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Amber Heard was snapped enjoying a night out in Soho yesterday evening, just hours after fighting back tears outside court at the end of Johnny Depp’s £1 million libel trial. 

The actress looked in high spirits as she strolled through central London with her partner Bianca Butti, sister Whitney Heard, lawyer Jennifer Robinson and other members of her girl squad after visiting Japanese restaurant Jugemu.

Dressed in an all-black ensemble, Heard was all smiles as her squad laughed around her, while she appeared to share a joke with her lawyer. 

The two seemed locked in conversation, with the actress trailing behind the rest of her circle to pick Ms Robinson’s brain. 

Just hours earlier, Heard fought back tears as she admitted it had been ‘incredibly painful’ to relive the break-up of her marriage to Johnny Depp during his explosive libel trial.

The Aquaman actress was heckled and booed by her ex-husband’s fans as she delivered an emotional statement on the steps of London’s High Court, where Depp’s 16-day libel trial against The Sun ended yesterday afternoon.

A judgment is not expected to be delivered by Mr Justice Nicol until late September, before Depp then begins his $50million US defamation case against Heard, which is not expected to get underway until next year.  

The Hollywood actor’s legal team brought the curtain down on the trial by branding Heard ‘a wholly unreliable witness, and, frankly, a compulsive liar’. 

His lawyer said Depp had lost ‘nothing less than everything’ as a result of ‘appalling allegations’ that he was violent to his ex-wife.

But Heard, who spoke of her agony at having her tumultuous relationship picked apart under the spotlight, stood by her evidence.  

Amber Heard is seen here on a night out in Soho at Japanese restaurant Jugemu. Amber enjoyed here evening alongside her partner Bianca Butti, sister Whitney Heard  and Jennifer Robinson

Amber Heard outside High Court Tuesday afternoon

Amber Heard (right outside court) strolled through central London with her partner Bianca Butti, sister Whitney Heard, lawyer Jennifer Robinson (left with Heard) and other members of her girl squad after visiting Japanese restaurant Jugemu.

Amber Heard pictured with her sister Whitney, girlfriend Bianna Butti, lawyer Jennifer Robinson and another member of her team in Soho. Just hours earlier, she fought back tears as she admitted it had been 'incredibly painful' to relive the break-up of her marriage to Johnny Depp during his explosive libel trial

Amber Heard pictured with her sister Whitney, girlfriend Bianna Butti, lawyer Jennifer Robinson and another member of her team in Soho. Just hours earlier, she fought back tears as she admitted it had been ‘incredibly painful’ to relive the break-up of her marriage to Johnny Depp during his explosive libel trial

The actress seemed keen to exchange words with her lawyer Jennifer Robinson, as the rest of her squad trailed in front of them

The actress seemed keen to exchange words with her lawyer Jennifer Robinson, as the rest of her squad trailed in front of them

Heard seemed eager to pick the brains of her lawyer as she strolled through central London on Tuesday evening following the trial

Heard seemed eager to pick the brains of her lawyer as she strolled through central London on Tuesday evening following the trial 

All smiles! Ms Heard couldn't help but grin as she walked through the central London streets with her close circle after the end of the trial

All smiles! Ms Heard couldn’t help but grin as she walked through the central London streets with her close circle after the end of the trial

Johnny Depp leaves the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday afternoon at the end of his explosive libel trial against the Sun

Johnny Depp leaves the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday afternoon at the end of his explosive libel trial against the Sun

She said: ‘I travelled to the UK to testify in these proceedings as a witness to assist the Court. After obtaining a restraining order in 2016 and finalising our divorce, I wanted to move on with my life. I did not file this lawsuit and, despite its significance, I would have preferred not to be in court.

‘It has been incredibly painful to relive the break-up of my relationship, have my motives and my truth questioned, and the most traumatic details of my life with Johnny shared in court and broadcast around the world.

‘I stand by my testimony in court and I now place my faith in British justice.

‘Although I did not bring this lawsuit, I am aware of the precious resources being consumed by his litigation and will be glad to see those resources re-directed back to more important legal matters already delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘I appreciate the dedication, hard work and support of the defence legal team, as well as my UK and US lawyers.

‘I also wish to extend my thanks to the very kind and diligent court staff and the police, who have been so sensitive in ensuring my protection so that that I could testify in safety.

