Amber Heard has claimed Johnny Depp launched a tally of 14 attacks on her – including ‘throwing glasses at her’ and ‘pushing her against a wall’.
Depp is suing the publisher of The Sun for libel after it labelled him a ‘wife beater’. He has called the accusation ‘utter falsity’ and ‘fraudulent’ and has claimed Heard abused him throughout their marriage.
The hearing continues on Monday before Mr Justice Nicol with evidence from witnesses including Depp’s screenwriter Stephen Deuters.
Actress Amber Heard, 34, pictured above leaving the High Court in London on Friday
1. Early 2013
Miss Heard says Depp was completely sober until early 2013. 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 Miss Heard and said that around that time he had confined himself to ‘drinking wine and using marijuana, having been sober from around December 2011 to August 2012’.
2. March 8, 2013
Miss Heard claims Depp was angry she had hung a painting, by her ex-partner Tasya Van Ree, by her bed in her LA home. He 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 Miss Heard to move the painting from the bedroom ‘as a courtesy’ and that she had an ‘ex-treme reaction’. He also says a text he sent later, describing the evening as a ‘disco bloodbath’, was to placate Miss Heard and not an apology for alleged violence.
A picture of the trashed LA penthouse. Miss Heard claims Depp was angry she had hung a painting, by her ex-partner Tasya Van Ree, by her bed in the home
3. June 2013
Miss Heard and Depp were in Hicksville, US, with a group including her sister Whitney and his assistant Nathan Holmes.
Miss Heard says Depp, who was taking drugs, became ‘enraged’ and ‘jealous’ when one of her friends touched her. He 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 Miss Heard and her friends who also took MDMA.
He claims Miss Heard’s friend touched her in an ‘extremely sexual manner’ and he spoke to her to ask her to stop.
4. May 24, 2014
The pair took a private plane from Boston to LA. Miss 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 Miss 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 Miss 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 Miss Heard claims he was trying to give up other drugs too.
She says he had ‘several manic episodes’ and his private doctor had to be flown over to help. She alleges that he slapped, kicked and grabbed her by the hair during an attack.
Depp alleges that Miss Heard stopped a nurse from giving him treatment while he was going through withdrawal.
6. Dec 17, 2014
Miss Heard says Depp was violent towards her in LA and later texted, calling himself a ‘****ing savage’ and a ‘lunatic’. Depp denies any allegation of violence and says The Sun’s publisher has ‘failed to provide any particulars of the alleged violence’.
7. January 25, 2015
While the couple were in Tokyo, Miss 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. Depp denies this.
8. March, 2015
Depp is said to have repeatedly assaulted Miss 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.
The following night, he 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 claims he wrote messages to her around the house in a mixture of paint and blood from his finger – which Mr 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 Miss 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 glasses of vodka, before Miss Heard threw a bottle at him, severing the top of his finger, and stubbed a cigarette out on his cheek.
9. March 2015
Miss 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 her again.
Depp says Miss 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 left.
Tufts of blonde hair from the alleged fight in December 2015 with Depp were submitted by Heard last year during defamation proceedings in the US
10. August 2015
While they were on the Eastern and Oriental Express in south-east Asia, Miss 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. This is denied by Depp.
11. Nov 26, 2015
In LA, Depp is alleged to have ripped Miss Heard’s shirt and ‘threw her around the room’, 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 abuse.
12. Dec 15, 2015
Miss 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, pulling ‘large chunks’ from her scalp.
She says he then followed her upstairs and pushed her to the floor while shouting ‘you think you’re a ****ing tough guy’ before headbutting her. Miss Heard says that when she told Depp she wanted to leave him, he grabbed her and screamed: ‘I ****ing will kill you – I’ll ****ing kill you, you hear me?’
Depp says Miss 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 Miss Heard, who ‘violently attacked’ him.
13. April 21, 2016
Miss Heard says Depp arrived home late for her birthday party ‘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 ****ing Birthday.’
Depp says he arrived 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 Miss 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 next day, he says, Miss Heard or one of her friends defecated in their bed, with Miss Heard later telling the building manager Kevin Murphy that it was ‘just a harmless prank’ – at which point Depp ‘resolved to divorce Miss Heard’.
14. May 21, 2016
Depp arrived at their LA apartment, allegedly ‘drunk and high’ while Miss Heard was there with friends. She said he 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 Miss Heard and her sister repeatedly tried to contact him. Depp claims his two security guards entered the room when they heard Miss Heard shouting, and saw her repeatedly screaming ‘Stop hitting me, Johnny’ while he was 20ft away in the kitchen.
