Johnny Depp admits ‘accidentally’ headbutting Amber Heard

Johnny Depp has admitted to ‘accidentally’ headbutting Amber Heard at his blockbuster libel trial during which the court was shown photos of the actress’s bruised face and detached clumps of her blonde hair. 

On the third day of the Hollywood star’s case against The Sun on Thursday, Depp said he had a ‘collision’ with Heard, 34, as he tried to ‘get hold of her’ as she allegedly attacked him on December 15, 2015. 

Depp is suing the tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article which labelled him a ‘wife beater’. 

During cross-examination at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Depp said he accidentally headbutted his ex-wife during a heated argument, in which he is said to have been ‘in an uncontrollable rage’.

In a separate incident in March of that year, ‘all hell broke loose,’ according to the 57-year-old actor’s private nurse and a security guard had to be called in to restrain the pair. 

Reading a text from nurse Debbie Lloyd to Stephen Deuters (a friend of Depp’s) dated March 23, 2015, NGN’s barrister Sasha Wass QC said: ‘Bad night last night. They got into it and it got violent again.’ 

Ms Wass said: ‘She (Ms Heard) found out you were having an affair.’

Depp replied: ‘Well she was quite jealous… I don’t know if she found out I was having an affair.’

Ms Wass later put it to Depp that, by December 2015, ‘you were routinely using violence against Ms Heard when you were intoxicated and when you were angry’. 

The High Court heard a recording of a conversation between the couple shortly after the December 2015, in which Depp appears to say he only headbutted her in the ‘f**king forehead’ – which he said ‘doesn’t break a nose’.

In the recording, Heard says: ‘You had been screaming … it’s the end-all-be-all in the sort of offensive thing.’ 

Photo allegedly shows a clump of Heard's blonde hair

Photo allegedly shows a clump of Heard's blonde hair

A photo which purports to show the cracked bed frame in Depp's LA penthouse

A photo which purports to show the cracked bed frame in Depp's LA penthouse

Photos of a cracked bed frame (left) and  tufts of blonde hair (right) were submitted by Heard last year during defamation proceedings in the US

Others from a separate incident show bruising across the bridge of her nose and beneath her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in December 2015. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Others from a separate incident show bruising across the bridge of her nose and beneath her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in December 2015. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Others from a separate incident show bruising across the bridge of her nose and beneath her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in December 2015. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Others from a separate incident show bruising across the bridge of her nose and beneath her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in December 2015. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Other photos show bruising across the bridge of Heard’s nose and beneath her eyes after Depp allegedly headbutted her in December 2015. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents 

Johnny Depp outside the High Court in London on Thursday

Johnny Depp outside the High Court in London on Thursday

Amber Heard outside the High Court in London on Thursday

Amber Heard outside the High Court in London on Thursday

Johnny Depp (left) and Amber Heard leaving the High Court in London on Thursday. Depp is suing The Sun newspaper after it described him as a ‘wife beater’ following claims by Heard that he repeatedly attacked her during their relationship.

‘You can throw a punch but yet screaming’s OK. You can headbutt somebody who’s screaming but don’t scream.’

Depp then seems to say: ‘I headbutted you in the f**king …’ before he is interrupted by Heard, who says: ‘I couldn’t believe you did that.’

The actor then says: ‘… forehead. That doesn’t break a nose.’ 

Depp claimed the allegation was ‘another wonderful thing to put in the kaleidoscope of her dossier that she (Heard) is building’.

He added: ‘This injury that she would’ve suffered is not consistent with the photographs that she has given to the court.

‘She was swinging wildly at me, and I … from behind, as I was walking away from the argument to my office, she was hitting me in the neck, ear, back, everything.

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard’s face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents 

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard's face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents

Photos after the December incident show bruising to Heard’s face after Depp allegedly headbutted her. The trial is hearing evidence about 14 such incidents 

‘I turned to cover my head and she was swinging quite wildly so the only thing I could do in that situation was either to run or to try to get hold of her, to get my arms around her to stop her flailing and punching me, so I did so, as I did so it seems there was a collision.’

