Johnny Depp allegedly joked he should "burn" and "drown" now-ex-wife Amber Heard in a series of 2013 text messages to his actor friend Paul Bettany, a court has heard.
Depp's private exchange with Bettany was read out in London's High Court on Wednesday in a preliminary hearing regarding his libel suit against officials at The Sun, following a 2018 report in which he was referred to as a "wife-beater".
The actor was present for Wednesday's court date as the content of the previously-unseen text messages to Bettany were read out by defence lawyer Adam Wolanski.
The chat had been included in a file of 70,000 texts accidentally shared with the defence team by Depp's previous legal representatives.
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Actor Johnny Depp during the photocall.
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Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis arrives.
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arriving at the Costume Institute Benefit Met Gala celebrating the opening of the Charles James, Beyond Fashion Exhibition and the new Anna Wintour Costume Center. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.