He says that two police officers who attended the apartment after the incident ‘saw no injuries or bruising or swelling’.
Depp wife Amber’s violent birthday party from hell: He hurled champagne bottle, threw phone at her face and taunted her for soiled bed ‘joke’, court told
By Sam Greenhill, Chief Reporter for the Daily Mail
Johnny Depp hurled a phone at his wife’s face and called her ‘Amber T**d’ for soiling their bed after a blazing row on her 30th birthday party, it was claimed yesterday.
The High Court was shown a photograph of Amber Heard’s bruised face, which the Hollywood star agreed showed a red mark.
Depp had been late for his wife’s party on April 21, 2016, and after a booze-fuelled row he allegedly threw a magnum of champagne at her and shoved her to the floor several times before leaving a note reading ‘Happy ****ing Birthday’.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing The Sun newspaper for calling him a wife beater in a 2018 article. Miss Heard is the newspaper’s star witness and claims he attacked her on 14 occasions before and during their turbulent marriage, including a terrifying incident in Australia in which Depp’s finger was severed.
Johnny Depp pictured arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice in Strand, London, on Friday
Yesterday, on the actor’s fourth day in the oak-panelled witness box, Sasha Wass QC, for The Sun, asked him about the ‘defecation incident’ and whether it could be blamed on the couple’s tiny teacup Yorkshire terrier Boo.
Depp, 57, said he had been two hours late for the party at the couple’s Los Angeles penthouse after receiving some bad news about his financial affairs from his accountants and smoking cannabis to relieve his stress.
When the party finished, Depp said he went to bed to read a book, but his wife ‘was venting how upset she was that I was so late for her birthday dinner and that I had made a fool of her and that I didn’t care… she was very, very angry.’ He claimed Miss Heard had punched him in the face four times before he grabbed her arms to stop her.
Miss Wass said Depp had picked up a bottle of champagne and thrown it at Miss Heard, missing, with the glass smashing, which he denied. She also alleged he grabbed her by the hair and pushed her on to the bed, which he said wasn’t true. When she asked if he had left the ‘Happy ****ing Birthday’ note, he replied: ‘I don’t know that I did, but it is very, very possible.’
He says the next day, Miss Heard or one of her friends ‘defecated’ in their marital bed, and he believed his wife was responsible after she told the building manager it was ‘just a harmless prank’. Depp ‘resolved’ to divorce her, describing it as a ‘strangely oddly fitting end to the relationship’.
No sign of a facial wound, said police
Picture shown in court of injuries said to have been sustained by Ms Heard in an alleged incident in May 2016
Police who attended the ‘phone throwing’ incident told the court yesterday there was no injury to Miss Heard’s face and no damage to the apartment.
She has claimed Depp hit her in the eye on May 21, 2016, causing a red bruise, pictured right, before smashing ‘everything he could’.
But Melissa Saenz, a trained domestic violence officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, said: ‘Her face was flushed from crying, but there was no redness from an injury. She had not received any injuries.’
Giving evidence by video link, Officer Saenz said she made an ‘extremely thorough’ examination of Miss Heard’s face, the apartment was ‘very well lit’ and it was recorded as a ‘non-crime’.
Sasha Wass QC asked: ‘You were shown some broken glass and items in disarray inside the apartment, weren’t you?’ The officer replied: ‘No I was not. I searched the entire flat and there was no damage, no broken glass – nothing out of the ordinary.’
Depp has suggested Miss Heard caused the facial injury she was later photographed with as part of her ‘insurance dossier’ against him.
Miss Wass claimed Depp had found the faeces incident ‘hilarious’ and that ‘there were jokes like “Amber T**d”, and “Amber in the dumps” ’. Depp agreed that ‘initially I did laugh, because it was so strange’. He said the mystery of the mess could not be blamed on Boo. ‘It was not left by a three or four-pound dog,’ he said.
He told the court he believes Miss Heard, 34, was responsible but admitted it could have been one of her friends.
A month later, Depp came to collect his things from their apartment after deciding to divorce Miss Heard and another row began. In his rage, Miss Wass said Depp hurled a phone at his wife’s face ‘like someone throwing a baseball’. Depp replied: ‘No, ma’am, not true.’ The court was shown a text message Depp sent Miss Heard saying: ‘I loved you more than anything but you never ****ing loved me… I was merely convenient for you.’
