Actor Amber Heard texted her mother in 2013 that she was heartbroken to discover her then boyfriend, Johnny Depp, became violent and abusive when high on drugs and alcohol, likening him to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The texts were read to the High Court in London, where Ms Heard was giving evidence on behalf of the publishers of tabloid newspaper The Sun, who are being sued for defamation by Mr Depp over a 2018 article that labelled him a “wife beater”.
Mr Depp, who gave evidence last week, denies all of Ms Heard’s allegations of violence and abuse and says she assaulted him.
“He’s nuts mom. Violent and crazy. I am heartbroken that THIS is who I love,” Ms Heard said in one of a series of texts she sent to her mother on a single day in March 2013, which were read out by a lawyer.
According to Ms Heard, Mr Depp had been up all night snorting cocaine and drinking whisky when he turned violent after becoming enraged by the sight of a painting by her former partner, Tasya van Ree, hanging on the wall of her apartment.
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