Depp sued the newspaper’s publisher after a 2018 headline branded him a “wife beater,” regarding his relationship with his ex-wife. Amber Heard. The court found this claim to be “essentially correct”.
At the pre-trial hearing in February 2020, the texts exchanged between Depp and Bettany in 2013 were read aloud.
In a text, Depp wrote, “Let’s burn Amber!!!” Bettany replied: “After thinking it over, I don’t think we should burn Amber – she’s a fun and eye-catching company, plus I’m not sure she’s a witch. Of course, we can try the English action course in these difficult situations – we do a drowning test. Think? ”
Depp replied: “Dump her before we burn her!!! I’ll dispose of her body afterwards to make sure she’s dead. “
In a new interview, Bettany – who first addressed the messages in an interview with The Independent in December – said it was “embarrassing” to make the messages public.
“And we live in a world without context,” he said Time. “I didn’t know Johnny when he married Amber. I knew him before. But we haven’t talked in years. In the marriage, I don’t know them. So I wasn’t around for any of that. “
Actor, last seen in the BBC drama A very British scandal, said the trial “was a very bizarre moment,” adding that he did not enjoy discussing it. “Because I know how it works,” he said. “Whatever you say is oxygen for the fire. And there is no fire.
“The only real way to elegantly deal with this is to say: I’m not sure if anyone has one of these devices. [a mobile phone] that would be comforting to have a team of lawyers snooping through their private text messages. “
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Bettany’s new comment comes a few months later I said The Independent: “It was a strange moment. The weird thing is that you suddenly have one of the scariest newspapers in London and their lawyers have been looking at your texts for the past 10 years.
“Honestly, can you imagine what it would be like to have a team of lawyers go through every single one of your emails and texts for 10 years? All I can tell you is it’s an uncomfortable feeling.”
Bettany had previously defended Depp against the allegations. In a 2016 Twitter post, the 50-year-old wrote: “Knowing Johnny Depp for many years and through several relationships. He is the sweetest, kindest, most gentle man I have ever known. Just say. ”
Bettany and Depp star together in 2014 sci-fi thriller Transcendent as well as action comedy Mortdecaiwas released in 2015.
Bettany will next appear on stage, playing Andy Warhol in Collaborationtakes place at the Young Vic until April 2.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/paul-bettany-johnny-depp-amber-heard-b2022156.html Paul Bettany about having a message to Johnny Depp about Amber Heard go public