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Amber Heard arrives to take the stand in Johnny Depp case

Amber Heard today denied severing the tip of Johnny Depp’s finger during a violent argument in Australia claiming the Hollywood star was lobbing booze bottles at her ‘like grenades’ while holding her hostage for three days. 

The actress, who accuses the 57-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star of physical abuse on at least 14 occasions, was questioned about an incident Down Under in March 2015 when she says she was subjected to a three-day hostage ordeal.

Depp says the tip of his finger was severed during an argument when Heard, 34, threw a large vodka bottle which struck his hand, but Ms Heard hit back today saying: ‘I only threw things to escape Johnny when he was beating me up’.

Describing the row she said she had taken a bottle from Depp from which he was drinking and smashed it on the floor, prompting a furious response from him. He picked up bottles and began to throw them.

She said he threw all the bottles within reach bar one, saying: ‘He picked them up ad started using them like grenades or bombs…throwing one after another in my direction.’ 

Depp’s lawyer Eleanor Laws said Heard’s account that the actor had severed his finger by smashing a phone against a wall and then continued to assault her was a lie. ‘No it’s not,’ she replied. ‘I don’t think he meant to sever the finger but yes he carried on attacking me.’

Laws also accused Heard of stubbing a cigarette out on Depp’s cheek. ‘No, Johnny did it right in front of me. He often did things like that,’ she said. It came after Ms Heard claimed Johnny Depp and his lawyers have run a four-year campaign to ‘harass’ and ‘abuse’ Amber Heard as well as wreck her career after they split up. 

Amber Heard strides into the High Court with her girlfriend Bianca Butti as she prepares to give evidence for the final time in the bombshell libel trial

Ms Heard claimed that Mr Depp once pushed supermodel Kate Moss down the stairs during their relationship in the 1990s

Ms Heard claimed that Mr Depp once pushed supermodel Kate Moss down the stairs during their relationship in the 1990s

The megastar (pictured acknowledging his fans today) says that he has never been violent towards his ex-wife, who he claims he decided to divorce after she allegedly fouled in his bed, which she denies

The megastar (pictured acknowledging his fans today) says that he has never been violent towards his ex-wife, who he claims he decided to divorce after she allegedly fouled in his bed, which she denies 

Ms Heard sketched giving evidence during the bombshell libel proceedings brought by Mr Depp against The Sun after being branded a 'wife-beater'

Ms Heard sketched giving evidence during the bombshell libel proceedings brought by Mr Depp against The Sun after being branded a ‘wife-beater’

Ms Heard, who started her third day of evidence this morning, claims the megastar actor, 57, and his allies have tried to ’embarrass and harass me and the people around me, including potential witnesses’ ahead of his extraordinary London libel trial.

In a new witness statement published today, the actress, 34, said she was ‘eager for this trial to proceed’ claiming her ex-husband’s ‘campaign has affected my professional life, my personal life and my well-being. It has been extremely upsetting’.

She said: ‘Johnny is so much more powerful than I am, in every way: physically, financially, and professionally. By leaving him I escaped the physical abuse, but for the past four years he has used his power and resources to continue the harassment and abuse through the various legal proceedings he has dragged me into and the publicity campaign his team has run alongside those proceedings’.

She added: ‘I have been subjected to a campaign of targeted online abuse on social media, as well as online petitions calling for me to be removed from any future sequel to Aquaman and from my association with L’Oreal. It has also been aimed at what is most important to me: my humanitarian work, including my partnerships with the United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organisations, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and many others, and the important work that these organisations do’.  

Today Ms Heard is expected to give her final evidence with her ex-husband Johnny Depp feet away as the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century comes to a head. 

Ms Heard, who smiled and waved as she walked into the Royal Courts of Justice with Bianca Butti, has been in the witness box for the past three days where she claimed she feared Mr Depp, 57, was ‘going to kill’ her on several occasions.

Amber has said that the megastar would blame his ‘alter ego’ called ‘the monster’ for the alleged violence while intoxicated with copious amounts of drink and drugs. 

