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Johnny Depp’s Australian bodyguard reveals what occurred throughout couple’s ill-fated Gold Coast journey

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s bodyguard has revealed what actually occurred in the course of the former couple’s ill-fated journey to Australia, claiming the Hollywood heavyweight was by no means aggressive in direction of his ex-wife.  

Rick Wooden was head of safety on the Gold Coast mansion the place the couple stayed in 2015 whereas the actor was filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Useless Males Inform No Tales.  

Their keep in Australia has been rehashed throughout courtroom proceedings in London, the place Depp is suing The Solar newspaper over a 2018 story labelling him a ‘spouse beater’ throughout his five-year relationship with Heard.

Sordid particulars about how his marriage to Heard descended into distress in Australia have been laid naked throughout proof within the blockbuster libel case. 

However Mr Wooden claims he by no means thought 57-year-old Depp was able to the abuse he has been accused of.

Rick Wood was the head security guard at the Queensland mansion where the couple stayed in 2015 while the actor was filming a Pirates of the Caribbean movie

Rick Wooden was the top safety guard on the Queensland mansion the place the couple stayed in 2015 whereas the actor was filming a Pirates of the Caribbean film

A photo of Depp's finger in the aftermath of an incident which he claims was caused by Heard throwing a glass vodka bottle at him - but which she claims occurred when Depp cut off his own fingertip in a 'fit of rage'

A photo of Depp's finger in the aftermath of an incident which he claims was caused by Heard throwing a glass vodka bottle at him - but which she claims occurred when Depp cut off his own fingertip in a 'fit of rage'

A photograph of Depp’s finger within the aftermath of an incident which he claims was attributable to Heard throwing a glass vodka bottle at him – however which she claims occurred when Depp reduce off his personal fingertip in a ‘match of rage’

‘He is nice. He is superior, he is laid again… Nice man,’ the safety guard advised 9News.  

‘I could not see it in him. In my trade, you realize who’s a spouse beater and who’s not.’ 

Actually, Mr Wooden stated Depp displayed nice endurance together with his spouse, who he described as a ‘button pusher’.

‘I hate to say it, however she stirs the pot,’ Mr Wooden revealed.

He recalled Heard pretending to pack her baggage and insisting that she would depart the property when the couple acquired into arguments. 

‘She made up this large drama that she was leaving… Taxis would flip up and we would have to show them away,’ Mr Wooden stated. 

‘After which we would choose up the suitcases and so they have been empty. Nothing in them in any respect. It was all for drama.’

Depp would keep calm throughout these encounters, Mr Wooden stated, and would ultimately coax Heard again into the house. 

Mr Wooden stated he by no means noticed Depp taking medication or consuming copious quantities of alcohol throughout his time in Australia. 

Depp is taken to hospital after his finger was allegedly severed when Heard threw a glass vodka bottle at him during an incident in Queensland in March 2015. The star actor also claims his wife put out a lit cigarette on his cheek after an argument over a post-nuptial deal

Depp is taken to hospital after his finger was allegedly severed when Heard threw a glass vodka bottle at him during an incident in Queensland in March 2015. The star actor also claims his wife put out a lit cigarette on his cheek after an argument over a post-nuptial deal

Depp is taken to hospital after his finger was allegedly severed when Heard threw a glass vodka bottle at him throughout an incident in Queensland in March 2015. The star actor additionally claims his spouse put out a lit cigarette on his cheek after an argument over a post-nuptial deal

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at Brisbane Airport in 2015 for what would turn out to be a volatile trip that saw them accused of smuggling their dogs Pistol and Boo into the country. Their journey to Australia came just weeks after they were secretly married on a private island in the Bahamas

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at Brisbane Airport in 2015 for what would turn out to be a volatile trip that saw them accused of smuggling their dogs Pistol and Boo into the country. Their journey to Australia came just weeks after they were secretly married on a private island in the Bahamas

