claims a series of abusive texts read aloud during the $50 million defamation trial against his ex-wife wasn't actually sent by him.
"Right!!! Exactly!!! Molly's pussy is RIGHTFULLY MINE!!!!" a text allegedly sent from Depp to his personal assistant Stephen Deuters reads. "Shoud I not just bust in and remove its hinges tonight??? 'I want to change her understanding of what it is like to be thrashed about like a pleading Mackrel....I NEED. I WANT. I TAKE." However, Depp claimed these weren't sent from him, telling Heard's legal team, "You could have written up last night. You can pull what you like, I've never said those words. There's not enough hubris in me to say anything like that."
These texts were read as Depp returned to the stand on May 25. "When you are accused of horrific acts and thing you have not done, when actually it is some very ugly things are going out there into the world about you, you get very irate and angry," he said. "No human being is perfect, certainly not, none of us. But I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse.” He went on about “all these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things, and living with it for six years and waiting to bring the truth out."
"So this is not easy for any of us, I know that," Depp continued. "But no matter what happens, I did get here and I did tell the truth and I have spoken up for what I have been carrying on my back reluctantly for six years."
The fallout from Depp and Heard's divorce has been in the public spotlight for years. On Nov. 2, 2020, over a headline that referred to him as a "wife beater." Days later, Warner Bros. asked him to .
The $50 defamation trial began in April 2022. The situation between Heard and Depp has spawned multiple petitions, including two to bring in Disney's franchise and another to . The latter recently crossed 4 million signatures.