Johnny Depp accused his ex-wife Amber Heard of ‘haymakering’ him after her 30th birthday party when they met in a hotel three months later – shortly after she had obtained a restraining order against him, a court heard today.
Depp, 57, finished giving 25 hours of evidence at the High Court in London today as his blockbuster libel case continues over allegations of domestic violence by Heard, 34. The actor is suing The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article in April 2018 which labelled him a ‘wife beater’.
Depp – who made the accusation against Heard in a secret recording revealed in court today – said the fight followed her 30th birthday party in April 2016, which he attended after a ‘bad meeting’ with a new business manager who revealed he had lost $650million after it was ‘stolen’ by his previous managers.
He claimed Heard had been ‘drinking heavily’ and attacked him while he was reading in bed, punching him in the face four times before he grabbed her arms to stop her. The secret recording in which he discussed the alleged attack was made without Depp’s knowledge when he met her in a San Francisco hotel room in July 2016.
Depp also admitted today that his forehead ‘may have clashed’ with Heard’s when he was trying to ‘grab her arms’ to stop her hitting him – but denied intending to headbutt her. He also said he could not have grabbed Heard by the head and punched her in the face because he was wearing a cast with a ‘little dinosaur’ on his broken finger.
As Depp’s former personal assistant Stephen Deuters became the next witness to give evidence and denied buying illegal drugs for the star, the Royal Courts of Justice also heard today:
- Depp was asked if he ‘invented’ his version of events that he accidentally headbutted Heard
- A nurse’s notes revealed Heard was ‘dishevelled’ and had ‘visible bright red blood’ on her lip
- Heard’s father David sent Depp a text message saying he knew his daughter needed help
- Depp said smoking cannabis is a ‘calming agent’ for him and wouldn’t put him in a rage
- Heard told a nurse she was angry with Depp because he was late to her party
The former couple were both photographed arriving separately at the court in London this morning, while Heard was also pictured leaving Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, where she is staying while legal proceedings continue.
Depp is said to have attacked Heard throughout their tempestuous relationship, which has been described as ‘a crime scene waiting to happen’, and put her in fear for her life – claims he says are ‘a choreographed hoax’.
Meanwhile Depp’s former fiancée Winona Ryder, who starred with him in the 1991 film Edward Scissorhands, is set to tell the court via videolink later this week that he was never abusive or violent to her.
Johnny Depp (left) and Amber Heard (right) are pictured this morning outside the High Court in London as the Hollywood actor’s blockbuster libel case over allegations of domestic violence continues
Amber Heard is pictured leaving Ham Yard Hotel in London’s Soho today where she is staying as legal proceedings continue
Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp began his fifth day of evidence in the case by being asked about an alleged incident of domestic violence against Heard shortly after he lost the top of his middle finger in Australia.
Depp says he could not have grabbed Heard by the head because he was wearing a cast
Depp’s barrister David Sherborne asked Depp about an alleged incident in Los Angeles on March 23, 2015, when he is said to have grabbed Heard by the hair with one hand and hit her ‘repeatedly in the head with the other’.
Depp said: ‘I flew back from Australia to LA to have surgery on the finger and, at that time, they had put a pin in it, in the broken bone, the fractured bone, but to no avail.’ He said he ‘ended up getting MRSA, it’s quite a painful disease’.
Depp explained he was wearing a cast on his hand with a ‘little dinosaur’ on it because he had decided if he was going to have to wear one he should have the children’s ‘wraparound’ on it as it was ‘more fun’.
The actor confirmed he was wearing the cast at the time of the alleged incident in the Eastern Columbia building. Mr Sherborne asked: ‘And with that cast on, would you have been able to grab her hair with one hand and punch her repeatedly with the other?’ Depp replied: ‘No sir.’
Mr Sherborne then asked Depp about an alleged incident during the couple’s honeymoon in July 2015 on a train in South East Asia. Depp confirmed that he and Heard were accompanied by security guard Malcolm Connolly for the entire trip, and said they ‘became quite friendly’ with the railway staff.
Depp arrives at the High Court in London this morning wearing a face covering to give evidence in the libel case
Amber Heard waves as she arrives at the High Court in London this morning for the legal proceedings to continue
Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp, pictured today, began his fifth day of evidence in the case by being asked about an alleged incident of domestic violence against Heard shortly after he lost the top of his middle finger in Australia
He said the staff accommodated them by putting them in a separate dining car to avoid people taking photos of them during meals, and that Mr Connolly was always present in that car. Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Were you violent at all to Ms Heard during that train journey?’. To which the actor replied: ‘No, not at all.’
Elon Musk and NOT Johnny Depp may have given Amber Heard cuts and bruises during affair as her marriage to the actor crumbled, suggests penthouse concierge in bombshell claims
Elon Musk and not Johnny Depp may have given Amber Heard cuts and bruises to her face during an affair as her marriage to the Hollywood actor crumbled, building staff at the former couple’s LA penthouse have suggested.
The sensational allegations have been made by two members of staff who worked at the apartment block where Depp lived with ex-wife Heard in a penthouse on the 13th floor.
Elon Musk visited Amber Heard ‘night after night’ in 2016 as her marriage to Depp collapsed, according to a concierge who works in the building where the actor had a penthouse
In sworn video statements Alejandro Romero and Trinity Esparza say they saw no injuries to Heard’s face after Depp allegedly threw a mobile phone at her ‘like a baseball pitcher’ during a blazing row on May 21.
