'TELL THE WORLD JOHNNY'...and he did! Johnny Depp's 'YES I AM' a victim of abuse rocks trial
Johnny Depp concluded his testimony in his $50 million defamation trial against Amber Heard by declaring that he, not she, is the victim of domestic abuse.
On Monday, April 25, an audio recording of Heard and Depp discussing their relationship breakdown in 2016 was played, in which the actress can be heard saying to Depp: "Tell the world Johnny, tell them I Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim too of domestic violence".
Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez asked him what he said in response to the assertation he was a victim of such abuse, and he said: "Yes, I am".
After many days of cross-examination in which Heard's counsel bombarded the jury with texts and recordings of the actor using abusive language and having emotional outbursts, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star and his attorneys tried to regain the narrative. In a reversal, Depp has stated that Heard obstructed almost every positive move in his life from the time they were married until their 2016 divorce.
During his testimony, Depp claimed Heard cut the tip of his finger during a 2015 vacation to Australia, and he also alleged Heard threw a can of mineral spirits at him. A tape of Heard saying to Depp, "I hit you," was presented to the court during the proceedings. In the recording, Amber said, "I didn't punch you, by the way... I was hitting you, I wasn't punching you. You didn't get punched. You got hit... but I did not punch you. I did not f**king deck you. I f**king was hitting you.”
"I don't know what the actual motion of my hand was, but you're fine. I did not hurt you, I did not punch you, I was hitting you. I'm not sitting here bitching about it, am I? That's the difference between me and you, you're a f**king baby. You are such a baby, grow the f**k up Johnny........Tell the world, Johnny, tell the word’, I, Johnny Depp, am a victim of domestic violence” the recording added. She went on, saying, "You did the right thing, the big thing. You know what, you are admirable." Heard then revealed in the recording that she 'did start a physical fight,' and Depp stated that he needed to 'get the f**k out of there.' According to Depp, it showed Heard's 'need for a fight.'
Amber: ‘Tell the world Johnny, tell the word’, I Johnny Depp am I victim of domestic violence’ she’s just admitted to it then and there on an audio recording. And look at her face DROP when she hears that line! It’s catching up too her #JusticeForJohhnyDepp pic.twitter.com/yjhGLQ7eNC— Ellie Leinster (@FragileEllie) April 25, 2022
According to Reuters, when asked how he felt in the final days of the couple's marriage by the lawyer, Jessica Meyers, Depp stated he felt like he was "nailed in one stop and not being able to do anything but react to her screaming like a Banshee and then telling me to calm down." “I was broken, really at the end, couldn’t take it anymore,” Depp remarked. During his testimony, Depp once again refuted all charges that he ever abused Amber Heard. The court had previously heard about a text message interaction between Johnny Depp and English actor Paul Bettany in 2013. "Let's burn Amber," Depp had written in the text, “Let’s drown her before we burn her. I will f**k her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she’s dead.”
Depp also sought to clarify the context of the texts during his evidence. He said, “It’s important to know none of that was ever intended to be real and the language used which … yes, I am ashamed [it] has to be spread on the world like peanut butter. For example, the text that is about burning Ms. Heard is directly from Monty Python, and the sketch is about burning witches and then drowning the witches. This is a film we’d all watch when we were 10, it’s just irreverent and abstract humor.” The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star is suing his ex-wife for defamation after she claimed to have been a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 piece published in The Washington Post. While Heard did not name Depp in the post, he stated that it had a long-term negative impact on his professional reputation.