The Sun said the article refers to "overwhelming evidence" of domestic violence, referring to a previous U.S. court action by Heard. "It is something that I have heard once just today". She dismissed it as a "harmless prank", the court heard.
"Whenever it would escalate, I would try to go to my own corner, as it were ... before things got out of hand", Depp added.
"The problem is, I never really know/understand which one I'm dealing with until it's too late".
In one of his witness statements filed as part of his libel case against The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), Mr Depp said: "She was then extremely friendly to me and keen to tell me about the break-up with her former partner that she had recently gone through".
"She knew what she wanted and I was an easy target". Half of you, I love.
It was claimed that Depp grabbed the wrist of a young woman and threatened to hurt her, at a gathering of Heard's friends. The actor made a shocking revelation in court when asked about former wife Amber Heard.
He said he'd had a "painful childhood" and admitted taking "every drug under the sun" by the time he was 14, but that didn't make him a wife beater.
NGN is disputing the claim for libel, and said there is "overwhelming evidence" that he attacked Heard while under the influence of drink and drugs between 2013 and 2016.
"I just don't know if I can do this anymore", Heard wrote, as quoted by Deadline. I did not f****** deck you. "I'll give you f***ing crazy'". You are a f****** baby'. She also put out a lit cigarette on his cheek, he claimed. Grow the f*** up.' The court heard details of several bust-ups between the pair.
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Mr Depp said their time together was "incredibly unhappy", adding: "She is a calculating, diagnosed borderline personality; she is sociopathic; she is a narcissist; and she is completely emotionally dishonest". He ended up sleeping in there.
In contrast, he claimed that on one occasion he recalled Ms Heard had herself taken cocaine.
"Team Heard": Outside court yesterday.
In a written outline of Mr Depp's case, his barrister David Sherborne said the article made "defamatory allegations of the utmost seriousness", accusing him of committing serious assaults on Ms Heard and "inflicting such serious injuries that she feared for her life".
Depp has acknowledged heavy drinking and drug use, but said Heard's clam drugs and alcohol made him "monster" was "delusional".
Wass asked whether Depp would describe himself as jealous. The actor replied: 'I never encouraged my daughter to use marijuana'.
In a "blind rage", he kicked her in the back as she tried to walk away from him and slapped her across the face, Wass said.
Depp said the allegations were "patently untrue" and indicated Heard was "building a dossier very early on that appears to be an insurance policy for later". I'm happy for you, my angel'.
While the Pirates of the Caribbean actor acknowledged his "illness", he told the court that Heard "never supported me in my attempt to be strong and avoid alcohol and drugs" and had seen his ex-wife take cocaine in front of him, The Guardian reported. I was being a responsible parent as far as I was concerned'.