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at Brisbane Airport in 2015 for what would transform a unstable journey that noticed them accused of smuggling their canine Pistol and Boo into the nation. Their journey to Australia got here simply weeks after they have been secretly married on a non-public island within the Bahamas

Heard was spotted leaving a California court in 2016 with facial bruising (above) after she was granted a temporary restraining order against Depp just days after claiming he attacked her

Heard was spotted leaving a California court in 2016 with facial bruising (above) after she was granted a temporary restraining order against Depp just days after claiming he attacked her

She had accused her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, of domestic violence during their short-lived marriage

She had accused her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, of domestic violence during their short-lived marriage

Heard was noticed leaving a California courtroom in 2016 with facial bruising (above) after she was granted a short lived restraining order towards Depp simply days after claiming he attacked her

As a substitute, Mr Wooden recalled moments when Depp would keep again late to take pictures with younger followers, by no means as soon as breaking character from his iconic function as Jack Sparrow. 

The journey Down Underneath, which Heard described as a ‘three-day hostage scenario’ amid allegations of flying vodka bottles, claims of infidelity and monetary threats seems to be a flashpoint within the couple’s descent into marital distress.

When the pair first flew into the Gold Coast in March 2015 they have been among the many most sought-after celebrities on the planet.

Simply weeks earlier that they had tied the knot in secret on a non-public island within the Bahamas.

Anticipating privateness away from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Useless Males Inform No Tales set, they rented the waterfront mansion of Australian MotoGP legend Mick Doohan.

The 18-hectare resort-style house with an infinity pool, tennis courtroom, elevators, grime bikes and go karts has turn into a must-see for visiting VIPs.

Most just lately it was house to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson throughout their lockdown after they each contracted COVID-19.

Depp was one of the world's biggest stars when he and Heard arrived on the Gold Coast in 2015 to film the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He is pictured on set signing autographs for thrilled fans

Depp was one of the world's biggest stars when he and Heard arrived on the Gold Coast in 2015 to film the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He is pictured on set signing autographs for thrilled fans

Depp was one of many world’s largest stars when he and Heard arrived on the Gold Coast in 2015 to movie the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He’s pictured on set signing autographs for thrilled followers

Amber Heard leaving the High Court in London after a hearing. She was wearing a red polka dot face covering due to Covid restrictions

Amber Heard leaving the High Court in London after a hearing. She was wearing a red polka dot face covering due to Covid restrictions

Amber Heard leaving the Excessive Courtroom in London after a listening to. She was sporting a crimson polka dot face overlaying on account of Covid restrictions 

In a domestic abuse case from 2016, Heard claimed that Depp cut his own finger, mixed his blood with ink and wrote on a mirror accusing her of having an affair with 'Billy Bob Thornton'

In a domestic abuse case from 2016, Heard claimed that Depp cut his own finger, mixed his blood with ink and wrote on a mirror accusing her of having an affair with 'Billy Bob Thornton'

In a home abuse case from 2016, Heard claimed that Depp reduce his personal finger, blended his blood with ink and wrote on a mirror accusing her of getting an affair with ‘Billy Bob Thornton’

Whereas the pair had lengthy been rumoured to have a unstable relationship, it was not till an image emerged of Depp mendacity on a stretcher inside a Queensland hospital virtually two years later that the size of the incidents on their whirlwind journey grew to become clear.

The actor was rumoured to have damaged his proper wrist go-karting on a non-public observe at Doohan’s property whereas film buffs speculated the damage was sustained on set.

The incident brought about filming of the $250million Jerry Bruckheimer epic, during which Johnny reprises his iconic function as Captain Jack Sparrow, to be delayed.

In giving proof to the Excessive Courtroom in London, Depp described the time frame in Australia in March 2015 when he says Heard severed his finger – an damage which she says happened after he smashed a phone right into a wall.

He claims Heard heard him speaking to his legal professionals a few potential post-nuptial settlement.