The day after their divorce settlement in 2016, Depp sent a text to Miss Heard’s agent Christian Carino saying: ‘She’s begging for global humiliation. I have no mercy, no fear and not an ounce of emotion or what I thought was love for this gold digging, low level, dime a dozen, mushy, pointless dangling overused flappy fish market.’ Depp tried to get Miss Heard thrown off the sequel to her hit movie Aquaman, Miss Wass claimed.
A recording of Depp in July 2016 begging Miss Heard to ‘cut him’ while he wielded a knife was played to the court. Depp said: ‘I was asking her to cut me… I felt that was what she was doing anyway.’ Under re-examination by his barrister David Sherborne, Depp said his ex-wife was a heavy drinker and said ‘all hell would break loose’ if he dared breach her rules. Miss Heard drank two bottles of wine a night and ‘liked the idea I was the monster’, he said.
He accused her of sabotaging his efforts to go sober by keeping a bottle of whisky in the fridge.
She was a ‘creature of habit’ who liked to chop up his lines of cocaine and then sample some herself, he told the court.
She kept secretly filming him, was having an affair and would fly off the handle if he did not feed her constant ‘need for attention’.
He said Miss Heard would go ballistic at ‘small, mundane issues’.
‘It was almost as if there were rules, she has a routine and if that routine isn’t met to her standards then there was going to be a problem.’ Mr Sherborne asked what would happen if he broke his ex-wife’s ‘rules’, to which Depp replied: ‘An argument would ensue and all hell would break loose.’
The case continues, with Depp, who had been expected to finish his evidence yesterday, returning to the witness box on Monday.
JAN MOIR: Johnny Depp was like a cowboy in Dead End Gulch for a showdown with the law
By Jan Moir for the Daily Mail
Day 4 of the Johnny Depp libel trial and matters turned once more to the difficult issue that has dominated this torrid case so far.
Barristers on £300 an hour struggled to solve the central conundrum of which tootsie did the whoopsie on the bed in the couple’s Los Angeles penthouse.
Can anyone name the nincompoop who pooped on the 500 Thread Count Sheets? It was like a game of celebrity Cluedo, but with a distressingly feculent whiff.
Johnny was convinced that the deed was done by Amber in the master suite with the dodgy piping — because she was furious that he had ruined her birthday party by turning up late.
And if not his ex-wife, then the 57-year-old actor aired his belief that it was her friend iO Tillett Wright who was born a woman but does not recognise gender (and who, utterly remarkably in the circumstances, is not an anagram).
Depp had arrived in Court 13 before 10am, smartly dressed in a brown suit with a shirt and dark tie. A white handkerchief was folded into his breast pocket. He took the stand, poured a glass of water and drummed his tattooed fingers on the desk. With his clipped moustache and collar-length hair, he looked like a cowboy summoned to Dead End Gulch for one last showdown with the sheriff
Day 4 of the Johnny Depp libel trial and matters turned once more to the difficult issue that has dominated this torrid case so far. Barristers on £300 an hour struggled to solve the central conundrum of which tootsie did the whoopsie on the bed in the couple’s Los Angeles penthouse. (Above, Depp leaves the High Court in London today after his fourth day on the stand in his blockbuster libel trial)
Sasha Wass QC — acting for News Group Newspapers whom Depp is suing after The Sun described him as a ‘wife beater’ — started referring to the matter as ‘The Defecation Incident’ as if it were right up there with the Boxer Rebellion and the Moon Landings in terms of international importance.
Speaking with a no-nonsense Mary Poppins authority, Wass suggested that the culprit might have been Boo, one of the couple’s two Yorkshire terriers, who apparently ‘had problems with her toilet habits’.
Well, we all know what that means, little Boo hoo! Mr Depp countered that the dogs ‘were very well trained’ although ‘Boo was not as trained as Pistol’ which made me suspect that Pistol might well be that smartest member of this blighted little household.
In the overspill court, where socially distanced journalists were corralled watching the court feed on a monitor, we learned that Depp was convinced that whoever was responsible, it was not a ‘three or four-pound dog’.
Do you know, I went right off my morning pain au chocolat after that.
During another long day on the witness stand, Johnny issued rebuttal followed by denial as the accusations came thick and fast.
