Johnny Depp has concluded five days of testimony in his libel case against a British tabloid newspaper, saying his ex-wife Amber Heard had thrown a “haymaker” punch at him on the night he found out he had lost $US650 million ($930 million).
- Johnny Depp is suing The Sun newspaper and its publisher for an article that called him a “wife-beater”
- Depp has repeatedly denied accusations he attacked ex-wife Amber Heard
- He told London’s High Court how he lost $US650 million
The 57-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, at London’s High Court after the tabloid labelled him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article.
The court has heard evidence from the newspaper’s lawyer that Mr Depp violently attacked his former wife on at least 14 occasions over three years from 2013, when enraged by jealously and having consumed large amounts of alcohol or drugs.
The actor would become, according to Ms Heard, 34, and by his own account, “the monster”, The Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass has told the court.
Mr Depp rejects all the allegations that he attacked his wife and says Ms Heard was lying, making up a choreographed hoax as part of an “insurance policy” dossier, and that she had attacked him.
Past managers ‘squandered US$650m’
The court was told on Monday that one incident occurred after Ms Heard’s 30th birthday party in 2016, which Mr Depp had been late to following a meeting with his business advisers.
At that meeting, he was told his previous managers had lost $US650 million of money he had made from films, which he called a “ludicrous” sum.
He then said that he owed $US100 million at the time ($143 million) because he had not paid tax for 17 years.
Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London on Monday.(AP/PA: Aaron Chown)
Mr Depp told the court Ms Heard accused him of making her look foolish in front of her friends and had attacked him while he was reading in bed, throwing a wild, swinging punch at him.
Appearing in the witness box for a fifth day, Mr Depp was also asked by his lawyer David Sherborne about the transcript of a conversation the couple had in 2016 after Ms Heard had gone public with her accusations.
“Either I’m in a secret fight club …