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Johnny Depp’s graffiti calling Amber Heard’s ex ‘Taysa van Pee’

This is the first picture of the graffiti left by Johnny Depp on a painting calling Amber Heard’s former partner ‘Taysa van Pee’, which the actor scrawled on painting that she was given as a gift by the artist Taysa van Ree.

Depp sent a photograph to Heard’s sister Whitney of him having changing Ms Van Ree’s name on the painting’s glass frame in 2014, with the court previously hearing Whitney ‘wasn’t particularly enthusiastic’ about Ms van Ree’.

The court heard Whitney replied to Depp’s message by saying: ‘Well done, my friend, well done. The van Pee painting earns you 20 points in my book.’ Depp then texted her: ‘Can’t stand that f***ing hovering vulture.’

Whitney, who is due to give evidence this afternoon during Depp’s libel trial against The Sun newspaper, replied: ‘She’s the worst. Did sis (Heard) notice the van Pee yet?’ Depp texted back: ‘Oh yes, she laughed her a*** off.’

Heard said Depp had asked her to remove the painting as well as another by Ms van Ree which the actress alleges Depp tried to set fire to, and said one of them was put in her garage. Heard said: ‘I’m embarrassed to say, but it looks like it lasted about a week in the house before I had to move it.’ She said there was ‘minimal damage’ to the painting and the frame had been broken, adding that Depp had tried to burn it but ‘was too inebriated’.

Heard said the painting that Depp allegedly tried to set fire to was ‘the one with the flamingos, it has always been that one’, adding: ‘This is the painting that he tried to burn. He tried to burn it when I objected to taking it down.’

It came as Heard told the High Court today about her pleas for help to her parents while Depp snorted lines of cocaine and drank whisky from a pint glass in a 36-hour bender and accused her of having an affair.

Heard texted her mother Paige saying Depp was ‘nuts’ and ‘violent and crazy’, adding that she was ‘heartbroken that this is who I love’ but did not tell her father because she allegedly feared he would ‘react violently to Johnny’.

The Aquaman actress, 34, also claimed in a message read out in court that Depp, 57, was ‘not being violent to me’ but just ‘raging in general’ and she was finding it difficult to cope with his ‘crazy mood swings and binges’.

Heard also insisted that she was not being truthful when she claimed the Pirates of the Caribbean star was not being violent, and that her father was ‘very violent’ to her mother who died only this May.

The actress said Depp had ‘gotten it in his mind that I had these affairs and he wouldn’t leave until I admitted it’, on her final day of evidence in his libel case against The Sun newspaper over allegations of domestic violence.

She has accused Depp of verbal and physical abuse throughout their relationship – allegedly punching, slapping, kicking, headbutting and choking her, as well as displaying ‘extremely controlling and intimidating behaviour’.

However Depp, who did not arrive at court until this afternoon because he was attending a meeting about a future film project, says he was not violent towards the actress, claiming it was she who attacked him. 

During her evidence, which began on Monday, Heard has claimed Depp pushed Kate Moss down a flight of stairs and called the faeces found in the couple’s bed after her 30th birthday ‘absolutely disgusting’.

Heard, who also denied having an affair with Tesla founder Elon Musk, will conclude her evidence about 14 allegations of domestic violence today. The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) is relying on Heard’s allegations in its defence of an April 2018 article that called Depp a ‘wife beater’, at the Royal Courts of Justice.

As the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century continued today, the court was also told:

Her sister Whitney Henriquez, who previously lived in one of five penthouses owned by Depp in the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles, is due to give evidence this afternoon.

Today, Sasha Wass QC, representing NGN, continued her re-examination of Heard by asking her about ‘the events of March 2013’.

She read out text messages from Heard to her mother sent that month, which read: ‘It’s terrible, mum. I don’t know what to do.’ Another read: ‘He’s nuts, mum. Violent and crazy. I’m heartbroken that this is who I love.’

Ms Wass said Heard’s mother suggested that she tell her father, to which the actress said: ‘I can’t tell dad.’

Heard explained: ‘I felt safe to tell my mother, but I didn’t know how my dad would react. I had never been in this situation before and I didn’t know if he would react violently … to Johnny.’ She added: ‘I didn’t want to make it worse.’

Ms Wass read out another text Heard sent to her mother, which said: ‘It’s ok mom. He’s not being violent with me. He’s just even raging in general. And the crazy mood swings and binges are really difficult for me to handle.’ 

The barrister asked if, when she said Depp wasn’t being violent, Heard was being truthful, to which the actress replied: ‘No.’

Ms Wass then asked why she said that to her mother, and Heard responded: ‘Because I had sent her a picture of my bruised arm… I was just trying to have someone to talk to who might understand first hand how it was.’

Ms Wass asked why Heard’s mother, Paige, would understand first hand, and Heard said: ‘My father was violent to my mother growing up. They loved each other but he was very violent to her until the end… she passed away.’

Ms Wass also told the court that in another text to her mother, Heard wrote: ‘I felt really lost and lonely. He is a madman. I feel like I’m on a very fast train that’s about to explode, but I don’t want to jump off and leave my love behind. So I stay on the train, even though I know it’s about to explode.’

Heard then told the court: ‘I was so in love with Johnny at that time. We had had a wonderful year together where he was sober and clean and that is how I got to know him.

‘And Johnny, when he was like that, (is) generous, loving, he is a remarkable man when he is like that. I loved him and I didn’t want to lose that… the other side of him was a monster, but I always held out hope that he would get clean and sober.’

She added that she didn’t tell her mother the truth about the violence at that time because she ‘just didn’t want her to tell my dad’.

Ms Wass read out a further text sent on March 23, 2013 in which Heard said to her mother: ‘He makes dad look like a saint when he falls off the wagon.’

The barrister asked Ms Heard what she meant by that, and she replied: ‘My dad (has) struggled with alcohol and drug abuse issues his whole life.

‘He is an addict and an alcoholic and he was very violent but I love him very much.’

In another text to her mother in March 2013, which Ms Wass read to the court, Heard said: ‘He told his friends yesterday that he was really lost, but of course when I try to suggest that is part of the fighting, he claims he is not affected whatsoever by it. 

‘He has been at my house for weeks now. Last night I locked the deadbolt.’

Ms Wass asked what she was referring to by locking the deadbolt and Heard answered: ‘It had been so many nights of up, down, bingeing.

‘I couldn’t get a moment’s sleep… I was either defending myself or trying to make him happy, calm him down, whatever.

‘It got so violent so fast and I don’t know how it got like that so quickly… I locked the deadbolt.’

She then confirmed to Ms Wass that was the ‘first peaceful night’ she had, because she had locked Depp out of her house.

Heard said in her first witness statement that Depp hit her with the back of his hand, which caused her blood to hit the wall, after an argument about a painting by her ex-partner Tasya van Ree which was hanging up in her house in Los Angeles.

The actress initially said the incident took place on March 8, 2013, but has since said she ‘cannot be sure that the painting incident took place on March 8, 2013’.

Ms Wass showed Heard a number of photographs which are said to have been taken on March 22 2013, and asked: ‘What do you consider was the correct date of the painting incident?’ Heard replied: ‘The 22nd.’

Ms Wass said: ‘As far as the painting incident was concerned, what you said in your original statement was that, after the argument, there was an episode of filming on that day with Keith Richards.’

The barrister asked: ‘How many incidents were there in March 2013 which involved filming a documentary with Keith Richards?’ Ms Heard said: ‘At least three.’ 