Ms Esparza, who owned the concierge company at the exclusive Eastern Columbia Building, said she saw Heard throughout the week after the alleged phone-hurling assault and the actress — who wore no make-up — showed neither bruises nor cuts.
Then, on Friday, May 27 she ‘had a red cut underneath her right eye and red marks by her eye’.
Ms Esparza also alleges that on June 4 – two weeks after Depp left the penthouse – she saw Heard with further injuries; a bruise on her left check and two on either side of her neck in the shape of fingers and ‘little less than quarters in size.’
When asked by Depp’s legal team, where Depp was during this period, she replied: ‘Out of the country.’
She is then asked who Heard had been ‘interacting over this time Ms Esparza replied: ‘Elon Musk.’
When asked if there was anybody else, she replied: ‘No.’
Adam Waldman, Depp’s lawyer, said: ‘Johnny Depp left the country after Ms Heard’s most notorious abuse hoax where she claimed he threw a phone into her right eye. Yet two weeks later, the head concierge at the building testified she saw Ms Heard with a bruise under her other eye, finger shaped bruises on her throat and a bandaged arm.
‘It was Elon Musk who had been coming up to Mr Depp’s penthouse during his two-week absence.’
Mr Romero, the building’s security officer, says Musk visited Heard late at night ‘several times a week’ while Depp was away from home filming prompting staff at the building to speculate that they were having an affair.
He also claims that the tech billionaire Musk usually arrived at around 11pm and would not leave by the time his shift finished at 1am.
When asked if Depp was at home during Musk’s visits, Mr Romero replied: ‘No.’
Mr Romero’s and Ms Esparza’s dramatic testimony is due to be heard at the High Court this week as part of Depp’s libel claim against the Sun newspaper over allegations that he was violent towards his ex-wife. It will be delivered via videolink with both in Los Angeles.
Depp says his forehead ‘may have clashed’ with Heard’s when he was trying to ‘grab her arms’
Mr Sherborne continued by asking about an alleged incident at the couple’s LA penthouse on December 15, 2015, which the court heard was ‘the night before Ms Heard was due to be filming for an appearance on the James Corden show, The Late Late Show’.
The barrister said Depp is alleged to have inflicted ‘a litany of violence’ on Heard on that occasion, before the actor is said to have headbutted his ex-wife.
Mr Sherborne said Depp’s evidence was that ‘your foreheads may have clashed’ when the actor was trying to ‘grab her arms’ to prevent her hitting him. Depp explained that he grabbed Heard to ‘lock her arms’ to stop her attacking him.
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Were you violent to Ms Heard in any way?’ Depp replied: ‘No, sir.’ Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Did you intend to headbutt her?’ The actor said: ‘Not at all.’
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Did you deliberately strike her nose causing it to be ‘bashed up’, I think is her (Ms Heard’s) phrase?’ Mr Depp replied: ‘No, sir.’
Depp is asked if he ‘invented’ his version of events that he accidentally headbutted Heard
Mr Sherborne then referred to a recording of a conversation between Depp and Heard, made without the actor’s knowledge, when they met in a San Francisco hotel room in July 2016, shortly after Heard had obtained a restraining order.
The recording refers to the ‘headbutt’ incident in December 2015, in which Depp can be heard to say: ‘I headbutted you in the f******… forehead. That doesn’t break a nose.’
The barrister asked if ‘Ms Heard asked for’ the meeting, to which Depp said: ‘That’s correct.’ Mr Sherborne then asked: ‘Do you remember in the restraining order how far it said you need to keep away from Ms Heard?’
Depp replied: ‘I believe it was something like 150 feet.’
Mr Sherborne referred to the suggestion by Sasha Wass QC, representing News Group Newspapers (NGN), that Depp had ‘invented’ his version of events that he had accidentally headbutted his ex-wife. The barrister asked if ‘you have invented this (account) since December 2019’? Depp replied: ‘Certainly not, no.’
Mr Sherborne later referred again to the ‘secret recording’ of Depp and Heard’s meeting in San Francisco in July 2016, in which Depp can be heard to say ‘you f****** haymakered me, man’.
The actor also says to Heard that ‘you came around the bed to f****** start punching on me’, the court heard.
The barrister asked what a ‘haymaker’ was, to which Depp replied: ‘It’s just a type of wild swinging… kind of a roundhouse punch, as it were. It’s a bit of a wild swing, but effective if it reaches the target.’
Mr Sherborne asked Depp if he remembered Heard denying she hit him in response, to which the actor replied: ‘No I don’t remember her denying that she hit me.’
The barrister then said it was suggested to the actor by Sasha Wass QC in cross-examination that by going to bed and reading on her birthday, he had made her angry.
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Mr Depp, did you deserve to be punched because you were reading in bed on her birthday?’
Depp replied: ‘Under the circumstances of being harangued and forced into some argument or altercation, I didn’t think that it was the wrong thing to do. I thought it was best to remove myself from the argument because it seemed ridiculous to me.’
The actor was then asked if that was something he did only once during arguments, to which he said: ‘No sir, quite a lot.’
Mr Sherborne also told the court that Heard said it was ‘unbelievable to imagine’ that she had either been ‘in a secret fight club’ or ‘plotting to do this for three years … just saving it up for the right time’ when she was not asking for any money, adding ‘no-one is going to believe that’.
