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Depp assaulted Heard and pulled out her hair after she found out he was cheating, court hears 

Johnny Depp assaulted Amber Heard and pulled out her hair after she found out he was cheating on her with an ex-girlfriend, the High Court heard today. 

Taking the stand for a third day at the blockbuster libel trial in London, Depp denied pulling chunks out of Heard’s hair while pinning her to a bed, allegedly cracking its frame as he brought his weight down on her. 

Depp, 57, is suing The Sun newspaper after it described him as a ‘wife beater’ following claims by Heard, 34, that he repeatedly attacked her during their relationship.  

This particular sordid fight took place at Depp’s $3million sprawling LA penthouse in March 2015.

Photos of a cracked bed frame, tufts of blonde hair and messages scrawled on a countertop were submitted by Heard last year during defamation proceedings in the US.

Depp today denied Heard’s account of the ferocious incident and claimed that he had been acting in self defence. 

Heard screamed ‘f*** you’ at her former spouse from a mezzanine floor of the colossal home after learning he was having an affair, the court heard.

Depp allegedly ‘chased’ Heard around the property before hurling her onto a bed so forcefully the frame splintered and broke.

It was said he left her bleeding and in ‘searing pain’ after screaming: ‘I will f***ing kill you’ during the onslaught.

A photo which purports to show the cracked bed frame in Depp's LA penthouse

Photos of a cracked bed frame (left) and  tufts of blonde hair (right) were submitted by Heard last year during defamation proceedings in the US

Photos of Heard which show bruising beneath her eyes and on the bridge of her nose after Depp allegedly headbutted her during the fight at the LA penthouse

Photos of Heard which show bruising beneath her eyes and on the bridge of her nose after Depp allegedly headbutted her during the fight at the LA penthouse

Photos of Heard which show bruising beneath her eyes and on the bridge of her nose after Depp allegedly headbutted her during the fight at the LA penthouse

Johnny Depp outside the High Court in London on Thursday

Amber Heard outside the High Court in London on Thursday

Johnny Depp (left) and Amber Heard leaving the High Court in London on Thursday. Depp is suing The Sun newspaper after it described him as a ‘wife beater’ following claims by Heard that he repeatedly attacked her during their relationship.

The actor’s private nurse Debbie Lloyd said ‘all hell broke loose’ after being called to the site with security guard Travis McGivern to restrain the pair, Ms Wass said.

Reading a text from Ms Lloyd to Stephen Deuters (a friend of Depp’s) dated March 23, 2015, Ms Wass said: ‘Bad night last night. They got into it and it got violent again. I had to separate them and we are at 80. Jerry aware.’

Six minutes later the nurse allegedly sent a second message: ‘I was there at 1..30 to given him a shot he said she was trying to start, he took his meds and went to bed… All hell broke loose.’

The court heard: 'During this incident, the Claimant (Depp) also wrote a message on the kitchen countertop in gold pen that said, "Why be a fraud? All is such bulls***".'

The court heard: ‘During this incident, the Claimant (Depp) also wrote a message on the kitchen countertop in gold pen that said, “Why be a fraud? All is such bulls***”.’

Ms Wass said: ‘She (Ms Heard) found out you were having an affair.’

Depp replied: ‘Well she was quite jealous… I don’t know if she found out I was having an affair. I did nothing violent on that staircase apart from possibly try to protect myself,’ Depp added.

Ms Wass said the Pirates of the Caribbean star had struck Whitney, Heard’s younger sister, when she intervened as he tried to hit her sibling.

‘You pushed Whitney out of the way in order to hit Ms Heard and you struck Whitney in the arm,’ the lawyer said.

‘No ma’am,’ came the reply.

‘Ms Heard shouted don’t hit my sister and Ms Heard then hit you,’ Ms Wass said.

‘Yes, she did,’ Depp said.

Ms Wass said Depp became furious when Heard would ‘stand up to’ the Hollywood star and maintain eye contact as he flew into a rage.

‘She was not simply quiet but she would look you straight in the eye in one of your rages and you would goad her saying: “You think you’re a f***ing tough guy?”‘

The lawyer said: ‘You headbutted her between her eyes on the nose.’

‘No ma’am’ came the reply.

Ms Wass said: ‘And she said she was going to call the police if you ever hit her again.’

‘No ma’am,’ Depp repeated.

