Johnny Depp said he wanted to “burn” and “drown” his ex-wife Amber Heard in text messages which have been read out in court.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star has appeared in London’s High Court for a preliminary hearing in his libel suit against The Sun over an article that alleged he was abusive to Heard.
The messages were sent to Depp’s friend, the actor Paul Bettany, in 2013, Page Six reported.
Depp allegedly wrote on November 6: “Let’s burn Amber,” before following up later that day with: “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f… her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.”
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The court also heard messages sent in May 2014, which read: “I’m gonna properly stop the booze thing, darling… Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA, this past Sunday…Ugly, mate.
“No food for days…powders…half a bottle of whiskey, a thousand red bull and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of Champers on plane and what do you get..???
“An angry, aggro Injun in a f…… blackout, screaming obscenities and insulting any f… who got near…I’m done.
“I am admittedly too f….. in the head to spray my rage at the one I love…For little reason, as well I’m too old to be that guy But, pills are fine!!!”
Adam Wolanski QC, representing The Sun, said the texts went “to the very heart of the case”.
“They are really very important and set out the claimant’s thinking in respect of a number of different incidents and his recollection,” he said.
Depp’s lawyer, David Sherborne reportedly said the case would feature “diametrically opposed” versions of events from Depp and Heard, who divorced in 2017.
Depp is also suing Heard, claiming she defamed him in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post about domestic violence.
The full hearing against The Sun is due to start on March 23.