After he poured himself a glass of vodka she picked up the bottle and threw it at him, earlier than hurling one other one, he advised the courtroom.

‘Amber severed my finger with the second of two thrown vodka bottles at me within the early afternoon of Sunday March 8. Amber claims this was on the second day of a “three-day hostage scenario”,’ he testified.

Johnny Depp in his personal phrases as he takes the stand in libel trial

Depp on his drug-fuelled childhood:

‘My expertise of alcohol and stimulants started at a really younger age’ 

‘I bear in mind my mom used to ask me to get her nerve tablets. Across the age of 11 it dawned on me that these tablets calm your nerves and I introduced them house and took one. That started what was the one strategy to numb the ache’

‘Each form of drug identified by man I would tried’ by age 14

Requested whether or not he had taken medication with Marilyn Manson: ‘Sure. Twice, possibly’ 

Depp on his heroes:

‘Hunter S. Thompson was an idol of mine. I consider he has a really well-known quote that claims I do not condone the usage of medication or alcohol to anybody however they’ve at all times labored for me’

‘Keith Richards has been a job mannequin for me. He is one in all my favorite guitarists and an awesome function mannequin’

‘I’ve at all times been within the counter-culture and lots of literary heroes of mine, together with Chaucer, who was an opium addict, and Thomas De Quincey, creator of ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater’, have been into this topic’

Depp on his ‘anger issues’

‘I do not [have anger problems]. I used to be indignant, doesn’t suggest I’ve anger issues’

After being requested a few lodge room he trashed whereas girlfriend Kate Moss slept: ‘Reasonably than assaulting a human being I assaulted a sofa’

Requested a few clip of him smashing cabinet doorways round Heard: ‘I used to be violent with some cabinets’  

Depp on his alcohol dependancy

Requested whether or not it was ‘nonsense’ that he spent greater than $30,000 a month on wine whereas with Ms Paradis as a result of it was ‘greater than that’: ‘It was’ 

‘I’d positively say that in direction of the tip of my relationship with Ms Paradis, the mom of my kids, it was a really painful time… I used to be greater than probably attempting to numb myself’

Depp on getting sober:

In an e-mail to Elton John in 2012: ‘My dearest Elton, 100 f****** days of readability for an previous reprobate t**t like me. Nobody would ever have believed it doable however for a choose few, most significantly you

‘I’d have been swallowed up by the monster have been it not for you’

Depp on his personal fame:

‘It is a very complicated factor since you turn into a product and your identify not sounds the best way it did while you have been rising up… Once I converse my very own identify it sounds overseas to me’

‘When you’re attempting to determine what it is all about, when success and notoriety and all this stuff come to you and you do not fairly perceive why you have got them and you do not really feel very worthy, it is very complicated’ 

Depp on his violent upbringing:  

‘One of the simplest ways that I can clarify it was that after I was going to have a child again in 1998 [with partner Vanessa Paradis], one in all my guarantees was that I’d elevate my youngster within the precise reverse method that I used to be raised’ 

‘It was not a very secure or protected house life, there was a variety of unpleasantness in the home’

‘I am effectively conscious that there is been a variety of ache the best way I used to be raised’. 

‘Amber claims that in these three days, I subjected her to a wide range of what feels like torture and different abuse. These sick claims are utterly unfaithful.’

Mr Wooden stated he by no means heard any whispers of the alleged incident throughout his tenure defending the couple. 

Depp stated Heard didn’t maintain any accidents in any respect that weekend, whereas he sustained ‘grievous’ accidents together with the severed finger ‘and a cigarette stubbed out on my cheek’.

He stated that in some unspecified time in the future after Heard threw the bottle that reduce off his finger tip, she put a lit cigarette out on his cheek. 

Courtroom paperwork state that Depp tried to keep away from Heard by taking the spiral staircase down into the bar.

‘(However) she adopted him, screaming at him abusively,’ the courtroom heard.

