Former flames Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s long-lasting feud has been the talk of the town of late. As the trial of the Pirates of the Caribbean star continues, new developments have been breaking the internet every day. The pair went ahead with their divorce in 2017. However, matters still seem to remain unresolved as Depp remains adamant to sue the Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article that called him a “wife beater” and referred to “overwhelming evidence” that he had attacked Heard. Now, a bunch of witnesses – ranging from Heard’s stylist to her former PA – have come out with their side of the Depp-Heard controversy.
The 34-year-old model’s ex assistant Kate James has accused her of stealing her experience of being a victim of sexual violence and making it into her own story. She claimed to have received multiple drunken, abusive and disjointed text messages from Heard. In her second witness statement to the court, James alleged she had been the victim of rape in Brazil when she was in her twenties and that the experience had “haunted” her ever since. “To my utter shock and dismay, I discovered that Ms Heard had in fact stolen my sexual violence conversation with her and twisted it into her own story to benefit herself. This of course caused me extreme distress and outrage that she would dare to attempt to use the most harrowing experience of my life as her own narrative.”
James informed the court that whilst she had been summoned to provide proof, she was doing so because she is “a sexual violence survivor and it’s a very serious to take that stance if you are not one”.
Calling out Heard over her drinking habits, James mentioned, “Amber would drink vast quantities of red wine each night.” James finished off by saying Heard was “probably the least known person” she had been employed by in Hollywood.
Earlier the court was told by Depp’s former butler, Ben King, that Heard often drank a bottle or two of wine a night when she was with Depp, and she was the “antagoniser” in the relationship. King, who looked after homes where the couple stayed in London, Australia and Vancouver, said he had, however, noticed on one occasion what he thought were cuts on her arm, when they returned to Los Angeles. “I recall saying to her when we landed [in Los Angeles] that she may want to put her sleeve down as there might be paparazzi in the airport … She did not refuse but she chose not to.” King, who gave a second statement for the trial at the beginning of this week, said he had been told when interviewed for the job “that Mr Depp was teetotal, having been a drinker”. He told the court the only drug he had seen the Pirates of the Caribbean star take was cannabis. “He seemed to smoke cannabis sometimes around the house.” He also said Depp was “always polite”.
King noted, “I frequently witnessed Ms Heard goading and attempting to provoke Mr Depp. I never witnessed Mr Depp be violent or unkind towards Ms Heard or indeed anyone else.” He said he had not seen Depp drink during their stay in London. “It was Ms Heard who was drinking the wine. I believe she would regularly drink at least one or two bottles a night. I made a tally of the bottles of wine left on the counter or in the bins when I arrived each morning. I was usually the first one there. I would often see Ms Heard drinking wine.”
Next, Kevin Murphy, Depp’s estate manager told the court that Heard had threatened him with losing his job if he did not perjure himself and make a false statement about the couple taking their pet dogs into Australia without having the correct vaccines. Murphy admitted he had signed a declaration for the courts in Australia that “contained statements that were not entirely true” and said it was because he had been threatened with losing his job by Heard. He also added that the former couple argued “like schoolchildren” and that their rows started from “banal beginnings” but escalated fast.