Johnny Depp‘s libel case towards Information Group Newspaper has concluded at London’s Excessive Courtroom after three weeks of surprising revelations in regards to the former couple’s turbulent marriage.
The trial got here to an finish immediately – the 16th day within the rollercoaster courtroom case – with the judgement anticipated to be handed down in October.
If Depp is profitable in his declare, the choose must resolve what degree of compensation he ought to obtain, whereas he may very well be ordered to pay NGN’s authorized charges if it does not go his means.
Normal damages in libel instances are capped at £300,000 to £325,000.
Depp spent three days giving proof, whereas Heard was within the witness field for 4 days.
The courtroom additionally heard from a number of of Depp’s former workers, together with his assistant Stephen Dueters, Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez and her performing coach Kristina Sexton, amongst others.
Throughout the trial Depp denied he’d ever been violent in the direction of his ex-wife Amber Heard and claimed she’d been abusive in the direction of him throughout their relationship.
The courtroom heard allegations of violence from either side, in addition to grim testimony a few poo being left within the marital mattress, a scene of destruction on the former couple’s rented dwelling in Australia and Depp’s severed finger.
Depp denied ever being violent in the direction of his ex-wife and insisted she was the one who was abusive in the direction of him.
Probably probably the most shocking and stomach-churning second of the 15-day trial got here when Depp ended his marriage to Heard after finding a poo in his bed.
The Edward Scissorhands star claimed Heard and her associates had left a pile of excrement within the marital mattress after her 30th birthday celebration at their Los Angeles dwelling in April 2016.
He mentioned he was so disgusted by the incident, he resolved to finish the wedding that day.
In his witness assertion, Depp claimed: “I perceive that the next morning [after the party] Ms Heard (or presumably one among her associates) defecated in our shared mattress…
“I resolved to divorce Ms Heard on that day.”
Throughout her testimony, Heard was requested if she was the one who pooed in the bed and he or she replied: “I didn’t. It is completely disgusting. That is appalling. No.”
She blamed the poo on the couple’s teacup Yorkshire terriers, however Depp had beforehand insisted the animals have been too small to leap onto the mattress or to depart such a big deposit there.
The courtroom heard the actor even demanded a DNA take a look at to show the faeces was human.
Considered one of Heard’s associates, iO Tillet Wright, later informed the courtroom he did not assume the actress may have been liable for the poo because she’s “faecal phobic”.
Throughout the trial, the court was shown pictures of the poo that was discovered within the mattress.
Heard claimed Depp was so enraged by the poo that he threw a telephone at her and it struck her within the face.
Depp denied throwing the telephone at his then-wife.
Home of horrors
Depp and Heard jetted to Australia in March 2015 so he may begin working filming one of many Pirates of the Caribbean films.
The pair grew to become embroiled in a livid argument on the rented dwelling they have been sharing, and the courtroom heard the home was left with $150,000 damage.
In her testimony, Heard claimed she got here again to the home and located meals smeared all around the home, a stay hen indoors, damaged glass in all places and blood dripping down the walls.
She additionally claimed Depp had tried to set fireplace to the couch, smashed the TV and urinated on the furniture.
Heard informed the courtroom: “There was mashed potato and gravy smeared on the door outdoors.
“There was a hen in the home… It scared me to demise after I entered the room. It will need to have flown within the window. There was blood in all places…”
Heard mentioned there was writing “all the way in which down the steps and stairwell” and there was “blood on the partitions, on lampshades and in all places with written messages”.
Depp admitted scrawling messages in his personal blood all through the home, which was described as wanting like a scene from horror movie The Shining by Heard’s sister Whitney in her witness assertion.
Throughout her testimony, Heard additionally claimed that Depp threw 30 bottles at he “like grenades” and he or she was left with cuts on her arms and toes.
The actor denied being violent in the direction of Heard, and insisted she was the one who attacked him.
Throughout the journey to Australia, Depp was left with a severed finger which wanted hospital remedy and surgery after he returned to Los Angeles.
The courtroom was proven gory pictures of the injury, which he claimed had been attributable to Heard throwing a glass bottle at him throughout a row.
The actress denied she was liable for the harm, and informed the courtroom Depp had severed the digit himself by smashing a plastic telephone repeatedly towards a wall.
In his witness assertion, which was offered to the courtroom, Depp claimed: “Ms Heard threw that bottle at me as exhausting as she may from a reasonably quick distance.
