Actress Amber Heard hit her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, during one of their heated fights, and hit him to defend her sister, the High Court in London.
The 57-year-old actor sues the publisher of The Sun newspaper for libel over an article that called him a “wife beater” and says it was he who experienced domestic violence at the hands of Ms Heard in their tumultuous relationship.
The paper argues that her story is true and the court has been told that Ms Heard accuses her ex-husband of attacking her at least 14 times between 2013 and 2016 when she is angry at drinking or taking drugs to excess.
Giving evidence to the court, Mr. Depp’s bodyguard Sean Bett said that there were a number of instances when Ms. Heard left visible injuries to her employer.
He said that one of these had taken place on April 21, 2016, during Ms Heard’s birthday party.
The court had previously been told that she claimed that Mr. Depp had attacked her when she got upset because he had come to the party late.
He disputes this, and claims she hit him, throwing a “haymaker” punch in the row.
Sean Bett, the bodyguard of Johnny Depp
Mr. Bett said he had driven Mr. Depp to another of his homes after the fight, and he had taken a snapshot of the actor’s face after he had told him that Ms. Heard had hit him.
Nevertheless, the court heard that there was a dispute over a photo submitted as part of Mr Bett ‘s evidence and that the image used in his testimony was actually taken during another accident on 23 March 2015.
Sun ‘s counsel, Sasha Wass, told the court that the incident, another of the times where Johnny Depp was accused of attacking his ex-wife, was one where Amber Heard “admitted Mr Depp in defense of her younger sister” and the only time she did so.
Mr. Bett said that the photo he said he took the following year looked very similar, but admitted that he could not locate the original.
The bodyguard was also questioned about an incident in May 2016, when Mrs. Heard accused Mr. Depp of hurling a cell phone on her forehead, leaving a bruise on her eye.
Mr. Bett said that when he arrived at the scene, he believed that Ms. Heard had cried out, “If he hits me again, I’m going to call the police.”
But he said that there was no noticeable damage to her face, claiming that she was continuously staring at her because “she was crying at the top of her lungs.”
He denied that he was lying to his employer, saying that Ms. Heard was going to have tantrums and get upset with Mr. Depp for no apparent cause, and that she acted poorly while she was intoxicated.
Johnny Depp ‘s counsel, David Sherborne, told the court earlier that two of Mr. Depp ‘s former wives – the rapper, actress and model Vanessa Paradis, with whom he had two children and actress Winona Ryder – would no longer offer evidence as their testimony he had never been abusive towards them was no longer needed because it was not questioned.
Yesterday, the court heard from Ms Heard’s former assistant, Kate James, that the star had “stolen” knowledge of her own experience of being violently sexually abused and using it for her own gain.
She also said that Ms Heard, for whom she worked from 2012 to 2015, had been drinking large quantities of red wine during that period, claiming that she would receive contradictory and violent text messages from her boss about 2 a.m. around 4 a.m.
Mr Depp has already provided testimony for five days and Ms Heard is scheduled to appear in the witness box next week.