Johnny Depp staff defend actor in London libel trial

Johnny Depp staff defend actor in London libel trial

Johnny Depp staff defend actor in London libel trial

Connolly said Heard's account of what happened had "no resemblance" to his recollection and that she "did not have any marks on her face or arms" when he arrived at the house.

In her statement, she said: "While I could not hear what caused the fight, Amber repeatedly berated him with increasing ferocity".

"I noticed nothing but her lovely skin", she said of a particular occasion in May 2016 when Heard claimed she had been left visibly bruised by Depp.

The excerpt was read out by Sasha Wass QC, representing The Sun's publisher News Group Newspapers, during her questioning of Depp's personal security guard Malcolm Connolly, who was also present on the train journey.

Mr Deuters said he had been attempting to pacify Ms Heard by parroting her version of events.

She said she told a colleague in December 2015 that Heard was a "thrower - someone who threw projectiles".

Earlier on in the day's evidence, Depp said that after badly cutting a finger he contracted the MRSA virus, which he was recovering from when one of 14 alleged incidents of violence towards Heard occurred.

Mr Depp replied: "No, sir".

Depp is suing News Group Newspapers and journalist Dan Wootton for an article on The Sun website that described him as a "wife beater".

Mr Deuters said that he and Mr Depp's former private security guard made a decision to intervene and Mr Depp spent the rest of the flight in the bathroom. "Heard did not have any visible marks, bruises, cuts, or injuries to her face or any other part of her body".

Mr Depp replied: "Definitely not".

Ms Roberts said that on 29 December 2015, when the couple were staying on the island with his two children and a friend, the pair had an argument.

Mr Depp alleges his finger was severed by Ms Heard throwing a vodka bottle at him, which she denies.

Mr Deuters said that the day after the flight, Mr Depp asked him to "mollify" Ms Heard and "to say whatever was needed to try and placate her".

In the witness box, Connolly denied he might have been "pressured to lie and come on Johnny's side" when giving evidence, and said he initially told hospital staff Depp had hurt his finger "cutting onions" in order to protect Heard.

Mr Sherborne asked: "If Lily-Rose. if your daughter told you that her husband had slapped her repeatedly, punched her, deliberately smacked her in the nose, grabbed her by the hair, dragged her upstairs by the hair, pulled chunks of her hair out, would you still send a text to him saying "I love you like a brother or father"?"

Mr Depp, 57, was answering questions on an alleged incident on December 15 2015, "the night before Ms Heard was due to be filming for an appearance on the James Corden show, The Late Late Show".

Amber Heard insulted Johnny Depp during a Christmas trip to the Bahamas, his estate manager has claimed.

"He continued to stand there yelling at her to stop and leave him alone", she said.

Heard and Depp met in 2011 while co-starring in the film The Rum Diary and married in 2015. The actor is also suing his ex-wife in a separate case in the United States for allegedly presenting him as an abuser in a Washington Post article.

Witnesses including Mr Depp's former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder are expected to give evidence via video link, and the hearing is expected to last for three weeks.

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