“The bottle smashed towards my hand, which was resting on the marble prime of the bar, severing the highest of my finger and fracturing a number of bones.”
Heard alleged he picked up a wall telephone and he “hit it repeatedly over and time and again on the wall.
She informed the courtroom: “I watched as this telephone was simply disappearing in entrance of my very own eyes.
“It was breaking off in shreds. That telephone – it simply disappeared. I did not know he had severed his finger.”
Heard informed the courtroom she did not realise that was the time when he lower his finger, however she when she believes it occurred.
One of the crucial hotly-disputed incidents introduced up through the trial was an incident that allegedly came about on a non-public jet from Boston to Los Angeles in 2014.
Heard alleged Depp called her a “whore”, kicked her within the again after which laughed when she cried.
An electronic mail written by the actress, however was by no means despatched, was learn out in courtroom in whiuch she detailed the allegations towards her husband.
Heard wrote: “The person I like and wish to marry referred to as me a humiliation and a whore, amongst different issues, in entrance of a airplane full of people that did NOTHING earlier than kicking me – kicking me within the again after which mocked me for crying about it instantly after.”
A sequence of textual content messages have been learn out in courtroom which have been despatched between Dueters and Heard a day after the airplane journey.
In a single message despatched by Deuters, he wrote: “He [Depp] was appalled. After I informed him he kicked you, he cried.”
One other added: “It was disgusting. And he is aware of it.”
Throughout the trial, the courtroom heard claims that Depp had accused Heard of dishonest on him with plenty of well-known males, together with actor James Franco and tech mogul Elon Musk.
Throughout the trial, the courtroom was shown CCTV footage that confirmed Heard and Franco getting out of a carry as they headed to the condo she shared with Depp on 22 Could 2016.
The Franco claims have been mentioned to have been the set off for the argument on the non-public jet, with Depp telling the courtroom he did not keep in mind the topic being introduced up.
The actor added: “I suspected she was having an affair with JF and it is subsequently has been confirmed she was.”
He then clarified: “I might been informed she was.”
The courtroom heard Depp had a list of nicknames for the lads he accused Heard of getting affairs with.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor had names for plenty of stars, together with Leonardo DiCaprio, who was “pumpkin-head”, Channing Tatum (potato-head) and “Jim Turd Sturgess”.
Heard denied she’d cheated on her husband, and insisted her romance with Musk didn’t begin till after she’d filed for divorce in Could 2016.
‘I’ll f**okay her burnt corpse’
Throughout the trial a sequence of disturbing texts between the actor and his pal Paul Bettany in 2014 have been learn out.
One textual content from Bettany, referred to as Heard a “witch” and steered they need to burn her.
Depp’s message responded: “Let’s drown her earlier than burning her. I’ll f**okay her burnt corpse afterwards to verify she is lifeless.”
Depp responded, telling the courtroom that Bettany and Heard “had their variations and didn’t like one another very a lot”.
Heard later informed the courtroom Depp had threatened to “f**okay her corpse” throughout a row in Australia in 2015.
She referred to as it a “three day hostage state of affairs” and alleged Depp shoved her towards the fridge, threatening to “crush her neck”, earlier than choking and spitting at her.
She alleged when she tried to flee he grabbed her by the hair earlier than throwing her on a ping pong desk after which grabbing her by the neck.
Heard claimed: “He was screaming at me, time and again, ‘You ruined my life, I hate you, I’ll f**king kill you and I am going to f**okay your corpse.'”
Depp denied being violent in the direction of Heard through the Australia journey and claimed she was the one who attacked him.
Heard informed the courtroom she was “smothered”, “slapped” and “suffocated” within the “most violent night time” of her relationship with Depp.
She claimed he attacked her on the night time of their Thanksgiving bash at their Los Angeles dwelling on November 26 2015.
In her testimony, Heard alleged Depp as excessive on cocaine when he violently attacked her.
She informed the courtroom: “We acquired right into a battle on Thanksgiving, the place Johnny ripped my shirt and threw me throughout the room. He threw a wine glass and a heavy glass decanter at me, which fortunately each missed me.”
She alleged Depp slapped her, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her from room-to-room of their condo.
Heard went on to allege he headbutted her, grabbed her by the throat, pushed her face down right into a mattress, smothered her, pulled out extra hair and put his knee on her again as he suffocated her with such pressure the mattress broke.
Depp denied being violent in the direction of Heard on the night time of the occasion.