Depp said he had no idea what ‘secret fight club’ referred to as he had never heard the term.
The actor said: ‘I thought it meant a couple of scenarios, the secret fight club I didn’t understand.
‘I thought it was a very odd alternative to the secret fight club and it seemed to me in a strange way … it was almost as if it was a reverse confession, if you will.
‘It seemed like everything she would accuse me of was something that she had done to me, so I started to see this kind of pattern, a mirroring, and when she said that I was real taken aback, for sure.’
Nurse’s notes reveal Heard was ‘dishevelled’ and had ‘visible bright red blood’ on her lip
Mr Sherborne referred to notes of nurse Erin Boerum who had discussed the alleged incident with Heard in the aftermath.
The barrister said Ms Boerum was a friend of Heard, who attended her birthday party and had seen the actress on December 17 while delivering medication.
Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy ‘The Rum Diary’ and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. They are pictured at the film’s premiere in London in November 2011
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in Los Angeles in September 1990. Ryder is due to give evidence via videolink on Wednesday
The nurse said Heard was ‘dishevelled’ and had ‘visible bright red blood’ on her lip, which she told Ms Boerum was from the injury sustained in the argument.
Ms Boerum also examined Heard’s face and scalp and said she was unable to see bruises or clumps of hair missing.
Mr Sherborne then asked Depp to explain part of his evidence about Heard suffering chapped lips.
The actor replied: ‘It was normal that she had pretty dry lips, she was constantly using lip balm and… she would pick the dryness, the dry skin.
Amber Hard was the ‘abuser’ in Johnny Depp relationship, claims actor’s ex-aide
Amber Heard was the ‘abuser’ in her relationship with Johnny Depp, the actor’s former personal assistant has claimed.
Stephen Deuters alleged that Ms Heard, 34, subjected Mr Depp, 57, to ‘years of abuse’, and said he was ‘extremely surprised and outraged’ when it became public that she had filed for a temporary restraining order against the Hollywood star.
In his written witness statement, Mr Deuters, who is now European president of Mr Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, said he was with the couple ‘very regularly’ throughout their relationship, and did not see any injuries on Ms Heard, or hear her mention that she had been the victim of abuse.
Mr Deuters was giving evidence on Monday in his employer’s libel trial against The Sun newspaper over an April 2018 article which labelled Mr Depp a ‘wife beater’.
In his written statement, Mr Deuters said that, during the period in which Mr Depp is alleged to have been abusive, he saw Ms Heard ‘on many occasions’.
‘At no point did Ms Heard ever mention any physical abuse and I never saw evidence of any injury to Ms Heard,’ he claimed.
Mr Deuters went on to say: ‘In contrast, Mr Depp told me on multiple occasions that Ms Heard had attacked him or abused him physically and verbally.’
He alleged that the first time Ms Heard made an allegation of physical abuse against Mr Depp was when she filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in 2016.
He said: ‘In relation to the TRO, I, along with many others, was extremely surprised and outraged when this hit the press. I knew that Ms Heard was the abuser in the relationship and I was appalled that she would behave in this way.’
Mr Deuters claimed Ms Heard ‘had subjected Mr Depp to years of abuse’.
In his witness statement, Mr Deuters referred to a number of alleged incidents of domestic violence, all of which Mr Depp denies, which News Group Newspapers (NGN), publisher of The Sun, is relying on in its defence against the actor’s libel claim.
Mr Deuters said he was on a flight with the couple from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014, when it is alleged Mr Depp was abusive towards Ms Heard.
Mr Deuters claimed that Ms Heard was ‘speaking at Mr Depp in an increasingly aggressive manner whilst he was focused on his notebooks, within which he often wrote or drew when flying’.
He said: ‘At this point, I had my headphones on so I could not hear the specifics of what she was saying but I could see her gesticulating and I could tell from her manner that her voice was raised.
‘She continued to harangue Mr Depp, whereas he did not engage with the abuse he was receiving.’
Mr Deuters said that, at one point, Mr Depp ‘made a playful attempt to tap her (Ms Heard) on the bottom’, adding that he did not believe that Mr Depp made contact with her.
He said: ‘Ms Heard took great offence at what was clearly a harmless gesture and increased her abuse of Mr Depp in an extremely unpleasant manner.’
Mr Deuters went on to say that he, and Mr Depp’s former private security guard, Jerry Judge, ‘decided to intervene in order to attempt to calm down Ms Heard’, with Mr Judge taking her aside.
‘I believe I spoke briefly to Mr Depp and he then retreated to the bathroom of the plane where he remained for the rest of the flight.
‘This was a common theme on the multiple times when Mr Depp was abused by Ms Heard – he would take himself away from the situation, often to a bathroom, and lock himself out harm’s way.’
Mr Deuters said that the day after the flight, Mr Depp asked him to ‘mollify’ Ms Heard and ‘to say whatever was needed to try and placate her’.
‘Given Ms Heard’s extremely volatile nature, I thought it best to try to engage with her on her own terms and simply apologise for what she was alleging had happened; hence my use of the word ‘kicked’, which is the word which Ms Heard herself had used.
‘As I have made clear, Mr Depp had not kicked Ms Heard.’
Mr Deuters also gave evidence on the couple’s trip to Australia in March 2015, during which it is alleged Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard and ‘completely destroyed’ a house in a drink- and drug-fuelled rage, which the actor denies.