‘The severity of those accidents introduced in regards to the private realisation of the severity of the abuse that Ms Heard had inflicted upon me for therefore lengthy. I could not consider that we had come to this. I questioned what extra she may do to me.’

Nevertheless, Depp’s model of occasions inside Doohan’s mansion differ tremendously to Heard’s.

Heard alleged in a home abuse case towards her ex-husband in 2016 that Depp had reduce his personal fingertip off whereas ‘drunk and excessive on ecstasy’.

Depp filed a defamation case against Heard in 2018, calling her accounts of abuse 'fabricated' and 'categorically' false. They are seen together in February 2016

Depp filed a defamation case against Heard in 2018, calling her accounts of abuse 'fabricated' and 'categorically' false. They are seen together in February 2016

Depp filed a defamation case towards Heard in 2018, calling her accounts of abuse ‘fabricated’ and ‘categorically’ false. They’re seen collectively in February 2016

Johnny Depp leaving the High Court after a dramatic day of giving evidence in a libel case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard

Johnny Depp leaving the High Court after a dramatic day of giving evidence in a libel case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard

Johnny Depp leaving the Excessive Courtroom after a dramatic day of giving proof in a libel case towards his ex-wife, Amber Heard 

Heard's lawyers submitted this photo to Los Angeles Superior County Court in 2016 and claimed Depp had caused the injuries. Speaking at the High Court, Depp denied ever being violent towards Heard and said any claims he hit her were 'lies'

Heard's lawyers submitted this photo to Los Angeles Superior County Court in 2016 and claimed Depp had caused the injuries. Speaking at the High Court, Depp denied ever being violent towards Heard and said any claims he hit her were 'lies'

Heard’s legal professionals submitted this photograph to Los Angeles Superior County Courtroom in 2016 and claimed Depp had brought about the accidents. Talking on the Excessive Courtroom, Depp denied ever being violent in direction of Heard and stated any claims he hit her have been ‘lies’

Depp had been talking with Heard on the cellphone whereas she was filming The Danish Lady in London after they started to battle and he threw the cellphone at some glass, inflicting the damage.

The courtroom papers within the 2016 case claimed that Depp then took his bloody finger and dipped it in blue paint earlier than utilizing the combination of the 2 liquids to write down ‘STARRING Billy Bob’ and ‘Simple Amber’ on the wall.

‘Billy Bob’ is Billy Bob Thornton, claims Heard, who had starred within the 2008 movie The Informers with the actress earlier than the pair additionally starred in London Fields.

Whichever method the extraordinary row unfolded, it didn’t cease the couple returning to Queensland collectively only a few weeks later.

This time they have been joined by a pair of companions – Pistol and Boo, their pet canine.

Depp and Heard snuck the Yorkshire Terriers into Australia on board a non-public jet and didn’t declare them to customs officers.

Actually, authorities have been utterly unaware the canine have been within the nation till their native groomers posted a photograph to Fb.

This outraged then-deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce who threatened to destroy the canine in the event that they weren’t taken in a foreign country.

 

During their visits to Australia in 2015, the couple stayed in this sprawling mansion owned by former MotoGP champion Mick Doohan

During their visits to Australia in 2015, the couple stayed in this sprawling mansion owned by former MotoGP champion Mick Doohan

Throughout their visits to Australia in 2015, the couple stayed on this sprawling mansion owned by former MotoGP champion Mick Doohan

 

Depp seen in an image drawn by a court artist as he was giving evidence from a witness box at the High Court in London

Depp seen in an image drawn by a court artist as he was giving evidence from a witness box at the High Court in London

Depp seen in a picture drawn by a courtroom artist as he was giving proof from a witness field on the Excessive Courtroom in London 

The incidents that allegedly occurred throughout Depp and Heard’s time in Australia are set to kind a serious a part of The Solar’s defence towards the Hollywood star.

Depp advised the courtroom on the primary day of his blockbuster libel case that the allegations have been ‘sick and utterly unfaithful’.