Headbutt claims and the James Corden present
Heard alleged she was left with two black eyes, a damaged nostril and had pus oozing from wounds on her scalp after Depp allegedly pulled her hair and headbutted her throughout a row at their dwelling in Los Angeles on December 15 in 2015.
She appeared on James Corden’s US TV show the day after the alleged assault and mentioned none of her accidents have been seen as a result of they have been coated with make-up.
A video of her look on the present was performed in courtroom and Heard insisted she’d “caked herself” in make-up to cover “tons of accidents.
Eleanor Legal guidelines QC, for Depp, requested Heard: “That is what you seemed like on the present. There isn’t any signal of you having any accidents.”
Heard replied: “I’ve tons of accidents.”
Ms Legal guidelines then mentioned, “You do not have a cut up lip”, and Heard replied, “In fact I do,” including she “caked on crimson lipstick” and “caked on make-up” to cowl her accidents.
Depp has beforehand admitted headbutting Heard through the row, however insisted it was an accident. He is denied being violent in the direction of his spouse through the argument.
Throughout her testimony, Heard let slip a surprising declare as she informed the courtroom she’d heard Depp has pushed his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss down the stairs.
Throughout questioning, Heard was requested a few heated row with Depp at their dwelling in Los Angeles in March 2015.
Heard’s sister Whitney was there as they argued on a touchdown between two staircases, and the actress informed the courtroom she punched Depp to defend her sibling.
She went on to informed the courtroom she behaved this fashion as a result of she’d her “a hearsay” that Depp had “pushed” his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss “down the steps.”
Heard mentioned: “I heard the hearsay he pushed an ex-girlfriend down the steps – I feel it was Kate Moss – and that was recent in my thoughts… So I reacted rapidly.
“I’ve been Johnny’s punching bag for years… And I keep in mind this because it was the primary incident after I ever struck him again.”
Depp dated Moss from 1994 till 1998. He has but to touch upon the allegation made by Heard.
Throughout the trial, Depp was accused of dangling one of the former couple’s pet dogs, Pistol, out of the window of a shifting automotive following a cocaine binge.
In her witness assertion, Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez alleged the actress cried and begged him to cease as he laughed “this terrible, evil snort”.
She said: “He immediately held Pistol – Amber’s canine – out the window. I keep in mind freezing as a result of he was so f****d up and if Pistol had wriggled, he would have dropped her and that might have been it.
“I keep in mind Amber was crying saying, ‘please child, please let me have Pistol’.
“Johnny was laughing this terrible, evil snort and was shouting and teasing her about dropping her canine out the window. Amber was pleading with him, and in some way managed to get the canine again.”
Throughout his time within the witness field, Depp denied he’d held the canine out of the automotive window however admitted he’d made a sick joke about putting the creature in a microwave.
Depp informed the courtroom: “That form of humour was a working joke between myself Ms Heard, her household as a result of they [the dogs] are so ludicrously tiny.
“I wasn’t the inventor of that joke. I wasn’t the one one who introduced issues like that up.”
The trial heard claims of Depp’s drug use and consuming binges. The actor was accused of utilizing medicine together with cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy, oxycontin and marijuana, and he described his makes an attempt to get sober.
He claimed he writhed in agony and “sobbed like a baby” as he went by means of detox on his private island within the Bahamas.
One image present in courtroom confirmed Depp slumped on the ground of a lodge room.
Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, informed the courtroom he had “handed out” however the actor insisted he was “sleeping, not handed out”.
One other image proven featured strains of white powder on a marble work prime subsequent to a bank card with Depp’s title on.
Depp was questioned in regards to the image, with Ms Wass saying: “If I have been to say to you these have been strains of your cocaine?”
The actor responded: “In the event that they have been mine I might surprise why that they had been photographed.”
One other image confirmed strains of white powder alongside a field with the actor’s initials on, drinks, a bank card and a tampon applicator.
Whitney Henriquez was requested in regards to the picture, taken in March 2013, and he or she claimed she had given Depp a tampon applicator so he could use it to take cocaine.
She added: “He was fairly keen on that trick.”
Depp’s assistant Deuters, who has labored for the actor for 16 years, additionally spoke about his boss’ drug use.
Throughout his testimony, Deuters admitted he had helped Depp get managed medicine however for the primary eight years of his employment – he had by no means seen him take something.