On another extraordinary day at the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday, Ms Heard claimed that Mr Depp once pushed supermodel Kate Moss down the stairs during their relationship in the 1990s. The actress said that was why she had punched the actor – over fears he was about to do the same to her younger sister Whitney.

Amber also denied that she had an affair with Elon Musk, James Franco or ‘anybody else’ while she was with Johnny Depp, who she claimed was ‘jealous’ and accused her of sleeping with at least eight co-stars and also Leonardo DiCaprio after an audition, giving DiCaprio the nickname ‘pumpkin-head’. 

But the actress was accused of changing her story about being ‘backhanded’ by Depp in a so-called ‘disco bloodbath’ – after she saw a picture of the couple with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in which Ms Heard does not have any visible injuries to her face.

Mr Depp is accused of going into rages while on drink and drugs and since splitting with Ms Heard she alleges he has run a campaign of harrassment

Mr Depp is accused of going into rages while on drink and drugs and since splitting with Ms Heard she alleges he has run a campaign of harrassment

Mr Depp (pictured today) is accused of going into rages while on drink and drugs and since splitting with Ms Heard she alleges he has run a campaign of harassment

The couple were having a ‘nasty row’ at the top of stairs in March 2015 when Whitney, then 26, tried to intervene, the court heard. 

Accused of punching the Pirates Of The Caribbean star with her closed fist, Miss Heard, 34, replied: ‘I did strike Johnny that day in defence of my sister.

‘He was about to push her down the stairs and, the moment before that happened, I remembered information I had heard that he pushed a former girlfriend – I believe it was Kate Moss – down the stairs. I had heard this rumour from two people and it was fresh in my mind. And in a flash I reacted in defence of her.

‘I have been for years Johnny’s punching bag – it was the first time I actually struck him back.’ 

Eleanor Laws QC, for Depp, accused Miss Heard of ‘just making this up as you go along’, saying she had ‘added’ Miss Moss – whom Depp dated in the 1990s – to her evidence. Miss Heard admitted she had never mentioned it before, in any statements or previous explanations of the incident.

Miss Heard said: ‘He was about to push my sister down the stairs. My baby sister. She has never hurt anyone in her life.

‘I would have done anything to prevent her being pushed down a flight of stairs.’

Miss Laws said: ‘You are making this up as you go along, throwing in details, new details, which you have thought of literally on your feet to make your account more credible.’

Miss Heard replied: ‘Of course not.’

Miss Laws said: ‘You don’t want to admit the truth, which is that you are violent, do you?’

Miss Heard said: ‘Only in self-defence.’

There was no response from Miss Moss’s spokesperson yesterday for requests to comment. 

Amber Heard made the sensational claim that Johnny Depp pushed British supermodel Kate Moss down the stairs while they dated in the 1990s (pictured together in New York in 1994)

Amber Heard made the sensational claim that Johnny Depp pushed British supermodel Kate Moss down the stairs while they dated in the 1990s (pictured together in New York in 1994)

Amber Heard strides from her London hotel as she heads to the High Court clutching a hot drink as she faces a final day in the witness box of her ex-husband Johnny Depp's libel trial

Amber Heard strides from her London hotel as she heads to the High Court clutching a hot drink as she faces a final day in the witness box of her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel trial

Amber Heard and her girlfriend Bianca Butti went sightseeing through Central London yesterday after her court appearance

Amber Heard and her girlfriend Bianca Butti went sightseeing through Central London yesterday after her court appearance

The couple stopped for a selfie and a kiss on a bridge in the capital as they enjoyed the sunny summer evening in the capital together

The couple stopped for a selfie and a kiss on a bridge in the capital as they enjoyed the sunny summer evening in the capital together

The couple stopped for a selfie and a kiss on a bridge in the capital as they enjoyed the sunny summer evening in the capital together

Amber Heard accuses Johnny Depp of a four-year harassment campaign after split

Amber Heard today claimed Johnny Depp and his lawyers have run a four-year campaign to ‘harass’ and ‘abuse’ their as well as wreck her career after they split up.

