Depp wrote message to wife in his own blood, court told

US actress Amber Heard arrives on the third day of the libel trial by her former husband US actor Johnny Depp against News Group Newspapers, at the High Court in London

"Physically and emotionally from the things you say and did while (messed) up", she wrote.

It then "ramped up ... and she became very upset, very angry", he said.

Wass accused Depp of bringing up the subject of defecation, but Depp repeatedly said Heard had begun the conversation.

Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper's executive editor, New Zealand born Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he'd physically abused Heard.

Depp said that his relationship with Amber Heard was "a crime scene waiting to happen", but denied assaulting her during a drug-fuelled rampage in Australia while filming a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

The case is shining a light on the tempestuous relationship between Depp and Heard, who met on the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. The court was told that Heard later went to court to obtain a restraining order against Depp. The divorce was finalised in 2017.

On Wednesday Ms Wass read the court an email to Depp that Heard had composed in 2013 but never sent, saying he was "like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde".

Mr Depp said: "At first, I had used my blood".

He is alleged to have stayed up all night playing music loudly before Miss Heard came down in the morning to find lines of cocaine on the breakfast bar and Depp "drinking Jack Daniels from the bottle".

The barrister suggested Mr Depp then "pushed her to the ground" and "bumped her chest" before leaving a birthday message which contained an expletive and exiting the apartment.

"It was not left by a three- or four-pound dog".

He said that after this he realized that the marriage could not be saved.

Wass said Depp "wound up like a baseball pitcher" and threw it at his wife at one of their mansions while one of Heard's friends was on the other line.

The court heard from a text message Depp sent Heard after their separation in which he sent "all my love and regrets".

"I head-butted you in the f**king....forehead".

"That is what I felt", he said.

"I did not push Ms Heard or attack in any way, and certainly I was in no condition to in any way", he said.

Depp said he wanted to avoid a confrontation.

After nearly a month apart from Heard, Depp had returned to the complex of five penthouses he owned in the Eastern Columbia building in downtown LA in May 2016 to pick up some personal effects, the court heard.

The actor strenuously denies allegations of abuse and claims it was Heard who abused him.

The actor later said that when he realised the top of finger was missing "and pouring blood profusely and the bones was sticking out, I believe that I went into some kind of breakdown". She's gonna get it.

The Sun's defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp's violence between 2013 and 2016. He strongly denies the allegation.

Under cross-examination by The Sun's lawyer, Sasha Wass, Depp depicted a tumultuous relationship with Heard during a period when he was trying to kick drugs and alcohol, and sometimes lapsing. But he denied being violent.

The actor said he had a "collision" with Ms Heard as he tried to "get hold of her" while she allegedly attacked him.

The hearing in London continues. Heard is set to give evidence next week.

The recording was said to have been taken on a flight to Los Angeles in 2014, during which Amber Heard alleges he was inebriated and violent before he passed out in the toilet.

The actor's finger was injured during a prolonged argument at a rented house in Australia, the court heard - he claims he sustained the wound when Heard threw a bottle at him. She denies being in the room when the finger was severed. The judge, Mr Justice Nicol, has previously agreed that claims of sexual violence in the libel case would be heard behind closed doors.

Depp accused Heard of compiling a dossier of "hoax" abuse claims.

The lawyer asked Depp whether the description tallied with his experience of Heard.

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