Welcome to our as-it-happened coverage of Johnny Depp’s libel action against The Sun. We’ll be back on Monday, but you can catch up on today’s evidence here.
Day 14 of Johnny Depp’s libel action against The Sun’s publishers, NGN, at the High Court in LondonThe court was shown previously unseen reality TV footage of Amber Heard’s sister, which Depp’s team say suggests the actress once ‘assaulted’ her – she told the court the fight was “verbal” and producers were trying to make a better storyline Depp’s team asked Heard to “refrain from using her phone” outside court – the judge reiterated warnings on this but said he had no reason to believe her sister had been in touchDepp denies 14 allegations of violence against Heard and has accused her of being the “abuser”Coverage from entertainment reporter @Bethanyminelle at court, with additional reporting from @gemmapeplowPosts may contain graphic or explicit language, or include images of injury and drug use
And Johnny Depp has left too – with more flowers.
That’s it for the weekend. We’ll see you back here shortly before 10am on Monday.
Watch: Reality TV clip of Heard’s sister Whitney shown in court today
Amber Heard has left for the weekend.
The actress and her sister Whitney held hands as they departed from the building after a long day of evidence.
And with that, court is over and the judge says he will see everyone on Monday at 10am.
Depp and Heard should be leaving court shortly.
‘Defendants go first’
We are now having some legal chat in court, and the judge is confirming that in the speeches and submissions – which will be given on Monday and Tuesday next week – the defendant (i.e. The Sun’s publishers, NGN) will go first, on Monday.
The claimant (Depp) will then make submissions and speeches second, on Tuesday.
‘Afraid of being blacklisted’
Ms Wass now returns to talk of the Refinery 29 article, mentioned earlier.
Mr Tillet Wright clarifies what he earlier referred to as “fear of retaliation” for speaking out against Depp.
He says: “A number of people who worked in the entertainment industry were afraid of speaking up and saying what they had seen as they feared they would be blacklisted.”
This is Mr Tillet Wright’s final piece of evidence, and with that his link is cut from the court.
‘Peel your hair back’
Mr Tillet Wright says Depp “was not in a good state of mind” at the time.
Mr Tillet Wright says he told Amber “to get out of the house”. He says he heard the phone being dropped, and “what sounded like a cry or a yelp”.
He says he then heard Amber “say something like you just threw the phone at my face”.
He says the next thing he heard was Depp saying “Oh, you think I hit you, you think I hit you. What if I peel your hair back?”.
He says he then heard Heard scream, and “everything seemed to get further away from the phone”. Then she screamed “call 911”.
Mr Tillet Wright says he said back to her “I’m going to call 911” to confirm it to her, then hung up.
Mr Tillet Wright says Depp suffered from “paranoid delusions”. He says he was “in a froth” when he questioned Mr Tillet Wright over the poo in the bed.
Mr Tillet Wright says there is no way Heard would have been responsible for this, calling her “faecal phobic”. He expands: “She likes to pretend she doesn’t do that [excrete] in private, let alone in her bed”.
He says Depp questioned him because he had overheard him on the phone, asking Heard if she was safe.
Ms Laws moves on to another alleged argument between Mr Tillet Wright and Ms Pennington.
He says “contrary to popular belief we do not hang out together.”
Ms Laws asks if it was because they were fighting to get Heard’s attention.
Mr Tillet Wright calls this “an over simplification”.
Ms Laws now ends her questioning.
The judge stops Ms Laws and says he will allow no further questions on this subject.
‘You punched Ms Pennington’
Ms Laws says Mr Tillet Wright had a physical fight with Ms Pennington over Heard’s marriage to Depp, and that it was over who was going to be Heard’s wedding planner.
Mr Tillet Wright says this is completely untrue.
‘A competition for attention’
Ms Laws asks if it’s true that Mr Tillet Wright and other of Heard’s friends had “a competition for Amber’s attention”.
He says this is not true.
Ms Laws asks if Mr Tillet Wright had “strong feelings for her in 2016?”
Mr Tillet Wright says he considered her to be “extended family”.
The judge asks for clarification and he says “she was a very close friend of mine in 2016… I would support her in any way that was truthful and honest”.
The pair then talk about which photos should be used for the article.
They talk about photos of hair, which Mr Tillet Wright says he took to mean pictures “of clumps of her hair which Mr Depp had pulled out in a fight”.
Mr Tillet Wright says he doesn’t recall if Heard sent him that image.