Ms Wass took Heard to a series of texts between her and Depp’s then assistant, Nathan Holmes, which were sent on March 22, 2013, when Depp is said to have been due on set for the filming of part of a documentary he was making about The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards.

Mr Holmes texted Heard at around noon to say ‘on my way to get him’, to which Ms Heard replied: ‘Trying to wake him now.’ The court heard Heard texted Mr Holmes just before 6pm to say: ‘Success – he’s coming down.’

Ms Wass asked: ‘What was going on between noon … and about 6 o’clock that evening?’ Heard replied: ‘Johnny refused to leave … (he was) snorting lines of cocaine, drinking whisky and he was saying we really need to work this out, he wanted to get to the bottom of it.

‘He wanted me to admit that I was having an affair with, not only Tasya van Ree, my ex-partner, but also a gentleman I hardly knew… he had just gotten it in his mind that I had these affairs and he wouldn’t leave until I admitted it.’

The actress added that Depp was on ‘the second day’ of ‘his bender’, and that she texted her mother and sister about it. Heard said: ‘I remember saying words to the effect of ‘I’m on hour 24 of his bender’.’ She also said she and Depp eventually left her LA home at ‘around 7, 7.30’.

The court heard Heard texted Mr Holmes later in the day to ask if Depp was ‘still upright’, to which Mr Holmes said: ‘He’s a lot better … still upright.’ Heard said: ‘I was asking if he was still standing, still alive.’

Ms Wass asked why Heard would ask that, to which the actress replied: ‘Well, he had done, I think, cocaine and drink for well over a day at this point. This is about 36 hours or more into it and, at that time, I was unfamiliar with his patterns.’

Ms Wass said that shortly after midnight, on March 23, 2013, Mr Holmes texted Heard to ask if she was OK, to which she replied: ‘I guess. Sad but OK.’

Mr Holmes then said: ‘It might be good if he stays here tonight, just to give you a peaceful night and also let him sober up.’

Heard was asked about a court decision in Australia in April 2015 over the illegal entry of her and Johnny Depp’s pet Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo.

The decision indicated Heard was unaware that documentation for the dogs had not been completed and that just prior to travelling to Australia, Heard’s assistant – which she confirmed was Kate James – had been dismissed from her job in ‘acrimonious circumstances’. 

It said Heard believed all the relevant paperwork had been completed and did not ‘deliberately deceive’ the Australian authorities, and the court accepted this was ‘not a question of a person believing she is above the law’.

Ms Wass asked Heard about the couple’s honeymoon on the Eastern and Oriental Express in south-east Asia in August 2015, and the actress confirmed that she understood it was suggested by Depp’s lawyers that the actor was never violent during that trip.

Ms Wass then referred to an audio recording made in September 2015, parts of which have been played to the court previously, known as ‘argument two’ in which Depp and Heard discuss their relationship.

The barrister read out an exchange in which Depp said the couple had a ‘great time’ on honeymoon ‘other than we had a fight on the train which was physical’.

Ms Wass said in the recording Depp says: ‘If things get physical, we have to separate. We have to be apart from one another, whether it’s for a f****** hour or 10 hours or f****** a day. We must. There can be no physical violence towards each other.’

Reading from a transcript of the recording, Ms Wass told the court Depp said: ‘All I’m saying is we need to take whatever time we need, you need or I need, to kind of let things settle for a minute, so that we don’t f****** kill each other or f****** worse, you know, f****** like really kill each other or f****** break up or whatever.’

Ms Wass then asked Heard a series of questions relating to an alleged incident the night before she appeared on James Corden’s The Late Late Show in December 2015.

The actress denied having altered, or asking anyone else to alter, images of her face which showed injuries on that day, and she denied “painting on” bruises.

She also denied breaking a bed in the couple’s penthouse apartment, as well as pulling out clumps of her own hair to take photographs of it on the floor.

Ms Wass asked Heard: ‘You and Mr Depp met after the domestic violence order was provided to you and you met in breach of that order, do you agree?’ Ms Heard said: ‘Yes.’

Ms Wass asked: ‘And was that your idea?’ Heard replied: ‘I believe both of us, although I initiated wanting to speak to him (with a view to) resolving this in an amicable way.’

Ms Wass then asked ‘what was the arrangement’ for meeting Depp ‘on or around July 22 (2016)’ in San Francisco.

Heard said that ‘a mutual friend Christian Carino’ would be there ‘within shouting distance so it wasn’t just Johnny’s security’, who she said she did not believe ‘would ever protect me’.

Ms Wass asked: ‘Did you ever envisage that you were going to be alone with Mr Depp?’ Heard said: ‘No.’

Ms Wass then asked about an answer Heard gave under cross-examination that she did not want her allegations against Depp to become public and that she was ‘trying to save him the embarrassment’.

Ms Heard said: ‘Every day, more and more attacks were coming out against me and accusing me of being a liar and forcing me into a position where I was increasingly away that I would have to, at some point, speak to prove (them).’

She added: ‘I didn’t want to do this, I didn’t want to expose the totality of what really happened to me. I didn’t want to talk about everything that happened in our marriage and happened in our relationship.

‘I didn’t want to put Johnny (in a position) where the world or his kids would know fully what he was or what he could do. It’s embarrassing.’

Heard said she did not want to be in court and that she just wanted Depp to ‘leave me alone’.

Ms Wass referred to Depp’s contention that her allegations were an ‘elaborate hoax’ and that Ms Heard had ‘manipulated pictures, painted on bruises, destroyed property with your friends in order to implicate Mr Depp’.

The barrister asked: ‘Has there been any benefit to your career since you have made these allegations against Mr Depp?’

Heard replied: ‘No. What woman has ever benefited from being the victim of domestic violence?’

Ms Wass asked if Heard had ‘benefited financially’ from making the allegations, to which the actress said: ‘I married and divorced Johnny without a pre-nup in a no-fault state’.

She explained: ‘I was entitled to 50% of his (assets) and he of mine without having to prove anything happened in the marriage, bad or good. It’s a no-fault state and I was entitled to 50 per cent.’

Ms Wass finally asked: ‘Have you told the truth in court?’ Heard said: ‘Absolutely.’

Mr Justice Nicol then thanked Heard for coming to court to give evidence before she left the witness box.

Also today, Ms Wass spoke about the incident in Australia in March 2015, when Heard alleges Depp was taking MDMA and drinking heavily.

The barrister referred to text messages between Depp and his then assistant Mr Holmes which are said to show the actor trying to obtain drugs while in Australia.

Heard said: ‘I didn’t know about those texts until this proceeding.’

Ms Wass asked Heard about the evidence of Ben King, Depp’s previous estate manager, on the damage to the house in which they were staying – which included broken windows, graffiti on mirrors and blood and paint on the walls and floors.

She asked: ‘Of the damage that’s described… what were you responsible for?’

Heard replied: ‘I broke a bottle on that floor. That’s the only thing I broke.’

The actress also said she was not responsible for any of the graffiti in the house.

Ms Wass then referred to a recording made after Depp was taken away from the house, in which Depp’s then head of security Jerry Judge can be heard talking about ‘a painting in that house which had been defaced and a penis had been drawn onto a painting of a woman’.

The barrister said the painting was of a woman in a bikini and that Mr Judge said Depp had ‘drawn or painted a fake d*** on her p***y’.

Ms Wass asked Heard about the damage to the house.

