The Hollywood stars Johnny Depp allegedly believed Amber Heard had affairs with
Johnny Depp accused Amber Heard of sleeping with at least eight co-stars including Eddie Redmayne, James Franco, Kevin Costner and Channing Tatum and also suspected she had an affair with Leonardo DiCaprio after an audition, the High Court heard today.
Mr Depp nicknamed Mr DiCaprio ‘pumpkin-head’ and called Mr Tatum ‘potato-head’ during fits of rage sparked because her ‘very jealous’ husband took against any ‘male co-stars he considered a sexual threat’ in ‘movie after movie’, Ms Heard said.
She also claims he would get particularly upset if she had to kiss someone else or had sex scenes in films and complained about how people were paying to watch her ‘get f**ked on camera’, the court heard.
In a bombshell witness statement where she alleged Mr Depp repeatedly threatened to kill her and have her raped, she said: ‘I had to justify to him why I was doing any movie, and it was much worse if there was any kissing or a sex scene in it. He would try and catch me out by taking my phone or telling me someone had told him I was having an affair and act as if he had information proving it – when I really hadn’t.
‘He would taunt me about it – especially when he was drunk or high – and had derogatory nicknames for every one of my male co-stars he considered a sexual threat. For example, Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘pumpkin-head’, Channing Tatum was ‘potato-head’ and ‘Jim Turd Sturgess’.’
Mr Depp also accused her of having affairs with Eddie Redmayne, James Franco, Liam Hemsworth, Billy-Bob Thornton and even women co-stars like Kelli Garner after movies, she said, adding: ‘He would even get himself copies of the scripts I was looking at, without asking me, to review them for himself.
‘His rules got tighter every year we were together about what nudity or scenes were acceptable, wanting descriptions of every detail, every aspect of scenes and how they were covered, placing increasing restrictions on what I could and couldn’t do. I found myself making concessions and turning down work’.
Amber Heard sketched giving evidence at the High Court in London while being watched by her ex-husband Johnny Depp who she has accused of threatening to kill her
Mr Depp has been accused of being jealous towards the majority of his ex-wife’s male co-stars and allegedly said she had affairs with at least eight of them
Amber Heard has arrived at the High Court where she will give evidence for three days about allegations her megastar ex-husband Johnny Depp beat her and abused her
Mr Depp allegedly nicknamed Leo DiCaprio ‘pumpkin-head’ and Channing Tatum ‘potato-head’ believing his wife had affairs with then, Amber Heard claims
Ms Heard said she found herself turning down work, and said her salary fell every year she was with him.
She said he was ‘very jealous’ and would obsess about who she had slept with and been out with before him.
Ms Heard said: ‘He spoke possessively of me as ‘my woman’ and made comments that he wished he had found me before I had slept with anyone else, joking he would have locked me away at 14.
‘He would obsess about how I dressed. If I wore a low-cut dress, then he would say things like ‘my girl is not gonna dress like a whore’.
‘Over time, I stopped wearing revealing dresses for red carpet events: it just wasn’t worth the verbal and psychological abuse.
‘He demeaned me anytime I tried to wear anything that could be seen as sexy, calling me a ‘whore’, ‘slut’, ‘fame-hungry’ and ‘an attention whore’, but it got worse over time.
‘He started saying things like ‘well I’m going to have to watch you get raped’ and ‘I hope you get railed by a bunch of f***ing fellas’.
‘Sometimes he used racial epithets about the men I would be – or deserved to be – assaulted by, saying things like ‘a slimy Mexican’ or ‘a f***ing gang of big black mother f***ers are going to f*** you and get their big c*** in you’.’
Ms Heard said Mr Depp would also call her ‘fat ass’, and that sometimes she would respond by calling him ‘old man’ or ‘limp dick’.
She said Mr Depp once took her car, a Mustang, without asking her, explaining that he was going to get it fixed for her as a gift.
‘Once it was gone, he insisted that his drivers and handlers take me everywhere,’ she said, adding that she did not have a car for the next three-and-a-half years.