Ms Laws says: “You never saw Mr Depp being violent towards Ms Heard, did you?”
Mr Tillet Wright agrees this is the case.
We now look at text messages between Heard and Mr Tillet Wright sent in June 2016.
In it Heard writes that the media “are gunning for me so hard today”.
In it Mr Tillet Wright says “Refinery wants to run it”, and then says they can use “the same photos as for People Magazine”. He goes on to say they need a transcript of the 911 call.
Mr Tillet Wright knowledge of Heard and Depp’s separation was “long public” by then.
He says he was asked to write an article on “her character” as she was being “portrayed as a gold digger”.
Mr Tillet Wright says Heard “asked me to speak to my experience of this” going on to say “at this point everyone else was afraid to speak” as they feared “retaliation”.
Leaks to the media
The judge asks Mr Tillet Wright where he was when he called 911.
“I was in Brooklyn” Mr Tillet Wright says.
Ms Laws says: “You did not attend the apartment that night did you?”
He says not.
Ms Laws asks if he knows that “two sets of officers” attended the apartment that night. He says he didn’t know “two sets of officers attended” but he did keep phoning until he knew help had arrived.
Mr Tillet Wright agrees he knew that on 27 May Heard went about obtained a restraining order.
Ms Laws asks if he had anything to do with leaking this information to the press. He also says he did not pass on one of the police officers business cards to the media.
He says he has never seen the business card.
he clarifies he “has never had anything to do with giving information to the media [about Depp and Heard] at any time.”
He says when he spoke on the phone to Depp and Heard on 21 May 2016, “the start of the conversation” was to ascertain whether he had been responsible for leaving human excrement on the bed.
He confirms he could hear Heard and Depp talking, then arguing, and at one point he could hear the “phone drop”.
He agrees he called 911 due to what he could hear and “what she [Heard] asked me to do”.
Lily Rose photos
She asks him whether Depp was “angry with him” in May 2016 for taking a photo of his daughter Lily Rose, and posting it online. She says this was “part of a long term project Mr Tillet Wright was working on”.
She says Lily Rose was 16-years-old at the time.
Mr Tillet Wright confirms he and Depp were not talking due to an issue around this, but says “that’s only a part of it”.
Depp’s lawyer, Eleanor Laws QC will now cross-examine Mr Tillet Wright.
Mr Tillet Wright is slim with sandy coloured hair and large round glasses.
He is wearing a dark grey suit and navy blue top underneath.
Ms Wass is asking him about his statement, and he confirms to her that everything he wrote is true.
Court is back in session.
And I stand corrected, iO Tillet Wright has just confirmed to the judge that he would like to use the pronoun Mr.
So Mr Tillet Wright it is.
He is now being affirmed.
The court is now taking a brief comfort break, we’ll be back in a few minutes.
We are due to hear from just one more witness today, who is the final witness giving evidence in this case.
It is Heard’s friend iO Tillet Wright. Heard told us earlier this week that Tillet Wright uses the pronoun ‘she’ so I will be using the prefix Ms in this blog for the time being.
Ms Pennington has now concluded her evidence, and the video link has been cut.
Ms Wass asks about the suggestion that Ms Pennington and Heard caused the damage to the penthouse after the alleged May 2016 incident.
“I say that’s completely false”, Ms Pennington answers.
She also says the suggestion that Heard applied make-up to make it appear that she had facial injuries as “completely false” too.
Ms Wass asks some questions now.
She asks whether Heard vomited in the car park at Coachella Festival.
Apparently contradicting what she told the court before, Ms Pennington says “I did not see Amber vomit in the car park at the festival”.
It seems the vomiting mystery lives to see another day.
Ms Laws final question is: “Is it true that you and your friends vied for Ms Heard’s attention”.
Ms Pennington says no, that is not true.
‘Tipped of the media’
Ms Laws says Heard “tipped off the media” before attending the court, and asks Ms Pennington if she knew that.
Ms Pennington says she did not know that.
Ms Laws asks if she knows that Heard didn’t have to be present.
Ms Pennington says she did not know that either.
‘A red mark on her cheek’
Ms Laws says later that week Heard attended court to give a deposition in order to obtain a restraining order against Depp. Ms Laws says she did that with a red mark on her cheek, and says that mark “was nothing to do with Mr Depp, was it?”
Ms Pennington says that’s not true. Ms Pennington says Heard had “concealing make-up on” to cover the mark.