‘And finally, my heartfelt thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support and the many messages I have received from around the world. You have given me so much strength and I send it back to you.’ 

Depp fans screamed ‘Justice for Johnny, Johnny is innocent,’ and ‘It takes two to Tango,’ as Heard spoke of the pain of the end of her marriage to Depp and that she had been truthful in her testimony during the hearing. 

She was accompanied by her legal team and sister Whitney, and later published the statement on Instagram.

Amber Heard fought back tears today as she admitted it has been 'incredibly painful' to relive the break-up of her relationship with Johnny Depp

Amber Heard fought back tears today as she admitted it has been ‘incredibly painful’ to relive the break-up of her relationship with Johnny Depp

The Aquaman actress was heckled and booed this afternoon as she delivered a statement on the steps of the High Court building at the end of Depp's libel trial against The Sun

The Aquaman actress was heckled and booed this afternoon as she delivered a statement on the steps of the High Court building at the end of Depp’s libel trial against The Sun

Johnny Depp raises a clenched fist above his head as he departs the High Court in London for the final time

Johnny Depp raises a clenched fist above his head as he departs the High Court in London for the final time 

Crowds of Johnny Depp supporters swamped the High Court on London's Strand this afternoon for the final day of the trial

Crowds of Johnny Depp supporters swamped the High Court on London’s Strand this afternoon for the final day of the trial

The actor, who is suing the Sun newspaper for calling him a 'wife beater', bows outside the High Court, which was swamped by his fans this afternoon

The actor, who is suing the Sun newspaper for calling him a ‘wife beater’, bows outside the High Court, which was swamped by his fans this afternoon

Depp is also bringing a US defamation case against Heard, pictured today, which is expected to get underway next year

 Depp is also bringing a US defamation case against Heard, pictured today, which is expected to get underway next year

Heard added: 'My heartfelt thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support and the many messages I have received from around the world. You have given me so much strength and I send it back to you'

 Heard added: ‘My heartfelt thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support and the many messages I have received from around the world. You have given me so much strength and I send it back to you’

Depp runs his hands through his hair as the 16-day trial comes to a conclusion, with his lawyer David Sherborne (behind Depp) branding Heard a 'compulsive liar'

Depp runs his hands through his hair as the 16-day trial comes to a conclusion, with his lawyer David Sherborne (behind Depp) branding Heard a ‘compulsive liar’

Amber Heard cracks a smile as she delivers an emotional statement on the steps of the High Court at the end of the blockbuster libel trial

Amber Heard cracks a smile as she delivers an emotional statement on the steps of the High Court at the end of the blockbuster libel trial

Amber Heard’s statement in full: Actress says she places her faith in British justice as 16-day trial ends in London

I travelled here to the UK to testify as a witness to assist the court.

After obtaining a restraining order in 2016 and finalising my divorce, I just wanted to move on with my life. I did not file this lawsuit and, despite its significance, I would have preferred not to be here in court.

It has been incredibly painful to relive the break up of my relationship, have my motives and my truth questioned, and the most traumatic and intimate details of my life with Johnny shared in court and broadcast around the world.

I stand by my testimony and I now place my faith in British justice.

Although I did not bring this lawsuit, I am aware of the precious resources being consumed by his litigation and will be glad to see those resources redirected to more important legal matters delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

I appreciate the dedication, the hard work and support of the defence legal team, as well as my UK and US lawyers.

I also wish to extend my thanks to the very diligent and kind court staff and the police, who have been so sensitive in ensuring my safety and protection so that I could testify in safety.

And finally, my heartfelt thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support and the many messages I have received from around the world. You have given me so much strength and I send it back to you.

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With passions running high, the gate outside the front entrance had been padlocked to prevent any Depp fans from getting close to Heard.

As she turned to go back into court, the boos rang out from Depp’s supporters who have been outside the High Court in large numbers on the final day of the 16-day hearing. 

The Pirates of the Caribbean star received a rapturous welcome upon his arrival this morning and signed autographs as dozens of fans made their presence known, armed with flowers, gifts and banners reading: ‘Justice for Johnny’ and ‘Abuse has no gender. Men can be victims too.’

Depp was bundled through a boisterous crowd by his bodyguards as he arrived at the main entrance dressed in a sharp grey suit and sporting a black bandana. 

After making his way to the main steps, he stopped and turned, waving and blowing kisses at his fans as he milked the adulation.

