Johnny Depp Tells Court Ex-Wife Amber Heard Punched Him Upon Learning He'd Lost $750 Million
The actor alleged that Amber Heard attacked him with a "type of wild swinging" after learning of his financial troubles
On Monday, the Pirates of the Caribbean star, 57, made more allegations about his ex-wife, 34, in a London courtroom, continuing his libel lawsuit proceedings against News Group Newspapers (NGN), parent company of the U.K. outlet The Sun, which published a 2018 article calling him a "wife beater."
Depp told the court on Monday that Heard once attacked him the same night the actor discovered he had serious financial woes. The alleged incident occurred in April 2016, when Depp said he was informed that he owed millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.
“I was in the early stages of learning from my recently acquired new business manager that the former business managers had taken quite a lot of my money. They stole my money,” Depp testified, according to The Guardian.
“It was put to me this way, because I had no idea about money or amounts of money: Since Pirates [of the Caribbean] 2 and 3, I had – and this is ludicrous to have to state, it’s quite embarrassing – apparently I had made $650 million," he explained, "and when I sacked [the former business managers], for the right reasons, I had not only lost $650 million, but I was $100 million in the hole because they had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years.”
The discovery reportedly came the same night as Heard's 30th birthday party, which Depp arrived to late. Heard previously claimed that Depp pulled her hair and threw objects at her that night, but he claims she was the one who became violent, lodging "haymaker" punches at him.
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"It’s just a type of wild swinging … kind of a roundhouse punch, as it were," Depp elaborated of the alleged physical abuse. "It’s a bit of a wild swing, but effective if it reaches the target."
Last week, Depp testified that he feels Heard had an "agenda" in marrying him. "She bombed me with what appeared to be love. It was not until much later that I understood that she had an agenda, namely to get married to me in order to progress her own career and/or to benefit financially, and she knew how to bring it about."
Heard previously alleged that Depp had been abusive during their 15-month marriage, a claim he has denied, claiming that he was the victim of domestic violence in their relationship. (Heard's lawyer Eric George denied the allegations against the actress, saying in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, "The evidence in this case is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard. The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr. Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him — his former lawyers, former managers, and his former spouse — are not fooling anyone,” read the statement.)
Heard and Depp married in 2015. In May 2016, she sought a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abusing her. Depp denied the claims, and the former couple settled their divorce out of court in August 2016. She donated her $7 million divorce settlement to charity. Both actors signed NDAs barring them from discussing their relationship publicly.
Depp sued her for defamation in the U.S. after she wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described being an alleged victim of domestic violence. While she never mentioned Depp by name, the actor’s lawsuit called her allegations against him a “hoax.”
Heard’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, urged the court last fall to throw out the suit, arguing that the column was not about Heard’s allegations against Depp, but in March, a Virginia judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.