Johnny Depp has replied to claims that he drew a penis in blood and paint after his finger was injured in Australia.
Depp launched a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 article she penned in The Washington Post. The trial began Monday 11 April i Fairfax, Virginia.
The 58-year-old took to the stand in an attempt to clear his name against Heard’s accusations that he was a domestic abuser.
In his testimony on 20 April, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor claimed the tip of his finger was sliced off while in a heated argument with Heard which resulted in her throwing two vodka bottles at him, severing the actor’s fingertip.
While on the stand, the courtroom was shown several photographs including a painting, a mirror and a lampshade covered in graffiti appearing to have been drawn in a mixture of blood and paint.
Johnny Depp admits after his finger was injured he dipped the injured finger in paint.
He wrote this on the mirror with his injured finger: STARRING BILLY BOB AND EASY AMBER. (she was filming with Billy Bob Thornton)#JohnnyDepp v #AmberHeard pic.twitter.com/Qr7k1wOnK5
— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) April 21, 2022
Jurors are now being shown more photos of the "reminders" Depp wrote following the finger injury. Rottenborn notes they are written with a "mixture of paint and blood." #JohnnyDepp #AmberHeard @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/lhfFZ4gJVu
— Sierra Gillespie (@sierragillespie) April 21, 2022
Depp recalled how he felt in the middle of the argument:
“i was a mess, i was a wreck…”
“I don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that’s probably the closest that I’ve ever been,”
“Nothing made sense and I knew in my mind and in my heart that this is not life.”
The actor said that that was the closest he’s felt to having a nervous breakdown “to write in [his] own blood on the walls”.
When asked if he drew a penis on a painting with a mixture of blood and paint, using “his own finger as a paintbrush”, Depp said:
“I don’t remember drawing a penis on a painting”
“given that I had written some messages on the bathroom mirror and then ms heard…added to them…it’s also not impossible that ms heard may have drawn a penis on…a painting somewhere.”