It was exhausting testimony, but there were sparky moments. Miss Wass tried to make something of the fact that Johnny ordered magnums of wine at a party, not bottles.
‘If there is a group of 12 or more, magnums just make more sense,’ he patiently explained.
It was impossible to see Amber’s expression, or if she even glanced in her former husband’s direction, or if those glances were filled with regret or antipathy or something else. (Above, the 34-year-old actress and her ‘Team Heard’ arriving at the High Court; far right, her lawyer Jennifer Robinson)
There was a flash of arrogance when asked if a Hollywood agent was trying to court his favour. ‘Courting my favour? An agent in Hollywood? Sure, yes,’ he said, almost with a snort.
Depp had arrived in Court 13 before 10am, smartly dressed in a brown suit with a shirt and dark tie. A white handkerchief was folded into his breast pocket. He took the stand, poured a glass of water and drummed his tattooed fingers on the desk.
With his clipped moustache and collar-length hair, he looked like a cowboy summoned to Dead End Gulch for one last showdown with the sheriff. It was notable that he was scrupulously polite at all times. ‘Yes, Ma’am,’ he would reply to Miss Wass. ‘No, Sir,’ he would tell his own lawyer, David Sherborne.
It was impossible to see Amber’s expression, or if she even glanced in her former husband’s direction, or if those glances were filled with regret or antipathy or something else.
Everything about this case is astonishing. It has laid bare a restless world of the beautiful and the damned.
Sherborne, sporting a lockdown tan the colour of baked clay, began his questioning of his client before lunch yesterday, quickly establishing that Depp was a good guy who would help little old ladies across the road, ate all his greens and couldn’t help it if women such as actress Ellen Barkin, supermodel Kate Moss and French chanteuse Vanessa Paradis fell in love with him.
Gosh Sherborne talks a lot — a terracotta warrior of chat — and when Depp could get a word in edgeways, he sounded more fluent and confident than the sometimes stumbling man who’d read out his own oath-strewn texts earlier in the day.
Later, I wandered over to Court 13 in time to see Depp exit the first-floor courtroom, pop on his sunglasses and make his way down the corridor.
His waiting bodyguard swiftly folded in behind him, like a bald, muscular duckling. Johnny was wearing divine aftershave, was taller than expected and looked preoccupied.
Next week it is his ex-wife’s turn to tell her story, to lay out her own summer picnic of dread, distress and bruises that ripen like strawberries.
Whatever happens next in the Amber & Johnny Show, I suspect she will want to put The Defecation Incident behind her.
Like for ever.
Amber’s avengers: One convicted Rolf Harris and the other was the Clooneys’ bridesmaid… so it’s no wonder Ms Heard is banking on this formidable legal duo to slip a stiletto into Johnny Depp, writes RICHARD KAY
By Richard Kay Editor at Large for the Daily Mail
You would think that with an ex-wife from whom he says he once cowered in a locked bathroom to escape her fists, Johnny Depp had more than enough to worry about in the sensational High Court case holding Britain in its thrall.
But one look across Court 13 this week and it was clear that Amber Heard, who is appearing as a witness against Depp in his libel action against The Sun, was not the only formidable blonde out to take down the Hollywood star.
He also faces two of the sharpest legal brains in the land.
Amber Heard is pictured above arriving at the High Court with Jennifer Robinson. It is hard to imagine Ms Wass, who defended the serial killer Rosemary West, ever walking hand in hand with a client, as Ms Robinson did with Miss Heard on the opening day of Depp’s case
One has a reputation as a legal rottweiler and made her name both prosecuting and defending in some of the highest-profile cases of recent times, including the conviction of Rolf Harris.
The other’s fame arose as much from a picture of her locked in a clammy embrace with a former Labour spin-doctor as from her low necklines and A-list friends.
Elfin-faced QC Sasha Wass, the ice-cool lawyer acting for The Sun, and Jennifer Robinson, who also acts for former WikiLeaks fugitive Julian Assange and is a friend of the Clooneys — she was a bridesmaid at their Venice wedding — seem an unlikely double act.
It is hard to imagine Ms Wass, who defended the serial killer Rosemary West, ever walking hand in hand with a client, as Ms Robinson did with Miss Heard on the opening day of Depp’s case.
Both women are high-minded and serious but Ms Robinson —Jen to her friends — looked very much part of Team Heard (which also includes the actress’s lookalike sister Whitney and Heard’s girlfriend Bianca Butti).