Ms Heard, who started her third day of evidence this morning, claims the megastar actor, 57, and his allies have tried to ’embarrass and harass me and the people around me, including potential witnesses’ ahead of his extraordinary London libel trial.

In a new witness statement published today, the actress, 34, said she was ‘eager for this trial to proceed’ claiming her ex-husband’s ‘campaign has affected my professional life, my personal life and my well-being. It has been extremely upsetting’.

She said: ‘Johnny is so much more powerful than I am, in every way: physically, financially, and professionally. By leaving him I escaped the physical abuse, but for the past four years he has used his power and resources to continue the harassment and abuse through the various legal proceedings he has dragged me into and the publicity campaign his team has run alongside those proceedings’.

She added: ‘I have been subjected to a campaign of targeted online abuse on social media, as well as online petitions calling for me to be removed from any future sequel to Aquaman and from my association with L’Oreal. It has also been aimed at what is most important to me: my humanitarian work, including my partnerships with the United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organisations, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and many others, and the important work that these organisations do’.  

Self-harm 

Today Johnny Depp's lawyer Eleanor Laws QC challenged Amber Heard's testimony of the incident, suggesting that scars she claims were inflicted by Depp depicted in photos shown in court were 'far more akin' to self-harm scars

Today Johnny Depp's lawyer Eleanor Laws QC challenged Amber Heard's testimony of the incident, suggesting that scars she claims were inflicted by Depp depicted in photos shown in court were 'far more akin' to self-harm scars

Johnny Depp’s lawyer Eleanor Laws QC challenged Amber Heard’s testimony of the incident, suggesting that scars she claims were inflicted by Depp depicted in photos shown in court were ‘far more akin’ to self-harm scars

Scars on Amber Heard’s arm were the result of self-harm rather than a brutal attack by Johnny Depp, his QC suggested.

Miss Heard said they were inflicted during a terrifying ordeal in Australia in March 2015 – which she has termed the ‘three-day hostage situation’ – at a house they rented while Depp filmed one of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies.

She said yesterday: ‘I had been strangled, assaulted, punched, sexually assaulted, strangled, among other things.’

She claimed that Depp had guzzled whisky and ecstasy tablets before hitting and choking her, smashing bottles and throwing her around on a kitchen top strewn with broken glass in the incident in which he drunkenly severed his own finger before daubing ‘I love u’ with his blood on a mirror.

She told the court, her voice cracking with emotion: ‘I was trying to push him off me. I was saying, ‘Johnny, it’s me, you’re really hurting me, stop please’ – it’s like he couldn’t hear me.’

She added: ‘He pulled me around by my neck and pushed me down against the bar, I was against the bar, naked, bent over backwards, my back against the marble.

‘He was pressing so hard on my neck I couldn’t breathe. I was trying to tell him that I couldn’t breathe. I remember thinking he was going to kill me in that moment. The floor was wet and I was slipping.’

She said she could not get any purchase on the floor or the countertop ‘from all the broken bottles’.

Miss Heard said she still bore scars on her arm. A photo taken on April 18, a month later, at the Tribeca Music Festival in New York, was shared on Twitter, and the court also saw other photos.

Eleanor Laws QC, for Depp, asked her: ‘These are not scars sustained while you are writhing around, trying to get away from Mr Depp – jagged, uneven – they are straight in line, aren’t they?’

Mr Justice Nicol intervened to ask: ‘It is suggested these are not scars sustained in the Australia attack – do you agree?’ Miss Heard did not.

Miss Laws said: ‘These are far more akin to self-harm scars, straight and inflicted by you, and certainly not in a struggle with Mr Depp.’

But Miss Heard replied: ‘I have had these scars on my arm since that evening and I have never self-harmed.’

And she added: ‘Johnny’s a self-harmer, I’m not a self-harmer.’

