Johnny Depp reportedly joked he wanted to 'burn' and 'drown' Amber Heard in texts

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Johnny Depp allegedly joked he should "burn" and "drown" now-ex-wife Amber Heard in a series of 2013 text messages to his actor friend Paul Bettany, a court has heard.

Depp's private exchange with Bettany was read out in London's High Court on Wednesday in a preliminary hearing regarding his libel suit against officials at The Sun, following a 2018 report in which he was referred to as a "wife-beater".

The actor was present for Wednesday's court date as the content of the previously-unseen text messages to Bettany were read out by defence lawyer Adam Wolanski.

The chat had been included in a file of 70,000 texts accidentally shared with the defence team by Depp's previous legal representatives.

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