Movie star Johnny Depp has told London’s High Court that his ex-wife Amber Heard or her friend defecated in their bed in what he described as a “fitting end to the relationship”.
- Amber Heard has accused ex-husband Johnny Depp of physical attacks over a three-year period
- Depp, 57, has denied the allegations, and told the court she assaulted him
- Ms Heard is due to give evidence next week
Giving evidence in his libel action against tabloid newspaper The Sun, which labelled him a wife-beater, Mr Depp has faced four days of cross-examination over allegations from Ms Heard that he physically attacked her on at least 14 occasions during a three-year period from 2013.
The court heard on Friday that one such incident followed a party to celebrate Ms Heard’s 30th birthday party in April 2016, The Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass said.
The 57-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star was late because he had been at a meeting with his business manager, where he had received bad news about his finances.
Mr Depp was accused of attacking Ms Heard at their home when she criticised him for being late, throwing a magnum bottle of champagne at her, which missed, and grabbing her hair.
The following day, the cleaner found faeces in their bed, something Ms Wass said Mr Depp had said in text messages he thought hilarious.
But he told the court this “absurd” moment was when he decided they had to end their marriage.
‘Fitting end to the relationship’
“I was convinced it was Miss Heard herself or one of her cohort involved in leaving human faeces on the bed,” he said.
“I thought it was a strangely, oddly fitting end to the relationship.”
The couple next met up in May when Mr Depp went to collect some possessions from their home, and a row erupted over the faeces incident, which Ms Heard blamed on one of their dogs.
Mr Depp denied he had been spoiling for a fight and said Ms Heard had brought up the issue, telling the estate manager in a phone call it was a “harmless prank”.
In an ensuing argument, Mr Depp was accused of throwing his phone at his ex-wife, striking her on the cheek, an accusation he rejected.
Days later she sought a restraining order against Mr Depp and the court was shown pictures of Ms Heard with a bruise on the cheek.
However, a police officer who was called to the scene, Melissa Saenz, told the court she had a clear look at Ms Heard’s face and saw no sign of injury, nor any damage to the home as she and her friends alleged.
Mr Depp said the wife-beater accusation meant he had gone from “Cinderella to Quasimodo in 0.6 seconds”.
‘Begging for global humiliation’
Ms Heard, pictured with Mr Depp in January 2016, accused him of domestic violence in May 2016.(AP: Jordan Strauss)
The court heard he sent a text to his business manager in August 2016 in which he called Ms Heard a “50 cent stripper” who was “begging for total global humiliation”.
“I have no mercy, no fear and not an ounce of emotion, or what I once thought was love for this gold-digging, low-level, dime-a-dozen, mushy, pointless dangling overused flappy fish market,” the text, read by Ms Wass, said.
Over four days of giving evidence, Mr Depp has faced a series of allegations where he is accused of attacking Ms Heard, whom he met in 2011 and married four years later, during violent, angry, jealous rages when he was drunk or had taken lots of drugs.
The court has been told that during these rages he repeatedly slapped her, kicked her, head-butted her, pulled out clumps of her hair, trashed a house where she kept her clothes, and threatened to kill her.
According to Ms Wass, Mr Depp had an alter ego, which both he and Ms Heard referred to as “the monster”, who he turned into after heavy drinking or drug-taking.
“Every time I didn’t comply with her… she could call it the monster,” Mr Depp said.
“The monster grew into whatever she wanted it to be.”
Mr Depp has rejected all the allegations and says Ms Heard is lying, telling the court she physically assaulted him, hurling a bottle at him on one occasion and severing the tip of a finger.
“I have slept on many bathroom floors as a result of trying to avoid any violent confrontation,” he said.
He says Ms Heard’s claims are a hoax and part of a dossier she had been collecting as “an insurance policy”.
Ms Heard, who has also been in court for Mr Depp’s appearances in the witness box, is due to give evidence herself next week as is Mr Depp’s former long-term partner Vanessa Paradis and his ex-girlfriend, actress Winona Ryder.