Mr Depp’s finger was severed during the trip, and he alleges it was caused by Ms Heard throwing a vodka bottle at him, which she denies.
Mr Deuters said he was not present when the injury occurred, and he saw Mr Depp when the actor was taken to a hotel by his security team.
He claimed that, the following day, Mr Depp told him and two others ‘he had sustained his injury when Ms Heard had thrown a bottle at him which smashed on his hand’.
Mr Deuters also said that Mr Depp ‘did not want to cause alarm by letting the true cause of his injuries be known’ and they were ‘instructed to say that Mr Depp had caught his finger in a door.’
According to Mr Deuters’ statement, he has worked for Mr Depp since 2004.
Mr Sherborne said: ‘And what would happen when she did that?’ To which Depp replied: ‘Well just like anything, it would bleed if you are pulling the scab off.’
Heard’s father David sent Depp a text message saying he knew his daughter needed help
Depp was then asked in court about a text message he received from Heard’s father, David Heard, in the aftermath of the alleged incident, in which he said he knew his daughter needed help with her temper, as the actor did for his problems with drink and drugs.
In the text, Mr Heard also wrote: ‘But I still love you like a father or brother.’
David Sherborne asked: ‘If Lily-Rose… if your daughter told you that her husband had slapped her repeatedly, punched her, deliberately smacked her in the nose, grabbed her by the hair, dragged her upstairs by the hair, pulled chunks of her hair out, would you still send a text to him saying ‘I love you like a brother or father’?’
Depp replied: ‘Definitely not.’
Depp reveals he was in a bad mood after just discovering he had lost $650million
Mr Sherborne then asked about an argument after Heard’s 30th birthday party at the couple’s LA penthouse on April 21 2016, which the actor attended after a ‘bad meeting’ with his new business manager.
Depp said: ‘I was in the early stage of learning from my recently acquired new business manager that the former business managers had (taken) quite a lot of my money. They had stolen my money.’
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘How much money had they taken from you?’
The actor replied: ‘It was put to me this way, because I had no idea about money or amounts of money.
‘Since Pirates (Of The Caribbean) 2 and 3, I had – and this is ludicrous to have to state, it’s quite embarrassing – apparently I had made $650million (£510 million) and when I sacked them, for the right reasons, I had not only lost $650million, but I was $100million in the hole because they (the previous business managers) had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years.’
Mr Sherborne said: ‘So, as you said, a bad meeting.’ Depp replied: ‘Very unpleasant and ugly, yes.’
Depp says smoking cannabis is a ‘calming agent’ for him and wouldn’t put him in a rage
Depp was asked if he had smoked any cannabis between leaving the meeting with his new business manager and attending Heard’s birthday party.
The actor said: ‘It is possible that from the meeting, which was in my office in the conference room, that on my way down to Ms Heard’s dinner, it is possible that I would have smoked some cannabis in the car on the way.’
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘If you had smoked some cannabis, what effect would it have had on you?’ The barrister asked if smoking cannabis would have put him ‘in a rage’. Depp replied: ‘No, it’s a calming agent for me.’
Heard tells nurse she was angry with Depp because he was late to her party
Mr Sherborne then referred to notes taken by nurse Ms Boerum, who attended Heard’s party on April 21, 2016.
Her notes read that Heard ‘appeared irritable and upset, she reports being angry with her husband because he’s late’.
The notes continued that ‘JD arrives at 10.15pm… appears in good spirits’, that the actor was ‘coherent… and sociable’ and that the couple ‘appeared affectionate to one another’ during the dinner.
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Does that accord with your recollection?’ Depp said: ‘Yes, sir.’
Depp took ‘great offence’ after Heard’s friend iO Tillett Wright photographed his daughter
Depp was asked why he stopped speaking to Heard’s friend iO Tillett Wright.
He told the court: ‘Mr Tillett Wright is a very close friend of Ms Heard’s and had become quite friendly with my daughter Lily-Rose who, I believe she was 14 or 15 maybe.
‘Mr Tillett Wright is an activist for the LGBT community and (he) was doing a series of photographs with a small interview with the subject and (he) had chosen my daughter Lily-Rose to be the subject of this essay or whatever he was doing.
‘It was to be about sexual preference and things of that nature and Mr Tillett Wright didn’t once ask myself, or the mother of our children Vanessa Paradis, for permission to interview or take photographs of my daughter and my daughter was represented, essentially, by Mr Tillett Wright’s writing and words, and I took great umbrage – I took great offence to that.’
Depp re-confirms he has ‘never hit a woman’ in his life
Mr Sherborne asked Depp about a text he sent to his sister in which he said he wanted Ms Heard replaced on a film, in which he wrote: ‘People don’t actually believe her lies???’
The barrister asked Mr Depp to explain what he was saying to his sister, to which he replied: ‘Well I was referring to the notion that something like these accusations coming out so strongly, and five years of ‘fear for her life’.
‘I just thought it was impossible, how can people buy it, that story, and yet they did.’
Mr Sherborne then said: ‘You explained to this court on Friday that in your 57 years you have never hit a woman.’
To which Depp replied: ‘That is correct.’
Depp says Heard would say ‘whatever was on her mind’
Mr Sherborne referred to Depp’s ex-girlfriends Kate Moss, Ryder, Ellen Barkin and Vanessa Paradis, and said Ms Barkin, who gave a deposition in support of Heard in another case, claimed he threw a bottle but not at her and did not say he hit her.