Ms Laws contradicts this, and says Heard had make-up on to create the red mark.
Ms Pennington disagrees.
Ms Laws asks Ms Pennington if she knew that later that week Heard was in contact with Depp.
Ms Pennington says she did not know that.
A tool to negotiate
Ms Laws says that the suggestion that the damage occurred after the officers left “doesn’t come as a surprise to you, does it?”
Ms Pennington says it is a surprise.
Ms Laws says Ms Pennington and Heard spent the next few days “taking photographs of what you say the damage was”. She says that was to “support Heard in her application for a restraining order.
Ms Laws says there was no formal report made by police, so the images were not taken for that purpose. She says “they were being taken in order for Ms Heard to negotiate a settlement with Mr Depp”.
Ms Pennington disagrees.
Ms Laws is asking why the two police officers who attended the flat after the fight could see no damage.
Ms Pennington says “I would have believed that they would have seen the damage that had been done”.
Ms Laws suggests the damage took place after the officers had left.
Ms Pennington disagrees.
Ms Laws suggests “it was action stations” after Depp left the flat and that Heard immediately called her lawyer and her publicist.
She says she was discussing the restraining order, and looking ahead to the divorce.
Ms Pennington confirms Heard was on the phone to her lawyer, but says she doesn’t know if she called her publicity.
‘Wine sloshing everywhere’
Ms Pennington is talking about an alleged incident on 21 May 2016 in the LA apartment.
Ms Laws asks if she saw physical violence between Depp and Heard. Ms Pennington says she didn’t.
When Ms Laws asks if Depp was violent towards her, Ms Pennington answers: “At one point he knocked my hands away from his chest.”
She says Depp was using a bottle to destroy lots of things in the apartment. The statement reads: “Johnny was smashing and knocking off things from the kitchen island, fruit and baskets and glass bottles and flowers.
“He then grabbed his bag and stormed out of the apartment. He had a wine bottle in his hand and was sloshing wine everywhere.
“His security did nothing but stand behind him. No effort was made to restrain him, and no acknowledgement was made of the violence.”
Ms Pennington says Whitney, who was on the trip, was not taking drugs.
Ms Laws says “at one point over the weekend Ms Heard was so intoxicated she was vomiting”.
Ms Pennington confirms this – she says: “Privately, yes”.
In her evidence earlier this week, Heard told the court she did not vomit at the festival, and that one of Depp’s security guards (Starling Jenkins) was incorrect when he said he saw her in a car park being sick. She said he had mixed her up with her sister, Whitney.
Ms Pennington says she would not describe the weekend as fun, and says she doesn’t remember sending a text saying it was fun.
Magic Mushrooms and MDMA
Ms Pennington says she did not know that there was human faeces left in the bed on that same morning.
Ms Laws asks if Ms Pennington was drinking and taking drugs at the festival.
Ms Pennington says she was drinking and taking drugs, and that she also believes Heard was taking drugs.
She confirms: “I was taking magic mushrooms and MDMA”. Of Heard, she says: “I believe she took the same.”
We have now moved on to the Coachella Festival trip, the morning after Heard’s birthday party.
Ms Pennington is now observing photos taken of Heard’s alleged facial injuries.
She is describing bruising under Heard’s eyes, and a mark on the bridge of her nose. She is also looking at a picture of a cluster of hairs which don’t appear to have a root attached.
Ms Laws asks Ms Pennington if she knows what the root of a hair is. Ms Pennington rather incredulously says yes, she does know what a hair root is.
She then says she does not feel qualified to say if there are or are not roots on the hair in the photo.
Here’s the photo in question.
Here’s the still in question, which shows Heard wearing deep red lipstick. Make-up artist Melanie Inglessis told the court earlier this week that she chose the colour in order “to cover the injury on her lip”.
Ms Pennington is being shown stills from Heard’s appearance on James Corden’s Late Late Show the following day, the 16 December 2015.
Ms Pennington agrees she can’t see any injuries on the still, but adds “my eyes aren’t that good”.
‘Lacerations, a swollen nose and bloody lip’
We move onto discussion around an incident which is alleged to have taken place in LA on 15 December 2015.
Ms Pennington says at the time Heard had “a couple of lacerations on her scalp” as well as “a scrape on her forehead, a laceration on the back/crown of her head” and “additional facial injuries which were a swollen nose and bloody lip”.
Ms Pennington says Heard still had a swollen face the following day.
