Photographs of Johnny Depp with a swollen black eye have been proven throughout his libel trial Thursday, as a former safety guard detailed a “recurring cycle” of abuse he mentioned was inflicted by the star’s ex-wife, Amber Heard.
The 57-year-old “What’s Consuming Gilbert Grape” star was proven with a puffy left eye, with a big purple mark excessive on the cheek the place Depp says he was punched by “sociopathic” Heard.
The picture quickly proved controversial, nonetheless, amid confusion over when it was truly taken.
It had been submitted by Depp’s former safety guard, Sean Bett, who mentioned he took it as he whisked the star away from a brutal struggle after Heard’s 30th party in April 2016.
Bett conceded in court docket, nonetheless, that the timestamp was from greater than a 12 months earlier — March 2015 — and will not even have been taken by him.
Attorneys for The Solar — the newspaper Depp is suing over an article calling him a “spouse beater” — jumped on the disparity, accusing Bett of attempting to mislead the court docket to again up his claims that Depp was the injured social gathering.
He admitted it was “fairly a critical error” however insisted the picture regarded similar to the one he had taken of Depp’s wounds following the 30th birthday blowout, which ended with poop in Depp’s mattress.
“I’ve taken different images of accidents which I’ve despatched to the attorneys,” Bett mentioned.
Whereas he usually noticed accidents on Depp, Bett says he “by no means noticed any cuts, bruises or different accidents on Ms. Heard,” and he or she by no means requested for assist or reported violence by her actor husband.
“All through the course of Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard’s relationship, Ms. Heard was verbally and bodily abusive in the direction of Mr. Depp,” Bett mentioned in a witness assertion as he additionally took the stand Thursday.
“On many events, I witnessed her shout at Mr. Depp. I used to be additionally informed by Mr. Depp on a number of events that Ms. Heard had bodily abused him.
“A quite common prevalence all through the connection could be that Mr. Depp would have me, and different members of his safety staff, take him away from Ms. Heard, on account of her habits. He would then keep elsewhere.
“This occurred on so many events that it’s not attainable for me to recollect all of them intimately.
“Nevertheless, I might describe it as a recurring cycle that Ms. Heard would abuse Mr. Depp, who would then take away himself from the scenario.”
He accused the 34-year-old “Justice League” actress of turning violent “when she had been consuming.”
“I discovered shortly to acknowledge the indicators, in order that we have been in a position to go away the scenario earlier than it escalated additional,” he said.
He recalled a struggle in Could 2016 — one the place Depp is accused of throwing a cellphone at his spouse and trashing their L.A. residence — the place they waited exterior the residence as Depp went to gather a few of his belongings.
The anticipated an “argument” from Heard due to her “sample,” Bett mentioned — quickly racing inside once they heard shouting.
“As quickly as Ms. Heard observed that we had entered the room, she regarded very stunned; her demeanor then modified,” he mentioned of Heard.
“She pointed at Mr. Depp and screamed to us phrases to the impact of ‘If he hits me yet one more time, I’m calling the police’.”
Nevertheless, Bett insisted she “had no purple marks or proof of any bruises or abrasions to her face or physique.”
“I may see Mr. Depp was visibly upset at having been accused of hitting Ms. Heard. Nevertheless, he by no means got here nearer than 20 ft to her in the course of the time I used to be in a position to observe them.
“I didn’t discover any smashed glass or damaged bottles within the residence on the time,” he mentioned.
They then took the “Edward Scissorhands” star away from the residence “on account of the truth that the scenario had escalated and Ms. Heard was hysterically shouting at Mr. Depp and making allegations about his habits.”
With Submit wires