He mentioned Depp took marijuana which was authorized in California. The actor was a registered consumer and will purchase it legally.
He mentioned Depp had taken cocaine however it was a “uncommon incidence”.
Deuters mentioned Depp did drink alcohol however “didn’t get drunk”, including: “It was nearly exceptional. He had a really robust structure.”
One other image present in courtroom, confirmed Depp slumped unconscious on a settee after falling asleep while eating a tub of ice cream.
The desert had toppled over and melted throughout his garments.
Depp mentioned when Heard confirmed him the image she mentioned: “Have a look at what you have change into. It is pathetic.”
Throughout his testimony, Depp claimed he was left broke after dropping his whole $650 million film fortune and wracking up $100 million in debt.
Depp revealed he misplaced his whole earnings from the profitable Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and was left $100 million in debt resulting from spiralling tax payments.
Th film star mentioned he discovered the unhealthy information shortly earlier than Heard’s 30th birthday celebration on April 21 2016.
He had a gathering at which he claimed found his former enterprise managers had value him an enormous sum of money.
The actor’s lawyer, David Sherborne requested: “Can I ask how a lot?”
Depp replied: “It was put to me this fashion. It was put to me since Pirates II and III I had made – and it appears a ridiculous quantity – $650 million.
“After I fired them for the suitable causes I had not solely misplaced the $650 million however I used to be $100 million within the gap as a result of that they had not paid the federal government my taxes for 17 years.
“It was a nasty assembly.”
He went on to say Heard had attacked him after he turned up at her occasion in a nasty temper following the assembly.
Depp mentioned she attacked him swinging “haymakers” at him whereas he was sitting in mattress studying a ebook.
Requested what a “haymaker” was, he relied: “It is a bit of a wild swing however efficient if it reaches the goal.”
Nevertheless, he denied he’d been violent in the direction of Heard.
Scratched and bruised face
Bett informed the courtroom he had by no means seen Depp being violent in the direction of his spouse, and was proven an image, mentioned to have been taken in March 2015.
Heard admitted placing the star throughout a row in March 2015 – claiming she was defending her sister.
One other image, mentioned to have been taken in December 2015, confirmed the actor with crimson marks on his face.
When requested about the reason for the accidents, Bett mentioned: “Mr Depp informed me Ms Heard had slapped him around the face just a few instances”.
Throughout the trial, the courtroom heard how Depp had taken exception to 2 footage Heard had hung of their dwelling which have been by her former accomplice, artist Taysa van Ree.
An image taken by Depp in 2014, and proven in courtroom, confirmed he’d scrawled on the glass body of 1 image altering Ms Van Ree’s signature to Taysa van Pee.
The courtroom heard Depp texted Heard’s sister Whitney about what he’d performed and despatched her an image of the injury.
Whitney replied saying: “Nicely performed, my buddy, nicely performed. The van Pee portray earns you 20 factors in my ebook.”
Depp then replied: “Cannot stand that f***ing hovering vulture.”
“She’s the worst. Did sis [Heard] discover the van Pee but?” Whitney replied and Depp texted again: “Oh sure, she laughed her a*** off.”
Heard informed the courtroom Depp had requested her to take away the image in addition to one other portray by her ex, which she claimed he’d attempt to set on fireplace.
She mentioned there was minimal injury to the art work as Depp had been “too inebriated” .
Heard informed the courtroom she was left coated in blood after Depp “popped her teeth” and split her lip in a row over claims she had affairs with two males.
She alleged he hit her within the face in a battle in March 2013 which she known as the “disco massacre”.
The actress informed the courtroom she was left coated in blood, which additionally spattered onto the wall and throughout the kitchen.
“Again then it was simply slaps or backhands, and on the time it was a shock… I felt his rings hit my mouth, my enamel…
“All I can let you know is Johnny wore these rings… He backhanded me… We acquired into an argument as a result of he mentioned I might had affairs with two individuals I by no means had an affair with”.
She claimed the incident occurred on Eight March 2013 – not 22 March which had beforehand been cited because the date of the “disco massacre”.
The choose, Mr Justice Nicol, requested for a proof of the time period “disco massacre” and Heard replied: “He hit me, and cut up my lip, blood went on the wall and on my shirt”.
The actress informed the courtroom Depp began utilizing the phrase in reference to the row, and it’s the title of a ebook.
Depp has denied hitting Heard.
Loss of life threats
Throughout the trial, Heard claimed Depp had threatened to kill her many times and he or she’d feared for her life on a number of occassions.
