Note: this article contains some upsetting language.
Johnny Depp allegedly threatened the life of his ex-wife Amber Heard in text messages, a court has heard.
The text messages, which the court was told had been accidentally disclosed by Depp's former legal team to the newspaper, were read out during the pre-trial hearing in Depp's libel case against The Sun, including messages threatening to "burn" Amber.
Depp strenuously denies all allegations of domestic violence against him.
He is accused of writing: "Let's drown her before we burn her!!! I will f**k her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead."
This was allegedly sent to actor Paul Bettany in November 2013.
Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article which alleged he had been abusive to Heard. The case centres on Heard's claim that Depp abused her on a private plane flight in May 2014, which he strongly denies.
Further alleged text messages reportedly saw Depp speak about his drug and alcohol consumption, appearing to refer to a flight.
"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???
"I'm done… I am admittedly too f**ked 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!!!"
The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald actor has always denied the allegations of violence against him, and his lawyer has rebuffed the texts, saying that they show the opposite.
"Nowhere, I repeat, nowhere, is there a single smoking gun, text or email, no document – unlike Ms Heard's own taped confession we looked at before – there is no document where Mr Depp says, 'I hit Ms Heard', let alone 'I hit her on numerous occasions'," lawyer David Sherborne added. "[Depp] simply never did it so [the defence] are not going to find it.
"The idea that somehow these texts contradict the account [given by Depp] and are therefore so critical to the defendants' case just simply isn't made out."
"One person, one side, is lying, and one is not," Sherborne added. "Obviously, we say that it is Ms Heard [who is lying], Mr Depp is 100% clear about that."
In response to the audio that was referenced by Depp's legal team, which was circulated in the media last month, a spokeswoman for the actress previously said: "Anyone familiar with the dynamics of domestic abuse would immediately recognise what is really going on here.
"Throughout the extended tape recording that Johnny Depp vindictively turned over to the press, Ms Heard repeatedly attempts to placate Mr Depp, ignore his accusations, and force him to acknowledge what was really happening in their relationship."
Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk) or Women’s Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk). Both charities run the 24-hour, freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline, 0808 2000 247. The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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