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Johnny Depp cross-examined in defamation case against Amber Heard

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about her experience with domestic abuse. She did not name Depp in the piece, but he claims it cost him lucrative film work in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.

“I would be a real simpleton to not think that there was an effect on my career based on Ms. Heard’s words, whether they mentioned my name or not,” Depp testified Wednesday.

In 2016, Heard alleged Depp bruised her face after throwing a phone at her. Depp denied the allegation and was not charged with any crime.

Depp acknowledged in his testimony this week that he and Heard had arguments during their relationship but said, “Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way nor have I ever struck any woman in my life.”

He testified Wednesday that his finger was severed by shattered glass after Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him during one argument in 2015.

Heard has denied that claim.

Under cross-examination by Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn on Thursday morning, evidence of text messages from Depp to some of his friends were introduced that referenced his drug use during the time he was in a relationship with Heard. Other messages referenced his then girlfriend in derogatory terms.

Late in Wednesday’s session, evidence was introduced by Rottenborn to suggest Disney had made the decision to drop Depp from “Pirates” before Heard’s 2018 article.

Heard has not yet taken the stand.

The former couple married in 2015 and divorced in 2016.

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