Johnny Depp's violent fantasies and drug use exposed on day three of testimony

Fairfax, Virginia - The second week of Johnny Depp's defamation lawsuit against his former wife Amber Heard ended with members of the jury being shown shocking video and audio of the actor's violent episodes.

Johnny Depp on the stand during his defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp on the stand during his defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.  © REUTERS

Depp was seen to be slamming kitchen cabinets closed and pouring himself a large glass of wine in one clip, before appearing to flip out at being filmed by Heard.

The actor, wearing a feathered hat and dark sunglasses, also seems to hurt himself as he swears and kicks out at pieces of furniture.

Depp, who denies physically abusing Aquaman star Heard, on Thursday admitted he had "assaulted a couple of cabinets."

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In another audio recording, Heard can be heard repeatedly saying "please don't hurt yourself" as Depp threatens to cut himself with a knife.

The evidence was produced on day three of Depp's testimony at the trial in Virginia, during which a series of graphic and violent text messages he had sent about Heard were also shown to the court.

In a 2013 text conversation, Depp told Paul Bettany: "Let's burn Amber."

"Let's drown her before we burn her. I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she's dead."

Pills, powders, and champagne

Amber Heard reacting to Depp's testimony.
Amber Heard reacting to Depp's testimony.  © REUTERS

Much of the evidence heard so far at the trial has made reference to Depp's drug use while the two were together, which Heard's lawyers argued had triggered violent episodes.

Depp previously testified that Heard's behavior had "inspired" him to use drugs and said she had not been "supportive" of his attempts at sobriety.

In a later conversation with Bettany, also shown to the court, the actor said he had drunk "all night" before picking up Heard to fly to Los Angeles.

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"Ugly, mate... No food for days... Powders... Half a bottle of Whiskey, a thousand red bull and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of Champers on plane," the message read.

Before showing the video, audio and text messages, Heard's lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn asked Depp if he lived up to the standards of a "southern gentleman."

"When you have deep, deep roots in the south... you're raised to be a southern gentleman, that is to say when chivalry was still alive and allowed," Depp responded.

"I believe I do [live up to the standards], I have certainly done my best all my life."

He later admitted that he had experienced times when he had "strayed" from such standards and said that it was a "normal, primal" thing to have done.

The actor is suing Heard for libel over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post, which his lawyers say falsely implies he physically and sexually abused her.

Depp will continue giving evidence when the trial at Fairfax County District Court continues on Monday.

Cover photo: REUTERS

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