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Johnny Depp smashed wine bottle while abusing Amber Heard in drunken rage but denies having 'anger problems'

During a 90 second video, played by the publishers of The Sun in High Court, an agitated Depp is seen slamming cupboard doors and kicking a cabinet
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In a video, played on the first day of the three-week-long libel trial against The Sun, on Tuesday, June 7, the 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' actor was seen trashing a kitchen and throwing a wine bottle to the floor in "drunken rage." News Group Newspapers, the parent company of the British tabloid is being sued by Johnny Depp over a 2018 article which called him a 'wife-beater,' 

During the 90 second video, played by the legal team of News Group Newspapers, and later obtained by Daily Mail, an agitated Depp could be seen slamming cupboard doors and kicking at a cabinet. He could also be seen repeatedly yelling '"motherf*****." It was unclear as to what had made the actor angry as, another individual, presumably, Amber Heard, stood around with coffee in her hand, secretly recording their conversation and repeatedly saying, "What happened?"

"You weren't here," Depp said after a while, to which the 'Aquaman' actress said, "No." Depp then said, "So, nothing happened to you." Heard then informed him that she was confused as to why he was behaving in that manner as they were not even fighting that morning and she had just woken up from sleep. Depp then grabbed a bottle of red wine which he poured into a large glass. The amount of alcohol in the glass was described by the Sun's lawyer as a "mega-pint." 

Depp then appeared to throw the bottle to the floor off camera after saying, "You want crazy? I'll give you f***ing crazy." After Heard asked him, "Have you drunk this whole thing this morning?" the actor noticed that her then-spouse was recording his actions. "Oh, you got this now? You got this going?" Depp said, before grabbing the device she was recording on. The video ends after that. 

Johnny Depp (Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) and Amber Heard (Peter Summers/Getty Images) arrive at The Royal Courts of Justice, on the Strand on July 7, 2020 in London, England

It was unclear when the video was shot. Despite the video evidence, Depp refused to admit that he had anger management issues. "I don't. I was angry, doesn't mean I have anger problems. I was expressing my anger," Depp said during his testimony in court on Tuesday. When lawyer Sasha Wass, representing The Sun, asked him if he expressed his anger "through destructive behavior" Depp admitted that he had "at times in my life".

Citing his Southern upbringing Depp said that he considered chivalry "very important." and as a result had never struck a woman. "It is a strong and central part of my moral code that I would never strike a woman, under any circumstances, at any time. I find it simply inconceivable and it would never happen," he said. 

He added that it was Heard who repeatedly physically assaulted him. "I do not believe that I have an overbearing, manipulative or controlling personality, or that anyone who knows me well would describe me that way. In contrast, I believe that Amber had an obsessive need to control me and all situations in our relationship. I truly believe that most of the descriptions Amber provides are in fact reflections of her own behavior," he said. 

Depp also accused her of being a "calculating, narcissistic sociopath." "She is a calculating, diagnosed borderline personality; she is sociopathic; she is a narcissist; and she is completely emotionally dishonest," he told the court. "I am now convinced that she came into my life to take from me anything worth taking, and then destroy what remained of it."