The barrister said it was suggested by Ms Wass in cross-examination that Heard was very different to Ms Paradis as she was a ‘strong, independent woman’.
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Was Ms Heard someone who would never tell you off?’
Depp said: ‘No, no she was absolutely … whatever was on her mind, she would say. There was an understanding of truth between us.’
The actor was then asked if Ms Paradis was ‘submissive’, to which he replied: ‘Not remotely, no.’
He added ‘She wasn’t afraid to confront me on any subject matter’, before telling the court they were together for ‘a little over 14 years’.
Mr Sherborne reminded his client that Heard said she would take photographs to be able to show Depp what he had done because he would not remember the next day.
He said Heard said in her witness statement that she never imagined showing them as part of a court case, and then asked the actor if she had ever shown them to him.
Depp said there was one photograph his ex-wife had shown him, which was of him on the flight from Boston, at a time when he had been working 17-hour days, and that he had already agreed he was going to go to the Bahamas to detox after that.
He added: ‘I was obviously on the nod and very tired, falling asleep, and the ice cream then spilled all over my leg and then she took that … and showed me the next day and said ‘Look at what you’ve become … look at you, it’s pathetic’.’
Photographs show bruising across the bridge of Heard’s nose and under her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in 2015
Photos after the incident in December 2015 show bruising to Heard’s face after Depp allegedly headbutted her
Mr Sherborne said: ‘Did Ms Heard ever show any photographs of any injuries to you … to demonstrate what you had done?’ The actor replied: ‘No, sir.’
Depp then said he had never seen any of the photographs Heard had taken of her injuries before this court case started.
Depp says he asked his assistant for drugs for him and Heard
Before Mr Depp finished giving his evidence, Mr Justice Nicol asked about what have previously been referred to as ‘the Australia drugs texts’, sent between the actor and his then assistant, Nathan Holmes, in February and March 2015.
The judge asked: ‘At that time, where was Mr Holmes? Was he in Australia, was he in the United States?’
Depp replied: ‘I believe Mr Holmes was in Australia. I believe he was in Australia prior to my arrival so as to get the house set up.’
The judge then asked: ‘Were you asking Mr Holmes to acquire drugs for yourself and for Ms Heard?’
Mr Depp said he was asking for drugs for both of them.
The judge then thanked Mr Depp for giving evidence over five days and the actor left the witness box. As he left, he smiled and said to one of the court ushers: ‘I’m gonna miss you.’
The 14 times Johnny Depp is accused of attacking Amber Heard
1. Early 2013
Heard says Depp was completely sober until early 2013, and around that time he allegedly hit her for the first time when they were in Los Angeles.
She claims Depp later cried and apologised, telling her that he sometimes turns into ‘the monster’ when he snaps.
Depp has ‘expressly denied’ hitting Heard and said that, around early 2013, he had ‘confined himself to drinking wine and using marijuana, having been sober from around December 2011 to August 2012’.
2. March 8, 2013
Heard claims Depp was angry she had hung up a painting by her ex-partner Tasya Van Ree by her bed in her LA home, then tried to set the painting on fire and hit her ‘so hard that blood from her lip ended up on the wall’.
Depp, however, says he simply asked Heard to move the painting from the bedroom ‘as a courtesy’ and that she had an ‘extreme reaction’.
He also says a text he later sent describing the evening as a ‘disco bloodbath’ was to ‘placate Ms Heard’ and not an apology for alleged violence.
3. June 2013
Heard and Depp were in Hicksville, US with a group of people including Heard’s sister Whitney and Depp’s assistant Nathan Holmes.
Heard says Depp, who was ‘taking drugs’, became ‘enraged’ and ‘jealous’ when one of her friends touched her, and he then threw glasses at her, ripped her dress and damaged the cabin they were staying in.
Depp says he drank and took magic mushrooms, as did Heard and her friends who also took MDMA.
He claims Heard’s friend touched Heard in an ‘extremely sexual manner’ and he spoke to her to ask her to stop.
4. May 24, 2014
The pair took a private plan from Boston to LA: Heard says that during the flight Depp, who had been drinking heavily, threw objects at her, pushed a chair at her, slapped her and kicked her in the back before passing out in the toilet.
Depp says Heard ‘began to harangue him’ as he was sketching in a notebook, he then tried to ‘playfully tap her on the bottom with his foot’, at which Heard took ‘great offence’ and ‘continued to verbally berate’ him.
5. August 17, 2014
The couple went to the Bahamas, Depp says to ‘cure his dependence on painkillers’, although Heard claims he was trying to give up other drugs too.
Heard says Depp had ‘several manic episodes’ and his private doctor had to be flown over to help. She alleges that he slapped, kicked and grabbed by the hair during an attack.
Depp alleges Heard stopped a nurse from giving him treatment while he was going through withdrawal.
6. December 17, 2014
Heard says Depp was ‘violent towards’ her in LA, and later texted calling himself a ‘f****** savage’ and a ‘lunatic’. Depp denies any allegation of violence and says NGN has ‘failed to provide any particulars of the alleged violence’.
7. January 25, 2015
While the couple were in Tokyo, Japan, Heard claims Depp shoved and slapped her and grabbed her by the hair, before standing over her and shouting while she was on the floor – which Mr Depp denies.
