HOLLYWOOD actor Johnny Depp ended his marriage to Amber Heard after she allegedly ‘left a poo’ in his bed, it has been claimed.
Depp, who is suing The Sun and Executive Editor Dan Wooton – but what is grabbing headlines is the revelation that Heard allegedly left a ‘present’ in Depp’s bed.
In opening arguments, Depp’s legal team told the court: “Depp who in the end was forced to finally call time on this relationship, largely after behaviour by her and her friends following her birthday party in their flat in April 2016…”
“(Including he says, one of them defecating on his bed, something which Ms Heard blames on their tiny dog).”
He said: “I understand that the following morning [after the party] Ms Heard (or possibly one of her friends) defecated in our shared bed.
“On 12 May 2016, Ms Heard confessed to our estate manager, Kevin Murphy, that leaving the faeces in the bed had been ”just a harmless prank” thereby effectively acknowledging that she had been responsible, whereas she had previously sought to blame our dogs.”
He went onto insist the Yorkshire Teacup terriers the couple owned were too small to jump onto the bed or to leave such a large deposit there.
DRUGS, SEX AND SCANDAL
On Thursday, Mr Depp was questioned over the Australia trip, when it is alleged he assaulted Ms Heard and “completely destroyed” a house in a drink and drug-fuelled rage.
The trip is one of 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence, all denied by Mr Depp, relied on by NGN in their defence against the actor’s libel claim.
Sasha Wass QC, lead counsel for NGN, told the court that Mr Depp’s former private security guard, Jerry Judge, had told Ms Heard that if he and Mr Depp’s other employees had not stepped in, “either you or he would be dead”.
The barrister said: “It appears Mr Judge is saying that if they hadn’t come along when they did, either you would be dead or Ms Heard would be dead.
“That would be an odd thing to say if it was Ms Heard who was the only violent party – do you agree or not?”
Mr Depp replied: “There are several times when I have spoken to Ms Heard and said, ‘listen, we are a crime scene waiting to happen’.”
Earlier, Ms Wass had said Ms Heard alleges there was a “three-day ordeal of assaults” in Australia, “during which you were under the influence of drugs including MDMA and you were violent”.
Mr Depp said: “I vehemently deny it and would go so far as to say it is pedestrian fiction.”
During her cross-examination, Ms Wass put it to Mr Depp that he subjected Ms Heard to a litany of abuse during the Australia trip, including slapping her, grabbing her by the throat, and throwing her “against a ping pong table which collapsed” – all of which the actor denied.
Mr Depp told the court that Ms Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, severing his finger, and that after this he began “what I feel was probably some species of a breakdown, a nervous breakdown or something”.
Ms Wass put it to the star that he had not said that Ms Heard was responsible for the injury when he messaged his private physician, Dr David Kipper, nor in a text to his friend actor Paul Bettany, which said: “Just had the tip of me finger nicked off as it happens.”
She said: “You didn’t tell the hospital, you didn’t tell Dr Kipper, you didn’t tell your sister and you didn’t tell Mr Bettany.”
Mr Depp said he had told Dr Kipper, to which Ms Wass said: “You told Dr Kipper after Ms Heard got a domestic violence restraining order.”
She added: “You have reinvented the account of how this happened,” to which Mr Depp replied: “No, ma’am”.
The court heard a text message from Mr Depp to Dr Kipper said of Ms Heard: “Her obsession with herself is far more important, she is so f****** ambitious, she’s so desperate for fame, that’s probably why I was acquired.”
The court was also told the star had used his severed finger, dipped in paint, to scrawl graffiti in the house.
Ms Wass said Ms Heard “came downstairs in the morning … and the house was completely destroyed”.
The barrister also said: “You had written on a mirror. You had written in paint but you had used your finger, your injured finger, in place of a paintbrush so you had dipped your injured finger in the paint and then used your finger to do the graffiti.”
Mr Depp said: “At first, I had used my blood.”
The actor later said that when he realised the top of finger was missing “and pouring blood profusely and the bones was sticking out, I believe that I went into some kind of breakdown”.
Ms Wass told the court Mr Depp “arranged a honeymoon in late summer” 2015 to go on the Eastern and Oriental Express.
The actor said: “I didn’t go back to alcohol or substances at this point as I wanted everything to work out.
“I knew that the relationship would have a better chance of working if I resigned myself to doing the things that would please Ms Heard.”
Ms Wass said the train journey “ended up with violence, it became physical, as I think you have described it”.
Mr Depp said: “It was one incident in our cabin.”
Ms Wass said: “You hit her around the face, tried to choke her and tore off her T-shirt and you eventually calmed down once ‘the monster’ had gone away.”
Mr Depp said: “I say that that’s not at all what happened.”
The actor’s case against NGN and Mr Wootton arises out of the publication of an article on The Sun’s website 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 Mr Depp was “controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Ms Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs” between early 2013 and May 2016, when the couple split.
The pair met in 2011 and began living together in 2012 before marrying in Los Angeles in February 2015.
Additional Reporting by PA Media