Johnny Depp libel trial: Ice cream photo emerges as ex-wife likened to Mike Tyson

13 July 2020, 10:56 | Updated: 14 July 2020, 05:43

Another photo showing Johnny Depp's wild lifestyle has been shown during his libel trial against The Sun - as his ex-wife Amber Heard was likened to boxer Mike Tyson.

In his final day of giving evidence at the High Court, Depp claimed he lost $650m when former business managers "stole" his money.

He also denied allegations of violence towards ex-wife Amber Heard during their honeymoon, at Thanksgiving in 2015 and after her 30th birthday party in 2016.

Later in the day, the court heard more about Depp's wild lifestyle and was shown a photo taken by Heard as evidence of a night she thought the actor would not remember - showing the star asleep, holding a melting ice cream.

Here are some of the key moments from day five in court

  • Depp, 57, accused Heard, 34, of throwing a "haymaker" punch at him during a row after her 30th birthday party, hours after he had learned during a "bad" business meeting that he had lost $650m (£514m)
  • The actor said that "it seemed like everything she would accuse me of was something that she had done to me"
  • Speaking about an incident in Australia in which he suffered serious injuries to a finger, he told the court he also contracted superbug MRSA afterwards
  • Stephen Deuters, European president of the actor's production company, Infinitum Nihil, and his former assistant, said he never saw Heard with injuries and claimed it was the actress who subjected Depp to "years of abuse"
  • Mr Deuters described Heard as a "sociopathic show pony", a "Machiavellian overlord" and a "talentless ****" in a text after she and Depp split up

Depp's employee Stephen Deuters gave evidence in the afternoon, backing claims made by the actor that it was Heard who was the "abuser" in the couple's relationship.

In an email to Depp, Mr Deuters referred to Heard as "Mike Tyson". He told the court this was due to the type of relationship the couple had.

As he has done throughout the trial, Depp again accused Heard of being "the aggressor" during their relationship.

The star's barrister, David Sherborne, asked for his account of an alleged argument at the couple's LA penthouse after the actress's party, to which Depp gave details about a "bad meeting" he had been to about his finances that took place beforehand.

"I was in the early stage of learning from my recently acquired new business manager that the former business managers had [taken] quite a lot of my money," the actor told the court. "They had stolen my money."

Mr Sherborne asked: "How much money had they taken from you?"

Depp responded: "It was put to me this way, because I had no idea about money or amounts of money.

"Since Pirates (Of The Caribbean) 2 and 3, I had - and this is ludicrous to have to state, it's quite embarrassing - apparently I had made $650m and when I sacked them, for the right reasons, I had not only lost $650m dollars, but I was $100m in the hole because they (the previous business managers) had not paid the government my taxes for 17 years."

The court also heard that Depp contracted a superbug after his finger was sliced open in an incident in Australia in March 2015, which the actor has already been questioned about during the hearing.

The star said he "ended up getting MRSA" after having surgery to put a pin in a broken bone in his finger, with the injury occurring, he says, after Heard threw a bottle at him. She denies this claim.

Depp denied an alleged incident of domestic violence against Heard after they returned from Australia, saying he would not have been able to attack her because he was wearing a cast with "a little dinosaur" on it at the time.

He said he had decided that if he was going to have to wear one he should have the children's "wraparound" on it as it was "more fun".

Depp was said to have grabbed Heard by the hair with one hand and hit her "repeatedly in the head with the other".

His lawyer said: "And with that cast on, would you have been able to grab her hair with one hand and punch her repeatedly with the other?"

"No, sir," Depp replied.

After more than four intense days on the witness stand, Depp has now finished giving evidence.

The actor is suing The Sun's publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article published in April 2018, which labelled him a "wife beater". NGN is defending the article as true.

He is accused of attacking Heard, 34, throughout their relationship - allegations he strenuously denies.

The actor has been questioned about 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence, as well as his Hollywood lifestyle, past relationships with stars including Vanessa Paradis, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss - with Paradis and Ryder set to give evidence this week - and his well-documented use of drink and drugs.

On Monday afternoon, Mr Deuters followed Depp to answer questions in the witness box.

In his written statement, he said that during the period in which Mr Depp is alleged to have been abusive, he saw Ms Heard on many occasions.

"At no point did Ms Heard ever mention any physical abuse and I never saw evidence of any injury to Ms Heard," he said.

Mr Deuters continued: "In contrast, Mr Depp told me on multiple occasions that Ms Heard had attacked him or abused him physically and verbally."

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In court, he also gave his account of what has been called "the Boston plane incident" in May 2014, when he was with Depp and Heard during a private flight from Boston to LA. She alleges that he was abusive.

In his statement, Mr Deuters said it was Heard who was "speaking at Mr Depp in an increasingly aggressive manner whilst he was focused on his notebooks, within which he often wrote or drew when flying".

He said he saw Heard "gesticulating" and was "haranguing" Depp, "who did not engage with the abuse he was receiving".

The actor went to the bathroom for the remainder of the flight - a "common theme on the multiple times when Mr Depp was abused by Ms Heard - he would take himself away from the situation, often to a bathroom, and lock himself out harm's way", Mr Deuters said.

Heard is set to give evidence later this week or next.

The trial continues.