However essentially the most sensational revelation from Depp was that he determined to divorce Heard after faeces have been left of their mattress.

In a written assertion, the actor stated Heard or ‘presumably one in all her mates’ was answerable for the incident, however claimed she dismissed it as ‘only a innocent prank’, and he stated it was the ultimate straw of their deteriorating marriage.

At present, he took to the stand to disclaim ever hitting Heard, as a sequence of newspaper tales alleged, and stated it was ‘inconceivable’ that he would ever hit a lady, citing his Southern upbringing and saying he considers chivalry ‘essential’.

He stated: ‘It’s a robust and central a part of my ethical code that I’d by no means strike a lady, below any circumstances, at any time. I discover it merely inconceivable and it could by no means occur.’

Whereas denying attacking Heard he additionally launched a blistering verbal assault on her, accusing her of being a ‘calculating, narcissistic sociopath’ who married him to additional her profession. 

Depp, 57, arrives at the High Court in London for the first day of his libel hearing. he is suing The Sun newspaper for labeling him a 'wife beater' in a 2018 article

Depp, 57, arrives at the High Court in London for the first day of his libel hearing. he is suing The Sun newspaper for labeling him a 'wife beater' in a 2018 article

Heard, 34, wore a red scarf over her face as a mask as she entered the court on Tuesday

Heard, 34, wore a red scarf over her face as a mask as she entered the court on Tuesday

Depp (left) and Heard (proper) arrive on the Excessive Courtroom in London. Depp, 57, is suing The Solar newspaper for labeling him a ‘spouse beater’ in a 2018 article

Amber Heard walked arm in arm with her sister, Whitney, (left) and Australian lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, (right) who also represents Julian Assange, as she arrived at the High Court for the start of a three-week libel trial. In the white coat is her US attorney, Elaine Bredehoft

Amber Heard walked arm in arm with her sister, Whitney, (left) and Australian lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, (right) who also represents Julian Assange, as she arrived at the High Court for the start of a three-week libel trial. In the white coat is her US attorney, Elaine Bredehoft

Amber Heard walked arm in arm along with her sister, Whitney, (left) and Australian lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, (proper) who additionally represents Julian Assange, as she arrived on the Excessive Courtroom for the beginning of a three-week libel trial. Within the white coat is her US lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft

How the star-studded relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp fell aside amid claims of violence and abuse

Johnny Depp’s high-profile libel declare towards the writer of The Solar is over allegations he was violent in direction of his ex-wife Amber Heard throughout their relationship – claims the Hollywood star vehemently denies.

The pair met in round 2011 on the set of The Rum Diary, a movie adaption of a novel by Depp’s good friend Hunter S Thompson, earlier than they began residing collectively in round 2012.

Here’s a timeline of the important thing occasions of their relationship and the bitter authorized battle that has ensued.

2013

– March 8: Depp allegedly tries to set hearth to a portray by Heard’s ex-partner Tasya van Ree earlier than he’s stated to have attacked her for the primary time, which the actor denies.

2015

– February 3: The couple marry in a non-public ceremony at their house in Los Angeles.

– March 3-5: The important thing incident in The Solar’s defence, the three-day journey to Australia has been described by Heard as a ‘three-day hostage scenario’ during which Depp was allegedly bodily and verbally abusive whereas consuming closely and taking medication.

Depp denies the allegations and says Heard misplaced her mood after a dialog a few post-nuptial settlement.

– April 21: The couple arrive in Australia with their pet Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol, which they didn’t declare to customs officers in Queensland. Heard was charged later with bringing the canine into the nation illegally – the fees have been later dropped and the pair later recorded a weird video apologising for bringing their canine to Australia.

2016

– Round Might 22: The pair separated, Heard claims after an incident at their LA penthouse during which Depp allegedly grew to become very indignant and destroyed property with a bottle of champagne.

– Might 23: Heard recordsdata petition for the dissolution of their marriage.

