- Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had an emotional meeting two months after she filed for divorce and a restraining order in which he asked her to cut him with a knife
- The court was played audio where they heard Depp tell Heard, ‘You’ve taken everything, you want my blood, take it’
- Depp told the court that he told Heard to cut him because his blood ‘was the only thing she didn’t have’
- The court also heard a tearful phone conversation between Depp and Heard after the divorce in which she challenged him about his claims she had beaten him up
- Heard said: ‘Tell the world I, Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim of domestic violence and see how many people believe or side with you’
- Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a piece she wrote in the Washington Post in which she described how she had been a victim of domestic abuse
- She is countersuing for $100 million claiming Depp libeled her by calling her a liar
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had an emotional meeting two months after she filed for divorce in which he asked her to cut him with a knife and said ‘You’ve taken everything, you want my blood, take it’.
The $100m defamation trial between the exes heard that the dramatic meeting happened at a hotel in San Francisco in July 2016.
By that point Depp’s reputation had been shredded by Heard’s claims that he was physically violent to her, leaving a bruise that she showed to the world at a court hearing in Los Angeles where she got a restraining order against him.
Depp told the court that he repeatedly told Heard to cut him because his blood ‘was the only thing she didn’t have’.
The court also heard a tearful phone conversation between Depp and Heard after the divorce in which she challenged him about his claims she had beaten him up.
Heard said: ‘Tell the world I, Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim of domestic violence and see how many people believe or side with you.’
The court has previously heard the unsettling recording of the incident in which Depp repeatedly tells Heard to cut him, saying in a low voice: ‘You f**king hate me.’
Asked by one of his lawyers about the meeting in San Francisco, Depp said it went ‘not particularly well.’
He said: ‘I was quite confused I’d been summoned to her at that point since all the news was about the fact I’d allegedly done all these horrible things.
‘I met with her in the hope she would retract her lies that the world was now fed, had been fed. In no way was she ready to do that. I couldn’t understand why I was there.
‘Everything had been taken from me. My children couldn’t escape the fact all this had gone down.’
Asked why he was threatening to hurt himself, Depp said: ‘I thought Miss Heard had brought me to San Francisco, it was clear, under false pretenses. I don’t know what she was after.
‘I had a knife in my pocket. I took the knife out and said here, cut me.’
Recounting their conversation, Depp said: ‘That’s what you want to do. You’ve taken everything, you want my blood take, it.
‘She said no no. (I said) If you’re not going to take it, that’s all I’ve got left. If she wasn’t going to do it, I would have done it. I was at the end. I was broken.
‘The only answer was here, cut me, that’s all I have left to give you. There was no threat to Miss Heard, it was about spilling my blood, it was the only thing she didn’t have. I was broken and really at the end.’
The jury heard deeply disturbing audio of an incident between Depp and Heard where he was begging her to cut him with a knife. This knife was gifted to Depp by Heard and reads, ‘Until Death,’ in Spanish and ‘Slim’ – Depp’s nickname for Heard. It’s not clear if this was the knife used during their argument
The court also heard a dramatic phone call between Heard and Depp that he told the court took place some time between May and July 2016.
In the audio Heard challenged Depp to take her to court to see who would believe him if he claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse.
Depp said: ‘It’s got to stop.’
A tearful Heard said: ‘I don’t know how to get my reputation back.’
Depp said: ‘We write a letter together saying we’re going to take this out of the public eye, saying that the media has created such a hateful storm that it’s sickening, that we love each other and that we’re going to make sure each other is okay.’
Heard said: ‘You have no idea. Every ounce of credibility has been taken from (me) and done so in a dishonest way.’
Depp says: ‘The abuse thing, we’ve got to deal with that….why did you put it out there?
Heard screams: ‘I did not! You forced me to. Your team forced me to by going on the offense. I promise. Look up the timeline.’
Heard appears to give up trying to persuade him and says: ‘Forget it. You don’t believe what I say. I did not choose this.’
Depp responds: ‘I did not put this anywhere. Let me talk to the f**king team.’
Heard appears to address their final argument before the divorce on May 21, 2016, when she claims he hit her with a phone.
Heard says: ‘I did not call the cops. I did not give them any statement, I was trying to protect you…the last time it got crazy between us I really thought I was going to lose my life’.