Heard told the court: ‘When I first opened the door that last morning, there was what appears to be mashed potatoes and gravy or something rubbed all over the door… I remember there was a bird, which scared me to death.’

She added: ‘I guess it had flown in through a broken window.’

Heard continued: ‘I started seeing all this blood on the carpet… which I thought was (from) my feet, but there was drops of it. There was blood everywhere.

‘There was paint, what I thought was paint because it was a brownish colour, on the walls and then it started to become clear to me that they were letters or messages, words. It was heavy at first and then it kind of faded into a, like, milky brown colour.

‘I started to make out words, English words, but it didn’t make sense. Then it appeared to be a different kind of writing next to it, but these are on the walls leading down this kind of covered stairwell.’

Heard said there was ‘blood, tonnes of, like, painting, blood on the walls’.

She added: ‘He had burned holes through some cushions and through some lampshades, blood and paint, more messages on cushions, there was a couch flipped over.

‘It appeared to be he had set fire to one of the cushions because the carpet was burned around it a little.’ 

Heard continued describing the damage to the house in Australia, telling the court: ‘My paints were out, it appeared to be that maybe he (Johnny Depp) had either thrown or dropped paint on the floor and on the wall.

‘More messages in paint and blood, I could see both textures. I found raw meat, at first I didn’t know what it was, on the floor.’

She added: ‘Not just on the floor, I continued to find it… that day, hidden in various places. He had taken my nightgown and ripped it into shreds. He wrapped pieces of food (in it).’

Heard said there was a ‘significant pooling of blood on the floor, on the steps leading to the stairs. I could see my own bloody footprints (from the night before) but I could also see what appeared to be dropped blood.’

She said: ‘I assumed it was from my own arms and hands and feet.’

Heard continued that, when she got downstairs, Mr Depp was playing ‘death metal, blasting really loud’ and she could see ‘tonnes of broken glass’.

Heard added: ‘There were windows broken, there was so much glass on the floor I could barely find a pathway to walk. The ping pong table was broken and on the ground.’

The libel hearing had earlier been told that Depp is accused of causing more than $100,000 worth of damage to the mansion, which had bene hired for him by his production company while filming Pirates of the Caribbean. 

Ms Wass said: ‘It has been suggested that you throw a bottle at Mr Depp and damage the underneath of his finger… did you do that?’ Heard said: ‘No.’

Ms Wass asked Heard: ‘Are you able to say with any certainty at what stage of this incident Mr Depp sustained that injury to his finger?’

Heard replied: ‘Yes, about 24 hours into his binge, rage, I had previously come downstairs… I knew he just needed to eat or sleep and the moment I described yesterday, where he offered the bottle to me, this is after he had held me up against the fridge by my neck.

‘He was screaming at me for ruining his life, he said over and over again that I ruined his f****** life and that he wished he had never met me and that I did this… I made him this mad, I made him drink, I did this and I always did this.’

She continued: ‘He held a bottle up against my face, he told me that he would slice up my face. I accept at some point I either pushed him or pushed his arms off me.’

Heard added: ‘It was after that moment or after those moments, he was so angry he punched the wall… he started hitting the wall, he was punching the wall and he got carried away in that moment.

‘He saw the phone… it was kind of a mint green, cream Bakelite, plastic mounted phone on the wall and he picks it up and the hand that had been on my neck loosened a little bit as he was focused on the phone and I stepped back… while he proceeded to, instead of punching with his hand, his fist, he used the phone.’  

Heard told the court that Depp smashed the phone ‘repeatedly, over and over again, into the wall, screaming at the top of his lungs and I watched as this phone just was disappearing in front of my own eyes’.

She said that when Depp was smashing the phone against the wall ‘it was breaking off in shards’. She added: ‘I didn’t know he had severed his finger… I didn’t know it at the time.’

Heard said: ‘The phone incident happened in the early hours of the morning. I discovered him downstairs and said we should call the security around, I think, noon.’

Ms Wass asked: ‘Can you describe Mr Depp’s state of mind during the time that you both told us about, during the time of the damage and smashing up of the phone?’ 

Heard replied: ‘He was unrecognisable, even as the monster in some way. He was out of his mind, I don’t know how else to describe it.’

Ms Wass then moved on to ‘the stairs incident’, also in March 2015, when Heard said she punched Depp in self-defence because she thought the actor was going to push her sister, Whitney, down the stairs at their home in LA.

The barrister read to Heard her declaration in the US libel proceedings – brought by Depp against Heard – in which she said her ex-husband’s ‘hand was still in a cast following the incident in Australia’.

In that declaration, Heard said Depp ‘began to destroy my personal property all over the house, including my belongings in the closet’.

She also said in that document: ‘Acting in defence of my sister, I was scared for her physical safety, I punched Johnny in the face. This was the only time I ever hit Johnny.’

Ms Wass then asked about the couple’s return to Australia in April 2015, and a suggestion by Depp’s lawyers that ‘if these terrible things happened to you in the house in Australia you would never have agreed to go back to Australia to that particular house, of all houses’.

Heard replied: ‘Of course I would. I was used to that.’

Yesterday, Heard denied telling ‘lies’ about her claims Depp was violent as the actor’s barrister Eleanor Laws QC accused her of ‘instigating the assaults and rows’ and ‘concocting’ the allegations against her ex-husband in response to other witnesses’ evidence.

Heard told the High Court the star threw bottles ‘like grenades’ during an explosive row in Australia in which the Pirates Of The Caribbean star lost the top of his middle finger in disputed circumstances.

Ms Laws put it to Heard that, during the incident in Australia, the actress ‘worked yourself into a rage, screaming at him’ and threw a glass bottle – Depp claims the bottle severed the top of his finger. 

Heard said she got angry ‘at times’ but ‘not to the extent where I would throw anything at him offensively’.

She also said she did break a bottle ‘very early’ one evening of the trip, and that it was ‘before Johnny had started to throw the bottles at me’.

Heard claimed the couple were in an argument about Depp drinking and, when she confronted him, he offered her the bottle, ‘teasing me to take it’ and then pulling it away.

She added that she ‘reached for it a second time and I smashed it on the floor in between Johnny and I’, adding: ‘I regret I did that.’

Heard told the court: ‘He started picking them up one by one and throwing them like grenades.

‘One after the other after the other, in my direction, and I felt glass breaking behind me, I retreated more into the bar and he didn’t stop.

‘I was too scared to look behind me. He threw all the bottles that were in reach, all except for one which was a celebratory magnum-sized bottle of wine.’

Heard said she remembered that was the only bottle not smashed out of 30 or so.

The actress was also asked about an alleged incident of domestic violence in Los Angeles in December 2015, which she described in a witness statement as ‘one of the worst and most violent nights of our relationship’.

Heard alleges that Depp slapped her, dragged her by the hair through their apartment, pulling clumps of her hair out, and then repeatedly punched her in the head, which he denies.

The actress became visibly upset as Ms Laws read through passages of her witness statement detailing the alleged abuse. She was asked: ‘That’s just a complete set of lies, isn’t it?’ Heard quietly replied: ‘No.’

The court heard that medical notes made by a nurse, Erin Boerum, who saw Heard shortly after the alleged incident, recorded that Heard was ‘actively bleeding on her lip’ and that she ‘briefly looked at the client’s scalp but was unable to visualise haematomas the client described’.

When it was put to her that she had no bruises when she saw Ms Boerum, Heard said: ‘I had two black eyes, a broken nose, a broken rib … I had bruises all over my body.’

