Earlier in the trial, Ellen Barkin, with whom Mr Depp was also romantically involved in the 1990s, called him a “controlling man” and “jealous”, recounting an incident in Las Vegas in which, she said, Mr. Depp threw a bottle of wine into a hotel room. She said there had been a fight between Mr Depp and others in the room, but she could not recall the cause.
The Virginia case was sparked by a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post, in which Ms Heard said her career suffered after she became a “public figure representing domestic violence”. The article did not mention Mr Depp by name, but he claimed his allusions to their relationship had ‘devastated’ his acting career.
The seven-person jury is also considering the countersuit of Ms Heard, who says Mr Depp defamed her when the lawyer representing him at the time made statements to the British tabloid The Daily Mail saying his accusations of abuse was a hoax.
Ms Heard testified that Mr Depp’s anger was fueled by his drug and alcohol use and triggered by his suspicions that she was having an affair, which she repeatedly denied. Mr. Depp, she said, hit, slapped and kicked her, pulled out clumps of her hair and sexually assaulted her with a bottle.
More than four days of testimony earlier in the trial, Mr Depp described Ms Heard as someone with a “need for conflict” and a “need for violence”. He said she physically attacked him over a number of issues, including a possible postnuptial agreement, her desire for Mr Depp to abstain from drugs and alcohol, and her lateness to the 30th birthday dinner.
On Wednesday, one of the texts that Mr. Depp faced included his statement from Ms. Heard in 2016, “I have no pity, no fear and not an ounce of emotion, or what I once thought was love. love for this gold digger. , low level, dime, flappy fish market overused, mushy and useless.
Mr Depp said the text described his anger at the false accusations that had turned him into a “scum” in the eyes of many.