Around 40 other adoring fans, all of them women, lined the inside hall of the court with Depp walking along, hugging and kissing them and thanking them for the support as he made his way for the start of the day’s proceedings.

The end of the sensational libel trial against The Sun newspaper will also have a major impact on another high-profile case the Hollywood star is bringing against ex-wife in the US.

Judgment in the High Court trial in London is not expected to be delivered by Mr Justice Nicol until late September, giving Depp’s lawyers enough time to prepare for his US defamation case against Heard, which is expected to get underway next January.

In the US proceedings, Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 article she wrote in the Washington Post in which she describes herself as being a domestic abuse survivor.

Although Depp is not specifically named, his lawyers allege that it is obvious that the article refers to him and labels the actor of being a domestic abuser.

The three-week libel trial against The Sun in London, in which Depp hopes to win £350,000 in damages, has widely been seen as a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the US hearing, which will take place in Virginia.

Heard described her pain at having 'the most traumatic details of my life with Johnny shared in court and broadcast around the world

Heard described her pain at having ‘the most traumatic details of my life with Johnny shared in court and broadcast around the world

Amber Heard's statement in full delivered on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice in London this afternoon

Amber Heard’s statement in full delivered on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice in London this afternoon

Amber Heard faces the world's media: The actress uploaded this picture on her Instagram this evening along with her full statement

Amber Heard faces the world’s media: The actress uploaded this picture on her Instagram this evening along with her full statement

Fans of Johnny Depp stood outside the High Court today with banners showing their support, including one reading 'Justice For Johnny'

Fans of Johnny Depp stood outside the High Court today with banners showing their support, including one reading ‘Justice For Johnny’

Supporters wearing face masks handed out flowers and held up signs reading 'Men can be abused too' at the High Court today

Supporters wearing face masks handed out flowers and held up signs reading ‘Men can be abused too’ at the High Court today

A fan poses with a thank you card the Pirates of the Caribbean star handed out outside the High Court this morning

A fan poses with a thank you card the Pirates of the Caribbean star handed out outside the High Court this morning

After Depp's legal team earlier called her a 'compulsive liar', Heard said: 'I stand by my testimony in court and I now place my faith in British justice'

After Depp’s legal team earlier called her a ‘compulsive liar’, Heard said: ‘I stand by my testimony in court and I now place my faith in British justice’

An envelope containing a bandana and a handwritten note by Johnny Depp, distributed to his supporters outside of the court by his team

An envelope containing a bandana and a handwritten note by Johnny Depp, distributed to his supporters outside of the court by his team

A supporter of actor Johnny Depp is seen as he waits for his arrival at the High Court

A supporter of actor Johnny Depp is seen as she waits for his arrival at the High Court

Supporters of the Hollywood actor, pictured left and right, waited for his arrival before the last day of the trial this morning

It will feature all the same witnesses that appeared on behalf of either Depp or Heard in London and is also based on the same bombshell evidence that was produced at the High Court over the past few weeks.

The US hearing will also result in Depp and Heard returning to the witness box again to divulge details of their stormy relationship, which have already generated widespread publicity around the world.

Defamations from the former Hollywood couple and their witnesses have already been filed in the US, with the war of words between their respective camps already underway.

Depp’s defence in the US also mirrors the one that has featured at the High Court; that it was Heard and not him who was physically abusive in their relationship and that he is the victim of a ‘hoax’ orchestrated by her and her associates.

But legal sources have indicated that a potential ’round two’ of the Depp-Heard now depends on the outcome of the London libel hearing and could be settled even before it comes to court, depending on Mr Justice Nicol’s judgment.

Johnny Depp received a rapturous welcome from fans today as he arrived at the High Court for the final day of libel trial against The Sun

Johnny Depp received a rapturous welcome from fans today as he arrived at the High Court for the final day of libel trial against The Sun

Amber Heard waves to supporters as she arrives at the High Court this morning as the blockbuster Hollywood trial edges towards its conclusion

Amber Heard waves to supporters as she arrives at the High Court this morning as the blockbuster Hollywood trial edges towards its conclusion

Mr Justice Nicol is the judge in the high profile trial and is expected to deliver his judgment at the end of September following the High Court's summer break next month

Mr Justice Nicol is the judge in the high profile trial and is expected to deliver his judgment at the end of September following the High Court’s summer break next month

One source connected to the High Court trial told MailOnline: ‘A lot depends on this High Court hearing for both Depp and Heard. If Depp loses in London, he’s unlikely to pursue the US case. If Heard loses, she’s going to try and settle the US case out of court.