After she gave more details of injuries, Ms Laws suggested: ‘This is just nonsense, isn’t it? She (Ms Boerum) didn’t see any bruising … you had just bitten your lip because there was fresh blood on it.

‘Had you just done that for her benefit?’ Heard replied: ‘Of course not.’

Depp is suing NGN and The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton over the publication of an article on April 27 2018, with the headline: ‘Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’

His lawyers say the article bore the meaning there was ‘overwhelming evidence’ Depp assaulted Heard on a number of occasions and left her ‘in fear for her life’.

NGN is defending the article as true, and says Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs’.

The blockbuster case is due to finish next week with closing submissions from both sides’ legal teams on Monday and Tuesday.

Amber Heard’s make-up artist claimed she had to cover up the actress’ facial injuries before she appeared on James Corden’s Late Late Show after Johnny Depp allegedly tried to smother her with a pillow.

Depp’s ex-wife accused the Hollywood legend, 57, slapped her, dragged her by the hair through their apartment – pulling clumps of her hair out – and then repeatedly punched her in the head in LA in December 2015.

Heard, 34, described the alleged attack in her first witness statement as ‘one of the worst and most violent nights of our relationship’ and became visibly upset as Depp’s lawyer read through passages of her statement in court.

The High Court in London heard Eleanor Laws QC accuse Heard of lying about the incident as she described Heard’s claims that her body was covered in bruises as ‘nonsense’.

When a short clip of Heard’s appearance on The Late Late Show the next day was then played in court in which she appeared to have no facial injuries, the actress said she had covered the bruises with make-up.

Her make-up artist Melanie Inglessis then told The Sun’s lawyer how a ‘distressed’ Heard had bruises under her eyes, a swollen nose, cuts on her lips and ‘missing chunks of hair on the top of the crown’.

Ms Inglessis said that she use concealer to hide some of Heard’s facial bruises and had ‘no other choice’ but to put red lipstick on her ‘to cover the injury on her lip’. 

In other developments at Depp’s libel trial as he sues The Sun for calling him a ‘wife beater’:

Heard claimed that Depp attacked her just 24 hours before she appeared on the Late Late Show with James Corden show on December 16, 2015. 

She claims that Depp launched a vicious attack which left her with ‘tons of injuries’ including bruised ribs and arms, bruises all over her body, two black eyes, a broken nose and a broken lip.

The court was then played footage of Heard’s appearance on the show, with her face immaculately made up and no visible marks on it.

Ms Laws said: ‘That’s what you looked like on the show, no injury is there?’

Heard replied: ‘I have tonnes of injuries.’

Ms Laws alleged that the night before her appearance on the James Corden show, it was Heard who was violent towards Depp and that she attacked him.

Heard claims that during the fight, Depp dragged her around their Los Angeles penthouse by her hair, knocked her to the floor, pushed her onto a bed and then jumped on top of her so hard that it broke and also headbutted her.

Describing the headbutt, which Depp claims was accidental and not forceful in the way Heard claims, she told the court: ‘His head came into contact with mine very deliberately. He clenched his fists, leant back and slammed his head into my nose.’

Ms Laws claimed that prior to appearing on the James Corden show she was seen without any make-up by her stylist Samantha McMillan and that she did not notice any injuries to her face.

Ms Laws said: ‘Do you agree that you caused injury to Mr Depp’s face on that night?’ Ms Heard replied: ‘I don’t see how I could have, I’m sorry.’

Ms Laws put it to Heard that a photograph of her with bruises on her face taken after the alleged December 2015 incident was ‘completely set up’, which Heard denied.

Ms Laws then said: ‘If someone is grabbing you by the hair and pulling your hair out, it would come out at the root.’

Heard said: ‘No of course not, of course not. It comes out wherever it breaks.’

Ms Laws then asked the actress why she took a photograph of her scalp, and Heard said her scalp was ‘in pain’ and her friend Raquel Pennington took a photograph because she had red spots on her head and it was ‘pussy’ from where it had been pulled out.

A short clip of Heard’s appearance on The Late Late Show was then played to the court, following which Ms Laws said: ‘That is what you looked like on the show, there is no injury, is there?’

Heard replied: ‘I had tonnes of injuries.’ She then said she had makeup on covering the injuries and added: ‘You can tell by the size of my lip alone.’

Ms Laws asked Heard about her first allegation of violence against Depp, which she says happened after she remarked on his ‘Wino Forever’ tattoo.

Heard said it was the ‘first time I had been hit like that since I was a child’, adding: ‘It didn’t feel painful necessarily, it just felt like a pop.

‘The first time he hit me, I didn’t even know he was serious, I was laughing, I thought he was joking … I just didn’t know.’

She said she was left with ‘just redness’ on her face, adding: ‘My eye didn’t pop out.’

The actress then said she had told her therapist about it at the time.

Ms Inglessis said Heard told her that Depp ‘tried to suffocate her with a pillow … those were her words’.

Heard also told her that ‘she felt he tried to kill her that night and she said he dragged her by her hair’, Ms Inglessis said.

Ms Inglessis told the court that she arrived at Depp and Heard’s Los Angeles apartment to do Heard’s make-up for the taping of the Late Late Show.

She said Heard had ‘discolouration under her eyes, on the inner corner or her eyes by her nose. I recall her left eye being a little more bruised than the right eye’.

She added: ‘I remember the bridge of the nose being red and swollen (and) like a cut or a scab on her lip.’

Ms Inglessis said Heard told her she had ‘missing chunks of hair on the top of the crown’, but said she ‘did not recall’ if she had checked herself.

Asked ‘how keen’ Heard was to appear on TV that day, Ms Inglessis said: ‘Not that keen. It was back and forth … if she would attend or not.’

Ms Wass asked what make-up she put on Heard, to which Ms Inglessis said: ‘Obviously concealer, trying to conceal some of the bruises.’

She added that she told Ms Heard that there was ‘no other choice’ but to put red lipstick on her ‘to cover the injury on her lip’.

Inglessis said the concealer was ‘very effective’ at covering up the bruises ‘because, to my recollection, they were not that dark or that inflamed … I don’t remember having trouble covering them’.

Asked if they were ‘still visible or not’ after she applied make-up to Heard, Ms Inglessis said: ‘No.’

Eleanor Laws QC, for Mr Depp, asked: ‘Did you ever see Mr Depp be violent to Amber Heard?’

Ms Inglessis said: ‘No.’

Ms Laws asked: ‘Did you ever see Amber Heard be violent to Mr Depp?’

Ms Ingless replied: ‘No.’

Ms Laws then suggested: ‘Ms Heard did not have the injuries that you say. Ms Inglessis said: ‘I’m not lying.’

Heard was yesterday accused of ‘making up’ claims Depp was violent after being shown a video of the couple partying happily with friends including Marilyn Manson on the night the actress claims her ex-husband threw her across the room and ‘busted’ her lip.

Heard alleges that Depp also threw a glass and a heavy glass decanter at her, ripped her shirt and left her with a ‘lump’ on the back of her head on Thanksgiving in November 2015.

Yesterday two videos were played in court from the holiday weekend where people can be heard talking excitedly and laughing with Heard and Depp, who filmed the group enjoying themselves.

When asked by Eleanor Laws, Depp’s QC, to explain the footage, which showed no violence taking place, Heard replied: ‘Our fights never happened in front of the family. They typically happened after everyone had gone to bed.’

Ms Laws alleged that Heard was lying about the entire incident and said: ‘You are making up this up as you go along’.

