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‘Wife-beater’ libel hearing told of Johnny Depp’s drugs texts

‘We took cocaine together’: Johnny Depp with Amber Heard PICTURE: JOHN SHEARER/WIREIMAGE

JOHNNY DEPP’S libel claim against The Sun should be thrown out because he failed to disclose texts that allegedly show he tried to buy illegal drugs, the newspaper has told the High Court.

The actor, who is suing over being called a ‘wife-beater’ in an article about his marriage to Amber Heard, had been ordered to provide all documents from US libel proceedings against his ex.

But The Sun claims he deliberately withheld the texts, which it says show that he tried to obtain ‘MDMA and other narcotics’ in Australia in 2015.

The case should be dismissed because the failure to disclose them was a ‘clear breach’ of the order, said Adam Wolanski QC, for the tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers.

But David Sherborne, for Depp, said: ‘The issue in this case is whether the defendants can prove the claimant committed serious domestic violence and put Ms Heard in fear.

‘It is not about whether Mr Depp asks for drugs.’ Pirates Of The Caribbean star Depp, 57, strongly denies being violent to actress Heard, 34, during their marriage.

He is suing NGN and Sun executive editor Dan Wootton over the April 2018 article. The court will announce its decision later on the bid to have the case thrown out.

If the bid fails, a three-week trial is slated to begin on July 7, with Depp’s ex-parters Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder both among the witnesses expected to give evidence.

The case was originally due to start in March but was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Depp has said in a witness statement that he and Heard took drugs, including MDMA and cocaine, together.

The Kentucky-born star tied the knot with the Texan actress in 2015 and they got divorced in 2017.