Johnny Depp admitted to ‘accidentally’ headbutting his ex-wife Amber Heard, as pictures of the actress sporting bruises were shown in court.
On day three of the actor’s libel trial against The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN), Depp said he had a ‘collision’ with Ms Heard as she allegedly attacked him in December 2015.
A recording heard by the High Court featured a conversation between Ms Heard and Mr Depp, who at the time were still married.
Ms Heard says: ‘You had been screaming … it’s the end-all-be-all in the sort of offensive thing.
‘You can throw a punch but yet screaming’s OK. You can headbutt somebody who’s screaming but don’t scream.’
Mr Depp then appears to say: ‘I headbutted you in the f***ing …’ before he is interrupted by Ms Heard, who says: ‘I couldn’t believe you did that.’
The actor then says: … forehead. That doesn’t break a nose.’
Mr Depp claimed the allegation was ‘another wonderful thing to put in the kaleidoscope of her dossier that she (Ms Heard) is building’, adding: ‘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.
‘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.’
Mr Depp demonstrated with his arms how he claims he took hold of Ms Heard and said she was ‘kicking and moving’ so there was ‘very close contact’ between them.
He said: ‘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 Ms Heard is said to have suffered, as well as pictures Mr Depp said showed him with ‘scratches and swelling around my face, which he claimed his ex-wife had inflicted.
NGN’s barrister Sasha Wass QC asked why he had not mentioned ‘accidentally’ headbutting Ms Heard in his witness statements to the court.
Mr Depp 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.’
Mr Depp said he used the word ‘headbutt’ because that was the word Ms 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 Ms Heard discussing the incident ‘very recently’.
The Edwards Scissorhands star said: ‘I believe she took something and stretched it out as far as she possibly could.
He added that Ms Heard would tell her friends things so that they would ‘hate’ him, adding: ‘Another piece for her collection. It is quite a collection.’
Depp is suing NGN over an April 2018 column from The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton, which referred to the actor as a ‘wife beater’.
NGN’s defence relies on 14 allegations of domestic violence, all of which Mr Depp denies.
The trial continues today, with Depp expected to conclude his evidence after 15 hours in the witness box.
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