She said: ‘Over time it became obvious that this was one of the ways in which he would know about and control where I was.
‘The same happened with security guards. He insisted on me having personal security, over my protests, and sent his own security guards with me, who would report back to him about where I was at all times.’
Jim Sturgess was nicknamed ‘turd’ and was among eight co-stars including Kevin Costner than Mr Depp allegedly accused Ms Heard of being unfaithful with
Her extraordinary claims emerged as she began three days of evidence about allegations her megastar ex-husband allegedly compressed her neck and told her: ‘I’m going to f**king kill you and I’ll f**k your corpse’.
Her 39-page witness statement published today claims that Mr Depp ‘threatened to kill me many times’ and he would blame all his actions on a self-created third person he dubbed ‘the monster’ during three years of marriage where she felt ‘powerless’.
She claims that the megastar told her that the only way to escape their marriage was to die, and allegedly punched, headbutted, kicked and strangled her and once hurled a mobile phone in her face ‘as hard as he could’ after he ‘wound up his arm back like he was a baseball pitcher’.
Amber also alleges that Mr Depp repeatedly threatened to have her raped by other men and told her after one row on a flight: ‘When we land, I can call some black brothers who can f**k you if you’re so desperate for it’. Depp also allegedly told her: ‘I will cut up your face so no one will want you ever again’ and about how he knew people who could ‘break a leg, real cheap’.
Her extraordinary allegations emerged as she began three days of evidence about allegations her megastar ex-husband Johnny Depp beat her and abused her often while on drink and drug binges including one occasion in Australia where she claims she was held hostage for three days.
Wearing a cream blouse and dark pencil skirt, with her long hair braided to one side of her head, Miss Heard spoke about her ex-husband’s alleged physical and verbal abuse as he sat feet away, claiming her weight dropped and she felt like a hostage and ‘scared all the time’.
In her bombshell witness statement the actress claims:
- Mr Depp allegedly told her ‘death was the only way out of the relationship’ before their divorce in 2016;
- She also claims Mr Depp kneeled on her back and hit the back of her head in a row in Tokyo over a pre-nuptial agreement;
- If Miss Heard attempted to seduce him while wearing something ‘sexy’ – her megastar husband would call her ‘whore’, ‘slut’, ‘fame-hungry’, ‘gold-digger’ and ‘an attention whore’. Later he would say ‘well I’m going to have to watch you get raped’ and ‘I hope you get railed by a bunch of f**king fellas.’
- Depp took their dog Boo and held her out of the window of the moving car while ‘howling like a dog’;
- On a flight from Boston to LA in 2014 she claims Depp ‘kicked me hard in the back’ and kept verbally abusing me, saying things like ‘when we land, I can call some black brothers who can f**k you if you’re so desperate for it’.
- In March 2015 she claims their trip to Australia was like being held hostage for three days where she claims she was beaten, strangled and spat at as Depp allegedly told her ‘you f**king make me do this’;
- On her 30th birthday in April 2016 she claims Mr Depp repeatedly pushed her over, smashed pictures and photographs around the apartment and left a note saying: ‘Happy F**king Birthday’.
- Depp alleged she had affairs with co-stars at ‘movie after movie’ and also claimed she cheated with Leonardo DiCaprio after an audition, calling him ‘pumpkin-head’;
Mr Depp, 57, pictured today, will see his ex-wife describe his alleged abuse towards her and tackle claims she had an affair with Elon Musk
Heard was hugged by lawyer Jennifer Robinson as they arrive at the High Court in London for the first day of her evidence
Amber Heard has released this picture of her face after she alleged Johnny Depp attacked him before their marriage ended in 2016
Ms Heard, 34, is also expected to face accusations she had an affair with Tesla billionaire Elon Musk and claims from Mr Depp’s friends that she fabricated domestic abuse to ‘blackmail’ her ex-husband when they divorced in 2016.
Amber, who was hugged by her lawyer Jennifer Robinson outside court, has shared pictures of her apparently bruised face after Mr Depp allegedly threw a phone in her face – but the actor’s witnesses have claimed there were no signs of injury when they saw her the following day.
