Johnny Depp trial live: Actor reveals childhood trauma and says Amber Heard turned him into ‘Quasimodo’

Watch live as Johnny Depp takes stand as defamation case against Amber Heard continues

Johnny Depp took the stand on Tuesday afternoon to give testimony in his $ 50m (£ 38.2m) defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Heard is being sued for defamation by Depp for implying he abused her in a 2018 column. Although she did not name him, his lawyers claim her allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles.

Depp says the abuse allegations turned him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in the eyes of others and have impacted his career. In his testimony he recalled a traumatic childhood with an abusive mother, his early career, and how Pirates of the Caribbean changed his life. He then recalled details of the beginning of his relationship with Heard.

Earlier, Depp’s friend and sound engineer Keenan Wyatt testified on behalf of the actor on Tuesday morning, recalling an incident in which Heard yelled at him on a private jet. The court also heard from security guard Sean Bett.

Heard has filed a $ 100m (£ 76.m) counterclaim against Depp for nuisance and immunity from her actor’s allegations. Depp has previously lost a defamation case in the UK against The Sun. newspaper over the same article by Heard.

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Johnny Depp told a Virginia court of his childhood abuse as his mother was “suicidal” and his father told him that “you’re the man now” when he left the family.

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Depp’s sound engineer testifies that Heard yelled ‘how dare you talk to me’

Johnny Depp’s sound engineer Keenan Wyatt has testified during the actor’s defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard that she became “abruptly loud” when he told her that Mr Depp cared for her.

According to Mr Wyatt, Ms Heard yelled “how dare you talk to me” after he tried to speak to her during a private flight.

Gustaf Kilander has the details.

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What we’ve learned about Johnny Depp from Amber Heard defamation trial

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Today in pictures

Amber Heard arrives in court

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Amber Heard arrives in court

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Sound engineer Keenan Wyatt testified on Tuesday morning

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Sound engineer Keenan Wyatt testified on Tuesday morning

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Johnny Depp began giving evidence in the defamation trial on Tuesday afternoon

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Johnny Depp began giving evidence in the defamation trial on Tuesday afternoon

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Depp testified extensively about his childhood, career, and the beginnings of his relationship with Heard

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Depp testified extensively about his childhood, career, and the beginnings of his relationship with Heard

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Depp is suing Heard for libel over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post. She appeared to listen closely to his testimony .

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Depp is suing Heard for libel over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post. She appeared to listen closely to his testimony.

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Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 23:45

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Depp tells court abuse allegations turned him from ‘Cinderella to Quasimodo’

Mr Depp opened his testimony on Tuesday afternoon in Fairfax County, Virginia, by calling his ex-wife’s claims “heinous,” “disturbing” and “not based on any species of truth.”

The Hollywood veteran invoked Disney characters in explaining how the allegations have affected his career, saying: “[It’s] very strange when one day you’re Cinderella so to speak and then in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo. ”

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Depp says he is ‘not embarrassed’ as he testifies in trial against ex-wife Heard

Johnny Depp said in testimony today that “about six years ago, Ms Heard made some quite heinous and disturbing criminal” claims against him, adding that the allegations were not within “any species of truth”.

He said, “It was a complete shock … it just didn’t need to go in that direction.”

Gustaf Kilander reports on what the court heard from Depp today.

Oliver O’Connell19 April 2022 22:42

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