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Johnny Depp has said he’s never consumed the amount of MDMA previously suggested in reports, having told the court today that he’d simply be ‘dead’ if he did. Watch the footage from court here:
Testimony provided during Depp’s 2020 libel case against The Sun newspaper in the UK claimed he had taken eight ecstasy pills in one go while filming Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with claims production was forced to close for a fortnight.
An article from The Hollywood Reporter at the time said: “While shooting Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Australia, Depp swallowed eight ecstasy pills at once, according to testimony in the U.K. case, and embarked on a campaign of terror aimed at Heard.
“It culminated with the tip of his finger being sliced off, which resulted in his being flown back to Los Angeles for surgery.
“Pirates was forced to shut down production for two weeks, costing the studio some $350,000 a day.
“Depp claimed that Heard threw a bottle of alcohol at him, injuring his finger.”
However, according to Depp, he has never consumed ecstasy on such a scale, having been asked about the reports when he returned to the stand today.
He was asked: “Have you ever consumed 8-10 MDMA pills at once?
Cracking a brief smile, Depp replied: “No, ma’am. No I have not.”
When pressed as to why that was, he said: “Because if I did, I’m pretty sure I’d be dead. I think one would die.”
In Depp's final testimony, he denied the ‘outlandish, outrageous stories’ made about him, saying in his final testimony that he has never committed sexual battery or physical abuse.
As the direct examination concluded, he described how Heard’s testimony has affected him, saying her claims are ‘ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unimaginably brutal, cruel, and all false’.
Depp continued: “No human being is perfect, certainly not – none of us – but I have never, in my life, committed sexual battery, physical abuse.
“All these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things, and living with it for six years and waiting to be able to bring the truth out.
“So this is not easy for any of us, I know that. But no matter what happens I did get here, and I did tell the truth.”
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