Johnny Depp libel trial: Amber Heard ‘punched star’ in row over birthday party, court hears

Adrian Ovalle

Amber Heard punched Johnny Depp in the face throughout an argument after her 30 th birthday party, the High Court has actually heard.

Depp’s head of security, Sean Bett, who was offering proof at the actor’ s libel action trial versus The Sun and its publishers on Thursday early morning, stated he recorded his boss’s bruised face by taking an image on his phone.

Mr Bett, who worked for Depp for around 14 years and formerly worked as a Los Angeles law enforcement officer, stated he had actually driven the Pirates Of The Caribbean star to Heard’s celebratory meal following a business conference.

Discussing his earlier witness declaration, which he offered in April 2016, Mr Bett stated that after the party he had actually seen a “visible injury” on Depp’s face, which the star had actually informed him was because of Heard punching him.

Depp smiles at fans on day 8 of the trial

Mr Bett stated he took an image of the injury and provided it to thecourt A second photo was likewise revealed to the court, of the exact same injury, however drawn from a little additional away.

Mr Bett explained Heard as “polite”, and stated she never ever informed him that Depp had actually abused her in any method.

It was put to him by The Sun’s attorney, Sasha Wass, that as Depp’s worker instead of Heard’s, it would have been “completely inappropriate” for her to have actually confided in him.

Mr Bett likewise informed the court that Heard would state and sob how much she liked Depp following arguments in between the set, when he states Depp would ask him to drive her locations.

Mr Bett likewise discussed a see to Depp’s LA penthouse, on 21 April 2016, throughout which Heard declares Depp tossed a phone in her face and tossed a magnum of champagne.

The guard stated he saw Heard “shouting at the top of her lungs” while Depp was standing “approximately 20 feet away” in the kitchen area.

Heard is because of provide proof next week

Mr Bett went on: “As soon as Ms Heard noticed that we had entered the room, she looked very surprised; her demeanour then changed and she pointed at Mr Depp and screamed to us words to the effect of: ‘If he hits me one more time, I am calling the police.'”

Mr Bett states he saw no injuries on Heard throughout the check out to the flat.

While he concurred that Depp had actually been “agitated” throughout the go to, he states he did not see the star toss a bottle of white wine.

When put to Mr Bett by Ms Wass that he was “lying to protect Mr Depp”, Mr Bett responded: “You can call me a liar 100 times. I’m not lying, I’m telling the truth.”

Heard at Coachella Celebration with her sibling and buddies

The court likewise spoke with Starling Jenkins, a security personnel at The Eastern Columbia Structure in LA where Depp and Heard lived.

Mr Jenkins had actually driven Heard and a few of her buddies to Coachella Valley Music and Arts Celebration after her birthday event.

He explained seeing Heard vomit in a car park at the celebration, and asking him to get her ginger ale, crackers and pedialyte – a rehydration beverage.

In his witness declaration, he stated that in his several years of working for the star, he had “never seen him use physical force on Amber in any way, nor have I seen any marks, bruises or injuries on Amber that suggest she has suffered abuse by Johnny”.

Mr Jenkins states that on the events he did see the set arguing, “[Depp] desires and presumes a passive tone to leave her existence”.

Another talking point at today’s trial was rather of a non-event, as the court was informed that Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder will now not be contacted us to provide proof, as was formerly set up.

Depp and Ryder in Edward Scissorhands in1991 Photo: 20 th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock

Both prominent ex-partners of Depp was because of appear in the witness box by means of video-link today, speaking in assistance of Depp.

Now, due to the court over- running by a minimum of a day, their proof will now no longer be heard.

Depp’s attorney, David Sherborne, stated it would have been “a pleasure to have them here”, however that provided the offender’s (News Group Papers) case is that the star was not violent to other partners however was to Heard, there was no need to reschedule.

French vocalist, starlet and design Paradis – who was with Depp for 14 years – has actually formerly explained the star as “kind, attentive, generous and non-violent”.

Depp with ex’s Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis. Pictures: Dave Lewis/Charles Sykes/Shutterstock

Paradis, 47, has actually stated he was violent or never ever violent towards her. The couple have 2 children together, Lily-Rose, 21, and Jack, 18.

Ryder – who was formerly engaged to Depp, and with him for 4 years – had actually been because of provide proof on Wednesday.

The 48- year-old starlet has actually formerly stated she “can not cover [her] head around” claims of abuse versus Depp.

Ryder stated in her earlier declaration: “He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me.”

The case continues, with additional witnesses due to provide proof this afternoon.

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