In her witness assertion Heard, 34, mentioned Depp informed her “demise was the one means out” of their marriage and he threatened her life.
Heard mentioned: “Some incidents have been so extreme that I used to be afraid he was going to kill me, both deliberately or simply by dropping management and going too far.
“He explicitly threatened to kill me many instances, particularly later in our relationship.”
Heard claimed Depp informed her he would kill her if she ever tried to depart him.
She added: “[H]e talked about our relationship being ‘lifeless or alive’ and telling me that demise was the one means out of the connection; the way in which he would describe what he needed to do to me if I left him or harm him.
“(For instance, carving my face up so nobody else would need me); and in his language in the direction of others who he didn’t like or was threatened by (detailing how he needed to have somebody tortured or how low-cost and straightforward it might be to have somebody knocked off).”
Depp has denied being violent in the direction of his ex-wife.
The courtroom launched Paradis’ witness assertion wherein she defended her former partner, who’s the daddy of her two kids.
She mentioned: “I’ve identified Johnny for 25 years. Now we have been companions for 14 years and we raised our two kids collectively.
“By means of all these years I’ve identified Johnny to be a sort, attentive, beneficiant and non-violent individual and father…
“I’m conscious of the allegations which Amber Heard has publicly accused Johnny of for greater than 4 years now.
“That is nothing just like the true Johnny I’ve identified, and from my private expertise of a few years, I can say he was by no means violent or abusive to me.
“I’ve seen that these outrageous statements have been actually distressing and in addition triggered injury to his profession as a result of sadly individuals have gone on believing these false details…”
Ryder additionally defended Depp in her witness assertion, slamming the “horrific” abuse claims and hinting Heard is “liar”.
The actress, 48, insisted her relationship with Depp within the 1990s was “wildly totally different” to his marriage to Heard, including: “I don’t wish to name anybody a liar however from my expertise of Johnny, it’s not possible to imagine that such horrific allegations are true.
“I discover it extraordinarily upsetting realizing him as I do.”
Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez was sensationally accused of mendacity in courtroom when she mentioned the actress had by no means been violent in the direction of her after a bombshell video emerged.
Henriquez was requested whether or not her sibling had ever been violent in the direction of her or proven a bent for violence and he or she answered no.
Depp’s lawyer David Sherborne later offered a video, which was performed in courtroom, which confirmed a gaggle of ladies chatting by a swimming pool.
Within the video, mentioned to have been filmed in 2006 or 2007 as a part of a actuality TV mission, the ladies are inspecting what seem like marks on Henriquez’s face and physique and sympathising together with her.
One of many ladies questioned Henriquez about Heard “beating her up”.
The girl mentioned: “I can not imagine Amber beat your ass. I do know you possibly can beat her ass” and Henriquez says a number of instances: “I am not speaking about it.”
The girl went on to say: “She actually did whip your butt.”
Sherborne mentioned Henriquez had lied to assist her sister.
Henriquez then returned to the witness field to be questioned in regards to the video and he or she denied there was a “bodily battle” between the sisters.
She informed the courtroom: “They have been attempting to make a story that wasn’t there. Making an attempt to make a extremely, actually boring dialog extra attention-grabbing…
“It was a extremely unhealthy actuality present. We have been referencing a verbal argument me and my sister acquired into the night time earlier than.
“It was nothing aside from a verbal argument.”
‘Now I can punch her within the face and nobody can do something about it’
The final witness to offer proof was Heard’s buddy iO Tillet Wright, who claimed Depp made a chilling joke on the day of his marriage ceremony to the actress.
The couple tied the knot within the Bahamas in in February 2015, with Tillet Wright performing as Heard’s finest man.
He claims after the ceremony, Depp made a joke about punching his new spouse.
Tillet Wright informed the courtroom: “The very first thing Johnny mentioned to me after the ceremony, as we walked to the reception, was ‘Now I can punch her within the face and nobody can do something about it’.
“He in all probability supposed it as a joke, however it’s only a joke if it’s not actual – and by then I knew he was hitting her.”
Throughout the trial Depp denied he’d ever been violent in the direction of his ex-wife and claimed she’d been abusive in the direction of him throughout their relationship.
Legal professionals for NGN are defending their case primarily based on Heard’s 14 allegations of abuse, which embody claims of bust-ups between 2013 and 2016.
The judgement is predicted to be handed down in October.