Barnaby Joyce takes a brutal swipe at Johnny Depp

‘Look where your life ended up, you old trout’: Barnaby Joyce takes a brutal swipe at Johnny Depp after the Hollywood megastar called him a ‘sweaty, big-gutted man who was inbred with a tomato’

  • MP Barnaby Joyce has taken a swipe at Johnny Depp calling him an ‘old trout’
  • Bad blood between them began after Depp brought his dogs to Australia
  • The dog saga has been thrust back into the spotlight in Depp’s UK libel case 
  • He is suing the newspaper over an April 2018 article calling him a wife beater 
  • The case has revealed details of Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard’s relationship 

Barnaby Joyce has fired another shot in his war of words with Johnny Depp that started when the Hollywood actor and his ex-wife Amber Heard illegally brought their dogs into Australia.   

In October 2015, Heard faced criminal proceedings for taking the couple’s two Yorkshire Terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country on a trip from America without a permit.  

Mr Joyce, who was then Agricultural Minister, famously demanded the dogs ‘bugger back off to the United States’ or threatened that they would be euthanised within 50 hours. 

The pooches flew home and the then Hollywood couple recorded a video in 2016 apologising for their actions. 

MP Barnaby Joyce ( pictured in Parliament on June 11) has called Johnny Depp an 'old trout' five years after the Hollywood actor called him 'sweaty, big gutted man from Australia who was inbred with a tomato'

MP Barnaby Joyce ( pictured in Parliament on June 11) has called Johnny Depp an ‘old trout’ five years after the Hollywood actor called him ‘sweaty, big gutted man from Australia who was inbred with a tomato’

Unimpressed by Mr Joyce’s handling of the saga, Depp called the politician a ‘sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia who was inbred with a tomato’ while appearing on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2016.

Now, as Heard and Depp lay bare the sordid details of their relationship in London’s High Court, Mr Joyce has fired back at the actor.

‘Hey, Johnny, look where your life ended up, old trout!’ Mr Joyce told 60 Minutes on Sunday night. 

The bitter quarrel between the MP for New England and the actor has been thrust back into the spotlight with the Pistol and Boo saga being re-examined in Depp’s libel case against The Sun newspaper.

Depp and Heard had repeatedly denied that they knew anything about Australia’s laws on dogs being brought in from overseas, but a former staff speaking at the defamation case told the court that was untrue. 

Emails presented to court last week allegedly indicate that Heard was looking for a vet to bribe to falsify documents for her.

As the allegations came to light, Mr Joyce spoke out, claiming ‘I always knew they were dodgy’.

Mr Joyce said 'I always knew they were dodgy' after a former staffer claimed at Depp's libel case in London that former Hollywood couple (pictured together at the HEAVEN gala in 2015) knew they were breaking Australia's strict quarantine laws by sneaking their dogs into the country on their private plane

Mr Joyce said ‘I always knew they were dodgy’ after a former staffer claimed at Depp’s libel case in London that former Hollywood couple (pictured together at the HEAVEN gala in 2015) knew they were breaking Australia’s strict quarantine laws by sneaking their dogs into the country on their private plane

He also said Heard could face perjury charges if she ever returns to Australia. 

‘They’re not above the law. That’s what annoyed the Australian people so much, this belief that you’re some sort of royalty from Hollywood … we don’t care about that rubbish,’ he said.

Mr Joyce added that he felt the humiliation of the video was warranted and that Depp’s insult wasn’t much of a sting. 

‘As far as I was concerned, they looked like two people in a basement in Beirut. I wanted it. I thought it looked totally humiliating,’ he said.

The Pirates of the Carribean star is suing the newspaper over an April 2018 article that suggested he was a ‘wife beater’.    

Johnny Depp (pictured at London's High Court)

Amber Heard (pictured) leaving London's High Court on Wednesday

Johnny Depp (left, outside the High Court this Wednesday) is suing The Sun’s publisher over an article which alleged he was violent towards Amber Heard (right, at the court)

Depp and Heard were given 72 hours to send Pistol and Boo (pictured) back to the US, with officials warning that the dogs would otherwise be euthanised

Depp and Heard were given 72 hours to send Pistol and Boo (pictured) back to the US, with officials warning that the dogs would otherwise be euthanised

Explicit details of the couple’s turbulent marriage has dominated headlines, as each accused the other of domestic violence.    

One claim included Depp bashing Heard’s head into a fridge and sending texts threatening to cut off Elon Musk’s penis after suspecting they were having an affair.

In another, the model, 34, claimed her ex-husband, 57, used his severed finger to paint ‘I love you’ in blood on a mirror while they were temporarily based in the Gold Coast while he was filming.

Heard’s case has seen Depp hit with 14 allegations of domestic violence, claims he defended during three days of testimony.

The newspaper, which failed to have the case thrown out of court, is relying on Heard’s claims to defend their article as true.

The actor has denied hitting his former wife on several occasions, but admitted he ‘accidentally’ headbutted her during a fight in Los Angeles in 2015.

The court also heard Depp allegedly threw a phone at Heard and called her ‘Amber Turd’ after she allegedly defecated in their marital bed after a blazing row on her 30th birthday party.

MP Barnaby Joyce ( pictured in Parliament on June 11) said he wanted the former couple's now infamous apology video to look humiliating

MP Barnaby Joyce ( pictured in Parliament on June 11) said he wanted the former couple’s now infamous apology video to look humiliating

Depp raises a clenched fist above his head as he departs the High Court in London for the final time  on Tuesday

Depp raises a clenched fist above his head as he departs the High Court in London for the final time  on Tuesday 

Heard denied the claims, and suggested it may have been one of their small dogs, Pistol or Boo.