Not all the faces of those in the darkened video are visible, but Heard can be seen picking up a drink and revealed that she could tell that Marilyn Manson was present after recognising his fingernails. 

She also told the court that others present were her friend Rocky Pennington, Depp and his son Jack, Heard’s father David and Erin Boerum, Heard’s nurse and friend.

Heard has claimed that her megastar ex-husband would blame his ‘alter ego’ called ‘the monster’ for the alleged violence while intoxicated with copious amounts of drink and drugs. In the film Depp can be heard joking with Jack Depp about a monster being in the room while Amber exclaims to a guest: ‘What are you doing? Get away get away’.  

Ms Laws said: ‘This is a happy family event we saw on that second video, a Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends. There was no violence that day or anything at any stage was there?

Heard replied: ‘That’s not true. The two are unrelated.’ Ms Laws pointed out that the video is time stamped after midnight, adding: ‘In your account Mr Depp had already been violent to you.’

Heard replied: ‘Yes, we had an altercation on the top of the stairs.’    

Heard said their fights never happened in front of the whole family, and typically took place behind closed doors when everyone had gone home or to bed.

Heard was shown further photos and asked about the incident, including whether her nurse and friend Erin Boerum was present for any of the alleged violence.

Heard said: ‘No, she (Ms Boerum?) was there downstairs in penthouse 5 for the bottle throwing, the decanter breaking, the painting breaking.

‘I remember there’s a slight altercation on the stairs involving wine and Johnny grabbed me by the shirt collar.’

She added: ‘There was a slight altercation, but it wasn’t what it became after everyone left.’

Ms Laws asked: ‘So she was downstairs during part of the assault on you?’

Heard replied: ‘Part, yes.’

Ms Laws then asked if ‘the second part’ of the alleged incident happened after Ms Boerum and Ms Pennington had left.

Heard said: ‘Yes, it got much worse later.’

Ms Laws said: ‘It’s just a lie, isn’t it?’

Heard said: ‘No, ma’am.’ 

Ms Laws then asked Heard about what she has called ‘the monster’ – Depp’s ‘alter ego’ – which was referred to in the Thanksgiving 2015 video.

The barrister said: ‘That’s just a joke, isn’t it?’

She added: ‘Those words, ‘monster’ and ‘savage’, are all part of the vocabulary that you and your friends would use, aren’t they?’

Heard replied: ‘No … it’s coming from Johnny’s friend in the transcript.’

Ms Laws said: ‘In a joke, isn’t it?’

Heard said: ‘Are you asking me if Marilyn Manson is joking?’

She then said it ‘makes me wonder if he (Mr Manson) was writing the apology texts’.

Ms Laws said that, on the video, ‘we have Mr Manson saying ‘he’s a monster, monster, he’s scaring me”, adding: ‘These are the sorts of words that you and your friends would use in jest.’

Heard said: ‘No, it was with Johnny and his friends.’ 

Ms Laws then asked Heard about an alleged incident in the Bahamas in August 2014, when the couple were staying on Depp’s private island while he was detoxing.

She read out part of Heard’s witness statement where the actress referred to a door being splintered during the violent episode.

The barrister then read from notes of Depp’s doctor, Dr Kipper, which stated that Heard went to get him and nurse Debbie Lloyd and described Depp as ‘erratic and paranoid’.

The notes said the pair found Depp ‘sitting quietly on his porch’ and that he was calm and said he was frustrated with the detox process.

Ms Laws said: ‘I suggest to you that he didn’t assault you in any way on that day.’

Clarifying the question, Mr Justice Nicol said: ‘Did Mr Depp assault you on that day?’ To which Heard replied: ‘Absolutely.’

Ms Laws then asked about photographs of the broken door, saying: ‘That is not a photograph from the Bahamas, is it?’

Heard said: ‘No. It was a mistake in the divorce.

Ms Laws said: ‘You just include any photographs, anything you can, in a very cavalier way, don’t you?’ 

Heard explained there was a large bundle of evidence in the divorce proceedings, adding: ‘This is a different door he kicked.’

Ms Laws probed further about ‘the Bahamas incident’, which involved Tara Roberts – Depp’s property manager there – and her husband.

The barrister said Heard had ‘given an account in evidence of an incident whereby Tara Roberts’ partner had to, in effect, take Mr Depp away from you’.

Heard said: ‘My recollection is that, towards the end of that attack, Johnny only had me by the hair and I was trying, there was a bit of a scuffle, trying to bring myself from his grasp and they both approached us, I think at the same time.

‘It’s my recollection that Tara leaned towards me and CJ, her partner, leaned more towards Johnny and put his hands on Johnny’s chest or upper shoulder and we had about two feet of separation for a moment.’

Ms Laws referred to Ms Roberts’ witness statement, which said Heard was ‘insulting him, calling him names and, in the middle of this onslaught, I heard her say specifically ‘your career is over’, ‘no one is going to hire you’, ‘you’re washed up’.’

Heard said it was Depp who said them to her and ‘continued to say them … as he continued to threaten my job’.

Asked about throwing a can of mineral spirits at Depp, Heard said: ‘As I was running away from him, I had my back to him, so I don’t know if it actually made contact with him.’

She added: ‘He had just threatened my life.’

Ms Laws said: ‘What you have done in response to that statement (by Ms Roberts), where you are being accused of really serious violence, is to concoct an account of violence by Mr Depp where, yet again, you are defending yourself.’

Heard replied: ‘I have to defend myself sometimes.’

Heard was asked about an alleged incident in Tokyo in January 2015, during which the actress claims Depp slapped her, grabbed her hair and knelt on her back.

Ms Laws asked if she attended a film premiere while there and when it was, and Heard said she did and it was two days after the alleged attack, adding that she was concerned about bruises on her back.

Ms Laws said: ‘Do you remember wearing a backless dress to that premiere?’ Heard replied: ‘Very well.’

The barrister asked: ‘You didn’t have any injury on your back, did you?’ Heard replied: ‘Not visible … I remember checking obsessively.’   

Depp’s QC Eleanor Laws  had earlier discussed the ‘train incident’, when Depp is said to have been violent to Heard on the Eastern and Oriental Express in South-east Asia in August 2015 on their honeymoon. 

Heard alleges Depp picked a fight with her, hit her and pushed her against a wall by the throat, causing her to fear for her life. This is denied by Depp. 

The barrister said: ‘This is yet another occasion when you had a row and it was you who lost your temper.’

Heard said: ‘No, I disagree.’

Ms Laws showed Heard a photo of Depp, taken on the train, which she said showed ‘an injury on his face’.

Heard said she could not see any injury to Depp.

Ms Laws continued: ‘This is yet another occasion where you have completely turned an incident around and blamed Mr Depp.’

Heard said: ‘No, I have tons of pictures from this vacation and these days and he’s uninjured. He strangled me.’

Joshua Drew, the ex-husband of Heard’s friend Raquel ‘Rocky’ Pennington gave evidence from Los Angeles by videolink on Wednesday afternoon.

Ms Laws 

 asked Mr Drew about Heard’s 30th birthday party on April 21 2016, saying: ‘Mr Depp turned up and he was in a coherent, sociable, friendly mood, wasn’t he?’

Mr Drew said: ‘He was.’

Ms Laws said: ‘He was affectionate towards Ms Heard.’

Mr Drew replied: ‘Correct.’

Ms Laws continued: ‘And he wasn’t inebriated.’

