As Johnny Depp’s legal battle with the publisher of The Sun, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor continued, the Royal Courts of Justice in London heard the actor was “controlling” and had given some of Heard’s co-stars some very insulting names. Speaking in defense of her allegations that the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star had been physically and verbally abusive during their marriage, Heard said Depp was “very jealous” of her male co-stars who he considered a “sexual threat.” She shared that Leonardo DiCaprio became known as “pumpkin head” while Channing Tatum was “potato head” and Jim Sturgess was “turd.”
Heard starred with Tatum in ‘Magic Mike XXL’ and in ‘London Fields’ with Jim Sturgess; she auditioned for a movie along with Caprio.
“I had to justify to him why I was doing any movie, and it was much worse if there was any kissing or a sex scene in it,” she told the court. “He would try and catch me out by taking my phone or telling me someone had told him I was having an affair and act as if he had information proving it – when I really hadn’t.”
“He would taunt me about it – especially when he was drunk or high – and had derogatory nicknames for every one of my male co-stars he considered a sexual threat. For example, Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘pumpkin-head’, Channing Tatum was ‘potato-head’ and ‘Jim Turd Sturgess’.”
The ‘Aquaman’ actress said Depp was “controlling” and obsessed with the people she had previously slept with to the point she felt forced to start turning down movie roles. “
He spoke possessively of me as ‘my woman’ and made comments that he wished he had found me before I had slept with anyone else, joking he would have locked me away at 14,” she shared. “He would obsess about how I dressed. If I wore a low-cut dress, then he would say things like ‘my girl is not gonna dress like a w****. Over time, I stopped wearing revealing dresses for red carpet events: it just wasn’t worth the verbal and psychological abuse.”
The court also heard that Depp had accused Heard of having affairs with a series of Hollywood actors, including Eddie Redmayne, James Franco, Liam Hemsworth, Billy-Bob Thornton, and Kelli Garner. Heard described one particular altercation where she claimed he kicked her “hard in the back” and called her a “James Franco f*****” as they traveled between Boston and Los Angeles in 2014.
“Johnny sat in front of me on one of the seats opposite,” she said. “I was in freeze mode. I could see he was mad and drunk and high on drugs. I started by trying not to provoke him – I knew there was nothing I could do to placate him. At one point, I got up to move elsewhere on the plane and he said ‘are you f****** walking away from me?’ and he kicked me hard in the back.”
“I fell to my hands and knees, mortified. I wouldn’t look at him. He was screaming at me, taunting me, saying something like ‘James Franco f*****, f****** look at me,” she continued, before adding that he called her a “go-getting s*** who liked getting f*****’ by ‘rapey’ James Franco.”
Depp’s lawsuit has been filed over an April 2018 Sun article titled ‘Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’ which referred to Heard’s claims that Depp had been physically abusive towards her in their marriage. The trial continues.