Amber Heard’s lawyer will start grilling Johnny Depp again

Lawyers for actor Amber Heard sought to undermine Johnny Depp’s libel suit against her during cross-examination Thursday by spending hours in court focusing on drinking, drug use and texts which he sent to friends of the actor – including one about wanting to kill and defile his then-wife.

“Of course, I hammered and showed lousy colors at Amber on a recent trip,” Depp said in a July 2013 text message to friend actor Paul Bettany that was shown to jurors.

“I’m a crazy person and not so straight after drinking too much,” Depp continued. “Weed, pills…Okay!!! Alcohol??? My capacity is too high and I won’t stop…Ugly and sad…Oh, how I love it.”

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Hearing attorney J. Benjamin Rottenborn also focused on another exchange that year between Depp and Bettany in which Depp wrote, “Let’s burn Amber!!!”

Bettany replied, “After thinking about it, I don’t think we should burn Amber.”

Depp texted, “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I’ll (expletive) burn her corpse after to make sure she’s dead.”

Depp has already apologized to the jury for the vulgar language in the texts and said that “in the heat of the pain I felt, I went to dark places”.

Rottenborn also showed the jury one of Depp’s texts to Bettany in 2014 in which he referenced whiskey, pills and cocaine.

The text messages were sent during a period in which Depp said he had quit drinking. And they were dispatched around the time of a private flight from Boston to Los Angeles, during which Heard said Depp had become drunk and assaulted her.

Rottenborn presented texts Depp sent to Bettany saying he had been drinking “all night before picking up Amber to fly to Los Angeles last Sunday… Ugly, mate… No food for days… Powders… Half a bottle of whiskey, a thousand red bulls and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of Champers on the plane…”

Depp previously testified that he took two pills of oxycodone – an opiate he admits he was addicted to at the time – and locked himself in the plane’s lavatory and fell asleep to prevent ‘she doesn’t harass her. He also denies being drunk on the flight, saying he only drank a glass of champagne on boarding the plane.

See the highlights in the video above.

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