Mr Drew said: ‘My perception was that he was slightly inebriated.’

He also agreed that it was ‘a nice fun evening’.

Ms Laws then asked about the incident on May 21 2016, saying: ‘We know that there was a row on May 21 that marked, effectively, the end of the relationship between Mr Depp and Ms Heard.

‘After those events of May 21, after you had spoken to the police officers, which we know you did, and after in fact you separated from Ms Pennington in 2017, do you remember after that meeting with Ms Heard shortly before you gave your deposition (in the US)?’

Mr Drew said he did, and Ms Laws asked: ‘Did you discuss what you were going to say?’

He replied: ‘No, I did not.’

Ms Laws suggested to Mr Drew that ‘a lot of the information that you had about the relationship between Mr Depp and Ms Heard in fact came from your then partner, Raquel Pennington’.

Mr Drew said: ‘A fair amount, yes.’

Ms Laws then said: ‘You never saw Mr Depp hitting Ms Heard. You never saw him throwing a phone or anything else at her, did you?’

Mr Drew said he did not, to which Ms Laws said: ‘And you never saw him strike her?’

He replied: ‘No, I did not.’

Ms Laws said: ‘You would have seen some rows between the two of them.’

Mr Drew said: ‘On rare occasion, yes.’

He added that he also saw ‘both of them shouting at each other on occasion’.

Mr Drew told the court that he had seen Heard ‘drink to excess’ and taking illegal drugs – including magic mushrooms and ecstasy – ‘on occasion’.  

Ms Laws then returned to the incident on May 21 2016.

She said to Mr Drew that, when his then partner Ms Pennington received a text from Heard to come over to the apartment she was in, Ms Pennington ‘was not with you’.

Mr Drew said: ‘No, that’s not the case.’

Ms Laws said: ‘What happened on the night of May 21 is that you got involved, along with your partner Raquel Pennington, in supporting Amber Heard and then lying for her afterwards.’

Mr Drew replied: ‘I certainly don’t agree with that statement.’

Ms Laws asked: ‘You didn’t see any assault, did you?’

Mr Drew said: ‘I didn’t, as I’ve said repeatedly.’

Ms Laws said that he spoke to the police but ‘did not show them any damage in the property’.

Mr Drew said: ‘I showed them all the damage in penthouse 3, the hallway and penthouse 5.’

He added that photos were taken of the damage to the penthouses before the police arrived.

Mr Drew said that ‘there was a pretty substantial pool of red wine’ in the hallway, ‘a dent in the door of the apartment’ and ‘there were parts of the kitchen strewn about, broken glass on the kitchen island and the floor’.

He also told the court that, in the other apartment, ‘there were a variety of things in the living room that had been thrown about’ and broken glass on the floor from ‘two broken picture frames’.

Ms Laws asked Mr Drew if he had caused the damage and he said he had not.

Mr Drew said the police would have seen the ‘puddle of red wine in the hallway’ and had ‘walked them through the damage myself, pointing it out’.

Mr Drew said that one of the police officers asked to speak to Heard privately while he waited outside with the male police officer.

He added that he asked the officer what they could do because ‘we were obviously very worried about her and we wanted to be helpful and protect her’.

Mr Drew said the officer ‘looked at me square in the face and said something to the effect of ‘her face is red, there’s damage in the apartment, there’s enough here that, if she wants, we can go pick him up”.

He told the court that he thanked the officer, but knew it would not happen as Heard was not willing to report the incident.

Ms Laws suggested that Mr Drew had ‘concocted a story’ and asked if he had ‘tailored your evidence in order to support Ms Heard in this case’.

Mr Drew said: ‘Absolutely not.’

Proceedings began when Heard denied severing the tip of Depp’s finger or stubbing out a cigarette on his face during a violent argument in Australia claiming the Hollywood star was lobbing up to 30 booze bottles at her ‘like grenades’ while holding her hostage for three days in a mansion.

The actress, who accuses the 57-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star of physical abuse on at least 14 occasions, was questioned about an incident Down Under in March 2015 on her third day in the witness box at the High Court in London.

Depp says the tip of his finger was severed during an argument when Heard threw a large vodka bottle which struck his hand, but Heard hit back yesterday saying: ‘I only threw things to escape Johnny when he was beating me up’.

Describing the row she said she had taken a bottle from Depp from which he was drinking and smashed it on the floor, prompting a furious response from him.  Heard said the majority of bottles were thrown downstairs, before giving a long answer in which she said Depp had thrown ’30 or so bottles’ towards her ‘like grenades’.

She said he threw all the bottles within reach bar one, saying: ‘He picked them up ad started using them like grenades or bombs…throwing one after another in my direction.’ 

Depp’s lawyer said Heard’s account that the actor had severed his finger by smashing a phone against a wall and then continued to assault her was a lie. ‘No it’s not,’ she replied. ‘I don’t think he meant to sever the finger but yes he carried on attacking me.’

Ms Laws also accused Heard of stubbing a cigarette out on Depp’s cheek. ‘No, Johnny did it right in front of me. He often did things like that,’ she said. It came after Heard claimed Johnny Depp and his lawyers have run a four-year campaign to ‘harass’ and ‘abuse’ Heard as well as wreck her career after they split up. 

Heard’s third day of cross-examination by Depp’s lawyers began on Wednesday with Ms Laws asking about the alleged incident in Australia in March 2015, which Ms Heard has described as a ‘three-day hostage situation’.

Ms Laws put it to the actress that she ‘worked yourself into a rage, screaming at him’ and threw a glass bottle, adding: ‘Because you would get yourself into rages on occasions.’

Heard said: ‘No, I got angry at times but not into a rage that would cause me to throw anything at him.’

Mr Justice Nicol clarified her answer by repeating that she would sometimes get angry, and Heard continued: ‘But not to the extent where I would throw anything at him offensively.’

Ms Laws said: ‘I’m going to suggest you threw a bottle at his head and it smashed the mirror behind him.’

Heard said the majority of bottles were thrown downstairs. She told the court: ‘I would like to be clear, I did break a bottle but it was very early on in that evening, it was the second evening, if I recall correctly, and it was before Johnny had started to throw the bottles at me.

‘We were in an argument about whether he was going to drink … the liquor. When I confronted him about it he offered me the bottle … he said, ‘here, take it’.

‘He said, ‘Oh yeah, you want it? Here, take it’, and at that point drinking had already been … he had already given it up for a while and it was on the list of ‘if this happens, I leave’ sort of thing. It was no fly.

‘And he gestured to offer it to me and I reached to take it and he pulled it back.

‘He was teasing me to take it and would revoke it when I reached (for it).

‘Then he did it again and I have in my head all the times that he said that I saved his life, and I thought honestly I could short circuit (a row about drinking).

‘So I reached for it a second time and I smashed it on the floor in between Johnny and I.

‘I regret I did that.’

Describing the alleged bottle attack, Heard said: ‘He started picking them up one by one and throwing them like grenades.

‘One after the other after the other, in my direction, and I felt glass breaking behind me, I retreated more into the bar and he didn’t stop.

‘I was too scared to look behind me. He threw all the bottles that were in reach, all except for one which was a celebratory magnum-sized bottle of wine.’

Heard said she remembered that was the only bottle not smashed out of 30 or so.

The actress then said: ‘He (Mr Depp) told me over and over again that my work in trying to get him clean and sober … when he was clean and sober he would tell me I saved his life.’

In response to Ms Laws disputing her version of events, she said: ‘Absolutely not, Ms Laws, I was there, I watched it.

