Johnny Depp has laid bare his wild past – including explosive claims about his extensive drug use and nights out with fellow Hollywood party boys – during a jaw-dropping day one in his libel trial in London.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star is suing UK paper The Sun – which is owned by News Corporation, the publisher of news.com.au – over a 2018 article which described him as a “wife-beater”. Depp is denying that he ever hit ex-wife Amber Heard.
During the first day of the court case, Depp admitted that his substance abuse began when he was just a teenager and tried one of his mother’s pills and that he’d tried “every kind of drug known to man” by the age of 14.
“My mum would tell me to go and get her nerve pills and I took one and I found what to me was the only way to numb the pain,” he said.
He added that his “literary heroes” had influenced his interest in drugs.
“I have always been interested in the counterculture and many literary heroes of mine, including (Geoffrey) Chaucer, who was an opium addict and Thomas De Quincey, author of Confessions Of An English Opium Eater, were into this subject.”
The actor added that Hunter S. Thompson – a close friend of Depp’s prior to his 2005 death – was his “idol”.
Quoting the late author, he told the court: “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
Depp was also grilled for details about a night in 1995 on which he admitted he’d caused $10,000 damage to a New York hotel room after trashing it in front of then-girlfriend Kate Moss.