Johnny Depp has claimed he battled deadly bug MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) after undergoing surgery to reattach his severed finger.

The actor returned to London’s High Court on Monday for a fifth day giving testimony as part of his libel case against News Group Newspapers, over a story published in Britain’s The Sun newspaper in 2018 which branded him a “wife beater.”

During his testimony, the Pirates of the Caribbean star was asked about an alleged scuffle on March 23, 2015, with his ex-wife Amber Heard and her sister Whitney, of which the Aquaman star previously alleged Depp “punched me repeatedly” and grabbed her hair.

The actor denied being violent towards her, and insisted he was still recovering from a finger injury he sustained in Australia earlier that month.

“I went back to L.A. to have surgery – they put a pin in my finger and I ended up catching MRSA, which is quite a painful disease,” he testified, calling claims he attacked Heard “ridiculous” because he was wearing a cast on his hand at that point.

Depp previously claimed his finger was severed during a heated row with Heard during their time in Australia, and that the top of his finger was cut off when Heard threw a glass vodka bottle at him during a fight.

Heard, meanwhile, has claimed her ex hurt his hand while smashing a plastic phone against the wall repeatedly, and insisted she was not present at the time of the injury.

During last week’s explosive testimony, the court heard how Depp had then used his mangled finger to scrawl a message in blood on a mirror after the fallout, as he admitted he “went into some kind of breakdown.’’

The star has maintained the allegations of abuse levelled against him by Heard are false, insisting he was often the victim during heated rows.

The Sweeney Todd star is also suing Heard for defamation related to a 2019 Washington Post article she wrote, in which she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

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