‘I would be shocked if Johnny remembers any of this himself, but I was there.’

Ms Laws put it to Heard that Depp’s finger was not severed as a result of his hand smashing against the wall, which the actress disagreed with.

The barrister then said: ‘This injury was you throwing a bottle in his direction, smashing it down and severing the tip of his finger with glass, wasn’t it?’ Heard replied: ‘No.’

Ms Laws referred to a photograph showing a mark on Depp’s face and accused Heard of stubbing a cigarette out on his cheek, which the actress denied, adding: ‘Johnny did that.’

Ms Laws said: ‘You did it, didn’t you?’ To which Heard replied: ‘No, Johnny did it right in front of me, he often did things like that.’

Ms Laws said: ‘According to you, Mr Depp sliced his finger off all on his own … and then carried on attacking you.’

Heard said: ‘Yes, he did. I don’t think he meant to sever the finger but yes he did continue the attack.’

Ms Laws said: ‘This was a nasty incident in which you were extremely violent.’ Heard replied: ‘Absolutely not.’

Eleanor Laws QC then said: ‘And afterwards, we have got those tapes… when security arrived, you were screaming at Mr Depp not to leave and then in another moment calling him a f****** coward for going.’

Heard said: ‘I didn’t hear it on the audio files.’

Pressed further she added: ‘No on both of those accusations, absolutely not. I was just in another room crying.’

There was an exchange between Ms Laws and Heard about whether she had listened to the audio file and she confirmed she had only listened to part of it, but said it was the relevant part.

She told the court: ‘At the beginning of the tape, you can hear how it ended. It ended with Johnny (shouting) incoherently and I was in the bathroom crying.’

Ms Laws then asked the actress about her using the phrase ‘have you been so angry you’ve lost it?’

Heard said: ‘I have referred to losing your cool as ‘losing it’. I specifically denied referencing it to Ben King.’

She added: ‘I said if I did use that phrase or anything like it, I would’ve been asking about Johnny’s behaviour, not my own.’

Ms Laws put it to Heard that it was a phrase she had used about herself, and played part of an audio recording to the court, which was mostly inaudible in the overspill courtroom where the media are listening to proceedings.

The barrister then asked: ‘Is it true that sometimes you get so angry you lose it?’

Heard replied: ‘Sometimes I get angry enough that I lose my cool.’

Heard claims the megastar actor, 57, and his allies have tried to ’embarrass and harass me and the people around me, including potential witnesses’ ahead of his extraordinary London libel trial.

In a new witness statement published yesterday, the actress, 34, said she was ‘eager for this trial to proceed’ claiming her ex-husband’s ‘campaign has affected my professional life, my personal life and my well-being. It has been extremely upsetting’.

She said: ‘Johnny is so much more powerful than I am, in every way: physically, financially, and professionally. By leaving him I escaped the physical abuse, but for the past four years he has used his power and resources to continue the harassment and abuse through the various legal proceedings he has dragged me into and the publicity campaign his team has run alongside those proceedings’.

She added: ‘I have been subjected to a campaign of targeted online abuse on social media, as well as online petitions calling for me to be removed from any future sequel to Aquaman and from my association with L’Oreal. It has also been aimed at what is most important to me: my humanitarian work, including my partnerships with the United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organisations, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and many others, and the important work that these organisations do’.  

Heard is expected to give her final evidence with her ex-husband Depp feet away as the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century comes to a head. 

Heard, who smiled and waved as she walked into the Royal Courts of Justice with Bianca Butti, has been in the witness box for the past three days where she claimed she feared Depp was ‘going to kill’ her on several occasions.

Amber has said that the megastar would blame his ‘alter ego’ called ‘the monster’ for the alleged violence while intoxicated with copious amounts of drink and drugs. 

On another extraordinary day at the Royal Courts of Justice, Heard claimed that Depp once pushed supermodel Kate Moss down the stairs during their relationship in the 1990s. The actress said that was why she had punched the actor – over fears he was about to do the same to her younger sister Whitney.

Heard also denied that she had an affair with Elon Musk, James Franco or ‘anybody else’ while she was with Depp, who she claimed was ‘jealous’ and accused her of sleeping with at least eight co-stars and also Leonardo DiCaprio after an audition, giving DiCaprio the nickname ‘pumpkin-head’. 

But the actress was accused of changing her story about being ‘backhanded’ by Depp in a so-called ‘disco bloodbath’ – after she saw a picture of the couple with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in which Heard does not have any visible injuries to her face.

The couple were having a ‘nasty row’ at the top of stairs in March 2015 when Whitney, then 26, tried to intervene, the court heard. 

Accused of punching the Pirates Of The Caribbean star with her closed fist, Heard, 34, replied: ‘I did strike Johnny that day in defence of my sister.

‘He was about to push her down the stairs and, the moment before that happened, I remembered information I had heard that he pushed a former girlfriend – I believe it was Kate Moss – down the stairs. I had heard this rumour from two people and it was fresh in my mind. And in a flash I reacted in defence of her.

‘I have been for years Johnny’s punching bag – it was the first time I actually struck him back.’ 

Ms Laws, for Depp, accused Heard of ‘just making this up as you go along’, saying she had ‘added’ Miss Moss – whom Depp dated in the 1990s – to her evidence. Heard admitted she had never mentioned it before, in any statements or previous explanations of the incident.

Heard said: ‘He was about to push my sister down the stairs. My baby sister. She has never hurt anyone in her life.

‘I would have done anything to prevent her being pushed down a flight of stairs.’

Ms Laws said: ‘You are making this up as you go along, throwing in details, new details, which you have thought of literally on your feet to make your account more credible.’

Heard replied: ‘Of course not.’

Ms Laws said: ‘You don’t want to admit the truth, which is that you are violent, do you?’

Heard said: ‘Only in self-defence.’

There was no response from Miss Moss’s spokesperson yesterday for requests to comment. 

Heard denied it was her decision to take their dogs Boo and Pistol into Australia illegally in 2015 and said: ‘When Johnny wanted something it happened’

The actress said she took the blame to avoid disrupting her then-husband’s filming schedule for Pirates of the Caribbean. 

The barrister read a series of emails sent between Heard and Depp’s then-estate manager Kevin Murphy, in which Mr Murphy told her that ‘the dogs will not be allowed to fly commercial in the passenger compartment to Australia’.

Heard told Mr Murphy that she did not want to put the dogs in ‘cargo’, and said: ‘Unless there’s another way to get them there or get them on the plane with J.’

Ms Laws said: ‘You were told by Kevin Murphy, who had been doing quite a lot of work on this, that he wasn’t able to get the documentation ready in time.’

Heard said: ‘No … this is a process that had been going on for about six months and I was out of the country filming a movie, I wasn’t there with Johnny so it was quite confusing to me.’

She added: ‘When Johnny wanted something it happened. He always found a way to make it work.’

Heard continued: ‘He told me when I landed. I was only in LA for a matter of hours before we got on his plane for his movie on his flight with his staff.’

She said Depp told her ‘everything had been taken care of’, adding: ‘I had no reason to get any clarity.’

Ms Laws put it to Heard: ‘You took a decision to take them (the dogs) anyway.’

Heard replied: ‘It wasn’t my decision.’

She added: ‘Johnny’s the boss.’

Ms Laws said: ‘You are the boss, aren’t you?’

Heard said: ‘I didn’t call any of the shots. This is Johnny’s plane, Johnny’s crew, Johnny’s staff.’

