where she would be angry and someone would understand. It was usually me.”

Depp said the family learned to deal with the physical abuse, but that the verbal and psychological abuse “ripped us apart.”

He described his father as “gentle”, “quiet” and “shy” who would “surprisingly remain very stoic” when Depp’s mother “gave away the pain”.

“He swallowed it, he took it,” Depp said, adding that he once saw his father punch a concrete wall, breaking his hand. “He remained a gentleman.”

“He was able to maintain his calm and composure,” as well as his “relationship with his kids,” Depp said. “He’s a good man.”

Depp said his father’s departure sent his mother into a “deep, dark depression” and he mimicked her stumbling around the house after taking a plethora of “pills to try to get out”. She survived after having her stomach pumped in the hospital.

He said his mother seemed to “calm down” after taking some “nerve meds” and that he, at age 11, was also taking one because he wanted to “calm down” but “didn’t know how” and that he wanted to “escape.” so much to feel”.

“That was the beginning — when I realized that nerve pills calm the nerves,” he said, adding that he had taken every drug “that I knew” by age 15.

Actor reveals that he has never seen Pirates of the Caribbean

The actor also said that he had never seen one of his most successful films – Pirates of the Caribbean.

Depp first appeared as Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

The actor also appeared in several sequels, including Dead Man’s Chest, At the End of the World, On Strange Tidesand Dead men don’t tell stories.

“I thought it had all the hallmarks of a Disney movie — that is, a sort of predictable three-act structure,” he said of his first thought about the first script. “Captain Jack’s character was more of a swordsman type who would go in shirtless and be the hero.”

He then revealed that he had never seen the movie.

“I have not seen. But I believe the movie did pretty well, apparently, and they wanted to keep doing more and I was fine with doing that,” he said. “It’s not like you become that person, but if you know this character as much as I did – because he wasn’t what the writers wrote, so they really weren’t able to write for him… the writers, that’s when you have to be true to the character and add your words.”

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