Hollywood Pirate Johnny Depp allegedly threatened to ‘burn’ and ‘drown’ his then-partner Amber Heard in a series of text messages, London’s High Court heard this week.
Hollywood Pirate Johnny Depp appeared in court.
The Texts which he reportedly sent to actor Paul Bettany, read out in court by the defence team.
Depp is suing newspaper and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article which alleged he had been abusive to his former wife.
During the pre-trial hearing, Mr Justice Nicol heard 70,000 text messages were ‘accidentally’ disclosed to the defendants by Depp’s former legal team.
Adam Wolanski QC, representing News Group Newspapers, told the court the texts are ‘very damaging’ to Depp’s case.
The text messages were allegedly sent to Bettany in November 2013 and are said to feature Depp writing: ‘Let’s burn Amber.’
Depp is also accused of writing: ‘Let’s drown her before we burn her!!!”
According to Wolanski, the ‘significance’ of the text messages is that Depp’s case is that he was not drunk on that flight.
While Heard reportedly claims he slapped and kicked her while also throwing his boot at her before passing out in the toilet.
‘His version of events is that he was quietly sketching during the flight,’ Wolanski told the court.
The barrister also mentioned another text allegedly sent from Depp to Heard in March 2013, after an incident where she accuses him of assaulting her during an argument over a painting.
Depp allegedly referred to the incident as a ‘disco bloodbath’ and ‘horrendous moment’.
The actor’s lawyer David Sherborne argued: ‘Nowhere, I repeat, nowhere, is there a single smoking gun, text or email, no document – unlike Ms Heard’s own taped confession we looked at before – there is no document where Mr Depp says: “I hit Ms Heard,” let alone “I hit her on numerous occasions”.’
Sherbourne continued: ‘[Depp] simply never did it so they [the defence] are not going to find it… ‘The idea that somehow these texts contradict the account [given by Depp] and are therefore so critical to the defendants’ case just simply isn’t made out.’
Dep denies the allegations of domestic abuse and has accused Heard of being the ‘aggressor’ in their relationship, which ended in May 2016.