Johnny Depp took the stand once again Wednesday during the final days of his $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard, this time claiming he assisted his then-fiance in landing her starring Aquaman role.

Depp said he called three executives at WarnerMedia following Heard's audition for the role of Mera in Aquaman. The actress's lawyers objected to his repetition of dialogue from the phone call on the grounds of hearsay. However, Depp said he called because he'd had previous contracts with WarnerMedia.

"All I can say is that she ultimately got the job on the film," Depp said.


Depp claimed he saw the first allegedly defamatory statement from his former attorney Adam Waldman in August 2021 when Heard cited it as evidence in her countersuit. At the time in 2020, Waldman called the sexual and domestic abuse allegations Heard's "sword and shield."

Later, when Waldman called Heard's allegations a "hoax," Depp claimed he saw that statement for the first time when he was filing his lawsuit against Heard and saw her counterclaim.

The actor then provided some details of his honeymoon with Heard in August 2015. He claimed there were several fights throughout the trip on the Orient Express train, with his then-wife allegedly yelling at him on occasion.

"I took a pretty good shot to the face, to the eye, somewhere up here, so I had a pretty good shiner," Depp said.

The actor couldn't recall if Heard apologized for the injury incurred during their honeymoon. Two photos of Depp during the trip were shown in court, both depicting him with bruising around his eyes.

"Miss Heard hit me," Depp said. "Is that better?" he said, looking for an approving nod from the actress's legal team after several objections to his testimony. Depp addressed Heard's lawyer, Benjamin Rottenborn, by name several times while on the stand.

He also claimed that he'd previously told Heard the story of Kate Moss's slip, nearly exactly as Moss offered it in court earlier that day. He claimed Heard "took the story and turned it into a very ugly incident, all in her mind."

"There was never a moment where I pushed Kate down any set of stairs," Depp said. "Yet she's spewed this three times before."

When it came to Heard's sister, Whitney Heard Henriquez, Depp claimed that she was also the victim of alleged abuse at the hands of her sister. Depp testified he witnessed Heard call Henriquez demeaning names and grab and push her. She allegedly admitted to Depp that she threw wine in Henriquez's face.

A previous witness, Depp's former business manager Joel Mandel, also came under scrutiny during his testimony. The actor claimed to have fired him, along with a previous lawyer, for embezzling money.

"This is not easy for any of us. I know that," Depp said just before the Wednesday lunch break. "No matter what happens, I did get here, I did tell the truth, and I have spoken up for what I've been carrying on my back, reluctantly, for six years."


You can catch up on previous testimony here.