Striding into court, holding Amber’s hand tightly and with a faint smile on her face, she couldn’t have failed to turn heads.
But while Ms Robinson may be hands-on in Team Amber, it is Sasha Wass, 62, whose skilled advocacy is being pitted against Depp and his claims
Her figure-hugging outfit was certainly more striking than the demure black dress worn by her star client.
But Ms Robinson, whose Twitter feed often used to reveal her support for former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has become adept at life in the spotlight.
Indeed, she managed effortlessly to brush off being photographed in a clinch with Seumas Milne, the Marxist-sympathising former Guardian journalist, a father of two and at the time a married man, without a shred of discomfort.
In July 2017, those pictures were the talk of London’s political class. They showed the two enjoying a clinch on the terrace of the Courthouse hotel in East London.
‘They were very hands-on, full heavy petting,’ recalled the photographer.
‘There was a lot of hugging, stroking, kissing and intimate talking going on. The photo with her head nestled into him — that was them mid-snog.’
The pair were reported to have shared pink cocktails before returning to the hotel, where rooms then cost £300 a night.
What happened next, nobody knows — although ‘friends’ of Labour’s director of strategy and communications claimed he was ‘not a willing participant’ in any sexual indiscretion.
But a year later Milne had moved out of the home in Richmond upon Thames that he shared with his wife of 26 years, who was reported to have filed for divorce.
Perhaps this brush with notoriety was what attracted the free-spirited Miss Heard to ‘Jen’ in the first place.
I understand Ms Robinson was critical to getting the actress to come to London to testify — and her friendship with Amal Clooney was critical to her gaining Amber’s confidence.
‘It took me about four seconds total to realise I was dealing with the smartest woman in the room,’ the actress said of their first encounter.
‘She is sensitive to the issues, to understanding the nuanced adversity and pain of disadvantage…’
So what is it about dynamic Ms Robinson that makes her the go-to lawyer on matters of human rights, civil liberties, national security and now matrimonial disputes?
Certainly she has remained devoted to Assange, her fellow Australian, who is still on remand in Belmarsh Prison facing extradition to the U.S., although many supporters have abandoned him.She admits she finds him fascinating.
‘He is incredibly principled, and doggedly so,’ she has said.
Many might say principle and doggedness sum up Ms Robinson.
The daughter of a racehorse trainer, from Berry, New South Wales, she came to the UK to study at Balliol College, Oxford. After a short stint with a City law firm, she joined the trendy practice Doughty Street Chambers.
From 2010 onwards she represented Assange and became a heroine of the liberal establishment, criticising the Tories on their human rights record and regularly tweeting support for Corbyn.
But while Ms Robinson may be hands-on in Team Amber, it is Sasha Wass, 62, whose skilled advocacy is being pitted against Depp and his claims.
Jennifer Robinson is pictured above kissing Seumas Milne. In July 2017, those pictures were the talk of London’s political class. They showed the two enjoying a clinch on the terrace of the Courthouse hotel in East London
A criminal barrister with more than 38 years’ experience at the Bar, she is highly regarded and in 2015 was named Criminal Silk of the Year. She is known for her attention to detail and relentless cross-examination.
She also features on a list of Britain’s top 13 women litigators — dubbed ‘the fearsome 13’ — and is known for her quizzical eyebrows and penchant for wearing leather boots in the courtroom.
The daughter of a Treasury mandarin, she is said to possess a photographic memory.
She represented Anne Diamond’s ex-husband Mike Hollingsworth on drink-driving charges and successfully defended celebrity hairdresser Daniel Galvin Jr when he was accused of shooting an airgun at his neighbours.
In the 1990s she defended serial killer Rosemary West and bow-tied fraudster Roger Levitt.
But the case that really made her name was that of Rolf Harris.
Ms Wass was the lead prosecutor for the trial of the children’s entertainer, who was jailed in 2014 on 12 counts of indecent assault.
She was then appointed lead investigator for the St Helena Child Abuse Inquiry, into an alleged conspiracy to cover up the sexual exploitation of girls on the South Atlantic island.
More recently, she was unveiled as a presenter on the BBC One show Murder, Mystery And My Family, in which she re-examined real historic murder cases.
Her admirers say she is the go-to lawyer for cases involving ‘sex, drugs, violence and fraud’.
A familiarity with lights, camera and action may also help her in a case involving a famous film star.