Her conversation with Paul Bettany was described as ‘angry’
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A series of emails and text messages sent by Johnny Depp to his various famous friends were exposed in court as the first day of his cross-examination drew to a close.
Conversations with Paul Bettany, Elton John, Marilyn Manson and Stephen Deuters (Depp’s personal assistant) were each used as evidence against him. The “violent” posts were mostly about Amber Heard, who is suing the actor for defamation. Vanessa Paridis, Depp’s ex-girlfriend of 14 years, was also briefly mentioned.
Depp’s questioning by J. Benjamin Rottenborn (Amber Heard’s attorney) focused on his history of substance abuse, as well as arguments he had with Heard.
Within the first 10 minutes of Depp’s cross-examination, texts exchanged between him and Marilyn Manson in 2012 had already been extracted. Those specific posts involved the pair talking about smoking weed – with one of Depp’s texts saying, “I’m taking pot.”
An image of four large bags containing cannabis stored in Depp’s recording studio was shown in court, as the actor noted, “That’s a lot of marijuana.”
The tension in the courtroom became palpable when Vanessa Paridis – Johnny Depp’s ex-partner and “the mother of my children”, was mentioned in an email to Elton John.
While Depp said “my kids fell in love with my new daughter (Amber)”, he called Paridis (who is French) a “French extortionist” and “my ex-c**t”.
Other emails sent to Stephen Deuters revealed that Depp ransacked a hotel room during his marriage to Heard. “I got drunk and destroyed my room,” he wrote. “There are prostitutes and animals here.”
A series of messages exchanged between Depp and British actor Paul Bettany were published in court. The “shocking” texts showed the couple talking about burning, drowning and committing necrophilia on Heard.
“Let’s Burn Amber!!!” Depp wrote.
“Having thought about it, I don’t think we should burn Amber – she’s delightful, fun looking company, and I’m sure she’s no witch,” Paul Bettany said. “We could of course try the English course of action in these difficult situations – we are doing a drowning test. Thoughts? NB I have a swimming pool.
“Let’s drown her before we burn her!” I’ll fuck her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead…” Depp continued.
Who is Paul Bettany?
Bettany is an English actor who started his career in films like Wimbledon and The Da Vinci Code. He then gained worldwide recognition in his role as JARVIS in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is perhaps best known for playing Vision in Wandavision.
Depp and Bettany have been close friends for years – the latter defended him during Heard’s first abuse charges in 2016. “He’s the sweetest, kindest, sweetest man I’ve ever had. ever known,” Bettany said at the time.
known Johnny Depp for years and through several relationships. He’s the sweetest, kindest, kindest man I’ve ever known. Just say.
— Paul Bettany (@Paul_Bettany) May 28, 2016
The actor has not yet responded to the released texts, and it is not known if he will provide evidence in court.
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