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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s courtroom showdown off to an explosive start calls his ex-wife a '

Johnny Depp today claimed he decided to divorce Amber Heard after she defecated in their marital bed 'as a prank' as he denied hitting her and said that she had abused him throughout their marriage.

The Hollywood legend, 57, is suing The Sun for labeling him a 'wife beater' and today branded those accusations 'sick and completely untrue' at a long-awaited blockbuster libel trial at the High Court in London.

But the most sensational revelation from Depp was that he decided to divorce Heard after faeces was left in their bed.

In a written statement, the actor said Heard or 'possibly one of her friends' was responsible for the incident, but claimed she dismissed it as 'just a harmless prank', and he said it was the final straw in their deteriorating marriage.

Today, he took to the stand to deny ever hitting Heard, as a series of newspaper stories alleged, and said it was 'inconceivable' that he would ever hit a woman, citing his Southern upbringing and saying he considers chivalry 'very important'.

He said: 'It is a strong and central part of my moral code that I would never strike a woman, under any circumstances, at any time. I find it simply inconceivable and it would never happen.'

While denying attacking Heard he also launched a blistering attack on her, accusing her of being a 'calculating, narcissistic sociopath' who married him to further her career.

His defence reeled off a string of incidents in which she had allegedly attacked him throughout their marriage including when she threw a vodka bottle at him, severing his finger, in Australia in 2015.

Depp also cited another incident in which she 'repeatedly' punched him in the face on a private jet in 2014 and claimed that she punched him again as he fled to the toilet.

In contrast, the actress' lawyers painted Depp as a domestic abuser who repeatedly attacked her when he was drunk or high on drugs.

Depp started his account of his relationship with Heard by describing how he first met her when she auditioned for The Rum Diary, and later reconnected with her when they were promoting the film.

In one of his witness statements filed as part of his libel case against The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), Depp said: 'She was then extremely friendly to me and keen to tell me about the break-up with her former partner that she had recently gone through.

'If I had known then what I know now, I would have seen the red flag warning signs, but I did not. She was beautiful, seemingly incredibly interested in me and my work, and I fell for it. She bombed me with what appeared to be love.

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'It was not until much later that I understood that she had an agenda, namely to get married to me in order to progress her own career and/or to benefit financially, and she knew how to bring it about.

'For example, at the time, she repeatedly told me how much she admired my films; however, later in our relationship she admitted that she had never seen any of my films. She knew what she wanted and I was an easy target.'

Depp said their time together was 'incredibly unhappy', adding: 'She is a calculating, diagnosed borderline personality; she is sociopathic; she is a narcissist; and she is completely emotionally dishonest.

'I am now convinced that she came into my life to take from me anything worth taking, and then destroy what remained of it.'

Depp said the pair sought the help of a marriage counsellor who he says confirmed to him that Heard had a 'borderline, toxic narcissistic personality disorder and is a sociopath'.

According to Depp's statement, Heard 'continuously belittled' him and called him a 'fat old man'. He said he found it 'devastating and heartbreaking' to hear Heard call him a 'horrible father'.

In addition to the alleged verbal abuse, Depp accused Amber Heard of attacking him, and claimed she repeatedly punching him in the face and severing his finger by throwing a vodka bottle at him.

In one of his witness statements filed as part of his libel case against The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), the actor said 'rage-filled violent incidents on planes were common with Amber'.

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This photo released by Depp's lawyers shows him with a severed finger after he was allegedly attacked by Amber Heard

Source: Read more from dailymail.co.uk

My view: Oh wow just wow, embarrassing explosive detail.

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