Mr Depp looked relaxed as he arrived at court where he is suing News Group Newspapers, the parent company of The Sun, for libel over a 2018 article which labelled him a ‘wife-beater.’
NGN is defending the article as true, and says Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs’.
During Depp’s 20 hours of evidence at the Royal Courts of Justice, the actor claimed Heard severed the tip of his finger when she threw a large vodka bottle at him during one explosive row, and that either she or one of her friends had defecated in their shared bed as a prank.
Miss Heard affirmed her oath before being taken to her witness statements in the trial bundle by Sasha Was QC, for NGN. And then Eleanor Laws QC, representing Johnny Depp, beganm cross examining Amber Heard.
She suggested to the actress that she had ‘ultimate control in the relationship’, to which Ms Heard said: ‘No, absolutely not’, adding: ‘No, I had very little decision-making power in that relationship.’
Ms Laws then asked about the five penthouses in the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles which Mr Depp owned, and said to Ms Heard that she ‘moved some friends and your sister in’.
Ms Heard replied: ‘Not exactly.’
She added that her sister, Whitney Henriquez, did move into one of the penthouses and that her friend Raquel Pennington did so ‘at his invitation’.
Ms Laws continued: ‘And it was you who wanted them there.’
Ms Heard replied: ‘Yes, I loved that they were there.’
Ms Laws asked: ‘And none of them paid any rent?’
Ms Heard said: ‘No, Johnny wouldn’t let them.’
Eleanor Laws then asked Amber Heard about the couple’s marriage in February 2015, saying: ‘At that stage, according to you, you had been subject to repeated and regular physical violence, is that right?’
Ms Heard replied: ‘Yes, that’s right.’
Ms Laws then asked Ms Heard about discussions with lawyers in January 2015 about a pre-nuptial agreement between herself and Johnny Depp, and suggested there was an argument about it.
Ms Heard told the court: ‘There was an argument in a hotel room in Tokyo that resulted in Johnny kneeling on my back and hitting me on the back of the head.
‘He mentioned… it was more about Christi his sister, who handled most of his affairs.
‘He said it was Christi, that he didn’t want that, that he trusted me and, as he said to me time and time again, the only way out of this was death.
‘He said this to me, to which I responded that of course I would sign whatever I needed to sign.
‘But then Johnny was also accusing me of having an affair with a co-star and that is what led to the actual argument.’
She said Mr Depp hit her in the hotel room and that ‘everything else proceeded in the closet’.
Mr Depp patted his heart as he greeted fans waiting to support him as his libel case against The Sun entered a tenth day today
Mr Depp was mobbed outside the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as his ex-wife began her own evidence
Going out with Johnny Depp was like ‘dating a king’, says Ms Heard
Heard, 34, (pictured today_ will take to the witness box to counter claims that Depp made during his five days of evidence which wrapped up last week
Amber Heard has said it felt like she was ‘dating a king’ at the start of her relationship with Johnny Depp due to his fame and the way he lived.
The actress said she was ‘captivated’ by him, thought he was ‘engaging and intellectual and dark and funny’, and said that when they were together ‘it was like we were the only people in the world’.
But in a witness statement filed as part of Mr Depp’s High Court libel case against The Sun over allegations of domestic violence, Ms Heard said that on their wedding day she had ‘never felt more lonely in my life’.
Ms Heard, 34, said Mr Depp had pursued her romantically when they were filming The Rum Diary in 2009, but nothing happened because she was in a relationship at the time with Tasya van Ree.
However, she said she liked him, found him ‘charismatic and interesting’, and recalled them hanging out sometimes with the director ‘just drinking wine and talking’.
‘We had a lot of things in common, like blues music – I love blues.
‘After that shoot, I didn’t hear from him directly, although he would send me gifts,’ she said, adding that she declined a guitar he tried to deliver to her house.
Ms Heard said the next time she saw Mr Depp was in 2011 when they were promoting The Rum Diary.
