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Amber Heard’s lawyers claim that Johnny Depp suffered from erectile dysfunction, and the condition may have contributed to his bottle rape of his ex-wife.
Newly disclosed court papers obtained by Fox News Digital reveal that Heard’s team raised the impotence claim in a March 28 motion detailing often embarrassing evidence they wanted to present in the live-action defamation trial in Virginia that began in the following month.
“Although Mr. Depp prefers not to disclose his erectile dysfunction case, such a case is closely linked to sexual violence, including Mr. Depp’s anger and his use of a bottle to rape Amber Heard,” wrote Heard’s lead attorney, Eileen Breedhoft.
Heard, 36, testified at trial that Depp, 59, pierced her with a Maker’s Mark bottle in a drug-filled rage in 2015 in Australia, where he was on location filming the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
The Aquaman actress wept hysterically when she told jurors that Depp dragged her through a broken glass floor, then draped over a rod and pushed the bottle inside repeatedly during what she called a “three-day hostage situation.”
“I thought he was punching me. I felt this pressure. I felt this pressure on the pubic bone,” she said in Fairfax County Court in Virginia. “I didn’t know if the bottle I had in me was broken.”
Heard did not seek medical treatment after the alleged assault.
“Mr. Depp’s erectile dysfunction makes it likely that Mr. Depp will be angry or agitated in his confrontations with Amber Heard, and that he will resort to a bottle,” Breidhoft wrote in the movement, adding that Depp had taken Cialis tablets because of his impotence.
Depp’s lawyer described the attempt to admit case records at the trial as “nothing more than harassment”.
The court papers that were revealed also included an affidavit provided by Heard alleging that Depp sexually assaulted her when he was frustrated that he could not rise to the occasion in the bedroom.
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“He wouldn’t be able to have an erection and he would get angry at me,” she testified. “I call it ‘angry sex’ which Johnny couldn’t fully perform. He would throw me on the bed, and he did it a few times, and he was forcing himself on me in an angry way.”
Depp has vehemently denied physical or sexual abuse of any woman.
Judge Benny Azcaret ultimately refused to provide evidence of Depp’s medical illness – although jurors saw a medical record in court that listed Cialis as one of the drugs the actor was using.
Azkaret ordered the release of a batch of court papers on July 13, about six weeks after a jury awarded Depp $10 million in damages and $5 million in punishment.
Azkarat reduced the amount of punitive damages to $350,000, the maximum allowed under Virginia law.
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The commission rejected Heard’s allegations that Depp sexually and physically assaulted her on numerous occasions, and found that the “London Fields” actress had defamed him by referring to herself as a victim of domestic violence in a Washington Post opinion piece.
The seven-member jury threw Heard a little bone, and gave her $2 million in one suit in her counter suit—but the verdict was overall a landslide victory for Depp.
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Both sides announced that they would resume. Depp and Heard’s representatives declined to comment for this story.
Haley Chi Singh contributed to this report.