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Johnny Depp testifies his finger was cut off in defamation case against Amber Heard




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Actor Johnny Depp resumed testimony in a court in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp discussed the changing nature of his relationship with Heard. He accused Heard of calling names and making demeaning comments about him at times in their relationship that would escalate into arguments.

“I had no right to be right, no right to have a voice,” Depp said.

A row between the former couple in 2015 ended with Depp seeking medical attention for a severed finger after, he claims, Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him.

“She threw the big bottle and she made contact [with his hand] and smashed all over,” Depp testified. “Then I looked down and realized my fingertip had been severed.”

“I don’t know what my nervous breakdown is like,” Depp added. “But it’s probably the closest I’ve ever been.”

Heard denied the request.

In her roughly three-hour testimony Tuesday, the Oscar-nominated star spoke in detail about Heard’s domestic violence allegations, her history with drug addiction and her experiences growing up with an abusive mother.

“You slowly realize that you’re in a relationship with your mother, in a way,” Depp said Wednesday of his dynamic with Heard, comparing the abuse he says he suffered from his mother to alleged abuse by hear.

Depp’s attorney asked him why he was staying with Heard as their relationship deteriorated.

“I wanted to try to make it work,” he said.

“Ms. Heard had talked about suicide a few times, so that also becomes a factor, it’s something that lives in the back of your brain,” Depp said.

The actor, known for his work in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about her experience with domestic violence. She didn’t name Depp in the piece, but he claims it cost him a lucrative film job.

Depp maintained his innocence and testified that although he and Heard had arguments during their relationship, he never “hit a woman”.

During his long second day of testimony, Depp discussed his tattoos, telling the court that Heard would make fun of some of them, which he likened to keeping a journal of his life.

He referenced a “Winona forever” tattoo, which Depp said he got for his former girlfriend, actress Winona Ryder, but changed it to “Wino forever” after they broke up. He said Heard didn’t like it.

“I took the last two letters out and said ‘Wino forever’ to them,” Depp said, adding, “I thought humor came from the pain. Humor has to come into the pain and that’s as well as you play it in the spirit…so i changed it to “wino forever”.

He said Heard wanted him to get his own name tattooed, which he eventually did.

“And ironically, soon after, everything started to go awry,” Depp said.

“I was doing everything I could to bring her a smile rather than a frown and then the onslaught of whatever issues she was having,” he said. “I would try to wake her up laughing, singing silly songs in her ear. Usually I was just trying to keep cheering her up. Sometimes it worked, many times it didn’t. worked. But I tried.

Depp gave more details about his use of oxycodone during the time he was with Heard and the withdrawal symptoms he would experience when going through rehab.

Depp and Amber met on the set of “The Rum Diary” in 2009, tied the knot in 2015 and went on a controversial split, with accusations of misbehavior being made by both parties.

The couple settled their divorce in August 2016, releasing a joint statement that read in part, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and volatile at times, but always bound by love.”

Heard had failed in his attempts to have the lawsuit dismissed. She filed a $100 million counter-libel lawsuit against Depp in 2020, which is ongoing.

In 2020, Depp lost a UK libel case against News Group Newspapers and Dan Wootton, editor of The Sun, over an article claiming Depp had been abusive towards Heard during their relationship. The court ruled in favor of the publisher, determining that the tabloid’s claims were found to be “substantially true”.


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