She said his publicist invited her to meet Mr Depp and the director in a hotel room for a drink, but when she got there it was just Mr Depp.
‘Our romantic relationship then began,’ she said.
Later that year, Mr Depp invited her to spend a weekend at the Trump SoHo in New York.
‘I booked a room and met him there. I remember I had to go out to run an errand, and when I came back, my bags were in his room. He said he had them moved and I would stay with him now.’
‘At the time, I thought it was kind of romantic,’ she said.
The pair drank red wine together late into that first night, she said, adding: ‘When Johnny and I were together, it was like we were the only people in the world. We loved the same music, and poetry, and art – we would just sit and talk for hours.
‘He was engaging and intellectual and dark and funny. He knew so much about life, and he had lived longer and so much more than me.
‘I was captivated. I had never been with someone like him.’
When she woke up the next morning, she said she remembers that Mr Depp was drinking champagne ‘and a lot of it’.
She said: ‘I didn’t think so much of it at the time. It didn’t seem out of control, and back then he was always subdued, and sort of dark and intense when he was with me.’
In early 2012, Ms Heard went to meet Mr Depp on his private island in the Bahamas, and this is where she said their relationship ‘really began’.
Ms Heard said Mr Depp told her that he had split from his former partner Vanessa Paradis, but that it was not public yet.
He said they had to be careful about how the news of their new relationship got out because he was concerned Ms Heard would get blamed for his split with Ms Paradis, Ms Heard said in her statement.
She added: ‘He only allowed me to tell a few family members and close friends about our relationship, and in those days we could never be seen in public together.
‘When I would go to his compound on Sweetzer Avenue in Los Angeles or meet him on set he would send a driver for me, and I would have to hide under a blanket in the car.
‘When we were together it was always just the two of us. We would be at his compound, behind gates. It was like I was dating a king, with his level of fame and the way he lived.
‘I learned then that I had to suspend all expectations of normalcy, but I later came to understand how this protected him, isolated me and facilitated unacceptable behaviour.’
Reflecting on the day they got married in 2015, Ms Heard said they fought on their wedding night over his drug use.
She said: ‘He had lost weight and he would disappear into the bathroom for long periods during the wedding.
‘He was even more possessive than usual and he was just not making sense a lot of the time.
‘I tried to smile through it and entertain our guests. But I had never felt more lonely in my life.’
Amber Heard took MDMA and magic mushrooms during marriage to Johnny Depp but denies ‘addiction to cocaine and liquor’
Miss Heard, pictured with her lawyer, claimed today that she was beaten and abused over three years and threatened to kill her
Amber Heard said she had only taken MDMA during her relationship with Johnny Depp at Coachella and during a flight to Moscow which she said resulted in violence towards her and a flight attendant ‘who Johnny grabbed when he thought that she was hitting on me’.
She also said she took mushrooms with the actor once during a visit to a cabin in Hicksville, California, and without him during her birthday celebrations at the Coachella festival.
The actress then said the pair had planned a ‘pre-party’ before their wedding, which she spent on one side of Mr Depp’s private island with her friends while he celebrated with his friends on the other.
She added: ‘And my friends and I all passed around a bag of mushrooms and had what we called a cuddle huddle… on the beach.’
Eleanor Laws said: ‘So we have several medical professionals either lying or misrepresenting things?’
Ms Heard said: ‘I don’t fault them for what Johnny told them.’
Ms Laws asked: ‘Was Starling Jenkins lying when he said he saw you vomiting in a parking lot?’
Ms Heard replied: ‘He was mistaken yes. I think he got my sister and I mixed up… we were wearing similar outfits. Whitney was vomiting.’
Ms Laws suggested Mr Jenkins was correct and knew it was Ms Heard, to which the actress responded: ‘I have never vomited in a parking lot in my life.’
The barrister then asked Ms Heard if she told nurse Erin Boerum that she had been sick.
Ms Heard replied: ‘I recall telling her that I felt awful… I remember saying that… we were talking about my sister having sickness, stomach sickness, as she was pregnant.’
