Ex-wife Amber Heard has been painted by Johnny Depp as a turbulent spouse who abused and demeaned him.
The actor, 58, has filed a lawsuit against Ms Heard for an essay she published in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic violence.
Mr. Depp has denied any wrongdoing. Ms Heard, 35, has countersued him for $100 million (£76 million).
Mr Depp testified that he sensed “absolute hatred” from Ms Heard. After two days of testifying, her lawyers began cross-examination on Wednesday.
On Thursday, his testimony continues for a third day.
The couple clashed frequently after their first year together soured, he said, with Ms Heard routinely spewing a “sarcastic, insulting, angry, violent, toxic spew” and resorting to violence on occasion.
Mr Depp said, “It may start with a smack.” “It might start with a TV remote being thrown at my head. It may be a glass of wine thrown in my face.”
“She has an insatiable desire for fight. She is driven by a desire for vengeance “he stated Ms. Heard can also be heard saying she “did initiate a physical fight” with Mr. Depp in recordings shown to the jury on Wednesday.
Mr Depp also spoke about his now-famous episode with his ex-wife, in which he discovered “human faeces” on his side of the bed at the flat he shared with Ms Heard.
“I could only chuckle because it was so strange and disgusting,” he remarked.
Ms. Heard has denied that she or any of her pals left human excrement on the bed, calling the idea “extremely filthy” during Mr. Depp’s defamation trial in the UK in 2018.
In the highly watched civil trial in Virginia, jurors have heard two completely different tales of Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s relationship.
Mr Depp’s lawyers have worked hard to depict Mr Depp as a physically and sexually abusive boyfriend who is prone to drug and alcohol binges, according to Ms Heard’s lawyers.
On Wednesday, Mr Depp addressed his drug and alcohol use, claiming that he became hooked to prescription opioids after being prescribed Roxycodone for a back injury.
Ms. Heard withheld medication that would have reduced withdrawal symptoms from the actor while he was detoxing from the drugs, according to the actor. She claimed it was not time for the next dose.
The actor claimed he cried and begged as he rolled around on the floor. “I despise having to confess it, but that was perhaps the lowest time of my life.”
As Johnny Depp sat down for his second day on the witness stand, he cast a fleeting glance across the court to where his ex-wife Amber Heard sat.
She sat there, quietly watching and occasionally scribbling notes as Mr Depp proceeded to convey his feelings about their relationship, which she claims was aggressive and abusive.
His replies on the first day of his testimony had been distinguished by hesitations and extended hunts for the correct words.
On day two, Johnny Depp was noticeably more eloquent as he detailed how his marriage had crumbled and how he believed her behaviour had become dominating and condescending.
It was, he said, an “endless parade of insults and looking at me like I was a fool”.
“I was not allowed a voice.”
The reason for the long description on the previous day of his problematic relationship with his mother now began to make sense. The criticisms from Ms Heard and his responses to it made him realise he was in a relationship with his “mother”.
There was a little smile as he reflected on what he had said.
He also talked about celebrity and the impossibility of dealing with everything that was written about him.
“Your arms are too short to box with God,” he said.
His drinking was, he said, a means of dealing with the pain of the relationship. It was Ms Heard who would strike him, he claimed. He would retreat, booking extra rooms when they were travelling so he had a place to escape.
As they rose for recess, he looked straight ahead.
Ms Heard watched, her face giving nothing away.
Her side of the story is yet to be told.
Under cross-examination, Ms Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn had Mr Depp confirm that his name is not mentioned in the 2018 op-ed in question.
“I think that its very easy to write a piece and put the finger on someone without saying their name,” Mr Depp replied.
“There are sneaky ways of writing things.”
The lawyer also asked why Mr Depp did not sue after Ms Heard accused him of assault in a restraining order two years earlier, in May 2016.
“I was advised by my attorney not to fight,” Mr Depp said.
Mr Rottenborn additionally introduced into evidence a divorce document the couple signed in August 2016 that stated: “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain.”
The trial for defamation is currently in its second week.
The jury had already heard testimony from Mr Depp’s former therapist, who detailed how the celebrity ex-couple engaged in “mutual abuse,” as well as medical personnel who treated Mr Depp when he was detoxing from opiates.
Several high-profile witnesses are set to testify later in the trial, which is likely to run at least another month. They include entrepreneur Elon Musk and actors James Franco and Paul Bettany.