‘Both of them are very head strong people and have a got the appetite for another fight in the US. And I’m sure the world will enjoy it because it’s been great entertainment. But it would be absolutely foolish of them to go back to court in the US if the London case goes against either of them. Ultimately, what happens in the US hearing is in the hands of Mr Justice Nicol.’

For Heard, preventing the US hearing from going ahead may also come down to a question of economics. Faced with a $50 million defamation suit, she does not have the financial resources that are at Depp’s disposal and if the Virgina court was to find against her, it could leave her bankrupt.

Depp has made it privately clear to his legal team that he is determined to further vindicate his name in the US if he wins the libel hearing against The Sun. The High Court trial is estimated to have cost him £1 million in legal fees and a US hearing is expected to cost him around the same amount.

On the final day of the blockbuster trial today, Depp’s lawyer laid into ‘compulsive liar’ Heard and claimed her evidence has been littered with inconsistencies.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star, who missed yesterday’s hearing, received a rapturous welcome from fans this morning as he arrived at the High Court for the final day of the hearing. 

Depp was present to hear his barrister David Sherborne deliver his final submission, following a trial which has gripped the showbiz world with sensational details of his marriage to the Aquaman actress.

Today, Heard was accused of being a ‘compulsive liar,’ which, the court was told, calls into question her evidence and claims that she was a victim of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Depp. 

Mr Sherborne asked the judge, Mr Justice Nicol – who is likely to deliver his judgment at the end of September following the High Court’s summer break next month – to consider five key points which he said, prove their allegation that Heard has lied in her evidence. He asked him to consider her credibility as witness based on them.

The first, the barrister said, was the Heard had lied about incidents; the second, that she added further details about incidents; third, that she ‘invented wholly’ incidents based around text messages; fourth, that she responded to ‘difficult evidence’ by blaming others, ‘largely Mr Depp;’ and finally, Mr Sherborne claimed, Heard had refused to admit that she had not been telling the truth when confronted by it. 

He added: ‘If the court reaches the conclusion that any one of those five points is correct, then Miss Heard’s evidence can’t be treated as from a witness of truth, which given her centrality to the defendants case, we say spells doom.’

Mr Sherborne alleged that it was Heard who was the domestic abuser, not Depp.

The court heard a recording, which was also played earlier in the trial, in which she admits to hitting him, as Depp’s legal team alleged Heard has a ‘propensity for violence’.

Mr Sherborne added: ‘Miss Heard perpetrated acts of violence on Mr Depp. Why can’t she say this? Because it can’t fit with her narrative of Mr Depp being a wife beater.

‘Her physical violence towards him makes her the domestic abuser, not him.’  

Amber Heard and Bianca Butti held hands as they arrived at court for the sixteenth day of the high-profile libel trial

Amber Heard and Bianca Butti held hands as they arrived at court for the sixteenth day of the high-profile libel trial

The Pirates of the Caribbean star missed yesterday's hearing but was greeted on arrival this morning by dozens of fans outside the court with flowers, gifts and banners reading: 'Justice for Johnny' and 'Abuse has no gender. Men can be victims too'

The Pirates of the Caribbean star missed yesterday’s hearing but was greeted on arrival this morning by dozens of fans outside the court with flowers, gifts and banners reading: ‘Justice for Johnny’ and ‘Abuse has no gender. Men can be victims too’

Johnny Depp v The Sun: Key issues in libel trial at London’s High Court 

These are the key issues the trial judge, Mr Justice Nicol, has to determine.

– Whether the April 2018 article by the tabloid’s executive editor Dan Wootton was defamatory of Depp. Under the Defamation Act 2013, a statement is not defamatory unless its publication causes ‘serious harm to the reputation of the claimant’.

– The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), is defending the claim and relying on a defence of truth. It is for the publisher to prove that the allegations made in the article are ‘substantially true’.

– The meaning of the article, which is defined as what it would mean to the ‘reasonable reader’, will have to be determined by the judge. But NGN’s lawyers say the differences between the rival meanings contended by each side are ‘not significant’ and the outcome of the case will therefore not turn on meaning.