8. Around March 3-5, 2015
Depp is said to have repeatedly assaulted Heard after an argument over his alleged use of MDMA during a three-day trip to Australia. She says he stayed up all night, taking pills and drinking, and then attacked her again the next morning.
Heard says, the following night, Depp pushed her into a table tennis table, tore off her nightgown and attacked her, before smashing a telephone into a wall and severing the top of his middle finger.
She also claims he had written messages to her around the house in a mixture of paint and blood from his finger, which Depp admits doing while ‘in shock’, as well as having ‘urinated all over the house in an attempt to write messages’, which he denies.
Depp says Heard was in ‘a prolonged and extreme rage’ following an argument over a post-nuptial agreement. He says he then ‘broke my sobriety’ with several glass of vodka, before Heard threw a bottle at him, severing the top of his finger, and stubbed a cigarette out on his cheek.
9. March 2015
Heard says Depp became ‘enraged’ when they were in LA with her sister and began destroying things in the house before hitting her ‘hard and repeatedly’. She also claims he tried to push her sister down the stairs before hitting Heard again.
Depp, however, says Heard was ‘berating him in a rage’ as he tried to leave, threw a can of Red Bull at him and punched him in the face before he finally left.
10. August 2015
While they were on the Eastern and Oriental Express in south east Asia, Heard alleges Depp ‘picked a fight’ with her, hit her and pushed her against a wall by the throat, ‘causing her to fear for her life’ – which is denied by Depp.
11. November 26, 2015
In LA, Depp is alleged to have ripped Heard’s shirt and ‘threw her around the room’, also throwing a wine glass and a ‘heavy glass decanter’ at her, as well as pushing her over a chair which caused her to bang her head against a wall. Depp says they were in LA for Thanksgiving, but denies any allegation of abuse.
12. December 15, 2015
Heard claims Depp threw a decanter at her in their penthouse in LA, then slapped her and dragged her through the apartment by her hair, allegedly pulling ‘large chunks of hair’ from Heard’s scalp.
She says he then followed her upstairs and pushed her to the floor while shouting ‘you think you’re a f****** tough guy’ before headbutting her.
Heard says that when she told Depp she wanted to leave him he grabbed her and screamed: ‘I f****** will kill you – I’ll f****** kill you, you hear me?’
Depp, though, says ‘Ms Heard fabricated the alleged violence’, falsely claiming that ‘blonde hair on the floor was her hair’.
He also claims that ‘the only violence committed on that date was by Ms Heard’, who allegedly ‘violently attacked’ him.
13. April 21, 2016
Heard says Depp arrived at her birthday party at their LA home late, ‘drunk and high on drugs’ and they had an argument after the guests had left.
She claims he threw a bottle of champagne at her and shoved her to the floor several times before leaving a note reading: ‘Happy F****** Birthday.’
Depp says he arrived at the party around two hours late following a meeting with his new business manager and accountants, and that he was not on drugs but ‘shocked from what he had learnt at the meeting about his business affairs’.
He claims Heard had been ‘drinking heavily’ and attacked him while he was reading in bed, punching him in the face four times before he grabbed her arms to stop her.
Depp says the next day Heard or one of her friends ‘defecated in Mr Depp’s and Ms Heard’s bed’, and that Heard later told the building manager Kevin Murphy that it was ‘just a harmless prank’ – at which he point he ‘then resolved to divorce Ms Heard’.
14. May 21, 2016
Depp arrived at their LA apartment, allegedly ‘drunk and high’ while Heard was there with friends.
Heard said Depp became ‘very angry’, throwing her phone at her and hitting her in the eye before smashing ‘everything he could’ with a magnum of champagne.
He says he went to the apartment with two security guards to collect his belongings after Heard and her sister ‘repeatedly’ tried to contact him.
Depp claims his two security guards entered the room when they heard Heard shouting, and saw her ‘repeatedly screaming, ‘stop hitting me, Johnny” while he was 20 feet away in the kitchen.
He also says that two police officers who attended the apartment after the incident ‘saw no injuries or bruising or swelling’.
Depp’s former personal assistant was ‘regarded almost as family’
After a short break, Mr Depp’s former personal assistant, Stephen Deuters – who is now European president of the actor’s production company, Infinitum Nihil – was called to give evidence.
Mr Deuters said he has worked for Mr Depp for 16 years, since June 2004.
Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, asked: ‘At the time of his relationship with Amber Heard, you were fulfilling the role of his personal assistant? And you were dealing with his needs, professional and personal?’ Mr Deuters replied: ‘Yes.’
Ms Wass continued: ‘Do you agree that you were more than an employee, you were a friend?’ Mr Deuters said: ‘Yes, I suppose so.’
The barrister then asked if Mr Deuters was ‘regarded almost as family’, to which he said he was.
Ms Wass put it to Mr Deuters that his ‘loyalty to him (Depp) has been rewarded because you are now the European president of his production company’.
The former personal assistant replied: ‘Well, I got promoted to that position, yes.’
The barrister suggested: ‘You are financially dependent on Mr Depp for your income. And you are dependent on the Johnny Depp brand for your future income.’
Mr Deuters agreed that was the case. Ms Wass continued: ‘And if Mr Depp or the brand is damaged professionally, you in turn are damaged financially.’ Mr Deuters said: ‘Yes.’
