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Amber Heard steps out for dinner in London

Amber Heard enjoyed another night out in London on Sunday evening as she celebrated the end of her testimony in ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel case. 

The American actress was joined by her assistant Sara as they dined out at popular Mayfair fish restaurant Scott’s. 

Heard, 34, appeared to be without girlfriend Bianca Butti, a constant presence  throughout court proceedings, while venturing out in a smart black trouser suit and brown shirt.  

Leaving the restaurant later that night, Heard removed her face-mask as they made their way towards a waiting car.

Their latest public appearance comes after the actress, her sister Whitney Henriquez, girlfriend an lawyer Jennifer Robinson piled into the China Tang restaurant in Mayfair’s swanky Dorchester restaurant on Friday. 

The group, who kept their faces covered with colourful scarves and face masks, were seen entering the establishment just after 9pm, four hours after they left the High Court.

Before their night out a friend of the actress alleged that Depp joked about punching Heard in the face after their wedding ceremony in the Bahamas. 

Speaking at London’s Royal Court of Justice, iO Tillett Wright, who was Heard’s best man in February 2015, claimed he already knew Depp was ‘hitting’ her when the alleged comment was made.

In a written witness statement submitted in the Hollywood actor’s libel trial against The Sun newspaper, Tillett Wright said: ‘The first thing Johnny said to me after the ceremony, as we walked to the reception, was ‘now I can punch her in the face and no-one can do anything about it’.

‘He probably intended it as a joke, but it is only a joke if it’s not real – and by then I knew he was hitting her.’ 

Tillett Wright, who describes himself as an author, photographer, TV host and activist, said he became one of Heard’s ‘closest friends’ after they met in 2011.

In his statement, he said it was in late 2013 or early 2014 that he understood Depp was allegedly ‘physically violent’ towards Heard.

He said he had told Heard in 2015 not to go on holiday to the Bahamas with Mr Depp for Christmas, after hearing from her that the Pirates Of The Caribbean star had allegedly ‘beat her up badly’ in December that year. 

Depp has strongly denied allegations of domestic violence against Heard.

‘I told her – ‘you cannot go’ – he might kill you’,’ Tillett Wright said in his statement. He said he told Heard that Depp ‘loved and would not hurt her’ but ‘he was not in control of his faculties’. 

Tillett Wright explained that Heard was ‘convinced’ to go on the trip, with her telling him ‘I’m too weak willed’.

‘You’re out of you f****** mind,’ he said he replied, explaining he was ‘really worried’ about her, with no police on the private island an nearest help a plane ride away.

‘She said, basically, ‘I appreciate your concern but I’m going to give him one more chance’,’ Tillett Wright said in his statement. ‘It was as if she was suffering Stockholm syndrome.’

He also gave his account of the ‘defecation incident’, in which faeces was found in Depp and Heard’s bed following her birthday party in April 2016.

He claimed Heard told him ‘Johnny believes that you and I together shit on his pillow on our way to Palm Springs’. 

Tilllett Wright said the allegation was ‘absurd’ and that he had not been at the birthday celebration.

‘It was just so ridiculous. First, Amber is faecal phobic: this was just not a prank that she would ever pull,’ he said.

He added that the ‘rational explanation’ for the incident was it was Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s dog Boo, who has ‘faulty bowels’.  

Tillett Wright said Ms Heard had ‘been through hell’ before petitioning for divorce, and alleged there had been ‘a campaign of victim-blaming run against her by Johnny’s people’.

He continued: ‘Every battered woman watching what Amber has gone through has the message reinforced that if they come forward, they won’t be believed and will be blamed. This has to stop.’  

His statement came as Heard’s friend claimed in court that she was left ‘naked and bleeding’ on the floor as Depp ‘urinated on the furniture’ during a row in Australia.

Raquel ‘Rocky’ Pennington claims she was ‘best friends’ with the actress when she lived in Depp’s penthouse block in Los Angeles for roughly two years between 2014 and 2016.

She gave evidence via video link from Los Angeles and when asked if she ever saw Depp hit Heard, she told the court she did not. 

A written witness statement presented to the court today from Pennington said the first time she was ‘really scared for Amber’s life’ was the ‘Australia incident’.

Heard has claimed Depp subjected her to a ‘three-day hostage situation’ in Australia in March 2015, alleging he was violent towards her. Mr Depp denies the allegations. 

Pennington claimed that Heard told her they had a row about Depp’s drinking as he was attempted to get sober. 

She said: ‘She [Heard] said that he was throwing glass bottles at her, and there was broken glass all over the ground which cut her feet.

‘She said he backed her up against a bar and she was trying to support herself but her arms were sliding down and getting cut by broken glass.

‘Amber told me that at this point Johnny ripped off her nightgown and she was naked on the ground, all wet with alcohol, and bleeding.

‘Amber told me that at some point during this fight Johnny had cut the tip of his finger off. Amber showed me pictures of painted messages Johnny had written all over the rental house in paint and his own blood.

‘She said that whilst she had gone to get dressed he had dipped his bloody finger in paint and written all over the walls and the lampshades.

‘She said she came down and he was urinating on the furniture and had smashed the television.’ Depp has previously claimed the tip of his finger came off after Heard threw a bottle at him. 

It comes as the court was shown video of Heard’s sister Whitney allowing friends to inspect ‘bruises on her face and body’ after the actress ‘whipped her a**’ proves that she lied under oath, Johnny Depp’s legal team told the High Court.

Henriquez took the stand to explain the previously unseen reality TV clip from 2006 or 2007 – less than 24 hours after she gave evidence claiming Amber had never been violent towards her.

She had previously backed her sister Heard and saying Depp repeatedly attacked her – including once when she saw the actor grab her by the hair and hit her in the face – and Amber was ‘never violent’ towards her.

Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article which labelled him a ‘wife beater’ over claims he attacked Heard during their relationship. 

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