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Johnny Depp sent texts to a friend during his marriage to Amber Heard saying he would
"drown" and "burn" his wife then "f*** the corpse", a British court heard today.
Depp attended the High Court in London for a preliminary hearing in his libel suit against British tabloid newspaper the Sun, with his lawyer telling the judge that Heard lied when she accused him of domestic abuse.
The Hollywood star is suing the Sun's parent company, News Group Newspapers, and the newspaper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article alleging he had been abusive to Heard.
The court heard how 70,000 text messages were "accidentally" made available to the defendants by Depp's former legal advisers.
The Daily Mail reports Adam Wolanski QC, representing News Group Newspapers, told Mr Justice Nicol the texts are "very damaging" to Depp's case.
Wolanski revealed the messages included texts sent to Depp's actor friend Paul Bettany, in November 2013, in which he wrote: "Let's burn Amber".
He also sent messages saying: "Let's drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead."
The Daily Mail added that Wolanski also revealed another text received by Bettany in May, 2014, in which Depp admitted to binging on booze and pills.
"I'm gonna properly stop the booze thing darling ... Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA, this past Sunday," Depp wrote.
"Ugly, mate... No food for days... Powders... Half a bottle of whiskey, a thousand red bull and vodkas, pills, two bottles of champers on plane and what do you get...???
"An angry, aggro Injun in a f*****' blackout, screaming obscenities and insulting any f*** who got near... I'm done.
"I am admittedly too f***** in the head to spray my rage at the one I love... for little reason, as well I'm too old to be that guy. But, pills are fine!!!"
The significance of that text, Wolanski explained, is that Depp claims he was not intoxicated on that flight. Heard, however, alleges he kicked her and threw his boot at her before passing out in the toilet.
"His version of events is that he was quietly sketching during the flight," said Wolanski.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star sat behind his legal team in court as his lawyer David Sherborne said the case would feature "diametrically opposed" versions of events from Depp and Heard.
"One person, one side, is lying, and one is not," he said. "Obviously, we say that it is Ms Heard [who is lying], Mr Depp is 100 per cent clear about that."
The lawyer said that Heard was not a victim but the "aggressor" in the couple's relationship. Depp and Heard divorced in 2017.The full hearing is due to start on March 23. Depp is also suing Heard for libel in the United States.
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