Johnny Depp is questioned about old text messages during cross-examination in Amber Heard defamation case

Keys to understanding the trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard 5:53 (CNN) — Johnny Depp concluded his third day of testimony in a court in Fairfax, Virginia, in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard. During cross-examination by Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, on Thursday morning, evidence was presented of text messages from Depp to some of his friends, including Marilyn Manson and actor Paul Bettany, which made reference to his drug use during the time he was in a relationship with Heard. Other messages included references to violence towards Heard. Before some exchanges were read out in court, Depp said he was “not proud of the language” he used in the text messages. Recordings of Depp threatening to harm himself were also played. The jury will return on Monday, at which time cross-examination will continue. Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which he wrote about her experience with domestic abuse. She did not name Depp in the article, but he claims she cost him a lucrative film job in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. “I would be a real fool not to think there was an effect on my career based on Ms. Heard’s words, whether my name was mentioned or not,” Depp testified Wednesday. In 2016, Heard alleged that Depp injured his face after throwing a phone at him. Depp denied the allegation and was not charged with any crime. Depp acknowledged in his testimony this week that he and Heard had arguments during their relationship, but said: “I never got to the point of hitting Mrs. Heard in any way nor have I ever hit any woman in my life.” Depp on altercation with Amber Heard: ‘Blood was spilling’ 4:32 He testified Wednesday that his finger was cut by shattered glass after Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him during an argument in 2015. Heard denied that affirmation. Later in Wednesday’s session, Rottenborn presented evidence to suggest that Disney had made the decision to cut Depp from “Pirates” before Heard’s 2018 article. Heard has not yet taken the stand. The former couple married in 2015 and divorced in 2016.