Images previously submitted in defamation proceedings in the US show the alleged aftermath of a March 2015 fight in the LA penthouse

Images previously submitted in defamation proceedings in the US show the alleged aftermath of a March 2015 fight in the LA penthouse

Images previously submitted in defamation proceedings in the US show the alleged aftermath of a March 2015 fight in the LA penthouse

Depp demonstrated with his arms how he claims he took hold of Heard and said she was ‘kicking and moving’ so there was ‘very close contact’ between them.

He added: ‘That is the only collision and the only potential injury that Ms Heard could have had, there is no way I did as she said and broke her nose.’

The court was also shown photographs of the injuries Heard is said to have suffered, as well as pictures Depp said showed him with ‘scratches and swelling around my face’ he claimed his ex-wife had inflicted.

Ms Wass asked why he had not mentioned ‘accidentally’ headbutting Heard in his witness statements to the court.

He replied: ‘Had I read the entire statement after the lawyers had drafted it, I would have found that missing piece. I didn’t read all those things … and I trusted my attorneys had taken my statement and put it on the record.’ 

Depp said he used the word ‘headbutt’ because that was the word Heard used, telling the court: ‘I said ‘I headbutted you in the forehead, that doesn’t break a nose’.’

Ms Wass put it to the actor that he had changed his account of the incident after he became aware of an audio recording of himself and Heard discussing the incident ‘very recently’.

But Depp said: ‘I believe she took something and stretched it out as far as she possibly could.’

He added that Heard would tell her friends things so that they would ‘hate’ him, adding: ‘Another piece for her collection. It is quite a collection.’

Ms Wass earlier said that Depp threw a decanter at Heard, punched the walls and pulled her up the stairs by her hair, removing ‘clumps’ from her scalp. 

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet

In a separate incident weeks later in March, Depp is alleged to have trashed a $3million penthouse in LA which Heard used as a colossal closet 

She added that Depp also goaded Heard, saying ‘you think you’re a f****** tough guy?’, before he ‘grabbed her by the throat and pushed her onto the bed’ then ‘slapped her across the face saying you were going to kill her’.

In a written statement submitted by the defence about the alleged incident, it was said: ‘Ms Heard and the Claimant were in their penthouse in Los Angeles.

‘The Claimant threw another decanter at her, knocked items around the room and punched the wall. He slapped her hard, grabbed her by her hair, and dragged her through the apartment.

‘In the process, the Claimant pulled large chunks of hair and scalp out of Ms Heard’s head.

‘Ms Heard tried to escape the violence by going upstairs. The Claimant followed Ms Heard, hit her in the back of her head, again grabbed her by her hair, then dragged her by her hair up the last few steps.

Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London where he has been giving evidence during a hearing in his libel case against The Sun

Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London where he has been giving evidence during a hearing in his libel case against The Sun

Amber Heard and her girlfriend Bianca Butti leave the High Court of Justice on the third day of Johnny Depp's trial against The Sun

Amber Heard and her girlfriend Bianca Butti leave the High Court of Justice on the third day of Johnny Depp's trial against The Sun

Depp (left, leaving the High Court today) is suing The Sun after it described him as a ‘wife beater’ following claims by ex-wife Heard (right, leaving the court with her girlfriend Bianca Butti) that he repeatedly attacked her during their relationship

Heard leaving the High Court in London with 'Team Heard', including her girlfriend Bianca Butti (front left)

Heard leaving the High Court in London with 'Team Heard', including her girlfriend Bianca Butti (front left)

Heard leaving the High Court in London with ‘Team Heard’, including her girlfriend Bianca Butti (front left)

‘At the top of the stairs, the Claimant shoved her twice, which made her fear that she would fall.