KEITH RICHARDS PHOTO

The actress was accused of changing her story about being ‘backhanded’ by Depp in a so-called ‘disco bloodbath’ – after she saw a picture of the couple with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in which Miss Heard does not have any visible injuries to her face.

The photo was taken on March 23, 2013. Miss Heard had initially claimed Depp smacked her on March 21 but she later changed this to March 8.

She said Depp had become jealous of a painting her ex-partner Tasya van Ree put up in their bedroom, and that in a drug-fuelled rampage he had tried to set fire to it and had hit her so hard that the wall was ‘spattered’ with blood from her lip.

Miss Laws suggested Miss Heard had altered her account after seeing the photo of her, her sister Whitney and Depp with Richards, saying: ‘You have changed the date in order to explain away the clear face in the photo.

‘You have woven a web of lies that you have had to shift and change according to when evidence has emerged.’

Miss Heard replied: ‘I disagree.’

PLASTER CAST

The actress was also accused of ‘a complete lie’ over her claims that Depp grabbed her hair with one hand and punched her with the other in March 2015.

It was impossible, said Miss Laws, since the actor’s right hand was swathed in bandages – Depp had chosen a children’s dinosaur design for fun – following the severing of his finger in Australia during a previous row. Miss Heard told the court she wasn’t lying, saying: ‘He grabbed my hair with this hand, and hit me with the hard plastic cast. It was especially unpleasant.’

Miss Laws said the actress had not mentioned the plaster cast before, and suggested that if it had been true it would have been ‘a primary feature of the assault’ that Miss Heard would have wanted to record.

‘BLACKMAIL’

Miss Heard was accused of trying to extort and blackmail the star as they divorced. Her list of demands included three LA penthouses and a black Range Rover.

A letter from her lawyers demanded Depp’s ‘immediate co-operation’ to complete the divorce quickly and without publicity. She also peppered the star with text messages saying ‘Please call me, it’s important’, ‘please!’ and ’emergency!’, the court heard.

Miss Laws said: ‘It’s blackmail, isn’t it?’ The actress said: ‘No.’ Miss Heard filed her divorce declaration on May 26, 2016 – five days after the alleged phone-throwing incident – and obtained a court restraining order the following day, saying she was ‘petrified’ that her husband would return to the apartment.

Miss Laws suggested this was ‘not true’. The actress replied: ‘I was petrified of the monster that Johnny could become.’

OUT WITH FRIENDS

Miss Heard was also pictured apparently enjoying herself with friends in the days after the May 21 phone-hurling incident, during which she claimed her husband had been ‘drunk and high’ and smashed ‘everything he could’ in the apartment with a magnum bottle of champagne.

Three days later, CCTV footage from the lift of her apartment building showed her going out with her sister Whitney and friend Rocky Pennington, coming back at 11pm with wine.

Miss Heard has been accused of faking her injuries with help from her friends, in what Depp’s legal team claims was part of a ‘hoax’.

FAECES ON THE BED

Amber Heard has rubbished accusations that she defecated in Johnny Depp's bed, as bombshell photographs of faeces at the centre of their bitter court row were made public for the first time

Amber Heard has rubbished accusations that she defecated in Johnny Depp’s bed, as bombshell photographs of faeces at the centre of their bitter court row were made public for the first time

In the latest twist to what was dubbed ‘Poogate’ by Miss Heard and her friends, the actress vehemently denied she was responsible for leaving ‘disgusting’ human excrement on the bed she shared with Depp in their Los Angeles penthouse on her 30th birthday. She blamed it on their dog Boo, who was unwell after it ate some of the star’s drug stash, the court heard.

Depp says he made up his mind to divorce his wife after being informed about the faeces.

Miss Laws asked Miss Heard: ‘You left human excrement on the bed?’ Miss Heard responded: ‘That’s absolutely disgusting.’

Asked if any of her friends had left it, she replied: ‘No, of course not. That’s unimaginable to me.’

She claimed Boo, Depp’s Yorkshire terrier, had had a problem with her bowels since eating cannabis that belonged to Depp when she was a puppy.

The case continues.

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