Johnny Depp tore off Amber Heard’s nightgown and mocked her while grabbing her breasts, the High Court heard today.
The 56-year-old Hollywood star allegedly pinned the 33-year-old actress against a ping-pong table and strangled her in Australia on March 4, 2015.
During a furious row the tip of his finger was cut, and he texted his doctor asking what to do.
Johnny Depp tore off Amber Heard’s nightgown and mocked her while grabbing her breasts, the High Court heard today
Mr Depp cut the tip of his finger during the row and texted his doctor asking what he should do
He has claimed Ms Heard caused the injury and put a cigarette out on his face.
But texts aired in court today for the first time reveal he texted his doctor, David Kipper, on 7 March and 19 March 2015.
He said: ‘I cut the tip of my middle finger off. What should I do? Except of course go to hospital.
‘I am so embarrassed for jumping into anything with her. F**K the world. JD..’
Then 12 days later he sent text message to Dr Kipper: ‘Thank you for everything. I have chopped off my left middle finger as a reminder that I should never cut my finger off again.
‘I love you brother, Johnny.’
Mr Depp was represented at the hearing in central London but one of his lawyers, Kate Wilson, is self-isolating amid the coronavirus scare.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star is currently staying in his palatial chateau in the South of France with his barrister David Sherborne, while Ms Heard is in Los Angeles.
Both were said to be very eager to start the trial on Monday 23 March, but Mr Justice Nicol voiced concerns about numerous lawyers, and press sharing the same courtroom.
Mr Depp said in a message to his doctor: ‘I have chopped off my left middle finger as a reminder that I should never cut my finger off again’
Ms Heard pictured leaving court in Los Angeles in May 2016 with what appears to be a bruise on her right cheek
Adam Wolanski, QC, representing The Sun and their columnist Dan Wootton in the libel battle with the actor described the events of March 4, 2015.
He said: ‘That night the complainant shoved Ms Heard into a ping-pong table, threw bottles through window panels of a glass door, then grabbed Ms Heard and tore off her nightgown.
‘The complainant grabbed Ms Heard by her neck and choked her against the refrigerator.
‘The complainant mocked her, while touching and grabbing her by her breasts and repeatedly shoved her up against the refrigerator.
‘The complainant then grabbed Ms Heard by the neck and collarbone, slammed her against the counter-top and strangled her.’
In early 2013 the court heard there was another fight between the now divorced couple in which Mr Depp fell to his knees and began crying blaming a ‘monster’ living within him.
On 15 December last year Ms Heard made a witness statement about the row.
In 2013, the court heard there was a fight between the couple in which Mr Depp fell to his knees and blamed a ‘monster’ living with in him
Mr Wolanski summarising the statement said: ‘He said he was sorry, and he wouldn’t do it again. He thought he had killed that other person. The monster as he called it. He said it was sickness.
‘He would blame his actions on a self-created third person.’
Justice Nicol ruled evidence from two psychiatrists Mr Depp used would now have to be disclosed to The Sun.
The actor spoke to Dr Amy Banks over skype twice costing £1,000 and also consulted Dr Alan Baulstein between 2012 and 2016.
In a statement, a spokesman for Ms Heard said: ‘Ms Heard obtained a domestic violence restraining order from a judge in 2016.
‘Four years later, Mr Depp has dragged her to give evidence to a court in London and subjected her to trial by media. As today showed, the evidence in court will ultimately speak for itself.’
Depp and Heard first met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary and married four years later
The libel claim against NGN and Mr Wootton arises out of publication of an article in The Sun in April 2018, under the headline ‘Gone Potty – How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’
Mr Depp has brought separate libel proceedings against Ms Heard in the US, which the court has previously heard are ‘ongoing’.
Mr Depp and Ms Heard met on the set of 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015.
In May 2016, Ms Heard obtained a restraining order against Mr Depp after accusing him of abuse, which he denied.
The couple settled their divorce out of court in 2017, with Ms Heard donating her seven million US dollar (£5.5 million) settlement to charity.
Depp’s lawyers disputed the accuracy of the events which were said to undermine his case, saying the judge was misled and adding: “What the court heard today was not evidence.”