- Johnny Depp was questioned about drug use with Marilyn Manson during his trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
- “I once gave Marilyn Manson a pill to stop him talking so much,” Depp said.
- Heard’s lawyers say Depp abused her while intoxicated with drugs and alcohol, which he denies abusing.
Johnny Depp briefly discussed his friendship with Marilyn Manson during his testimony for his trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Thursday.
Asked by one of Heard’s attorneys if they used drugs together, Depp said yes.
“We drank together, we drank cocaine together, maybe a few times,” Depp replied.
When asked if they had taken “pills” together, Depp’s response prompted laughter in the courtroom.
“I once gave Marilyn Manson a pill to stop him talking so much,” he said.
The lawsuit, held in Fairfax, Va., relates to a lawsuit Depp filed against Heard in March 2019. He alleged that she defamed him by portraying herself as a victim of domestic violence. She has denied the allegations and claims that Depp often physically assaulted her while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Much of the first week of the trial was made up of testimony from friends, family members and employees of Depp, who said they had never seen Depp act violently towards Heard or abuse drugs. Depp had employed a doctor and nurse to help with addiction, but that was only to treat him for an opioid addiction he had developed after taking a painkiller following a leg injury. , testified the health professionals.
During cross-examination Thursday, the third day of Depp’s personal testimony on the stand, Heard’s attorneys sought to paint a different picture. They referred to text messages in which Depp suggested he had consumed large amounts of drugs or alcohol, which the actor said was either exaggerated or misleading without further context.
Depp testified earlier in the trial that he started using drugs when he was 11, using his mother’s “nerve pills” before switching to marijuana. But throughout his life he only used them to “numb” rather than “party”, and kept his use “in check”, he said.
Heard’s lawyers asked him if he did drugs with celebrity friends like “Wandavision” actor Paul Bettany or Manson – the latter of whom has at least 16 public misconduct allegations. Depp replied in the affirmative, but denied that the drug use was ever excessive.