In her statement, this is how she describes it: “On this occasion, Amber asked me to come over to her place to check her out.
“I could see that her head was bloody where a chunk of her hair had been ripped out from the back of her head close to the crown. Her face was red and her nose was swelling up. Her lip was bleeding.
“She told me that Johnny had head-butted her. She said she thought he might have broken her nose.
“I helped Amber with her injuries and called for assistance from a private nurse who was part of the concierge medical service which Johnny and Amber used.
“I then took photographs with my phone of her injuries. I photographed Amber’s face and took photos of the apartment.”
‘I helped to take photographs’
Ms Pennington says on occasions she would help Heard by taking photographs of damage and injuries, she says were caused by Depp.
Ms Pennington says the reason she did not take a photo on this occasion was because “I don’t believe I took my phone with me”.
The bedroom issue
In her statement, Ms Pennington says she went upstairs in bedroom five, and there she saw a broken bottle of wine.
Ms Laws is asking how this is possible, as earlier, Ms Pennington confirmed there were no bedrooms in penthouse five.
Ms Pennington says she went upstairs and crossed over to penthouse three, where she says she found the broken bottle.
Ms Laws is asking why she did not say this in the statement, and saying she had no reason to cross over into a totally different penthouse.
Ms Laws suggests this incident is “a total fabrication”.
Ms Pennington disagrees.
Ms Laws is asking Ms Pennington why “if she had received distressing news about her friend” that she seemed to be enjoying herself in the video.
Ms Pennington simply says she doesn’t know when in the evening the alleged violence happened.
It’s confirmed that the second video was shot around midnight.
‘You’re a savage’
This video was shot at the same Thanksgiving meal as the first video we watched.
In this one we can hear Marilyn Manson and Depp joking about Depp’s son being “a savage”.
Watch: This footage of Thanksgiving has been played in court
Ms Laws is asking Ms Pennington to watch the first part of the video again, and confirm that she is in the video, and can be heard saying: “I’m not cool.”
Ms Pennington says: “I see my face in the beginning, but I don’t recognise my voice. I’m not sure if it’s my voice or Amber’s voice.”
Ms Pennington confirms Amber’s father, David, is in the video, as is Depp’s son Jack.
She confirms she is there and in the video too. She says singer Marilyn Manson was also at the dinner, but says she does not see him in the video.
We are now looking at a video shot at the Thanksgiving party. It shows a meal with several guests present.
We can see Depp’s son Jack fooling around with a table serviette, flicking it towards Heard’s father David. The dogs Pistol and Boo can be seen reacting to the tomfoolery, and barking.
It’s not clear who is shooting the video, which looks like it’s been filmed on a phone.
Towards the end of the video the person filming starts to head out of the room, and heads up the stairs.
We move on to a part of Ms Pennington’s statement that talks about Thanksgiving 2015.
This is the passage we’re reading: “I attended Thanksgiving dinner with Johnny and Amber and a number of others at their apartment, PH5, in November 2015.
“At one point late in the meal Amber went upstairs to look for Johnny and stayed up there for a long time. After a long time they both came downstairs.
“When I asked Amber what had happened she told me that Johnny had thrown a bottle of wine at her in the bedroom. I went to look and found that a full bottle of wine had hit and broken a piece of art that Amber really loves above the bed and that broken glass was scattered all over the bed.
“I went back downstairs and spoke to Amber. She was upset, but just wanted to get through dinner without further problems.”
Ms Laws suggests looking at “the soles of your friend’s feet isn’t an every day occurrence”.
Ms Pennington agrees that she can’t remember a specific time she carefully examined anyone’s feet, other than to possibly “remove a splinter”.
Ms Laws is keen to find out the nature of the cuts. She asks if they were “long, deep or jagged”.
Ms Pennington says she can’t remember the detail, and that this was several years ago.
Ms Laws says: “You are making this up. You have lied for your friend Amber Heard”.
Ms Pennington replies: “Absolutely not.”
In Ms Pennington’s statement she says she “became really scared for Amber’s life” after the Australia incident.
She describes “deep lacerations from her wrists to her elbows”, saying it was worse on one arm than the other. She also said the soles of Heard’s feet had been cut. She describes it “as smaller cuts on the bottom of both her feet”.
This is how she describes it in her statement: “She had gashes on her arms from the incident. I could see that her forearms were scratched and bloody, from her wrists to her elbows. She still has scars on her arms from this incident. I also saw at some point that her feet were cut too.”
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