KEY POINTS

  • Depp is suing the publisher of The Sun for libel
  • The second day of the trial revealed more details about Depp and Heard’s volatile relationship
  • Depp denied several accusations Heard hurled at him, including attacking the actress during a flight

Johnny Depp's libel case trial continues in London, and day two has shed more light on the actor's past and his volatile relationship with Amber Heard.

Depp, 57, is suing the publisher of The Sun for an article published in 2018 that described him as a "wife-beater." This stemmed from Heard's allegations that the actor was physically abusive toward her while they were married from 2015 to 2017. Depp has refuted this claim and has, in turn, accused his ex-wife of being an "abuser."

On the second day of the trial, Depp was cross-examined by News Group Newspapers' lawyer, Sasha Wass QC, over several allegations made by Heard, including his "cocaine bender," their massive fight during a flight over a supposed affair and the actor's attempt to "set a painting on fire."

See some of the explosive revelations below from court documents obtained by Daily Mail UK.

Depp joked about setting Heard on fire and drowning her

Depp's text message exchange with his friend, actor Paul Bettany, was brought up in court, revealing that the actor joked about "drowning" Heard and "burning" her corpse. In his reply, Bettany agreed with Depp and said they needed to be "certain before we pronounce her a witch," Wass said.

Depp refuted the lawyer's statement that he called his ex-wife a "witch" because he resented that she was helping him get sober, claiming Heard acted "aggressively" to his drug use. 

Depp explained that he had this exchange with Bettany because he knew "details" of his and Heard's "arguments."

"I was resentful of the fact that Ms. Heard was very aggressive and quite insulting about my use of alcohol or, if cocaine came into the picture, she did not like Mr. Bettany and I'm afraid she didn't like me very much either and she was constantly harping on things that didn't exist," Depp said of the texts.

Depp allegedly held Heard's dog out of a car window in anger

Depp had also been accused of holding Heard’s tiny Yorkshire terrier Pistol out of a car window while traveling with the actress, her sister Whitney, a driver and his assistant, Nathan Holmes. He dismissed this claim as "utter falsity." 

"When you were in the car, you were smoking and you opened the window and you were angry and you were aggressive, rather like you were in that clip we saw yesterday - the monster side of your character," Wass said. "And you took hold of Pistol and you held her out of the window and started making howling noises."

"I can say it is a very endearing image, but it is absolute utter falsity, it is fraudulent," Depp replied.

When asked if he laughed at the idea of putting the dog in a microwave, Depp claimed that this was a "running joke" between him and Heard and that he was not the person who "invented" this joke.

Heard's unsent email suggests Depp was "violent" toward her

During the cross-examination, Wass also read out an unsent email that was written by Heard for Depp in June 2013 that suggested he had violent tendencies.

"I just don’t know if I can do this anymore. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Half of you, I love. Madly. The other half scares me. I can’t take him. I wish I could, but I can’t. The problem is, I never really know/understand which one I’m dealing with until it’s too late," Heard wrote in the email.

"The drinking assures me that I am dealing with the monster. The abused, scared, insecure, violent little boy. I just can't tell where the line starts," she added. 

In response to this, Depp said that the unsent email may have been one of Heard's "insurances."

"From hearing you read out this (email), that was not sent to me, and from some of the information I have garnered from my experience yesterday and having studied the case, I will suggest, ma'am, that it appears to me that Ms. Heard was building a dossier very early on that appears to be an insurance policy for later," he told Wass.

Depp allegedly attacked Heard while accusing her of having an affair

The second day of the trial also touched upon an incident where Depp allegedly attacked Heard during a flight from Boston to Los Angeles. After consuming "a thousand Red Bull and vodkas, pills and two bottles of champagne," Depp allegedly hurled verbal abuses at Heard in front of the crew members while accusing her of cheating on him with James Franco, who worked with Heard on "The Adderall Diaries" in 2014. 

Depp denied verbally attacking Heard and calling her a "s--t."

Regarding Franco, Depp said he was only concerned about the actor as Heard had described him as "creepy and rapey." Depp added that his ex-wife told him she had "run from Franco's advances" — a claim Wass said he "made up on the spot."

Depp allegedly tried to set a painting by Heard's past lover on fire

Heard also accused Depp of slapping her while they were arguing over a painting from her ex-partner, Tasya van Ree. The actor was allegedly "drunk" and had "consumed a cocktail of cocaine and cannabis" when he showed up at Heard's LA home and asked her to take down the artwork.

While Depp admits that he and Heard had multiple "arguments" over van Ree, he denied his ex-wife's accusation that he tried to grab the painting and burn it.

For more details about the second day of Depp's libel case trail, see the complete story here.

Depp's former partners, Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, are expected to testify during the three-week trial.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend The Art of Elysium HEAVEN Gala in Culver City, California, Jan. 9, 2016. Photo: Getty Images