The images were shared in text messages between an employee of the couple and a worker in the building.

The images were shared in text messages between an employee of the couple and a worker in the building.

Images previously submitted in defamation proceedings in the US show the alleged aftermath of the fight in the LA penthouse. The images were shared in text messages between an employee of the couple and a worker in the building.

Images previously submitted in defamation proceedings in the US show the alleged aftermath of the fight in the LA penthouse. The images were shared in text messages between an employee of the couple and a worker in the building.

Images previously submitted in defamation proceedings in the US show the alleged aftermath of the fight in the LA penthouse. The images were shared in text messages between an employee of the couple and a worker in the building.

Images previously submitted in defamation proceedings in the US show the alleged aftermath of the fight in the LA penthouse. The images were shared in text messages between an employee of the couple and a worker in the building.

‘She went through your office at PH (Penthouse) 3 and she went through the interconnecting door to PH (Penthouse) 4* You were chasing her,’ Ms Wass said.

‘No ma’am,’ he said.

Referring to a photograph of the splintered bedframe, Ms Wass said: ‘It’s something that happened when you threw your weight onto Ms Heard when you were assaulting her on the bed.’

Images previously submitted in defamation proceedings in the US show the alleged aftermath of the fight in the LA penthouse. The images were shared in text messages between an employee of the couple and a worker in the building.

‘No ma’am,’ Depp said.

In a written statement submitted by the defence about the alleged incident, it was said: ‘Ms Heard and the Claimant were in their penthouse in Los Angeles.

‘The Claimant threw another decanter at her, knocked items around the room and punched the wall. He slapped her hard, grabbed her by her hair, and dragged her through the apartment.

‘In the process, the Claimant pulled large chunks of hair and scalp out of Ms Heard’s head.

‘Ms Heard tried to escape the violence by going upstairs. The Claimant followed Ms Heard, hit her in the back of her head, again grabbed her by her hair, then dragged her by her hair up the last few steps.

‘At the top of the stairs, the Claimant shoved her twice, which made her fear that she would fall.

‘Ms Heard told the Claimant that he had broken her wrist in an attempt to get him to stop.

‘The Claimant repeatedly hit Ms Heard, knocking her to the floor. Each time Ms Heard was knocked down, she stood back up.

‘The Claimant responded by veiling, “Oh, you think you’re a fucking tough guy?” He then head-butted her in her face, bashing her nose, which immediately began bleeding and caused her searing pain.

‘When Ms Heard said to the Claimant, “You head-butted me”, he responded, “I just gave you a little knock with my head”.

‘The Claimant then said what a “f*** up” he was and left the room.

‘Later, Ms Heard told the Claimant that she wanted to leave him, and that she would call the police if he ever touched her again.

‘When she then began to walk away towards the guest apartment, the Claimant pushed her. He then grabbed her and pulled her from one room to the next, gripping her by her hair.

Pictures of Heard taken after the fight in March 2015 and submitted to the court today which purport to show injuries to her face and hairline caused by her ex-husband

Pictures of Heard taken after the fight in March 2015 and submitted to the court today which purport to show injuries to her face and hairline caused by her ex-husband

Pictures of Heard taken after the fight in March 2015 and submitted to the court today which purport to show injuries to her face and hairline caused by her ex-husband

Photos of Heard submitted to the High Court today show the Hollywood actress's face after she claims Depp headbutted her and pulled chunks of her hair out

Photos of Heard submitted to the High Court today show the Hollywood actress's face after she claims Depp headbutted her and pulled chunks of her hair out

Photos of Heard submitted to the High Court today show the Hollywood actress’s face after she claims Depp headbutted her and pulled chunks of her hair out

‘Ms Heard screamed and feared for her life. She suffered severe headaches and other pain for at least a week after this incident.

‘During this incident, the Claimant also wrote a message on the kitchen countertop in gold pen that said, “Why be a fraud? All is such bulls***”.’

Ms Wass said: ‘You were actually smothering Ms Heard at the time.’

Depp replied: ‘No ma’am.’

‘And all this time you were screaming at her that you were going to kill her and you hated her and the bed frame broke under the force of your weight,’ the QC said.

‘No ma’am,’ said the actor.

‘And you pulled out tufts of Ms Heard’s hair and left her on the bed and walked out of the building,’ Ms Wass said.

‘No ma’am, false,’ Depp said.

