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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have racked up a $160,000 wine bill, says business manager

  • Ed White, Johnny Depp’s business manager, testified in Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.
  • White said the couple paid a $160,000 bill to a wine merchant when their marriage ended.
  • Heard liked a particular Spanish wine that cost $500 a bottle, White said Thursday.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard racked up a $160,000 wine bill at the end of their marriage, Depp’s business manager Ed White said in court Thursday.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million, alleging she defamed him and ruined his career and reputation by insinuating she was a victim of domestic violence in a Washington Post op-ed in 2018. Heard has denied the allegations and accused Depp of repeatedly physically assaulting her during their relationship, which ended when Heard filed for divorce in 2016.

On Thursday, White was asked about his role in settling the couple’s finances during their divorce, which was finalized in early 2017.

One of the financial issues at stake in the divorce was settling the couple’s unpaid bills, which included a $160,000 tab at Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants, a vendor in Los Angeles.

Since the divorce, Depp’s tab at the wine company has been nearly eliminated, White said, although he still racks up wine bills around Christmas because he gives bottles as gifts.

“His wine bill has gone down to practically zero because he doesn’t continue to drink a lot of wine,” White said.

White said Heard had an affinity for a $500 bottle of wine produced by Spanish winery Vega Sicilia. For Heard’s 30th birthday party in April 2016 — the night of a fight that led to their separation — she ordered five bottles of this wine and eight bottles of another wine.

Depp and Heard’s alcohol and drug use was the focus of the trial. Heard alleges that Depp would become violent during drug and alcohol fueled rages. When Depp spoke up, he alleged that it was Heard who was the aggressor in their relationship and that she usually drank two bottles of wine a night. Depp previously said his personal wine bills exceeded $30,000 a month.

During cross-examination, Depp’s business manager was asked about the actor’s expenses.

“Mrs. Heard didn’t buy any of the dozens of properties Depp owned, did she?” J. Benjamin Rottenborn, Heard’s attorney, asked. “She didn’t pay $5 million to blast Hunter Thompson’s ashes with a cannon, did she?”

He added: ‘She didn’t buy a yacht she couldn’t afford and then had to sell it to JK Rowling did she?’