– Depp’s case is that the article bore the meaning that he was ‘guilty, on overwhelming evidence, of serious domestic violence against his then wife, causing significant injury and leading to her fearing for her life, for which he was constrained to pay no less than £5 million to compensate her, and which resulted in him being subjected to a continuing court restraining order; and for that reason is not fit to work in the film industry’. He strenuously denies the allegations and claims he ‘has never hit or committed any acts of physical violence against Ms Heard’.

– The meaning which NGN will seek to prove is true is that the Claimant beat his wife Amber Heard, causing her to suffer significant injury and on occasion leading her to fearing for her life. They rely on 14 separate allegations of violence and allege more generally that Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive’ towards Ms Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, throughout their relationship. NGN’s lawyers say an important issue for the judge to decide will be what substances Depp was using during the relationship. They contend that he frequently lost control of himself, partly because of his heavy drug and alcohol use, and also that his memory has been impaired by his heavy use of drugs.

– If Depp wins his case, the judge will have to decide what level of compensation he should receive for the harm to his reputation and for the ‘distress, hurt and humiliation caused’. There is an upper limit on general damages for libel of £300,000 to £325,000. However, if he succeeds, Depp may also be entitled to aggravated damages. The actor is also asking for a final injunction against NGN, who his legal team say ‘have retained the article on their website and maintained their allegation to the bitter end’.

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Depp, 57, is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN), publishers of the Sun and executive editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article which referred to him as a ‘wife beater’. 

It appeared under the headline ‘Gone Potty How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’

A written submission presented to Mr Justice Nicol claimed that allegations contained in the article are untrue and go ‘to the very heart’ of Depp’s integrity and who he is as a person.

It stated: ‘The libel in this case is of the utmost seriousness published to the world at large. It goes to very heart of who Mr Depp is as a person. Is he a violent monster who put his ex-wife in fear for her life or has she falsely accused him of the most heinous conduct?

‘The allegation could hardly be more serious. The allegation of domestic violence and causing serious injury to Ms Heard and putting her in fear of her life goes to the heart of Mr Depp’s integrity.’

The Sun’s article, it continued, had maliciously compared Depp to Harvey Weinstein and included him in the ‘rogues gallery of abusers’ that the #MeToo campaign had exposed.

Mr Justice Nicol was asked to consider the professional and personal damage done to Depp’s reputation, which it was alleged, was not challenged by The Sun’s lawyers when he was giving evidence.

Mr Sherborne referred to Johnny Depp’s ‘Southern Gentleman’ code, which the actor spoke about in his evidence, saying it might be considered ‘old-fashioned’.

He said the actor made clear that, according to that code, one does not hit a woman and only retaliates to a man in self defence.

The barrister said the fact Mr Depp had shared a ‘stupid, crude joke’ with Vanessa Paradis did not mean he did not put the Southern Gentleman code into practice ‘the majority of the time’.

He added: ‘He has never hit a woman in his entire life. Period. Full stop. Nada.’

Mr Sherborne said it was ‘not just a Southern Gentleman thing’, but also because Mr Depp had himself been subjected to violence from his mother as a child.

He said: ‘Crucially, not only has he never hit a woman in his life, he has never been accused of it.’

The barrister said that, other than Heard’s allegations, it had been accepted by the defendants that Mr Depp had never been accused of violence by another woman.

He said that was why there was ‘no need’ to call the actor’s former partners Ms Paradis and Winona Ryder to give evidence.

Mr Sherborne also referred to the evidence of actress and #MeToo movement advocate Katherine Kendall, who he said was a ‘genuine MeToo victim’.

In a hard-hitting closing speech, Mr Sherborne questioned the credibility of Heard, claiming that her evidence was ‘shifting’ and ‘inconsistent’.

He reminded the court once again of her testimony that she punched Depp in March 2015 in defence of her sister after hearing a rumour that he had pushed Kate Moss down the stairs when he was dating her.

Mr Sherborne described Heard’s allegation that Depp was violent towards Moss as ‘unscripted malevolence’ which she made up while giving evidence two weeks ago.

He added: ‘This was a gratuitous and totally invented reference to Kate Moss. If you want to see the credibility of the witness that this case is so heavily dependent on, that tells you a lot.

‘This invention shows that Miss Heard’s evidence just can’t be relied upon.’

The court was told that claims by Heard and The Sun’s lawyers that Depp is a violent man are simply not true.

