Johnny Depp on Monday denied deliberately headbutting his wife Amber Heard — claiming their “foreheads may have clashed” only as he tried to restrain her from assaulting him.
Depp, 57, was asked about the “litany of violence” he is accused of inflicting on his then-wife in their LA penthouse the night before Heard was due to appear on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” in December 2015.
Depp — giving evidence in London court for the fifth day in his libel trial — insisted any injuries would have come while he grabbed Heard to “lock her arms” and stop her attacks on him.
“Did you intend to headbutt her?” his lawyer, David Sherborne, asked in London’s High Court.
“Not at all,” Depp, 57, insisted.
Depp also blamed his wife for arranging a meeting while she had a restraining order against him, during which she recorded him discussing the “headbutt” incident.
“I headbutted you in the f—ing … forehead. That doesn’t break a nose,” he was taped saying, the court was told.
Asked if he had “invented” the accidental clashing of heads to explain the recording, Depp replied, “Certainly not, no.”
Depp’s lawyer also noted a text message Heard’s father, David Heard, sent in the aftermath of the alleged incident, in which he said he knew his daughter needed help with her temper, as the actor did for his problems with drink and drugs.
“But I still love you like a father or brother,” Heard’s father wrote.
Asked if he would ever send such a message to anyone who his daughter said had viciously attacked her, Depp replied, “Definitely not.”
Depp is suing The Sun over an April 2018 article that said he was a “wife-beater,” which he denies — and instead says his “sociopathic” ex-wife was the violent one in their marriage.
Depp is also suing Heard for $50 million in the US for allegedly defaming him in a Washington Post article about domestic abuse. That case is due to be heard next year.
With Post wires