The court was also shown photos Heard provided of her injuries, including bruises on her arms and black eyes.

The model also alleged Depp tried to set fire to a painting Heard’s former partner Taysa van Ree gave to her, that was hanging in her bedroom.

While denying the claims, Depp has accused Heard of violence towards him, saying his finger was actually severed after she threw a bottle of champagne.

He said he would be frequently ‘punished’ if he ‘broke her rules’, such as whether she took his boots off or whether he put his arm around her while watching TV on the sofa.

Depp’s libel case wrapped up on Tuesday.

Judge Andrew Nicol has retired to consider his verdict and is expected to hand down his ruling in several weeks.

How the star-studded relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp fell apart amid claims of violence and abuse

Johnny Depp’s high-profile libel claim against the publisher of The Sun is over allegations he was violent towards his ex-wife Amber Heard during their relationship – claims the Hollywood star vehemently denies.

The pair met in around 2011 on the set of The Rum Diary, a film adaption of a novel by Depp’s friend Hunter S Thompson, before they started living together in around 2012.

Here is a timeline of the key events in their relationship and the bitter legal battle that has ensued.

2013

– March 8: Depp allegedly tries to set fire to a painting by Heard’s ex-partner Tasya van Ree before he is said to have attacked her for the first time, which the actor denies.

2015

– February 3: The couple marry in a private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles.

– March 3-5: The key incident in The Sun’s defence, the three-day trip to Australia has been described by Heard as a ‘three-day hostage situation’ in which Depp was allegedly physically and verbally abusive while drinking heavily and taking drugs.

Depp denies the allegations and says Heard lost her temper after a conversation about a post-nuptial agreement.

– April 21: The couple arrive in Australia with their pet Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol, which they did not declare to customs officials in Queensland. Heard was charged later with bringing the dogs into the country illegally – the charges were later dropped and the pair later recorded a bizarre video apologising for bringing their dogs to Australia.

2016

– Around May 22: The pair separated, Heard claims after an incident at their LA penthouse in which Depp allegedly became very angry and destroyed property with a bottle of champagne.

– May 23: Heard files petition for the dissolution of their marriage.

– May 27: Heard applies for a temporary domestic violence restraining order, which prevents Depp from contacting her.

– August 16: The estranged couple reach an agreement concerning the dissolution of their marriage. Heard later donates her seven million US dollar (£5.5 million) settlement to charity.

2017

– January 13: The couple are formally divorced.

2018

– April 27: The column by The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton is published online at around 10pm. Under the headline ‘Gone Potty – How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’, Mr Wootton asked if the Harry Potter author had been ‘blinded by a personal friendship’ with Depp.

The piece also quoted two alleged victims of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, which Depp says was included to ‘finish his career’.

– April 28: The following day, the online article is amended to remove the words ‘wife beater’ from the headline, which was not included in the print edition.

– June 1: Depp files claim his libel against News Group Newspapers. His written claim, filed a few weeks later, claims the article ’caused serious harm to (his) personal and professional reputation’ and also caused him ‘significant distress and embarrassment’.

– December 18: The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard which did not mention Depp by name, but said that the actress ‘became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out’.

2019

– February 27: Depp fights off a bid to halt his English legal action after The Sun applies for his claim to be ‘stayed unless and until’ the star confirmed in writing that he would not sue Heard if she participated in a forthcoming trial.

– March 1: Depp files a libel case against Heard in Virginia, blaming the Washington Post piece for Depp being dropped from the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and claiming that Heard was the one who had been abusive towards him.

2020

– February 26: Johnny Depp attends the High Court in London for a preliminary hearing ahead of a trial which was due to begin the following month. The star heard NGN’s barrister Adam Wolanski read out texts sent by Depp, including one from November 2013 to actor Paul Bettany, in which Depp wrote: ‘Let’s burn Amber.’

He also wrote: ‘Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.’

– March 20: The trial, which was due to begin on March 23, is postponed due to the global coronavirus crisis. NGN’s lawyers had claimed Depp wanted to delay the trial ‘because he’s a coward and because he knows he’s going to lose’, which was denied by Depp’s legal team.

– April 8: Mr Justice Nicol rules that parts of Heard’s evidence, relating to allegations of sexual violence, will be heard in private.

– May 13: The court gives permission for Depp’s former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder – who both say Depp was ‘never violent’ to them – to give evidence. Heard’s former personal assistant Kate James is also permitted to give evidence.

– June 25: NGN asks the court to throw out Depp’s claim just two weeks before trial over the star’s failure to disclose text messages of him apparently trying to buy drugs in Australia in 2015. The publisher’s lawyers say Depp deliberately withheld text messages they say show him trying to obtain ‘MDMA and other narcotics’.

– June 29: Mr Justice Nicol rules that Depp did breach a court order by not disclosing documents from separate libel proceedings against Heard in the US – which include the text messages. But Depp’s lawyers argue that it would be ‘wholly disproportionate’ to strike out the actor’s libel claim.

– July 2: The High Court rules Depp’s claim can go ahead after granting his application for ‘relief from sanctions’ for the breach of a court order.

– July 4: The trial judge, Mr Justice Nicol refuses an application by Depp’s lawyers to exclude Heard from court until she gives evidence.

– July 7: The three-week trial finally begins at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, with witnesses set to include Depp’s former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder as well as several of Heard’s friends who say they were present when Depp was abusive. 

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