Mr Sherborne added: ‘He’s a generous, warm and gentle individual. He is a peaceful man. He’s not the man that Miss Heard and the defendants have constantly sought to portray.’

He went on to say the court had heard ‘hugely varied accounts … of what went on in the relationship between Mr Depp and Ms Heard’.

Depp was bundled through a boisterous crowd by his bodyguards as he arrived at the main entrance dressed in sharp grey suit and sporting a black bandana

Depp was bundled through a boisterous crowd by his bodyguards as he arrived at the main entrance dressed in sharp grey suit and sporting a black bandana

After making his way to the main steps, he stopped and turned, waving and blowing kisses at his fans as he milked the adulation

After making his way to the main steps, he stopped and turned, waving and blowing kisses at his fans as he milked the adulation

The court was told yesterday that Depp's 'deep misogyny' was at the root of his anger that manifested as violence towards Heard, pictured today

The court was told yesterday that Depp’s ‘deep misogyny’ was at the root of his anger that manifested as violence towards Heard, pictured today

Depp’s alleged violence against Heard ‘supported by a wealth of evidence,’ court hears 

Johnny Depp’s alleged violence towards Amber Heard during a night in December 2015 is ‘supported by a wealth of evidence,’ the High Court heard yesterday.

The Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass QC said: ‘Mr Depp was intoxicated and violent. He headbutted her, he chased her up the stairs, grabbed hold of her hair and dragged her by the hair into PH (penthouse) four.

‘He threw her onto the bed and hurled himself on top of her with such force that the bed frame was damaged.’

Ms Wass said Johnny Depp then went to the kitchen in penthouse three and wrote in gold paint: ‘Why be a fraud? All is bulls***.’

She said that after that incident, Ms Heard messaged her publicist Jodie Gottlieb to say she had had ‘an accident’ and was ‘really bruised and might have a black eye or two’.

Ms Wass said: ‘If this was an elaborate hoax, why would Ms Heard be protecting Mr Depp at this stage?

‘Because she is not telling her publicist she was assaulted by her husband – which is, we suggest, the truth.

‘She is pretending it was an accident and, for the avoidance of doubt, there is no room for accident in the injuries Ms Heard suffered, because it was not only the headbutt… but it was the pulling out of her hair in clumps and the damage caused to her scalp.’

Ms Wass said Mr Depp admitted in evidence that there may have been a headbutt, but it was accidental.

However the barrister said there was ‘no way he was dragging Ms Heard by her hair in a way that was anything other than deliberate’

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He added: ‘It would be easy to lose focus on precisely why we are all here … why the claimant has subjected himself to days of cross-examination.’ 

The barrister played an audio recording of a conversation between the couple in September 2015, in which Ms Heard tells him: ‘I didn’t punch you … I’m sorry that I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched.’

Heard also says: ‘You didn’t get punched. You got hit. I’m sorry I hit you like this. But I did not punch you. I did not f***ing deck you.’

Mr Sherborne said: ‘If it was a man who had said what Ms Heard said and who had admitted to what she admitted to, this was Mr Depp for example, and it was the other way around, can you imagine what consternation there would be?

‘A straightforward, unambiguous, unequivocal admission of hitting him.’

Later in the hearing, Mr Sherborne referred to the aftermath of an alleged incident of domestic violence on December 15 2015, saying there were witnesses who had evidence ‘about watching Ms Heard be physical’, including Tara Roberts, Depp’s property manager in the Bahamas, who he said had ‘a graphic account… that Ms Heard perpetrated acts of violence on Mr Depp’.

The barrister said these allegations against Ms Heard were relevant because ‘it does not sit, it cannot sit with her narrative of Mr Depp being a wife beater’.

He added: ‘Her physical violence towards him, her starting physical violence as she admits, make her the domestic abuser, not him.’

Mr Sherborne told Mr Justice Nicol that ‘the allegations made against Mr Depp are exceptionally serious’, with the actor accused of ‘repeated violence involving serious physical injury and causing her (Ms Heard) to fear for her life on several occasions’.

He said the fact that Depp has ‘a history of consuming alcohol and taking drugs’ was ‘neither newsworthy nor, quite frankly, probative of anything’, and described the questioning of the actor during the trial about his drink and drug use as ‘a wasteful exercise’.

Mr Sherborne said Mr Depp ‘never denies taking controlled drugs or consuming alcohol’.

