Footage of Amber Heard’s black eye and minimize lip have been proven in courtroom after an alleged bust-up with Johnny Depp at their Los Angeles penthouse in December 2015.
Depp admitted to “by accident” headbutting Heard whereas she was “flailing and punching” him at their residence.
After the bust-up, Depp texted Heard’s dad David saying: “Sure I f***** up and went too far in our fights.
“I can not and won’t excuse my half inside these dramas however I can promise you with all confidence they’ll by no means occur once more.
“My most honest apologies if I allow you to down.”
Depp informed the courtroom he was he not apologising for bodily harming his ex spouse however saying sorry that “issues would escalate to the purpose they did.”
On the third day of the Hollywood star’s libel case towards The Solar on Thursday, Depp mentioned he had a “collision” with Ms Heard, 34, as he tried to “pay money for her” as she allegedly attacked him on December 15, 2015.
The 57-year-old actor is suing the tabloid’s writer Information Group Newspapers (NGN), and its govt editor Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article which labelled him a “spouse beater”.
Throughout cross-examination on the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Mr Depp mentioned he by accident headbutted his ex-wife throughout a heated argument, wherein he’s mentioned to have been “in an uncontrollable rage”.
The Excessive Court docket heard a recording of a dialog between the couple shortly after the incident, wherein Mr Depp seems to say he solely headbutted her within the “f**king brow” – which he mentioned “does not break a nostril”.
Within the recording, Ms Heard will be heard to say: “You had been screaming … it is the end-all-be-all within the form of offensive factor.
“You possibly can throw a punch however but screaming’s OK. You possibly can headbutt anyone who’s screaming however do not scream.”
Mr Depp then appears to say: “I headbutted you within the f**king …” earlier than he’s interrupted by Ms Heard, who says: “I could not imagine you probably did that.”
The actor then says: “… brow. That does not break a nostril.”
Mr Depp claimed the allegation was “one other great factor to place within the kaleidoscope of her file that she (Ms Heard) is constructing”.
He added: “This damage that she would’ve suffered is just not in keeping with the pictures that she has given to the courtroom.
“She was swinging wildly at me, and I … from behind, as I used to be strolling away from the argument to my workplace, she was hitting me within the neck, ear, again, every little thing.
“I turned to cowl my head and she or he was swinging fairly wildly so the one factor I may do in that state of affairs was both to run or to attempt to pay money for her, to get my arms round her to cease her flailing and punching me, so I did so, as I did so it appears there was a collision.”
Mr Depp demonstrated together with his arms how he claims he took maintain of Ms Heard and mentioned she was “kicking and transferring” so there was “very shut contact” between them.
He added: “That’s the solely collision and the one potential damage that Ms Heard may have had, there isn’t any approach I did as she mentioned and broke her nostril.”
The courtroom was additionally proven images of the accidents Ms Heard is alleged to have suffered, in addition to footage Mr Depp mentioned confirmed him with “scratches and swelling round my face” he claimed his ex-wife had inflicted.
NGN’s barrister Sasha Wass QC requested why he had not talked about “by accident” headbutting Ms Heard in his witness statements to the courtroom.
He replied: “Had I learn your complete assertion after the legal professionals had drafted it, I might have discovered that lacking piece. I did not learn all these issues … and I trusted my attorneys had taken my assertion and put it on the document.”
Mr Depp mentioned he used the phrase “headbutt” as a result of that was the phrase Ms Heard used, telling the courtroom: “I mentioned ‘I headbutted you within the brow, that does not break a nostril’.”
Ms Wass put it to the actor that he had modified his account of the incident after he grew to become conscious of an audio recording of himself and Ms Heard discussing the incident “very lately”.
However Mr Depp mentioned: “I imagine she took one thing and stretched it out so far as she probably may.”
He added that Ms Heard would inform her associates issues in order that they might “hate” him, including: “One other piece for her assortment. It’s fairly a group.”
Ms Wass earlier mentioned that Mr Depp threw a decanter at Ms Heard, punched the partitions and pulled her up the steps by her hair, eradicating “clumps” from her scalp.
She added that Mr Depp additionally goaded Ms Heard, saying “you assume you are a f****** robust man?”, earlier than he “grabbed her by the throat and pushed her onto the mattress” then “slapped her throughout the face saying you have been going to kill her”.
Ms Wass put it to Mr Depp that, by December 2015, “you have been routinely utilizing violence towards Ms Heard once you have been intoxicated and once you have been indignant”.
Mr Depp mentioned: “I say that’s incorrect. More often than not I attempted to get away.”
He added: “More often than not, Ms Heard’s downside was that I might run away from fights and I used to be then referred to as a coward and a p***y for attempting to keep away from an escalation.”
The December 2015 incident is considered one of 14 alleged incidents of home violence, all denied by Mr Depp, relied on by NGN of their defence towards the actor’s libel declare.
Mr Depp will proceed to present proof immediately.