The $50 million trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is now in its third week. Depp is suing Amber for defamation over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018, in which he asserts that it wrongfully suggests Depp physically and sexually assaulted her. In a fresh take, the 58-year-old actor admitted to a Virginia court on Monday that he was regretful of the texts he sent to Bettany, but that they were an attempt at “irreverent and abstract comedy.”
Johnny Depp’s texts to Paul Bettany:
The conversation began by Depp saying to his Mortdecai co-star: “Let’s burn Amber.”
Bettany replies to say: “Having thought about it I don’t think we should burn Amber – she’s delightful company and easy on the eye, plus I’m not sure she’s a witch. We could of course do the English course of action in these predicaments – we do a drowning test. Thoughts? NB I have a pool.”
Depp then says: “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.”
Depp’s explanation about the ‘burnt corpse’ remark:
Depp testified in court that he and Paul bonded by their conceptual sense of humor in dealing with bad circumstances, and that the statements were never meant to be taken seriously.
Johnny added, “As these are private texts there was a lot … in context. It’s important to know none of that was ever intended to be real and the language used which … yes, I am ashamed has to be spread on the world like peanut butter.”
“For example, the text that is about burning Ms. Heard is directly from Monty Python and the sketch about burning witches and then drowning the witches. This is a film we’d all watch when we were 10, it’s just irreverent and abstract humor.”
Depp accuses Amber to have been jealous of his friendship with Bettany:
Because of the length and intimacy of their connection, Johnny claimed that Paul and Amber’s relationship was abominable and that she saw him as a threat. Depp told the court: “Ms Heard despised Mr Bettany mainly because we had become such close friends and for her he was a threat and would take me away from her”. Amber, he claimed, would become agitated when Paul would have something to say, and she would frequently talk over him. The actor also revealed that Amber had humiliated Paul’s 18-year-old son, causing him to break down.