Depp’s former PA denies buying illegal drugs for the star
Ms Wass then asked if ‘one of your duties as personal assistant to Mr Depp over the years has been to assist him in obtaining controlled drugs’.
She added: ‘I am suggesting that you involved yourself in obtaining controlled drugs, illegal drugs, for Mr Depp over the period when you were his personal assistant.’ Mr Deuters replied: ‘No, I didn’t purchase drugs.’
Asked if he had ever been ‘involved in the arrangements’ for obtaining illegal drugs for Depp, Mr Deuters said that he had but it would be a ‘very rare occurrence’.
Ms Wass QC continued: ‘You did so knowing full well, I presume, that the supply or being involved in the supply of controlled drugs is against the law?’ Mr Deuters replied: ‘Yes.’
The barrister added: ‘And you nonetheless did that because your loyalty was to Mr Depp and to make sure he got what he wanted?’ Mr Deuters said: ‘Yes.’
Ms Wass then read a text from Mr Deuters to Depp on an unknown date, in which he said he was ‘chasing … drugs’.
She also read another from Depp to Mr Deuters which read: ‘Must procure many, many more from Joel. Need them immediately, now. It must be acquired and repackaged as vitamin gel packs and put on a fast horse.’
Mr Deuters denied that the text referred to ‘controlled drugs’, adding: ‘In all likelihood, that would be the marijuana capsules and marijuana candies, which are legal to obtain in Los Angeles, which Mr Depp has a marijuana card for.’
Ms Wass suggested that ‘Mr Depp was very keen on marijuana as a recreational drug’. Mr Deuters said that he was ‘not for the first eight years I was with him’, but said that by 2013 he was.
The QC added that it was ‘not only marijuana, but he was also very keen on cocaine’. Mr Deuters said: ‘I don’t know if I would use the word keen.’ He added: ‘I would say occasional usage (of cocaine).’
Mr Deuters was then shown a picture of Depp, fully clothed, asleep on the floor of his home, which Ms Wass said showed him ‘unconscious or asleep’. The barrister asked: ‘Was this something that was quite a common occurrence?’
Mr Deuters replied: ‘I wouldn’t say common.’ He added he had ‘witnessed it on a rare occasion, but when I look at that (picture) it’s quite distressing to me’.
Ms Wass then said: ‘You were involved in passing drugs from Nathan Holmes that Mr Holmes had supplied to Mr Depp and you were ‘that man’ if you like?’
Mr Deuters said he did not recall a specific incident, but said it was ‘perfectly possible’, adding: ‘I would go and pick up maybe post from the production office… I wouldn’t always be aware of the specifics.’
Ms Wass said: ‘That was part of your job, illegal but part of your job.’ Mr Deuters replied: ‘I don’t recall… specifically Australia (in 2015) passing on any illegal substances.’
He added: ‘(In) the UK is probably the only time it has happened on a rare occasion.’
Former PA found it ‘remarkable’ how much Depp could drink without getting drunk
Lawyers for NGN allege that Mr Deuters also witnessed a number of incidents where Depp attacked Heard and that he was aware of his domestic abuse towards her.
Mr Deuters revealed that he knew about Depp’s attempts get clean of alcohol and drugs and found it ‘remarkable’ at how much the actor could drink. Mr Deuters added: ‘He could drink a lot, he has a strong constitution. He would drink but he would never get drunk, which was quite remarkable.’
Mr Deuters added that both he and others around Depp were concerned about his addiction to opiates, particularly in 2014 and that discussions had taken place on admitting him into rehab.
The court heard that Mr Deuters accompanied Depp and Heard on a private flight from Boston to Los Angeles in 2014, where the actor is alleged to have been drinking heavily and consuming a lethal cocktail of drugs.
He is then accused of attacking Heard and kicking her in the back, causing her to fall over and shouting obscenities at her.
Mr Deuters claimed that all he could see from where he was sitting on the plane was Depp sitting at a table drawing or writing on a notebook while Heard was arguing with him, becoming increasingly aggressive.
‘She was the animated one and he was the quiet one,’ he added.
Ms Wass asked Mr Deuters to explain a number of texts, which have been disclosed in court, outlining what took place on the flight, which forms a key part of the Sun’s case that Depp physically and emotionally abused Heard.
On May 30, Depp sent a series of texts to friend and fellow actor Paul Bettany. In one, he said: ‘I’m gonna properly stop the booze thing, darling… Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA this past Sunday… Ugly mate… No food for days… Powders… Half a bottle of whisky, a thousand Red Bull and vodkas, pills. 2 bottles of Champers on the plane and what do you get… ??’
Mr Deuters claimed that he could not understand why Depp sent the text and did not recall him drinking two battles of champagne or consuming any drugs.
Depp ‘made a playful attempt’ to tap her Heard on her bottom but did not deliberately kick her, says actor’s PA
Mr Deuters also told the court that Depp ‘made a playful attempt to tap her (Heard) on her bottom’ with his shoe but did not deliberately kick her to make her fall over.
Ms Wass alleged: ‘That was a proper kick to her back, you saw him (Depp) kick her as she was trying to get away from him. He was behaving like a monster.’ ‘I don’t recall that,’ replied Mr Deuters.
Mr Deuters was asked about whether Mr Depp was ‘screaming obscenities’ during the flight, as he said he was in his text to Paul Bettany. Mr Deuters replied: ‘I don’t recall.’
