Johnny Depp slapped Amber Heard three times when she laughed at how he changed a tribute tattoo to ex Winona Ryder to read “Wino Forever,” a London court heard Wednesday.
Starting the second day of his explosive testimony in his libel case against The Sun, Depp, 57, was immediately accused of attacking his ex-wife when he was drunk, after she teased him about the tat — that previously read, “Winona Forever.”
The laughter “provoked disappointment” and “then anger” in the actor, London’s High Court was told by Sasha Wass, the lawyer for The Sun, the newspaper Depp is suing, according to DailyMail.com.
“You then, Mr Depp, slapped Ms. Heard across the face,” Wass told him in court, the outlet reported.
“You slapped her more than once, because after you slapped her the first time, she didn’t react, she just eyeballed you, she just stared at you, and that made you more angry, and you slapped her again,” Wass reportedly said.
Depp called it “patently untrue,” insisting, ‘That is not correct, it’s untrue. It didn’t happen.”
After his attack, Depp “started crying and started apologizing” and promised never to hit her again, blaming a “sickness” within him, Wass said, according to the Evening Standard.
“You told her for the first time about the person you have been calling the ‘monster’ – your alter ego – the person who took over when you were under the influence of drink and drugs,” added Ms Wass.
The court was told he sent a text to Heard in March 2013 saying, ‘Just thought you should know, there exists a book entitled Disco Bloodbath. That is all.”
“Is it about last Friday night by any chance?” his wife asked, according to the Mail, with Depp asking her in reply how she could “make me smile about such a hideous moment.”
The message ended, “I f—ing love you, you c–t,” according to the report.
The star — who on Tuesday admitted having taken “every drug known to man” — conceded that it was “possible” he was taking cocaine in March 2013, when Heard claims the tattoo-tease attack happened.
Depp told the court that his ex-wife “never supported me in my attempt to be strong and avoid alcohol and drugs” and instead encouraged him to “fall off the wagon,” the Standard said.
He was said to have been “‘drunk and having consumed a cocktail of cocaine and cannabis” before another fight, this time over Heard’s refusal to remove a painting by her ex, Tasya van Ree.
“I can be jealous,” Depp conceded in court, according to the Mail, saying they had “several arguments about Ms. van Ree.”
However, he called his ex’s claims that he tried to violently remove the painting and to set it on fire “not true,” the Mail said.
Depp is suing The Sun over an April 2018 article that said he was a “wife beater,” which he vehemently denies — accusing his ex-wife of all the violence in their marriage.
The Sun’s defense relies on Heard’s allegations of 14 incidents of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016.