Johnny Depp demanded drugs from assistant, new court documents show

Carla Harmon
June 29, 2020

A British court has ruled that Johnny Depp is in breach of a court order for failing to disclose texts that allegedly show him trying to get hold of drugs.

Depp is suing the newspaper's publisher, News Group Newspapers, and Executive Editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article claiming the actor was violent and abusive to his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp has denied taking drugs and claimed Heard did not find a bag of MDMA at the time of the alleged attack. Adam Wolanski, a lawyer of The Sun's publisher, said that their camp had obtained text messages between the actor and his assistant, Nathan Holmes, from Heard's team. Depp's attorney pointed out that the star has been honest about his drug use in the past and that the 2015 texts don't prove he bought any drugs in Australia. However, their relationship started going down the rocky road in 1025 itself.

Mr Wolanski read out passages of Ms Heard's evidence in which she claims she was subjected to "a three-day ordeal of physical assaults" by her former husband, during which time he was taking MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and drinking heavily.

London. He is suing The Sun over claims he was violent and abusive to ex-wife Amber Heard while in Australia

However, after hearing audio leaked earlier this year of Heard admitting to physically abusing Depp and mocking him for defending himself, de Cadenet recalls that she 'recently acknowledged that I will not testifying (sic) in Johnny Depp's upcoming defamation case against the Sun.

The tabloid says the texts were purportedly passed to Depp's legal team as part of the defamation case against Heard.

David Sherborne, the barrister representing Depp, told the court during the remote hearing that the impact on the case of the missing material would have been very limited. Heard's lawyer. Mr. Depp texted Mr. Holmes on 7 March about ecstatic again.

"There is a real risk that the claimant has failed to provide proper disclosure to the defendants, and that the defendants can not have a fair trial", he said.

Mr Depp's barrister argued that the messages were not relevant as they did not relate to the allegations of domestic violence that The Sun made reference to in an article headlined "Gone Potty - How can JK Rowling be "genuinely happy" casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?"

"It is not about whether Mr Depp asks for drugs". "Nor did any drug or alcohol ever make me undertake violence against anyone".

Ms Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying an immigration document to hide the dogs in a private jet in 2014 and avoided jail under a deal which included appearing in the video warning others against breaking Australia's strict quarantine laws.

In his ruling on Monday, Nicol disagreed with this view.

Mr Wolanski said Depp's "rage on that occasion was triggered by Ms Heard seeing him use drugs and challenging him about his use of drugs".

Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary, based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, and married in Los Angeles in February 2015.

The case was originally due to start in March but was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Witnesses are likely to include Depp's ex-partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, who have both submitted statements supporting the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

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