She also said: ‘We both filled out the same entry cards… we both filled out the same thing, yet I took the charges because if Johnny got charges it would have further compromised Pirates (Of The Caribbean), which was already compromised.’

Ms Laws suggested that every time Heard was asked a question ‘you used it as an opportunity to say something negative about Mr Depp’.

She added: ‘You knew full well that you shouldn’t have taken those dogs.’

Heard replied: ‘Johnny told me that we would bring the dogs in.’

Ms Laws asked: ‘What about Kevin Murphy?’

Heard said: ‘That’s Johnny’s staff.’

She also said: ‘I was the only one to get charged so I plead guilty… I took the blame.’

Ms Laws then suggested that Heard tried to ‘shunt the blame’ on to Kate James, her former assistant.

Heard replied: ‘I plead guilty, why would I need to do that?’

Heard claimed Depp and his lawyers have run a four-year campaign to ‘harass’ and ‘abuse’ their as well as wreck her career after they split up.

Heard claims the megastar actor, 57, and his allies have tried to ’embarrass and harass me and the people around me, including potential witnesses’ ahead of his extraordinary London libel trial.

In a new witness statement published yesterday, the actress, 34, said she was ‘eager for this trial to proceed’ claiming her ex-husband’s ‘campaign has affected my professional life, my personal life and my well-being. It has been extremely upsetting’.

She said: ‘Johnny is so much more powerful than I am, in every way: physically, financially, and professionally. By leaving him I escaped the physical abuse, but for the past four years he has used his power and resources to continue the harassment and abuse through the various legal proceedings he has dragged me into and the publicity campaign his team has run alongside those proceedings’.

She added: ‘I have been subjected to a campaign of targeted online abuse on social media, as well as online petitions calling for me to be removed from any future sequel to Aquaman and from my association with L’Oreal. It has also been aimed at what is most important to me: my humanitarian work, including my partnerships with the United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organisations, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and many others, and the important work that these organisations do’.  

Scars on Heard’s arm were the result of self-harm rather than a brutal attack by Johnny Depp, his QC suggested.

Heard said they were inflicted during a terrifying ordeal in Australia in March 2015 – which she has termed the ‘three-day hostage situation’ – at a house they rented while Depp filmed one of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies.

She said yesterday: ‘I had been strangled, assaulted, punched, sexually assaulted, strangled, among other things.’

She claimed that Depp had guzzled whisky and ecstasy tablets before hitting and choking her, smashing bottles and throwing her around on a kitchen top strewn with broken glass in the incident in which he drunkenly severed his own finger before daubing ‘I love u’ with his blood on a mirror.

She told the court, her voice cracking with emotion: ‘I was trying to push him off me. I was saying, ‘Johnny, it’s me, you’re really hurting me, stop please’ – it’s like he couldn’t hear me.’

She added: ‘He pulled me around by my neck and pushed me down against the bar, I was against the bar, naked, bent over backwards, my back against the marble.

‘He was pressing so hard on my neck I couldn’t breathe. I was trying to tell him that I couldn’t breathe. I remember thinking he was going to kill me in that moment. The floor was wet and I was slipping.’

She said she could not get any purchase on the floor or the countertop ‘from all the broken bottles’.

Heard said she still bore scars on her arm. A photo taken on April 18, a month later, at the Tribeca Music Festival in New York, was shared on Twitter, and the court also saw other photos.

Ms Laws asked her: ‘These are not scars sustained while you are writhing around, trying to get away from Mr Depp – jagged, uneven – they are straight in line, aren’t they?’

Mr Justice Nicol intervened to ask: ‘It is suggested these are not scars sustained in the Australia attack – do you agree?’ Heard did not.

Miss Laws said: ‘These are far more akin to self-harm scars, straight and inflicted by you, and certainly not in a struggle with Mr Depp.’

But Heard replied: ‘I have had these scars on my arm since that evening and I have never self-harmed.’

And she added: ‘Johnny’s a self-harmer, I’m not a self-harmer.’

The actress was accused of changing her story about being ‘backhanded’ by Depp in a so-called ‘disco bloodbath’ – after she saw a picture of the couple with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in which Heard does not have any visible injuries to her face.

The photo was taken on March 23, 2013. Heard had initially claimed Depp smacked her on March 21 but she later changed this to March 8.

She said Depp had become jealous of a painting her ex-partner Tasya van Ree put up in their bedroom, and that in a drug-fuelled rampage he had tried to set fire to it and had hit her so hard that the wall was ‘spattered’ with blood from her lip.

Ms Laws suggested Heard had altered her account after seeing the photo of her, her sister Whitney and Depp with Richards, saying: ‘You have changed the date in order to explain away the clear face in the photo.

‘You have woven a web of lies that you have had to shift and change according to when evidence has emerged.’

Heard replied: ‘I disagree.’

The actress was also accused of ‘a complete lie’ over her claims that Depp grabbed her hair with one hand and punched her with the other in March 2015.

It was impossible, said Miss Laws, since the actor’s right hand was swathed in bandages – Depp had chosen a children’s dinosaur design for fun – following the severing of his finger in Australia during a previous row. Miss Heard told the court she wasn’t lying, saying: ‘He grabbed my hair with this hand, and hit me with the hard plastic cast. It was especially unpleasant.’

Miss Laws said the actress had not mentioned the plaster cast before, and suggested that if it had been true it would have been ‘a primary feature of the assault’ that Heard would have wanted to record.

Heard was accused of trying to extort and blackmail the star as they divorced. Her list of demands included three LA penthouses and a black Range Rover.

A letter from her lawyers demanded Depp’s ‘immediate co-operation’ to complete the divorce quickly and without publicity. She also peppered the star with text messages saying ‘Please call me, it’s important’, ‘please!’ and ’emergency!’, the court heard.

Miss Laws said: ‘It’s blackmail, isn’t it?’ The actress said: ‘No.’ Heard filed her divorce declaration on May 26, 2016 – five days after the alleged phone-throwing incident – and obtained a court restraining order the following day, saying she was ‘petrified’ that her husband would return to the apartment.

Miss Laws suggested this was ‘not true’. The actress replied: ‘I was petrified of the monster that Johnny could become.’

Heard was also pictured apparently enjoying herself with friends in the days after the May 21 phone-hurling incident, during which she claimed her husband had been ‘drunk and high’ and smashed ‘everything he could’ in the apartment with a magnum bottle of champagne.

Three days later, CCTV footage from the lift of her apartment building showed her going out with her sister Whitney and friend Rocky Pennington, coming back at 11pm with wine.

Heard has been accused of faking her injuries with help from her friends, in what Depp’s legal team claims was part of a ‘hoax’.

In the latest twist to what was dubbed ‘Poogate’ by Heard and her friends, the actress vehemently denied she was responsible for leaving ‘disgusting’ human excrement on the bed she shared with Depp in their Los Angeles penthouse on her 30th birthday. She blamed it on their dog Boo, who was unwell after it ate some of the star’s drug stash, the court heard.

Depp says he made up his mind to divorce his wife after being informed about the faeces.

Miss Laws asked Heard: ‘You left human excrement on the bed?’ Heard responded: ‘That’s absolutely disgusting.’

Asked if any of her friends had left it, she replied: ‘No, of course not. That’s unimaginable to me.’

She claimed Boo, Depp’s Yorkshire terrier, had had a problem with her bowels since eating cannabis that belonged to Depp when she was a puppy.

The case continues.

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