Johnny Depp accused his ex-wife Amber Heard of ‘haymakering’ him after her 30th birthday party when they met in a hotel three months later – shortly after she had obtained a restraining order against him, a court heard today.
Depp, 57, finished giving 25 hours of evidence at the High Court in London today as his blockbuster libel case continues over allegations of domestic violence by Heard, 34. The actor is suing The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article in April 2018 which labelled him a ‘wife beater’.
Depp – who made the accusation against Heard in a secret recording revealed in court today – said the fight followed her 30th birthday party in April 2016, which he attended after a ‘bad meeting’ with a new business manager who revealed he had lost $650million after it was ‘stolen’ by his previous managers.
He claimed Heard had been ‘drinking heavily’ and attacked him while he was reading in bed, punching him in the face four times before he grabbed her arms to stop her. The secret recording in which he discussed the alleged attack was made without Depp’s knowledge when he met her in a San Francisco hotel room in July 2016.
Depp also admitted today that his forehead ‘may have clashed’ with Heard’s when he was trying to ‘grab her arms’ to stop her hitting him – but denied intending to headbutt her. He also said he could not have grabbed Heard by the head and punched her in the face because he was wearing a cast with a ‘little dinosaur’ on his broken finger.