Amber Heard admitted to hitting Johnny Depp in a secret recording that was unveiled during the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star's $50 million defamation trial. Also during Wednesday's testimony, Depp chronicled his long history of drug use that began at age 11.
Secret recording of Heard hitting Depp revealed
A recording was played during the defamation trial in which Heard admits to starting a "physical fight" with Depp.
"I didn't punch you. ... I was hitting you, it was not punching you. You didn't get punched, you got hit. ... I did not f***ing deck you, I f***ing was hitting you. But you're fine, I did not hurt you ... you're a f***ing baby. You are such a baby, grow the f*** up, Johnny," Heard said on the secret recording, according to Yahoo.
After the audio was played in a Virginia court, Depp added, "What was just played on these audio recordings was very much the tone, and the aggression, and the attitude, and the need for a fight from Ms. Heard."
Depp claimed that Heard started "scratching" him in December 2015. He said that while attempting to "restrain" her that there was "accidental contact, but not a head-butt" as she has claimed.
"There was some kind of contact with our heads, with our foreheads, as would happen when you're trying to calm someone like that," Depp told the court. "That's when she accused me of head-butting her and breaking her nose. There was no blood. I didn't hit her nose."
Depp claimed that Heard said she was bleeding from her nose and that she was holding a tissue to her nose. Depp said he fished the used tissue "out of the trash bin" and stated "it was nail polish" on the tissue and not blood.
Newsweek reported, "In the recording, Depp can be heard asking his former wife whether she had 'lost memory' about 'kicking' in the door of a bathroom that he had retreated to, before allegedly hitting him 'in the skull.'"
Heard blamed her actions on the prescription sleeping pill Ambien.
"I was upset, there was a lot going on and I was on an Ambien," Heard said. "Why are you obsessing over the fact I cannot remember the way you are remembering it? I said I was sorry. I'm not denying it."
Depp accused his ex-wife of "physical abuse" that was "constant," as well as "bullying" him and others.
There was reportedly a "staircase incident," where Depp claimed that Heard "roundhouse" punched him in the cheek.
The "Aquaman" star first accused Depp of domestic abuse and violence during the couple's divorce proceedings in 2016. Depp said he "felt sick" about the accusations and was "very confused" and "very hurt" by Heard's "treachery."
When asked if he ever assaulted Heard, Depp responded, "Never." When asked if he ever sexually assaulted the actress, he answered, "Never. Certainly not." Depp continued, "Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life."
Feces on the bed
Depp claimed that human feces were dumped on the couple's marital bed after a fight on Heard's birthday in April 2016. A photo of the feces was shown in court. The Captain Jack Sparrow actor believes that Heard or her friend purposely put the fecal matter on the bed, but Heard said her dog is at fault.
"My initial response to that was, I laughed," Depp reacted to seeing a photo of the feces. "It was so outside, it was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh."
In November 2020, a British judge delivered his opinion on the feces.
"For what it is worth, I consider that it is unlikely that Ms. Heard or one of her friends was responsible," High Court Judge Andrew Nicol wrote, adding, "It was Ms. Heard who was likely to suffer from the feces on the bed, not him."
The judge noted that Heard’s dog named Boo "had an incomplete mastery of her bowels after she had accidentally consumed some marijuana."
Depp said of the dogs, "They're teacup Yorkies. They weigh about 4 pounds each. The photograph that I saw — I lived with those dogs for many years. It was not the dogs. ... I didn't feel like I deserved that kind of treatment."
Depp wrote dark texts about Heard
Heard's lawyer J. Benjamin Rottenborn asked Depp about dark text messages that he allegedly sent to British actor Paul Bettany.
Rottenborn read aloud a text message Depp sent to Bettany on June 11, 2013: "Let's burn Amber!!!"
Another text read, ''Let's drown her before we burn her!!!''
Rottenborn read another message: "I will f*** her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she is dead."
Rottenborn asked Depp, "Did I read that right?"
Depp replied, "You certainly did."
Rottenborn inquired, "You wrote that about the woman who would later become your wife."
Depp said, "Yes."
“I am ashamed of some of the references made and embarrassed at the tone that in the heat of the moment, the heat of the pain I was feeling, went to dark places," Depp said in a low voice on the stand. "Sometimes pain has to be dealt with humor, and sometimes dark, very dark humor."
Depp reveals a long history of drug use
During his testimony, Depp revealed that he started using drugs as a child. At age 11, Depp said he would sneak into his mother's "nerve pills." By age 15, Depp said he had tried every drug he knew of.
The 58-year-old actor said he didn't take the drugs as a way to "party," but rather to "dull the pain" of the trauma he had suffered during his youth.
"It was self-medication ... to take the edge off," he told the court.
Deadline reported, "Making sure his version of events didn’t completely diverge from what others have said, Depp did admit that he was 'addicted' to the prescription opioid Roxycodone after suffering a back injury from performing an action scene on 2011’s 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.'"
Depp said, "I was bit by the snake, and before you know it that monkey is on your back to stay."
He claimed that he kicked the opioid habit and hasn't taken the drug again.
NPR reported, "It wasn't until about four or five years had gone by, and he was already with Heard, that he tried to kick the opiate. Since then he has remained off of all opiates, Depp testified. However, Depp said he smokes marijuana and has done cocaine with Heard's sister on two to three occasions."
"I am not some maniac who needs to be high or loaded all the time,” he said.
Heard's attorneys accused Depp of being a "monster" while abusing drugs and alcohol, claiming that the actor was "delusional" and "paranoid."
$50 million defamation lawsuit
Depp said he lost "nothing less than everything" because of Heard's accusations against him — which he claims got him blacklisted from Hollywood.
Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard in March 2019, accusing her of defaming him in a Washington Post op-ed article where she described herself as a victim of domestic violence. The essay didn't directly name Depp as an abuser, but his 2019 court complaint stated, "The op-ed plainly was about Ms. Heard's purported victimization after she publicly accused her former husband, Johnny Depp, of domestic abuse in 2016, when she appeared in court with an apparently battered face and obtained a temporary restraining order against Mr. Depp."
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in compensatory damages and a punitive award of at least $350,000, along with attorneys' fees and court costs. Heard is currently counter-suing Depp for $100 million.
Heard and Depp got married in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce in May 2016, then obtained a temporary restraining order days later. The couple settled their divorce in January 2017.