‘Ms Heard told the Claimant that he had broken her wrist in an attempt to get him to stop.

‘The Claimant repeatedly hit Ms Heard, knocking her to the floor. Each time Ms Heard was knocked down, she stood back up.

‘The Claimant responded by veiling, “Oh, you think you’re a f**ing tough guy?” He then head-butted her in her face, bashing her nose, which immediately began bleeding and caused her searing pain.

The court heard: 'During this incident, the Claimant (Depp) also wrote a message on the kitchen countertop in gold pen that said, 'Why be a fraud? All is such bulls***'

The court heard: 'During this incident, the Claimant (Depp) also wrote a message on the kitchen countertop in gold pen that said, 'Why be a fraud? All is such bulls***'

The court heard: ‘During this incident, the Claimant (Depp) also wrote a message on the kitchen countertop in gold pen that said, ‘Why be a fraud? All is such bulls***’

‘When Ms Heard said to the Claimant, “You head-butted me”, he responded, “I just gave you a little knock with my head”.

‘The Claimant then said what a “f*** up” he was and left the room.

‘Later, Ms Heard told the Claimant that she wanted to leave him, and that she would call the police if he ever touched her again.

‘When she then began to walk away towards the guest apartment, the Claimant pushed her. He then grabbed her and pulled her from one room to the next, gripping her by her hair.

‘By the time the Claimant had dragged Ms Heard into the upstairs office, she had told him she was leaving him as she could not put up with his behaviour any longer.

‘The Claimant reacted by grabbing Ms Heard by her throat, pushing her down to the ground, and punching her in the back of her head.

‘The Claimant grabbed Ms Heard by her hair, slapped her in the face, and screamed at her, “I f***ing will kill you – I’ll f***ing kill you, you hear me?

‘The fight continued onto a bed. The Claimant got on top of Ms Heard and placed his knee on her back and the other foot on the bedframe while repeatedly punching her in her head.

‘The Claimant screamed, “I f***ing hate you” over and over again.

‘The bedframe splintered under the weight of the pressure of the Claimant’s boot. The Claimant hit Ms Heard with his closed fists, pushed her face into the mattress, and pulled out chunks of her hair.

‘Ms Heard screamed and feared for her life. She suffered severe headaches and other pain for at least a week after this incident.

‘During this incident, the Claimant also wrote a message on the kitchen countertop in gold pen that said, “Why be a fraud? All is such bulls***”.’ 

Depp is on the stand at the High Court for a third day today and was questioned about the incident after he previously claimed the injury was sustained when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him during the fight in Australia

Depp is on the stand at the High Court for a third day today and was questioned about the incident after he previously claimed the injury was sustained when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him during the fight in Australia

Depp is on the stand at the High Court for a third day today and was questioned about the incident after he previously claimed the injury was sustained when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him during the fight in Australia

Amber Heard has arrived at the High Court today with her sister Whitney (wearing a green covering) after going out on the town with her until the early hours of this morning on the third day of Johnny Depp's blockbuster libel trial in London

Amber Heard has arrived at the High Court today with her sister Whitney (wearing a green covering) after going out on the town with her until the early hours of this morning on the third day of Johnny Depp's blockbuster libel trial in London

Amber Heard has arrived at the High Court today with her sister Whitney (wearing a green covering) after going out on the town with her until the early hours of this morning on the third day of Johnny Depp’s blockbuster libel trial in London

Ms Wass put it to Depp that, by December 2015, ‘you were routinely using violence against Ms Heard when you were intoxicated and when you were angry’.

Depp said: ‘I say that is incorrect. Most of the time I tried to get away.’

He added: ‘Most of the time, Ms Heard’s problem was that I would run away from fights and I was then called a coward and a pussy for trying to avoid an escalation.’

The December 2015 incident is one of 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence, all denied by Depp, relied on by NGN in their defence against the actor’s libel claim.  

Depp will continue to give evidence on Friday. 

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