Heard Lawyers Suggest Depp's Erectile Dysfunction Led to Violence–Documents

Amber Heard's lawyers suggested that Johnny Depp's purported erectile dysfunction led to him allegedly lashing out violently at his now ex-wife.

Over the weekend, more than 6,000 pages of court documents from the former couple's legal battle were unsealed, shining a light on the trial sparked when Depp, 59, filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard, 36, in response to a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she said that she was a domestic abuse survivor.

Following a high-profile trial in Fairfax, Virginia, the jury in June found that Heard had, indeed, defamed Depp and awarded him more than $10 million. Depp was ordered to pay $2 million to Heard—who had counter-sued for $100 million—for defaming her via comments made by his attorney Adam Waldman.

As both parties appeal the verdicts against them, details of pre-trial documents, which show information and details that attorneys for each star had attempted to submit into evidence but did not get approved or were deemed inadmissible by the judge, have been revealed.

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Johnny Depp is pictured, left, in Fairfax, Virginia on May 25, 2022. Amber Heard is pictured, right, in Fairfax, Virginia on May 17, 2022. Recently unsealed court documents have revealed that Heard claimed Depp was taking medication for erectile dysfunction. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images;/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

One such detail shows claims from Heard's team that Depp was taking erectile dysfunction medication, which they wanted to be submitted as evidence during their televised trial.

According to the documents, Heard submitted into evidence a medication list that included "Nexium, Cialis and Valtrex," and "suggested that [Depp's alleged erectile dysfunction] might somehow be a motivation for abuse."

"Mr. Depp's Erectile Dysfunction Is Relevant to Mr. Depp's Use of a Bottle to Rape Amber Heard, in Addition to Explaining Mr. Depp's Mindset and Anger," read a statement from Heard's team.

"Though Mr. Depp would rather not disclose his erectile dysfunction condition, such condition is absolutely relevant to sexual violence, including Mr. Depp's anger and use of a bottle to rape Amber Heard. Mr. Depp's erectile dysfunction makes it more probably that Mr. Depp would be angry or agitated in encounters with Amber Heard, and that he would resort to a bottle.

"This relevance is not substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice. The erectile dysfunction is not likely to generate a 'strong emotional response' that would make it 'unlikely that the jury could make a rational evaluation of its proper evidentiary weight.'"

However, Depp's team argued against the inclusion of such information, accusing Heard of attempting to submit the evidence as a way to embarrass him in court during the trial, which took place in Fairfax, Virginia.

Per the documents, Depp's attorneys said that Heard "wants a circus, and clearly intends to take this trial down a number of unnecessarily salacious rabbit holes, including and especially with respect to Mr. Depp's medical history."

"Following scorched earth discovery on that topic, Ms. Heard has manifested an intention of presenting evidence regarding Mr. Depp's medical history and treatments, including treatments for conditions completely irrelevant to the narrow issues in the case," read the statement from Depp's team.

During her testimony, Heard alleged that she and Depp got into a violent confrontation while staying in Australia in 2015, where her then-husband was shooting the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

She said Depp was drinking, taking drugs and accusing Heard of having affairs with her previous co-stars. She alleged that he was "belligerent" and was throwing things and screaming.

Depp, Heard testified, slammed her head against a wall and called her a "wh*re," a "sl*t" and "fat a**," and repeatedly "whacked" her in the face.

Heard alleged that Depp, from whom she split in 2016, knocked her to the floor and held a broken bottle against her neck, saying he could "carve up her face."

Then, Heard recalled being held down on a counter and Depp allegedly penetrating her with a bottle. Through tears, she said she thought Depp was punching her and that she felt pressure on her pubic bone.

Heard said she remained still. She said she couldn't feel the bottle inside her and couldn't feel any pain. She said she just saw "so much broken glass."

"I just remember thinking, 'Please God, please. I hope it's not broken,'" she said.

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are pictured on May 6, 2014 in New York City. The stars wed in 2015, announcing their separation the following year. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Spike TV

Heard later testified that she remembered Depp saying, "I'll f***ing kill you," and then recalled bleeding from her vagina.

In the recently unsealed documents, Heard's team alleged that Depp "engaged in serious sexual violence during instances of rage and violence in which he forcibly penetrated Ms. Heard's vagina with the neck of a liquor bottle during one of the most violent episodes in their relationship.

"Other times, he forcibly and violently thrust his fingers up her vagina, moved her body by holding onto her vagina, and yelled obscenities at her.

"None of these acts were to initiate sex and none of them consensual. Quite the contrary, they were acts of sexual violence reflecting an abuse of Mr. Depp's power and control over her, and specifically perpetrated to humiliate and subjugate Ms. Heard.

"These repeated sexual violations were often accompanied by vulgar and degrading verbal assaults toward her. These sexual violations were psychologically devastating to Ms. Heard and physically painful."

Newsweek has contacted representatives of Depp and Heard for comment.