Amber Heard enjoyed another night out in London on Sunday evening as she celebrated the end of her testimony in ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel case.
The American actress was joined by younger sister Whitney Henriquez as they dined out at popular Mayfair fish restaurant Scott’s.
Heard, 34, appeared to be without girlfriend Bianca Butti, a constant presence throughout court proceedings, while venturing out in a smart black trouser suit and brown shirt.
Stepping out: Amber Heard enjoyed another night out in London on Sunday evening as she celebrated the end of her testimony in ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel case
Joining her sister, Whitney stood out in a smart lime-coloured jumpsuit and black jacket, teamed with matching leather boots.
Leaving the restaurant later that night, Heard removed her face-mask as they made their way towards a waiting car.
Their latest public appearance comes after the actress, her sister, girlfriend an lawyer Jennifer Robinson piled into the China Tang restaurant in Mayfair’s swanky Dorchester restaurant on Friday.
In good company: The American actress was joined by younger sister Whitney as they dined out at popular Mayfair fish restaurant Scott’s
The group, who kept their faces covered with colourful scarves and face masks, were seen entering the establishment just after 9pm, four hours after they left the High Court.
Before their night out a friend of the actress alleged that Depp joked about punching Heard in the face after their wedding ceremony in the Bahamas.
Speaking at London’s Royal Court of Justice, iO Tillett Wright, who was Heard’s best man in February 2015, claimed he already knew Depp was ‘hitting’ her when the alleged comment was made.
Make way: Their latest public appearance comes after the actress, her sister, girlfriend Bianca Butti and lawyer Jennifer Robinson piled into the China Tang restaurant in Mayfair’s swanky Dorchester restaurant on Friday (pictured)
In a written witness statement submitted in the Hollywood actor’s libel trial against The Sun newspaper, Tillett Wright said: ‘The first thing Johnny said to me after the ceremony, as we walked to the reception, was ‘now I can punch her in the face and no-one can do anything about it’.
‘He probably intended it as a joke, but it is only a joke if it’s not real – and by then I knew he was hitting her.’
Tillett Wright, who describes himself as an author, photographer, TV host and activist, said he became one of Heard’s ‘closest friends’ after they met in 2011.
In his statement, he said it was in late 2013 or early 2014 that he understood Depp was allegedly ‘physically violent’ towards Heard.
He said he had told Heard in 2015 not to go on holiday to the Bahamas with Mr Depp for Christmas, after hearing from her that the Pirates Of The Caribbean star had allegedly ‘beat her up badly’ in December that year.
Depp has strongly denied allegations of domestic violence against Heard.
‘I told her – ‘you cannot go’ – he might kill you’,’ Tillett Wright said in his statement. He said he told Heard that Depp ‘loved and would not hurt her’ but ‘he was not in control of his faculties’.
Denial: Depp, pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice, has strongly denied allegations of domestic violence against Heard
Johnny Depp v The Sun: Key issues in libel trial
These are the key issues the trial judge, Mr Justice Nicol, has to determine.
– Whether the April 2018 article by the tabloid’s executive editor Dan Wootton was defamatory of Depp. Under the Defamation Act 2013, a statement is not defamatory unless its publication causes ‘serious harm to the reputation of the claimant’.
– The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), is defending the claim and relying on a defence of truth. It is for the publisher to prove that the allegations made in the article are ‘substantially true’.
– The meaning of the article, which is defined as what it would mean to the ‘reasonable reader’, will have to be determined by the judge. But NGN’s lawyers say the differences between the rival meanings contended by each side are ‘not significant’ and the outcome of the case will therefore not turn on meaning.
– Depp’s case is that the article bore the meaning that he was ‘guilty, on overwhelming evidence, of serious domestic violence against his then wife, causing significant injury and leading to her fearing for her life, for which he was constrained to pay no less than £5 million to compensate her, and which resulted in him being subjected to a continuing court restraining order; and for that reason is not fit to work in the film industry’. He strenuously denies the allegations and claims he ‘has never hit or committed any acts of physical violence against Ms Heard’.
– The meaning which NGN will seek to prove is true is that the Claimant beat his wife Amber Heard, causing her to suffer significant injury and on occasion leading her to fearing for her life. They rely on 14 separate allegations of violence and allege more generally that Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive’ towards Ms Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, throughout their relationship. NGN’s lawyers say an important issue for the judge to decide will be what substances Depp was using during the relationship. They contend that he frequently lost control of himself, partly because of his heavy drug and alcohol use, and also that his memory has been impaired by his heavy use of drugs.
– If Depp wins his case, the judge will have to decide what level of compensation he should receive for the harm to his reputation and for the ‘distress, hurt and humiliation caused’. There is an upper limit on general damages for libel of £300,000 to £325,000. However, if he succeeds, Depp may also be entitled to aggravated damages. The actor is also asking for a final injunction against NGN, who his legal team say ‘have retained the article on their website and maintained their allegation to the bitter end’.
Tillett Wright explained that Heard was ‘convinced’ to go on the trip, with her telling him ‘I’m too weak willed’.
‘You’re out of you f****** mind,’ he said he replied, explaining he was ‘really worried’ about her, with no police on the private island an nearest help a plane ride away.
‘She said, basically, ‘I appreciate your concern but I’m going to give him one more chance’,’ Tillett Wright said in his statement. ‘It was as if she was suffering Stockholm syndrome.’
He also gave his account of the ‘defecation incident’, in which faeces was found in Depp and Heard’s bed following her birthday party in April 2016.
He claimed Heard told him ‘Johnny believes that you and I together shit on his pillow on our way to Palm Springs’.
Tilllett Wright said the allegation was ‘absurd’ and that he had not been at the birthday celebration.
