Johnny Depp was a "monster" who repeatedly beat his ex-wife Amber Heard during a series of drug-fuelled attacks before and during their marriage, new court documents claim.
The US actress alleged Depp, 55, left her fearing for her life after he choked her and ripped chunks out of her hair in more than a dozen violent altercations.
The details emerged yesterday as Heard, 32, asked a judge to dismiss a $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by Depp over an article she wrote in The Washington Post in December claiming to be a victim of domestic violence.
In the motion filed in a court in Virginia, Heard describes in extraordinary new detail how Depp repeatedly slapped, shoved, choked and pulled her hair before and during their two-year marriage.
Photographs showing Heard with bruises on her face and scars on her arms as well as newly released screenshots of text messages describing the incidents were produced as exhibits.
Depp has denied any such abuse. The couple married in February 2015 and divorced in January 2017.
Heard claimed Depp began abusing drugs and alcohol about a year into their relationship after they began dating in 2012, which led him to become a "totally different person".
"We called that version of Johnny, ‘the Monster’", the documents state.
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In May 2014, she claimed Depp kicked her in the back and threw his boot at her on a private jet while drunk as the couple flew from Boston to Los Angeles, after he became upset over a romantic scene she filmed with actor James Franco the day previously.
She added Depp taunted her by shouting "James Franco" towards her and screamed obscenities in the jet’s toilet until he passed out.
In March 2015, a month into their marriage, Heard alleged Depp physically abused her as he embarked on a three-day ecstasy binge in Australia.
Heard said during an argument over his drug taking, Depp slapped her and shoved her to the ground before she locked herself in a bedroom.
The next morning, she claimed she found Depp drinking after he stayed up all night and took about eight MDMA pills.
Heard claimed her ex-husband choked her, spat in her face, threw glass unopened glass bottles at her and pushed her into a ping-pong table.
The 32-year-old said Depp also tore off her nightgown leaving her "naked and barefoot, covered in alcohol and glass".
Heard admitted she punched Depp for "the only time" in the same month over fears the Pirates of the Caribbean actor would push her younger sister Whitney down the stairs at his home in Los Angeles.
According to the court motion, in December 2015, Depp allegedly "pulled large chunks of hair and scalp" from Heard’s head during an argument at their apartment.
The documents state: "Johnny picked another fight with me. He threw another decanter at me, knocked items around the room, and punched the wall
"He slapped me hard, grabbed me by my hair, and dragged me from a stairwell to the office to the living room to the kitchen to the bedroom and then to the guest room."
Heard’s attorney Eric George said: "Johnny Depp physically and verbally abused Amber Heard."
He went on to claim: "Since their divorce, Mr Depp has continued to publically harass Ms Heard, and attempted to gaslight the world by denying his abuse.
"It is long past time for Mr Depp’s despicable conduct to end."
Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, said the new documents were being reviewed. He previously said his client looked forward to providing evidence that would clear his name.
The lawsuit alleges Depp suffered financial losses, including being stood down from his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, because of accusations published in The Washington Post in which Heard said she was a domestic violence victim.
The piece did not mention Depp by name or describe any incidents, but discussed the plight of those who speak out against abuse.
But Depp’s lawsuit says it was clear Heard was talking about him, and that it worsened the damage the allegations had already done to his career.
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