Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s debauched 2015 wedding had ‘dinner, dancing and drugs’ scheduled on the itinerary, a court heard.
Depp testified on the stand Wednesday that there were a number of people partaking in drugs, specifically MDMA – also known as ecstasy or molly – at the former couple’s lavish LA wedding in February 2015.
Prior to the wedding, Depp said a schedule was ‘written out, printed out, and sent out,’ so that guests knew the itinerary for the event. On tap was post-wedding ‘dinner, dancing and drugs.’
When asked on Wednesday who was partaking in drugs at the wedding, Depp named ‘Amber,’ a ‘couple of friends of mine,’ a few other people, then added: ‘All of her gang were all partaking in the MDMA.’
When Depp was asked which drugs he had taken that day, if any, he replied, ‘To be honest with you, I don’t know how much MDMA they had but for me, that was – for me to have taken MDMA would have been a waste of the drug, if you understand what I mean. It would have been essentially taking someone else’s high, because it wouldn’t have an effect on me.’
Heard sat and stared stonily ahead throughout, keenly aware that multiple camera were trained on her face, with many networks splitting their screens so viewers could keep an eye on any reactions to what Depp was saying.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are pictured in court Tuesday, where he told jurors how the former couple’s 2015 wedding had a schedule of ‘dinner, dancing and drugs’
Depp was asked again to answer and he responded that he had smoked marijuana.
‘I smoked marijuana. And, uh – I don’t remember drinking,’ he said. ‘I don’t remember that I was drinking then. I’m pretty positive at that point I wasn’t partaking in alcohol.’
Depp continued with, ‘my drug of choice is – was, is marijuana. That was fine for me. So dipping into a little tiny baggie of – licking your finger and dipping into a tiny, communal bag of MDMA, it was pointless for me.’
During the second day of Depp’s testimony in Fairfax, Virginia, the actor also said that his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, had not attended his wedding to Heard in 2015.
‘Lily-Rose did not come to the wedding,’ he said. ‘She and Ms. Heard were not on particularly great terms for several reasons.’
Depp and Amber Heard married in a private civil ceremony at their LA home on February 3, 2015, four years after they met as co-stars on the set of The Rum Diary.
Now, seven years later, Depp is testifying in a $50 million defamation case against Heard, stating she was the one who became violent when their relationship soured, hurling insults that at times escalated into a slap or a shove.
When asked Wednesday who was taking drugs at his wedding, Depp said ‘Amber,’ a ‘couple of friends,’ a few other people, then added: ‘All of her gang were all partaking in the MDMA.’
After detailing their early romance during testimony on Tuesday, Depp returned to the witness stand in a Virginia court the next day and said Heard’s behavior changed.
The couple had frequent arguments that included ‘demeaning name calling’ and ‘bullying’ by her, Depp said.
‘It seemed like pure hatred for me,’ Depp said. ‘If I stayed to argue, eventually, I was sure it was going to escalate into violence, and oftentimes it did.’
Asked to describe the violence, Depp said Heard would ‘strike out.’
‘It could begin with a slap. It could begin with a shove. It could begin with throwing a TV remote at my head. It could be throwing a glass of wine in my face,’ Depp said.
‘She has a need for conflict. She has a need for violence,’ Depp added. ‘It erupts out of nowhere.’
Heard ‘would tell me what a bad father I was, that I had no idea how to parent,’ said Depp, who has two children from a previous relationship.
Depp said he would remove himself from the situation, sometimes locking himself in the bathroom, and never struck Heard. ‘In all of these situations, my main goal was to retreat,’ he said.
‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ star, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for defamation after she accused him of abuse.
Depp has accused Heard, also an actor, of defaming him when she penned a December 2018 opinion piece in the Washington Post about being a survivor of domestic abuse. He filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard in 2018.
Johnny Depp detailed the explosive fight he and Amber Heard had in March 2015 in Australia where the top of his finger was severed when Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him
Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 movie The Rum Diary, turning up on the red carpet together for its London premiere
The article never mentioned Depp by name, but Depp lawyer Benjamin Chew told jurors a week ago that it was clear Heard was referencing the Hollywood leading man.
Attorneys for Heard have argued that she told the truth and that her opinion was protected as free speech under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. In opening arguments, Heard’s attorneys said Depp physically and sexually assaulted her while abusing drugs and alcohol.
A state court judge in Fairfax County, Virginia, is overseeing the trial, which is in its second week and is expected to last six weeks.
Less than two years ago, Depp lost a libel case against The Sun, a British tabloid that labeled him a ‘wife beater.’ A London High Court judge ruled he had repeatedly assaulted Heard and put her in fear for her life.
Depp’s lawyers have said they filed the case in Fairfax County, a suburb of the U.S. capital, because the Washington Post is printed at a facility there. The Washington Post is not a defendant in the case.
The United States is a difficult forum for libel plaintiffs, especially public figures like Depp, who must prove by clear and convincing evidence that Heard knowingly made false claims.
Heard, known for roles in ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Justice League,’ has brought her own libel claim against Depp, saying he smeared her by calling her a liar.
Heard’s counterclaim, seeking $100 million in damages, will be decided as part of the trial.