Eleanor Laws again referred to nurse Erin Boerum’s note and put it to Amber Heard that she had told the nurse she was vomiting and had been high for 24 hours straight.
Ms Heard said: ‘I did tell her I felt like vomiting and I wasn’t high for 24 hours, I was in bed for 24 hours feeling the effects of the horrible decision to take both of those while also going through a break-up.’
Ms Laws said: ‘You are just lying as you go along, aren’t you?’ Ms Heard replied: ‘No.’
The barrister suggested to Ms Heard that Ms Boerum was her friend and would have no reason to lie, to which the actress said she didn’t know what anyone’s reason would be to lie.
Ms Laws then asked if Ms Boerum was mistaken, to which Ms Heard said there were ‘tonnes of mistakes’, because for example it said Johnny Depp was clean for a period following the detox trip, which Ms Heard said was not true.
The barrister then asked Ms Heard to ‘just answer the questions’ and said the actress was instead saying something negative about Mr Depp every time she was asked a question about herself.
Ms Heard then said Ms Boerum’s note was missing two words – ‘felt like’.
Amber Heard feared Johnny Depp would kill her and blamed his alter-ego ‘the monster’ for his outbursts
Amber Heard has alleged she was afraid Johnny Depp was going to kill her.
The Aquaman actress claimed Mr Depp, 56, threatened to kill her ‘many times’, especially later in their relationship.
She also alleged the Pirates Of The Caribbean star was ‘very good at manipulating people’ and would blame his actions on a ‘self-created third party’ he called the ‘monster’.
Ms Heard, 34, is beginning three days of evidence at the Royal Courts of Justice in London as part of Mr Depp’s libel case against The Sun newspaper over a 2018 article that labelled him a ‘wife beater’.
In a written witness statement submitted to the court, Ms Heard accused Mr Depp of subjecting her to verbal and physical abuse – including screaming, swearing, issuing threats, punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking her, as well as ‘extremely controlling and intimidating behaviour’.
Depp, 57, made a pit stop at The Alfred Tennyson, an upmarket gastro-pub in London’s Belgravia on Sunday
She alleged: ‘Some incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far.
‘He explicitly threatened to kill me many times, especially later in our relationship.’
Ms Heard claimed Mr Depp has a ‘unique ability to use his charisma to convey a certain impression of reality’.
‘He is very good at manipulating people,’ she said in her statement.
She added: ‘He would blame all his actions on a self-created third party instead of himself, which he often called ‘the monster’.
‘He would speak about it as if it was another person or personality and not him doing all these things.’
In the statement, Ms Heard said she had ‘never been with someone like him (Mr Depp)’, and the early days of their relationship were ‘the best times’, adding he could be ‘intensely affectionate, warm and charming’, which she said she called ‘the warm glow’.
She went on to say: ‘When Johnny puts his attention on you, with all his intensity and darkness, it is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
‘When I say he was dark, he had a violent and dark way of speaking: the way he talked about our relationship being ‘dead or alive’ and telling me that death was the only way out of the relationship.’
She added: ‘He could be very intense and dark. It was the polar opposite of ‘the warm glow’.’
Ms Heard also claimed Mr Depp ‘lives in a state of weaponised victimhood’.
The statement says: ‘To hear him talk about his childhood or past relationships, he is always the victim. He functions off zero accountability to anyone and thrives off others who provide him with that.
‘No-one really gives him direct or honest feedback.
‘It is very rare to see anyone – professionals, doctors, lawyers, film executives – say no to him. I tried to, but it didn’t go down well.’
Ms Heard also said she thought she could ‘fix Johnny’, saying: ‘I thought he could get better and that he would, and I wanted that so badly right to the end.
‘After violent episodes, his team would try to convince me to stay with him or to come back, often telling me he was sorry and would get clean for me.
‘I think I stayed not only because I had hope of him getting clean and things changing, but also because of the responsibility I felt, being told I was the one to motivate him and help him to get clean.’
