Johnny Depp on Monday claimed then-wife Amber Heard hit him with a “haymaker” punch him on her 30th birthday — hours after he found out he’d lost a staggering $750 million.
“Since Pirates [Of The Caribbean] 2 and 3, I had – and this is ludicrous to have to state, it’s quite embarrassing – apparently I had made $650 million,” the 57-year-old star admitted in London’s High Court.
But on his wife’s milestone birthday in April 2016, he had a “bad meeting” concerning his former business manager, who he told the court had “stolen my money.”
“I had not only lost $650 million, but I was $100 million in the hole because they had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years,” Depp told the court.
He agreed that he may have smoked cannabis between leaving the “very unpleasant and ugly” meeting and attending his wife’s party at their LA penthouse that night.
“It’s a calming agent for me,” Depp told the court of the drug.
Depp’s lawyer, David Sherborne, pointed out that a nurse at the party, Erin Boerum, made notes calling Depp “coherent,” “sociable” and “affectionate,” while Heard “appeared irritable and upset” and “angry with her husband because he’s late.”
Depp claimed his wife then attacked him later that night, with a secret recording three months later capturing him telling Heard, “You f—g haymakered me, man.”
“You came around the bed to f—g start punching on me,” he said on the tape, the court was told.
Asked to elaborate on what a “haymaker” was, Depp explained, “It’s just a type of wild swinging … kind of a roundhouse punch, as it were. It’s a bit of a wild swing but effective if it reaches the target.”
The court was told Heard was furious that her husband had gone to bed to read on her birthday.
“Under the circumstances of being harangued and forced into some argument or altercation, I didn’t think that it was the wrong thing to do,” Depp insisted. “I thought it was best to remove myself from the argument because it seemed ridiculous to me.”
The actor was then asked if that was something he did only once during arguments, to which he said: “No sir, quite a lot.”
Depp was giving evidence for the fifth day in his lawsuit against The Sun newspaper over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater,” which he denies — and instead says his “sociopathic” ex-wife was the violent one in their marriage.
Depp is also suing Heard for $50 million in the US for allegedly defaming him in a Washington Post article about domestic abuse. That case is due to be heard next year.
The “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” star’s money problems resulted in a previous legal battle where he was accused of blowing $30,000 a month on wine.
With Post Wires
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