Johnny Depp trial live: Actor reveals childhood trauma and says Amber Heard turned him into ‘Quasimodo’

Watch live as Johnny Depp takes stand as defamation case against Amber Heard continues

Johnny Depp took the stand on Tuesday afternoon to give testimony in his $50m (£38.2m) defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Heard is being sued for defamation by Depp for implying he abused her in a 2018 column. Although she did not name him, his lawyers claim her allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles.

Depp says the abuse allegations turned him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in the eyes of others and have impacted his career. In his testimony he recalled a traumatic childhood with an abusive mother, his early career, and how Pirates of the Caribbean changed his life. He then recalled details of the beginning of his relationship with Heard.

Earlier, Depp’s friend and sound engineer Keenan Wyatt testified on behalf of the actor on Tuesday morning, recalling an incident in which Heard yelled at him on a private jet. The court also heard from security guard Sean Bett.

Heard has filed a $100m (£76.m) counterclaim against Depp for nuisance and immunity from her the actor’s allegations. Depp has previously lost a defamation case in the UK against The Sun newspaper over the same article by Heard.

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Amber Heard arrives in court

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Sound engineer Keenan Wyatt tested on Tuesday morning

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Johnny Depp began giving evidence in the defamation trial on Tuesday afternoon

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Depp tested extensively about his childhood, career, and the beginnings of his relationship with Heard

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Depp is suing Heard for libel over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post. She appeared to listen closely to his testimony .

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Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 23:45

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Depp tells court abuse allegations turned him from ‘Cinderella to Quasimodo’

Mr Depp opened his testimony on Tuesday afternoon in Fairfax County, Virginia, by calling his ex-wife’s claims “heinous,” “disturbing” and “not based in any species of truth.”

The Hollywood veteran invoked Disney characters in explaining how the allegations have affected his career, saying: “[It’s] very strange when one day you’re Cinderella so to speak and then in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo.”

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Depp says he is ‘not embarrassed’ as he testifies in trial against ex-wife Heard

Johnny Depp said in testimony today that “about six years ago, Ms Heard made some quite heinous and disturbing criminal” claims against him, adding that the allegations were not within “any species of truth”.

He said, “it was a complete shock… it just didn’t need to go in that direction”.

Gustaf Kilander reports on what the court heard from Depp today.

Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 22:42

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Depp: Heard’s description of drug abuse ‘grossly’ embellished

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Testimony ends for the day on the jury is excused.

Judge Penney Azcarate says Depp can stand down until tomorrow morning.

Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 22:02

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Depp say she met Heard’s friends almost immediately and is asked about each individually.

One friend, Rocky Pennington, also moved into a penthouse at the Eastern Columbia Building with her boyfriend, Josh Drew. Later a female friend moved in as well.

Another, iO Tillett Wright lived in a house owned by Depp in order to write a book.

He said the penthouses would otherwise be empty, though one had been intended for his sister.

Depp says they spent more time at the penthouses than he ever did.

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Depp speaks fondly of the Heard family who he first met when they visited Los Angeles from Austin.

He speaks more specifically about Heard’s sister Whitney who lived with her at times and later moved into one of the penthouses (number four) owned by Depp at the Eastern Columbia Building in Downtown LA. He charged her no rent.

Asked if he had ever done drugs with Whitney, Depp responds yes on a couple of occasions. He later adds that they did a line or two of cocaine together.

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Depp is asked if they had nicknames for each other. He recalls that hers was “Slim” and he was “Steve” — names taken from the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movie To have and have nothe had asked her to watch to practice “stillness” on camera.

He acknowledges the great age difference between him and Heard and between Bogart and Bacall. Bogart was 45 and Bacall was 19 when they met.

Depp was 48 and Heard was 25 when they began dating in 2012.

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Asked what he liked about Heard, Depp says she seemed to be the perfect partner for him for her love of obscure blues music, being literate, and being smart and funny.

For the first year and helped he say things were wonderful, then “things began to reveal themselves”.

Referring back to her habit of taking off his boots, Depp is asked what other habits he observed early on in the relationship.

He says that if she wanted to go to bed and he wanted to stay up because he wasn’t ready to go to bed, Heard would find that unacceptable.

Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 21:42

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Depp recalls filming the movie and how Heard was appreciative about his realization that she did not have to film a nude scene and it could be suggested instead.

He recalls in a scene they had together that he felt something in a kiss that they preformed for the camera. He says it was something that he shouldn’t have been feeling.

Asked when their romantic relationship began, he says that the next day they had a glass of wine while listening to old blues music and they kissed, he tells the court.

He says it was only later that they began to see each other as a couple after his relationship with Vanessa Paradis came to an end.

Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 21:38

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