LONDON (AP) – Johnny Depp faced a second day of cross-examination Wednesday by lawyers for British tabloid The Sun, which is defending a libel claim after calling the Hollywood star a â€œwife beater.â€
Depp is suing The Sunâ€™s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he had physically abused ex-wife Amber Heard.
The case opened Tuesday at the High Court in London, with Depp sitting in the witness box and denying Heardâ€™s allegations that he assaulted her on multiple occasions.
The â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€ star said Heardâ€™s â€œsickâ€ claims were â€œtotally untrue.â€ He called his ex-wife sociopathic, narcissistic and emotionally dishonest.
The Sunâ€™s lawyer, Sasha Wass, has tried to paint Depp as a volatile personality with a longstanding drug habit and an anger-management problem.
Depp acknowledged taking both prescription and illegal substances since childhood, but denied Heardâ€™s clam he became a â€œmonsterâ€ when he drank and took drugs.
â€œI was angry, but that doesnâ€™t mean I have an anger problem,â€ Depp said Tuesday. â€œI also express myself by laughing. I donâ€™t have a humor problem.â€
Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy â€œThe Rum Diaryâ€ and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. They divorced in 2017, and now bitterly accuse one another of abuse.
The Sunâ€™s defense relies on Heardâ€™s allegations of 14 incidents of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in locations including Los Angeles, Australia, Japan, the Bahamas and a chartered jet. He denies them all and says Heard, an actress and model, attacked him with items including a drink can and a cigarette, and severed his finger by throwing a vodka bottle at him.
Heard is attending court and is expected to give evidence later in the trial, which is scheduled to last three weeks.