He then described the incident in which he allegedly headbutted his ex-wife so forcefully her nose bled as a ‘collision.’

Revising his earlier claim that the incident never took place, the actor claimed it was unintentional and he was acting in self-defence in a ‘very important admission’.

Depp claimed he tried to protect himself by ‘grabbing Ms Heard’s arms to control the violence.’

Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London where he has been giving evidence during a hearing in his libel case against The Sun

Amber Heard and her girlfriend Bianca Butti leave the High Court of Justice on the third day of Johnny Depp's trial against The Sun

Depp (left, leaving the High Court today) is suing The Sun after it described him as a ‘wife beater’ following claims by ex-wife Heard (right, leaving the court with her girlfriend Bianca Butti) that he repeatedly attacked her during their relationship

Heard leaving the High Court in London with ‘Team Heard’, including her girlfriend Bianca Butti (front left)

‘By the time the Claimant had dragged Ms Heard into the upstairs office, she had told him she was leaving him as she could not put up with his behaviour any longer.

‘The Claimant reacted by grabbing Ms Heard by her throat, pushing her down to the ground, and punching her in the back of her head.

‘The Claimant grabbed Ms Heard by her hair, slapped her in the face, and screamed at her, “I f***ing will kill you – I’ll f***ing kill you, you hear me?

‘The fight continued onto a bed. The Claimant got on top of Ms Heard and placed his knee on her back and the other foot on the bedframe while repeatedly punching her in her head.

‘The Claimant screamed, “I f***ing hate you” over and over again.

‘The bedframe splintered under the weight of the pressure of the Claimant’s boot. The Claimant hit Ms Heard with his closed fists, pushed her face into the mattress, and pulled out chunks of her hair.

Depp is on the stand at the High Court for a third day today and was questioned about the incident after he previously claimed the injury was sustained when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him during the fight in Australia

Depp is on the stand at the High Court for a third day today and was questioned about the incident after he previously claimed the injury was sustained when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him during the fight in Australia

He said: ‘She was swinging quite violently so the only thing I could do in that situation was either to run or to try and put my arms around her to stop her flailing and punching me.

‘When I did so it seems there was a collision and she’s kicking and moving. There’s very close contact.

‘That’s the only collision Ms Heard could have had. She did not break her nose, she did not have blood running out, she did not run to the bathroom.

‘There’s no suggestion that you accidentally headbutted her (in your witness statement),’ Ms Wass said.

‘When I tried to grab her around her arms of her body to control the violence, she immediately said: “You headbutted me, you broke my nose” and screamed and ran away,’ Depp said.

‘From where the accidental headbutt took place?’ Ms Wass said.

‘There was no intentional headbutt,’ Depp replied.

‘Do you agree that your admission that people in this court will have heard for the first time that there was a headbutt, is very important?’ Ms Wass asked.

‘Yes it is important,’ Depp said.

Amber Heard has arrived at the High Court today with her sister Whitney (wearing a green covering) after going out on the town with her until the early hours of this morning on the third day of Johnny Depp's blockbuster libel trial in London

Amber Heard has arrived at the High Court today with her sister Whitney (wearing a green covering) after going out on the town with her until the early hours of this morning on the third day of Johnny Depp’s blockbuster libel trial in London

The 57-year-old actor was cross-examined on the stand by The Sun's lawyer and asked about the trip he took with his ex-wife Heard, 34, in August 2014 - while they were engaged to be married

The 57-year-old actor was cross-examined on the stand by The Sun’s lawyer and asked about the trip he took with his ex-wife Heard, 34, in August 2014 – while they were engaged to be married 

He later added: ‘She said I can’t believe you headbutted me and I say I headbutted you…I used the word headbutt because that’s the way she referred to it.’

‘Well you understand what headbutting means?’ Ms Wass asked.

‘We see bilateral bruising between Ms Heard’s eyes in the photos, yes?

‘You say you did headbutt her but did not cause those injuries?’

The actor replied: ‘I used the word headbutt in a much later conversation. I repeated the word she used, headbutt.

‘I said “A headbutt to the forehead, how does that break your nose?”‘

Referring to a recording of Ms Heard describing the incident played to the court, Ms Wass said: ‘Very recently I suggest you’ve changed your account of the headbutt to deal with this recording.’

‘I disagree, ma’am,’ Depp replied.

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