Ms Heard is facing questioning over 14 allegations of domestic violence – all denied by Mr Depp – which The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN) relies on in defence of the April 2018 article.
The court has so far heard nine days of evidence about Mr Depp’s Hollywood lifestyle, his use of drink and drugs and his attitudes towards women, as well as his and Ms Heard’s volatile relationship – described by Mr Depp as ‘a crime scene waiting to happen’.
Mr Depp and Ms Heard met on the 2011 film The Rum Diary and began living together in 2012 before marrying in Los Angeles in February 2015.
Ms Heard obtained a domestic violence restraining order against Mr Depp in LA shortly after the couple split in 2016 and later donated her seven million US dollars (£5.5 million) divorce settlement to charity.
Mr Depp is suing NGN and Mr Wootton over the publication of an article on April 27 2018 with the headline: ‘Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’
His lawyers say the article bore the meaning there was ‘overwhelming evidence’ Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard on a number of occasions and left her ‘in fear for her life’.
NGN is defending the article as true, and says Mr Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Ms Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs’.
Mr Depp is suing Ms Heard in separate libel proceedings in the US over a December 2018 column in the Washington Post, which did not mention Mr Depp by name, but said the actress received ‘the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out’.
Johnny Depp accused of ‘pinning down’ Amber and hitting her around the back of the head in a Tokyo row over a pre-nup she ‘refused to sign’
Amber Heard was today accused of refusing to sign a prenuptial agreement, which was alleged to be the source of a series of fiery domestic disputes between them.
Eleanor Laws then reiterated Amber Heard’s answer that Johnny Depp did not really want a pre-nup, to which Ms Heard responded: ‘I think Johnny, at least from my experience, had a very hard time… asserting himself if he felt that would make you feel poorly or badly about him, he would try to avoid it.
‘He did this a lot with his kids, I saw him do it with other people… he didn’t want to be the bad guy, in some ways, he was allergic to that.’
She said Mr Depp would tell her it was his sister who wanted the pre-nup and that she asked for a meeting with Christi (Dembrowski) and told her she would hire a lawyer, which she did.
Ms Heard said the lawyer worked on a draft of an agreement and it was sent to Mr Depp’s team through Christi.
She added: ‘That is why we didn’t need to have a fight about it because he wasn’t claiming it was something he wanted, he said time and time again that he would tear it up, that the only way out of this was death.’
Ms Laws then asked why the pre-nup was never signed, to which Ms Heard said that it was left on Mr Depp’s ‘team’s’ desk and ‘no-one did anything’.
Ms Heard added: ‘I did everything I could to make sure that we would be able to get married at this time.’
She said the evidence of Mr Depp’s doctor, Dr Kipper, that Ms Heard had tried to move the wedding date was ‘mistaken’.
Eleanor Laws then read out text messages sent between Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski in February 2015, shortly before the wedding, which referred to getting Amber Heard to sign a pre-nup.
The court heard Ms Dembrowski told her brother to get an agreement before the pair married, because ‘50% of post-nups never get signed’.
Ms Laws said: ‘He did want a pre-nup, didn’t he?’
Ms Heard replied: ‘I had no idea. He told me he didn’t. What Johnny told me is that he would look it up and that the only way out of this was death.
‘He told me this time and time again and I offered time and time again to sign whatever it was that he or his team needed or wanted.
‘I made it very clear from the early days… that I was not interested in Johnny’s money, I never had been, I never was.’
She added: ‘He’s having this conversation with Christi because he wasn’t having it with me.’
Ms Laws asked: ‘You didn’t sign the pre-nup or any pre-nup, did you?’
Ms Heard said: ‘No.’
Johnny Depp’s US attorney accused of ‘sinister and macabre’ tweet after witness called him ‘the biggest a**hole under the sun’
Johnny’s Depp’s US lawyer was today accused of sending a ‘sinister and macabre’ message aimed at Amber Heard’s interior designer.
Adam Waldman’s tweet read: ‘In memoriam, Elon Musk’s decorator Laura Divenere’ after she had given evidence on Friday and called him the ‘biggest a**hole under the sun’.