– Might 27: Heard applies for a short lived home violence restraining order, which prevents Depp from contacting her.

– August 16: The estranged couple attain an settlement regarding the dissolution of their marriage. Heard later donates her seven million US greenback (£5.5 million) settlement to charity.

2017

– January 13: The couple are formally divorced.

2018

– April 27: The column by The Solar’s govt editor Dan Wootton is printed on-line at round 10pm. Underneath the headline ‘Gone Potty – How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely pleased’ casting spouse beater Johnny Depp within the new Unbelievable Beasts movie?’, Mr Wootton requested if the Harry Potter creator had been ‘blinded by a private friendship’ with Depp.

The piece additionally quoted two alleged victims of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, which Depp says was included to ‘end his profession’.

– April 28: The next day, the net article is amended to take away the phrases ‘spouse beater’ from the headline, which was not included within the print version.

– June 1: Depp recordsdata declare his libel towards Information Group Newspapers. His written declare, filed a couple of weeks later, claims the article ‘brought about severe hurt to (his) private {and professional} status’ and likewise brought about him ‘vital misery and embarrassment’.

– December 18: The Washington Submit publishes an op-ed by Heard which didn’t point out Depp by identify, however stated that the actress ‘grew to become a public determine representing home abuse, and I felt the total power of our tradition’s wrath for ladies who converse out’.

2019

– February 27: Depp fights off a bid to halt his English authorized motion after The Solar applies for his declare to be ‘stayed until and till’ the star confirmed in writing that he wouldn’t sue Heard if she participated in a forthcoming trial.

– March 1: Depp recordsdata a libel case towards Heard in Virginia, blaming the Washington Submit piece for Depp being dropped from the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and claiming that Heard was the one who had been abusive in direction of him.

2020

– February 26: Johnny Depp attends the Excessive Courtroom in London for a preliminary listening to forward of a trial which was on account of start the next month. The star heard NGN’s barrister Adam Wolanski learn out texts despatched by Depp, together with one from November 2013 to actor Paul Bettany, during which Depp wrote: ‘Let’s burn Amber.’

He additionally wrote: ‘Let’s drown her earlier than we burn her!!! I’ll f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to ensure she is useless.’

– March 20: The trial, which was on account of start on March 23, is postponed as a result of international coronavirus disaster. NGN’s legal professionals had claimed Depp needed to delay the trial ‘as a result of he is a coward and since he is aware of he will lose’, which was denied by Depp’s authorized workforce.

– April 8: Mr Justice Nicol guidelines that components of Heard’s proof, referring to allegations of sexual violence, will probably be heard in personal.

– Might 13: The courtroom provides permission for Depp’s former companions Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder – who each say Depp was ‘by no means violent’ to them – to provide proof. Heard’s former private assistant Kate James can also be permitted to provide proof.

– June 25: NGN asks the courtroom to throw out Depp’s declare simply two weeks earlier than trial over the star’s failure to reveal textual content messages of him apparently attempting to purchase medication in Australia in 2015. The writer’s legal professionals say Depp intentionally withheld textual content messages they are saying present him attempting to acquire ‘MDMA and different narcotics’.

– June 29: Mr Justice Nicol guidelines that Depp did breach a courtroom order by not disclosing paperwork from separate libel proceedings towards Heard within the US – which embody the textual content messages. However Depp’s legal professionals argue that it could be ‘wholly disproportionate’ to strike out the actor’s libel declare.

– July 2: The Excessive Courtroom guidelines Depp’s declare can go forward after granting his utility for ‘aid from sanctions’ for the breach of a courtroom order.

– July 4: The trial choose, Mr Justice Nicol refuses an utility by Depp’s legal professionals to exclude Heard from courtroom till she provides proof.

– July 7: The three-week trial lastly begins on the Royal Courts of Justice in London, with witnesses set to incorporate Depp’s former companions Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder in addition to a number of of Heard’s mates who say they have been current when Depp was abusive.