Looking back at their fights, Depp says: ‘I lost a f***ing finger. I had a can of mineral spirits thrown at my f**king nose’.
Heard replies: ‘Tell people it was a fair fight and see what the jury and judge think. Tell the world I, Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim of domestic violence and see how many people believe or side with you.’
Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez read the line back from Heard about her saying he should go to a judge and jury and claim he was a victim of domestic violence.
Vasquez asked Depp what he told Heard in response.
Depp said: ‘I said yes, I am.’
The court heard a tearful phone conversation between Depp and Heard after the divorce in which she challenged him about his claims she had beaten him up Heard said: ‘Tell the world I, Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim of domestic violence and see how many people believe or side with you’
Earlier in the day Vasquez questioned Depp about how it felt when the op-ed Heard wrote about abuse was published in the Washington Post.
He said: ‘Hurt. A blinding hurt. It was like somebody had hit me in the back of the head with a 2×4 and as it said, I had no ability to speak prior because even if I’d done an interview it turned into a hit piece.
‘My mouth was shut and this was the opportunity where I thought something’s got to be done, I couldn’t take it any more.’
According to his contract that was submitted into evidence, Depp earned $25million for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Depp said he was shocked when Disney dropped him from the franchise four days after Heard’s piece came out.
He said: ‘I didn’t quite understand how after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship certainly for Disney that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent.’
But Depp said that ultimately he soured on Disney and felt that there was ‘a very deep and distinct sense of having been betrayed.’
There was laughter in court as Depp struggled to name the other franchises he was in beyond Pirates.
Depp said Alice in Wonderland but struggled and said: ‘Boy.’
He said: ‘I’m so pathetic when it comes to knowing what movies I’ve done. I feel better not watching them. What was the question again?’
At that point Depp’s supporters laughed loudly in court
Judge Penney Azcarate said: ‘Order in the court or I will have you removed.’
The court heard from Ben King, the manager of the house in Australia where Depp and Heard had the fight in 2015 which led to Depp’s finger being sliced off.
King said that Heard was ‘crying hysterically’ when he arrived at the house.
Depp’s personal doctor David Kipper was ‘rummaging’ through a trash bin looking for the fingertip. King went downstairs in the bar and games room to look for the fingertip.
He said: ‘Walking down into the bar, I could see the damage, a broken ping pong table, lots of broken glass, cans strewn around the bar area.
‘Directly at the end of the bar there was a scrunched up piece of kitchen paper with lots of blood in it. It (the fingertip) was within that scrunched up piece of paper on the tiled floor by one of the bar stools.
‘I gathered it up in the kitchen area, walked back up to kitchen and got a little plastic bag, put the fingertip in there, set it on top of some ice and handed it over to David Kipper and Jerry Judge who were keen to get it to the hospital quickly to see if it could be reattached.’
King described in detail the damage in each room of the property caused by the fight between Depp and Heard.
The bar area had broken glasses, a broken vodka bottle, blood drips across the cream colored tiled floor, a collapsed ping pong table, broken plasterwork behind the bar and a chunk of the marble bar top taken out.
He said: ‘There was blood on the floor, blood on the walls, there were smears on the wall.’
The court has previously heard that Depp wrote on blood with his finger on the wall.
King said that in the kitchen there were broken glasses and puddles of liquid on the floor.
In the sitting room there were blood drips on the cream colored couch – King said the color was ‘not ideal’ – and blood drips on the cushions.
King said the wall mounted TV was cracked with ‘remnants of a coffee cup’ lying around and coffee on the floor.
In the room that had been turned into an art studio there were paintbrushes, paint and blood on the floor and lampshades on the floor.
In one bedroom there were blood drips on the duvet and a broken lamp with the shade removed.
The master bedroom had blood drips on the floor, blood on the duvet covers and another lamp broken.
Somebody had written in lipstick on the mirror: ‘Call Carly Simon, she said it better babe’. There was also writing in black paint on the mirror.
Asked by one of Heard’s lawyers if it cost $75,000 to clean up the damage, King said he thought it was $50,000.
King said that he flew back to Los Angeles with Heard where she admitted to him: ‘Have you ever been so angry with someone you just lost it with them?’
King said that Heard became ‘incredulous’ when he said no and they didn’t really speak after that until they landed.