‘It was just so ridiculous. First, Amber is faecal phobic: this was just not a prank that she would ever pull,’ he said.
He added that the ‘rational explanation’ for the incident was it was Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s dog Boo, who has ‘faulty bowels’.
Tillett Wright said Ms Heard had ‘been through hell’ before petitioning for divorce, and alleged there had been ‘a campaign of victim-blaming run against her by Johnny’s people’.
He continued: ‘Every battered woman watching what Amber has gone through has the message reinforced that if they come forward, they won’t be believed and will be blamed. This has to stop.’
His statement came as Heard’s friend claimed in court that she was left ‘naked and bleeding’ on the floor as Depp ‘urinated on the furniture’ during a row in Australia.
Raquel ‘Rocky’ Pennington claims she was ‘best friends’ with the actress when she lived in Depp’s penthouse block in Los Angeles for roughly two years between 2014 and 2016.
She gave evidence via video link from Los Angeles and when asked if she ever saw Depp hit Heard, she told the court she did not.
A written witness statement presented to the court today from Pennington said the first time she was ‘really scared for Amber’s life’ was the ‘Australia incident’.
Heard has claimed Depp subjected her to a ‘three-day hostage situation’ in Australia in March 2015, alleging he was violent towards her. Mr Depp denies the allegations.
Pennington claimed that Heard told her they had a row about Depp’s drinking as he was attempted to get sober.
She said: ‘She [Heard] said that he was throwing glass bottles at her, and there was broken glass all over the ground which cut her feet.
‘She said he backed her up against a bar and she was trying to support herself but her arms were sliding down and getting cut by broken glass.
‘Amber told me that at this point Johnny ripped off her nightgown and she was naked on the ground, all wet with alcohol, and bleeding.
‘Amber told me that at some point during this fight Johnny had cut the tip of his finger off. Amber showed me pictures of painted messages Johnny had written all over the rental house in paint and his own blood.
Controversy: The court was also shown video of Heard’s sister allowing friends to inspect ‘bruises on her face and body’ after the actress ‘whipped her a**’ proves that Whitney Henriquez lied under oath, Johnny Depp’s legal team told the High Court
Amber’s best friend admits: ‘I didn’t see Johnny beat or hit her’
Amber Heard’s best friend give evidence and described Johnny Depp being aggressive towards his ex-wife but never saw him beat her.
Raquel Pennington (right with Amber) lived rent free in one of Mr Depp’s five penthouses in the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles in around 2014 and moved out in 2016.
She was accused of conspiring with her to lie about Depp being a domestic abuser because she considered herself to be a member of ‘Team Heard.’
Eleanor Laws, QC for Mr Depp, asked her: said: ‘At no stage did you ever see Mr Depp hit or beat Amber Heard, did you?’ Ms Pennington said: ‘I didn’t see him beat or hit her.’
Ms Laws then put it to Raquel Pennington: ‘You are making this up, aren’t you? You have lied and lied again on behalf of your friend, Ms Heard, in relation to injuries that you have seen or claimed to see.’
Ms Pennington replied: ‘Absolutely not.’
Referring to an incident of December 2015, when Depp allegedly attacked Heard a day before she appeared on The Late Late show with James Corden, Ms Laws said that she took a number of photographs of her injuries.
Ms Laws claimed: ‘You never saw any injuries. What you are doing by taking photos is cataloguing things that did not happen.’ She added: ‘You have lied in your statement about a number of things. You were part of Amber’s team of supporters throughout 2015 and 2016.
Ms Laws also provided graphic details about the injuries she saw on Heard after her visit of March 2015 to Australia where she claims Depp subjected her to physical and emotional abuse. She said that she saw ‘lacerations, deep scars or cuts from her wrists to her elbows. She also told the court that Heard’s feet also had cuts. Ms Laws alleged: ‘You are making this up, aren’t you?’
Ms Pennington was then asked about the incident of May 2016, which resulted in a fight between Depp and Heard, where he is accused of smashing up the penthouse they lived in and an adjoining one he owned and attacking his ex-wife.
Ms Pennington was also present and claims that Depp also verbally and physically intimidated her. Two police officers attended the scene after he left but claimed earlier in the trial that they did not witness any damage or see Heard with any injuries.
Ms Laws alleged that following the incident, Ms Pennington, Heard and others conspired against Depp. She also suggested that they actually caused the damage in the penthouse, took photographs of it and used make up to make it look as if Heard had sustained injuries.
She added: ‘The officers leave, and you spent the next few days supporting her (Heard) in her plan for the separation from Mr Depp. The photographs have been taken in order for Miss Heard to negotiate a settlement from Mr Depp.’
Responding to claims that she had lied and conspired with Heard and she did not receive any injuries, Ms Pennington replied: ‘It’s completely false.’
‘She said that whilst she had gone to get dressed he had dipped his bloody finger in paint and written all over the walls and the lampshades.
‘She said she came down and he was urinating on the furniture and had smashed the television.’ Depp has previously claimed the tip of his finger came off after Heard threw a bottle at him.
It comes as the court was shown video of Heard’s sister Whitney allowing friends to inspect ‘bruises on her face and body’ after the actress ‘whipped her a**’ proves that she lied under oath, Johnny Depp’s legal team told the High Court.
Henriquez took the stand to explain the previously unseen reality TV clip from 2006 or 2007 – less than 24 hours after she gave evidence claiming Amber had never been violent towards her.
She had previously backed her sister Heard and saying Depp repeatedly attacked her – including once when she saw the actor grab her by the hair and hit her in the face – and Amber was ‘never violent’ towards her.
Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article which labelled him a ‘wife beater’ over claims he attacked Heard during their relationship.
Giving evidence: Heard waved to fans as she arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday morning