‘He admitted it and, if occasionally he was mistaken or forgot exactly when he stopped taking something … it is quite hard to see why that would make any material difference given how candid he has been about his use of certain substances,’ Mr Sherborne said.

He told the court: ‘The defendants’ case has to be more than that he (Mr Depp) took controlled drugs or that he consumed alcohol.’

During the hearing, Mr Sherborne reminded the judge that the burden of proof rests on NGN to prove what it published and said there is a higher standard of proof for the allegations because many are criminal in nature.

The barrister added: ‘This court requires compelling and cogent evidence before it will find that an allegation that someone is guilty of a serious criminal offence is true.’

He said the court needs evidence which is ‘clear, consistent and forceful’.

Mr Sherborne said there are ‘two diametrically opposed accounts’ of what happened in the couple’s relationship, adding: ‘One side is obviously lying and one is telling the truth.’

He told the court that the article referred to ‘overwhelming evidence’ that Depp was violent towards Ms Heard and stated ‘there is a detailed history of domestic abuse incidents, some of which led to her fearing for her life’.

He said: ‘So serious is the charge that is made against Depp that Mr Wootton calls on (JK Rowling) to recast someone else in the role.’

Addressing his own use of the word ‘charge’, the barrister described it as ‘one of the great ironies in this case: there is no charge ever filed against Depp.

‘This is not a mere accusation – the article leaves no room for doubt whatsoever for its readership of millions.’

Mr Sherborne said The Sun and Mr Wootton were ‘acting as both judge and jury, and the defendants plainly and squarely state that Depp is guilty (of a) series of serious and violent criminal offences’.

The court was told how evidence has not been heard ‘from a single journalist’ in relation to the article as Depp’s representative referred sarcastically to the ‘journalistic excellence’ The Sun was seeking to defend.

The barrister said the article was ‘not researched at all’ and that it was presented in a ‘deliberately and wholly one-sided manner’. 

A huge crowd gathered outside the High Court this morning as the Hollywood star made his way inside to hear the final submissions

A huge crowd gathered outside the High Court this morning as the Hollywood star made his way inside to hear the final submissions

The Sun's lawyer Sasha Wass QC said there was 'overwhelming evidence of domestic violence or wife-beating behaviour, cataloged over a three-year period'. Pictured: Amber Heard today

The Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass QC said there was ‘overwhelming evidence of domestic violence or wife-beating behaviour, cataloged over a three-year period’. Pictured: Amber Heard today

A written submission presented to Mr Justice Nicol, who is likely to deliver his judgment at the end of September, claimed that allegations contained in the article are untrue and go 'to the very heart' of Depp's integrity and who he is as a person

A written submission presented to Mr Justice Nicol, who is likely to deliver his judgment at the end of September, claimed that allegations contained in the article are untrue and go ‘to the very heart’ of Depp’s integrity and who he is as a person

Earlier today, the Pirates of the Caribbean star was greeted on arrival this morning by dozens of fans outside the court with flowers, gifts and banners reading: ‘Justice for Johnny’ and ‘Abuse has no gender. Men can be victims too.’

Depp was bundled through a boisterous crowd by his bodyguards as he arrived at the main entrance dressed in sharp grey suit and sporting a black bandana. 

After making his way to the main steps, he stopped and turned, waving and blowing kisses at his fans as he milked the adulation.

Around 40 other adoring fans, all of them women, lined the inside hall of the court with Depp walking along, hugging and kissing them and thanking them for the support as he made his way for the start of the day’s proceedings.

The court was told yesterday that Depp’s ‘deep misogyny’ was at the root of his anger that manifested as violence towards Heard, as emails and texts were read out in which he used words like ‘whore’ and ‘slut’ to refer to his ex-wife and other women.

It was also heard how the Hollywood star’s self-description as a ‘Southern gentlemen who had respect for women’ was ‘entirely untrue’. 

The hard-hitting claims were made as Sasha Wass QC, representing the Sun newspaper, delivered the defence’s final submission in the high-profile libel case which has rocked the showbiz world with sensational revelations of Depp’s troubled relationship with the Aquaman actress. 

Over the past three weeks, the hearing has heard from Depp, Heard and 25 other witnesses who have provided graphic testimony of their stormy relationship and details of Depp’s excessive use of alcohol and drug binges. 

