Johnny Depp has told the High Court he lost $650m when former business managers “stole” his money – as another photo showing his wild lifestyle emerged.
In his final day of giving evidence during his high-profile libel case against The Sun, the actor spoke about losing millions and also denied allegations of violence towards ex-wife Amber Heard during their honeymoon, at Thanksgiving in 2015 and after her 30th birthday party in 2016.
Later in the day, the court heard more about Depp’s wild lifestyle and was shown a photo taken by Heard as evidence of a night she thought the actor would not remember – showing the star asleep, holding a melting ice cream.
Depp’s employee Stephen Deuters gave evidence in the afternoon, backing claims made by the actor that it was Heard who was the “abuser” in the couple’s relationship.
Here are some of the key moments from day five in court
Depp, 57, accused Heard, 34, of throwing a “haymaker” punch at him during a row after her 30th birthday party, hours after he had learned during a “bad” business meeting that he had lost $650m (£514m)
The actor said that “it seemed like everything she would accuse me of was something that she had done to me”
Speaking about an incident in Australia in which he suffered serious injuries to a finger, he told the court he also contracted superbug MRSA afterwards
Stephen Deuters, European president of the actor’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, and his former assistant, said he never saw Heard with injuries and claimed it was the actress who subjected Depp to “years of abuse”
Mr Deuters apparently described Heard as a “sociopathic show pony”, a “Machiavellian overlord” and a “talentless ****” in a text after she and Depp split up
As he has done throughout the trial, Depp again accused Heard of being “the aggressor” during their relationship.
The star’s barrister, David Sherborne, asked for his account of an alleged argument at the couple’s LA penthouse after the actress’s party, to which Depp gave details about a “bad meeting” he had been to about his finances that took place beforehand.
“I was in the early stage of learning from my recently acquired new business manager that the former business managers had [taken] quite a lot of my money,” the actor told the court. “They had stolen my money.”
Mr Sherborne asked: “How much money had they taken from you?”
Depp responded: “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 $650m and when I sacked them, for the right reasons, I had not only lost $650m dollars, but I was $100m in the hole because they (the previous business managers) had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years.”
The court also heard that Depp contracted a superbug after his finger was sliced open in an incident in Australia in March 2015, which the actor has already been questioned about during the hearing.