Adam Wolanski QC, for News Group Newspapers, said Mr Waldman has been observing proceedings from one of the few available seats in court, adding: ‘We would ask that he refrains from posting further macabre, threatening and sinister messages about witnesses whose evidence he does not like.’
Mr Justice Nicol said the phrase ‘in memoriam’ – a phrase referring to remembering a dead – was unwelcome. Mr Depp’s barrister David Sherborne told the court it was a phrase Mr Waldman has used to refer to evidence which he believes to be in support of a lie.
Mr Waldman was mentioned in proceedings on Friday when Amber Heard secretly recorded her interior designer raging against him for allegedly pressuring her to make a critical statement about the actress.
Laura Divenere (left) claimed Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman (right) urged her to cooperate with Depp’s legal team or face being subpoenaed
Adam Waldman’s tweet read: ‘In memoriam, Elon Musk’s decorator Laura Divenere’ after she had given evidence on Friday and called him an ‘a**hole’
Laura Divenere, who furnished the ex-couple’s Los Angeles penthouse, said in her witness statement she never saw Heard with any injuries following a fight with Depp in May 2016.
She even claimed in her written statement that Heard, 34, never spoke about being the victim of domestic abuse during her time with Depp, 57, who she described as ‘delightful’ and never aggressive.
The alleged row has become a focal point of the Depp’s High Court showdown against The Sun newspaper, who branded the actor a ‘wife beater’ in a 2018 article.
But evidence of a conversation between her and Heard in which Divenere vented against Depp’s US attorney Adam Waldman for leaning on her to brand Heard physically abusive in her High Court statement was then shared.
In the conversation, Ms Divenere called Waldman the ‘biggest a**hole under the sun’ after he asked her to abandon Heard’s version of the contentious 2016 fight.
London’s High Court was also today read a text from Waldman to Ms Divenere, who was strongly urged to cooperate with Depp’s legal team or face being subpoenaed.
And at the trial, Ms Divenere even conceded she had come under enormous pressure from Waldman to provide her statement, which she had not even written herself.
In one section of her statement, referring to the incidents of May 2016, Ms Divenere claims: ‘On none of those days immediately following the abuse claims did I observe any signs of physical abuse or injury, including any redness, swelling, cuts, bruising or damage of any kind.’
When asked by Ms Wass, representing The Sun, whose idea it was to include this, Ms Divenere replied: ‘Adam Waldman.’
She added: ‘Mr Waldman wrote the declaration, I just approved it and signed it.’ Ms Wass asked Ms Divenere: ‘I suggest that you felt pressurised by Mr Waldman to say things that were unfavourable about Miss Heard?’ Ms Divenere replied: ‘Yes.’
When asked about allegations she made about Heard having an affair with James Franco and Elon Musk, while she was still married to Depp, Ms Divenere said: ‘I did feel under pressure to say something about that.’
When asked about another section of her statement, which refers to Heard having spent a night in jail for attacking her former wife, Ms Divenere said: ‘That was Mr Waldman. I didn’t know about that until he told me.’
A text message from Mr Waldman to Ms Divenere was also read out in court, in which he asks her if she wants to ‘remain on the side of the hoax’ or the truth.
Ms Wass asked her: ‘Prior to this did you want to become involved as a witness between Miss Heard and Mr Depp. As a result of this text did you feel uncomfortable. Put under pressure?’
Ms Divenere replied: ‘I felt pressured.’
The High Court also heard a conversation that was secretly recorded by Heard when she spoke with Ms Divenere after she made her statement last June.
But the High Court in London heard a recording by Ms Heard of a conversation with Miss Divenere after she signed the statement, where she said Depp’s US attorney Adam Waldman drafted the statement and pressured her into signing it.
Ms Divenere said: ‘He thought I was totally conspiring with you, and I.. literally took it that I was like this lying person and he was gonna go ahead and subpoena me.’
Ms Heard then told her former aide: ‘It’s not your fault, you didn’t know. I hid it from everybody’.