Johnny Depp suggested that Amber Heard’s lawyer fabricated negative text messages he allegedly sent discussing his ex-wife when he returned to the witness stand.
During heated questioning on Wednesday, Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, asked Depp if he had said “that if you want to be sexually with a woman, she is rightfully yours.”
“That’s ridiculous,” Depp replied.
“He also said that regarding the women he wants to be with, he said ‘I need, I want, I take,’ right?” Rottenborn asked.
“Just as ridiculous, no,” exclaimed Depp.
Rottenborn then asked for evidence to be presented.
“You can show what you want, I have never said those words. There is not enough arrogance in me to say something like that,” Depp told the lawyer.
Rottenborn stated that the evidence texts were sent by Depp to film producer Stephen Deuters on February 22, 2017.
“This doesn’t look anything like me, I may have been wrong,” Depp said before adding that the texts of the evidence could have been “altered”.
On some of the text messages shared in court allegedly sent by Depp, the actor commented: “I don’t know anything about any of these… To be honest, if someone else had borrowed my phone and sent this message to Stephen, possibly… I don’t write like that.”
The defamation trial between Depp and Heard began on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, following Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. He argues that she defamed him in a December 2018 op-ed published on Washington Post entitled “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change [Hablé en contra de la violencia sexual y enfrenté la ira de nuestra cultura. Eso tiene que cambiar]”.
In her 2018 op-ed, Heard wrote in an excerpt: “Like many women, I was sexually harassed and assaulted when I was a college age. But I kept quiet, I did not expect to file complaints to do justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”
“Then two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women speaking up,” she added at the time.
While Depp is not mentioned in the article, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser,” which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false.” Depp is seeking compensation of “no less than $50 million.”
Heard has filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp for nuisance and immunity from his charges.