Amber Heard threw bottles and glasses at Johnny Depp and abused him when she was drunk, Depp’s bodyguard has told the court. Depp, it was said, did not take revenge.
Sean Bett, who has worked with Depp for 14 years, said he never saw the Hollywood actor inflict any physical violence.
Depp, 57, is suing Sun Group publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its editor-in-chief, Dan Wootton, over an article calling him a “frubeater”
Depp ever refuses to meet his ex-wife Heard, 34, who has provided information on 14 occasions during their relationship when she claims he attacked her.
As NGN no longer challenges Depp’s claim that he did not meet previous partners, the court was told that neither Winona Ryder nor Vanessa Paradis would need to be called to prove.
Both had been scheduled to appear via video link from the US this week. They have already made statements that Depp was never violent towards them.
In her statement to the court, Bett, who previously served in the LA County Sheriff’s Department, said: “I was with Depp and Ms. Heard very regularly during this period and I never saw any cuts, bruises or other injuries to Ms. Heard. I never saw Mr Depp commit any act of physical violence against another person. “
He added: “I was also told by Depp on several occasions that Mrs Heard had physically abused him. A very common occurrence throughout the relationship would be that Mr. Depp would get me and other members of his security team to remove him from Mrs. Heard because of her behavior. He would then stay elsewhere.
Ms Heard often behaved in this way when she had been drinking. I quickly learned to recognize the signs so we could leave the situation before it escalated further. “
He said he had never seen Depp be violent towards anyone, including Heard. “In addition, I have observed that Heard threw bottles, glasses and other objects at Mr Depp while I was verbally abusing him. As a rule, Mr Depp remains quite passive during these episodes and tries to either calm Ms Heard or remove himself from the situation. “
There was a dispute in the courtroom over a photograph of Depp showing a bruise on his left cheek. It had originally been included in a statement by Bett who said it showed an injury he received after Heard allegedly beat him on April 21, 2016.
During the cross-examination on Thursday, however, Bett accepted that after checking the timestamp on the photograph, it was from another occasion and did not show any injuries he suffered in April 2016.
Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, told the court that the photograph had actually been taken on March 23, 2015, when “Ms Heard admits that she punched Mr Depp in defense of her sister”.
The court was also told that under the terms of their divorce agreement, Heard received a payment of $ 7 million and $ 525,000 to cover legal fees. She was also released from tax debts for these amounts. Depp earned $ 60 million in the final year of their marriage.
The negotiation continues.