Amber Heard wrote honeymoon diary entry alleging Johnny Depp tried to strangle her with her own shirt, court hears 

Johnny Depp allegedly tried to strangle Amber Heard with her own shirt during their honeymoon, according to the actress’s diary entry mentioned in court yesterday. 

Sasha Wass QC told London’s High Court about the evidence in relation to the couple’s honeymoon in July 2015 on a train in south-east Asia.

Delivering her final submission on behalf of the Sun newspaper, who are being sued by Depp after a 2018 article referred to him as a ‘wife beater’, she said Heard described an argument during which Depp assaulted her.

She said this contradicted the actor’s evidence, which was that he had not been violent towards his wife in any way.

The barrister referred to Heard’s handwritten diary entry from July 27 2015, in which she said the actress gave a ‘graphic description’ of Depp trying to strangle her with her own shirt.

Ms Wass said that, despite Depp saying he was not violent towards Heard in his evidence, the actor said in a September 2015 audio recording of the couple discussing their relationship that they had a great time ‘other than we had a fight on the train which was physical’.

She said the conversation was not simply about Heard being responsible for all the violence, but that Depp was also accepting being physical, which she said was ‘completely absent from his witness statement or his evidence in this case’.

Ms Wass said in another part of the conversation, Depp ‘appears to be accepting that he is the culprit the majority of the time’ and that he says sometimes ‘I just freak out’.

The barrister said: ‘That is exactly what this case is about, Mr Depp freaking out after he has taken too many illegal drugs and drunk too much alcohol.’ 

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While Depp was absent yesterday, Heard did attend, and was pictured smiling alongside girlfriend Bianca Butti, before waving at awaiting fans outside the Royal Courts of Justice.  

Ms Wass said there was ‘overwhelming evidence of domestic violence or wife-beating behaviour, cataloged over a three-year period.’ 

She said Depp was ‘a hopeless addict who repeatedly lost his self-control and all ability to restrain his anger.’

‘Permeating all of the evidence in this case is the character of Mr. Depp himself – his well-documented evidence of violence and destruction over his adult life which have occurred when he was under the influence of drink and drugs.’

Ms Wass added that Depp ‘was subject to irrational mood swings and abnormal behavioral patterns, which would not have been present when Mr. Depp was clean and sober, and Mr. Depp has a name for this metamorphosed entity – namely, The Monster.’

She said: ‘The other aspect which is important in terms of substance abuse is Mr Depp’s recollection of his own disgraceful conduct, which is so severely impaired by drug misuse that he may not even have been aware of the extent of his violence and terrifying behaviour which, on more than one of these pleaded incidents, put Ms Heard in fear of her life.’

Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 comedy ‘The Rum Diary’ and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the following year, and the divorce was finalized in 2017.

The former spouses have both been in court during three weeks of testimony at the grand neo-Gothic court building.

Ms Wass reminded Mr Justice Nicol there were ‘well-documented episodes of violence and destruction’ over Depp’s adult life and that the actor had accepted he was violent to inanimate objects but not people.

However, she said there was an incident earlier in his career when he assaulted a photographer with a plank of wood when under the influence of drink and drugs.

She also said his evidence that he was not violent towards people was ‘meaningless’ when he was as intoxicated as he was on occasions and ‘wouldn’t have known what he was doing’.

Ms Wass continued: ‘In answer to what we suggest is overwhelming evidence of domestic violence or wife-beating behaviour, catalogued over a three-year period between 2013 and 2016, Mr Depp’s response is to claim that he is a victim of an elaborate hoax that has been perpetrated against him by Ms Heard and her friends.’

The barrister said Depp had accused Heard and her friends of ‘having painted on injuries, manipulated photographs and destroyed property which they then went on to photograph in order to create what he describes as some sort of insurance policy for Ms Heard’.

Ms Wass added: ‘What exactly Ms Heard was insuring against in the course of this hoax remains unexplained.’

She told the court that such a hoax ‘would have entailed Ms Heard engaging in a pre-planned conspiracy over the period of the entire relationship with Mr Depp’, adding: ‘Such a suggestion, we say, is risible.’

Ms Wass told the court: ‘The approach taken by Mr Depp from the time Ms Heard obtained a domestic violence restraining order against him on May 27 2016 was as follows: to deny that he ever assaulted Ms Heard, to accuse Ms Heard of being the violent party and to reverse his role with hers.’

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