Asked if that was ‘something you are likely to forget’, Mr Deuters said: ‘No, I would remember that.’
He added that ‘it’s loud on those planes so you can’t hear… there’s no conversation to be had’.
Mr Deuters said he could ‘see him (Mr Depp) clearly’ from where he was sitting, ‘but I would not be able to hear. If something was being shouted… I would be able to see it, but I would not be able to hear it’.
Ms Wass suggested Depp was ‘very aggressive and shouting at Ms Heard’, and said the actor had called Heard ‘a go-getter sl*t and a whore’. Mr Deuters denied it.
Ms Wass then asked if a word like ‘sl*t’ was the ‘sort of language Mr Depp would use to describe women’. She asked Stephen Deuters: ‘He would never use offensive language to describe women?’
Mr Deuters said he would not, prompting Ms Wass to ask if he ever used the word ‘whore’. He replied he did not. Ms Wass then asked: ‘C***?’ Mr Deuters replied: ‘No, never.’
Returning to the flight, Mr Deuters said ‘there was clearly talking going on between them, that was apparent but it didn’t seem to be a sort of screaming-obscenities slanging match.’
He added that there appeared to be an argument from Ms Heard’s ‘body language’. Ms Wass asked if Mr Depp ‘kicked Ms Heard in the back’.
Mr Deuters replied that Mr Depp did not kick Ms Heard in the back, but that he had slowly raised his foot towards her ‘back or bottom’.
Ms Wass said: ‘I suggest this wasn’t a playful attempt, this was a proper kick to her back, an assault and you saw that.’ Mr Deuters said: ‘No, I didn’t see that.’
Ms Wass asked if Mr Depp was ‘behaving like a monster’ on the flight. Mr Deuters replied: ‘A monster? No. He was very quiet.’ He added: ‘I could tell he had a problem (with) the opiates because it was right before he kicked them.’
Depp is alleged to have trashed a penthouse in Los Angeles, California, which Heard used as a colossal closet
Depp admitted to leaving graffiti on a bathroom mirror after the fight with Heard, which resulted in his finger being severed
Ms Wass said: ‘But you have forgotten the ‘powders’ that he mentioned.’ Mr Deuters said: ‘I certainly don’t recall powders on the plane.’
Depp’s ex-fiancée Winona Ryder will tell court he was never abusive or violent to her
Meanwhile Depp’s former fiancée Winona Ryder, who starred with him in the 1991 film Edward Scissorhands, is set to tell the court later this week that he was never abusive or violent to her.
Ryder, who is due to give evidence via videolink on Wednesday, wrote in a statement: ‘We were together as a couple for four years. I counted him as my best friend, and as close to me as family.
Johnny Depp v The Sun: Key issues in libel trial
Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s libel claim against The Sun enters its second week on Monday. 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’.
‘I obviously was not there during his marriage to Amber, but, from my experience, which was so wildly different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him.
‘The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations.’
Stranger Things actress Ryder was in a relationship with Depp during the early 1990s, and he famously tattooed ‘Winona Forever’ on his arm – before changing it to ‘Wino Forever’ following their split.
What Depp is being questioned about at the High Court during the libel case
Depp has been questioned since Tuesday over 14 alleged domestic violence incidents, and his Hollywood lifestyle, past relationships with Ryder, Vanessa Paradis and Kate Moss, and his well-documented use of drink and drugs.
The court has heard disputed accounts of a three-day trip to Australia, when Depp lost the top of his middle finger, and the so-called ‘defecation incident’ in which faeces were found in the couple’s bed after Heard’s 30th birthday.
Depp finished giving evidence today after around 25 hours in the witness box at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
NGN’s lawyers have said Depp first hit his ex-wife in early 2013 during a heated argument over a painting – which he allegedly tried to set alight – by Heard’s ex Tasya van Ree and attacked her on a number of other occasions before the couple split in May 2016.
The publisher claims Depp is a ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ character who snapped when he was drunk and on drugs and turned into ‘the Monster’ – an ‘alter ego’ he assumed when he would ‘lose control and become a violent thug’.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star has admitted giving misleading evidence about his drink and drug use before a flight from Boston to LA in May 2014 and ‘accidentally’ headbutting Heard during a row at their home in December 2015, but says his ex-wife’s allegations are ‘complete lies’ and that she was ‘the abuser’ in the relationship.
He accuses Heard of severing the top of his middle finger with a vodka bottle in Australia in March 2015 and of ‘building a dossier very early on’ in their relationship to align herself with the #MeToo movement.
The court also heard evidence last week on Friday afternoon from LAPD officer Melissa Saenz who attended the couple’s penthouse after the actor allegedly hit Heard in the face with her own mobile phone in May 2016, who said she ‘did not see any injuries’ or damage to the apartment.
Paradis, 47, and Ryder, 48, were originally due to give evidence this week, as was alleged Harvey Weinstein victim Katherine Kendall, 50, who accuses Mr Wootton of ‘deliberately misusing’ her quotes and ‘using the #MeToo movement’ to damage Depp.
Heard’s evidence was expected to begin on Friday morning – but it is not clear when the Aquaman actress will give evidence as Depp’s cross-examination has taken almost two days longer than scheduled.
The three-week trial, which is due to finish on July 27, will also hear evidence from current and former employees of Depp and Heard, as well as her sister and friends by video-link from LA.
The actor 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?’
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’.