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Johnny Depp to return to the rostrum in his defamation case against Amber Heard

Depp is suing Heard, his ex-wife, for $ 50 million for the 2018 op-ed, which she wrote for The Washington Post and described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Although Depp was not named in the article, he claims it cost him lucrative acting roles.

The former couple settled their divorce in August 2016 and issued a joint statement that read in part: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and sometimes unstable, but always bound by love.”

The trial, which began on April 11, is scheduled to last six weeks. Heard hasn’t testified yet.

Depp began his testimony on April 19 and is expected to continue his cross-examination with Heard’s lawyer on Monday.

Here are some of what has happened during his testimony to date.

Frequent quarrels

In 2016, she heard allegations that Depp had “verbally and physically assaulted her,” according to a complaint she had filed that year, and claimed that Depp had bruised her face after throwing a phone at her house in Los Angeles.

Depp denied the allegations and was not charged with any crime.

Depp said Tuesday that the couple often argued, but said, “I’ve never reached the point where I hit Mrs. Heard in any way, nor have I ever hit a woman in my life.”

Audio recordings of some of their heated exchanges were played in court, including one in which Heard spoke of Depp’s strike.

“You didn’t get punched, you got hit. I’m sorry I hit you like that, but I didn’t hit you,” Heard reportedly said.

Laurel Anderson, a clinical psychologist who worked with Depp and Heard in 2015 as their marriage counselor, testified in a video released in court on April 14 that Heard told her she had “defended herself” after Depp became physical. Anderson said the former couple “became involved in what I saw as mutual abuse.”

Depp also claimed that he sometimes physically defended himself when he spoke of an incident in which Heard said her nose had been injured. Depp said in court that his head had joined Heard’s forehead as he tried to “hold” Heard.

“It wasn’t a deliberate buttstock,” the actor said.

Cut finger

Depp said his finger cut a broken glass in 2015 after Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him. He sought medical attention, but said in court that at that time he had told the others that he had injured his finger by banging it on the door.

“I didn’t want to reveal that it was Mrs. Heard who threw a bottle of vodka at me and then took my finger off,” he said during his statement. “I didn’t want to get her in trouble. I tried to make things as compact and easy for everyone as possible. I didn’t want to get her involved.”

Depp said he underwent several finger repair operations and became infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) during his recovery. MRSA causes staphylococcal infections that are resistant to some antibiotics and are often difficult to treat.

Dr. David Kipper, who treated Depp, confirmed parts of Depp’s story in a statement filed this week in court.

Heard’s lawyers referred to statements Depp had made to emergency doctors at the time to claim that Depp had cut his finger. Depp denies it.

Depp was also asked about his actions after his injury, including when he used his injured finger to write on the walls a mixture of his blood and paint. Depp confirmed in court that he had done so.

Text messages

Heard’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, unveiled several text messages Depp sent to friends and employees as evidence on Thursday, one of which referred to Heard’s “rotting corpse.”

Depp testified that he was “embarrassed” by the reports read in court and said that he sometimes used “black humor” to express himself.

Other text messages were shared in which Depp discussed drug and alcohol use with friends such as actor Paul Bettany and musician Marilyn Manson.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Because Depp’s lawsuit focuses on the damage done to his once lucrative career, some interviews focused on “Pirates of the Caribbean,” a popular franchise that Depp ran for five films over 15 years.

Rottenborn, Heard’s lawyer, claimed that Depp was aware that he was “probably out” of the sixth film or that Disney would drop or reduce his role in it before Heard’s op-ed was released. Depp denied it.

“I would be a real simpleton if I didn’t think it affected my career based on Mrs. Heard’s words, whether they mentioned my name or not,” Depp said in the rostrum.

In his testimony, Depp shyly admitted that he had not seen the first film from the “Pirates” franchise. But he said, “I believed the figure with all my heart.”

But when Rottenborn asked, “If Disney came to you with $ 300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this Earth would make you go back and work with Disney on ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ would it?”

“That’s true, Mr. Rottenborn,” Depp replied.

Depp added to his career, “One day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and then at zero, six seconds, you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve it, and neither my children nor the people who believed in me deserved it. These years.”