A member of Johnny Depp’s security group recalled his boss “panicking” as his finger had been sliced open by ex-wife Amber Heard, he instructed the High Court in London on Tuesday.
Malcolm Connolly, who has labored for Depp and his household for about 16 years, was giving proof on day six of the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s libel trial towards News Group Newspapers chiefs, over a narrative printed in Britain’s The Sun newspaper in 2018, branding him a “wife beater.”
According to Sky News, underneath cross-examination, Connolly stated he by no means noticed Depp hitting Heard, and that he would by no means tolerate any man hitting a girl, even when he was “the Pope,” and disputed her account of an incident in Australia in March 2015. The actress has claimed he attacked her and that Depp had injured his hand earlier, when she wasn’t current, by smashing a telephone towards a wall.
Giving proof, Mr Connolly stated that when he arrived on the rented home the couple have been staying in, he might hear a “ruckus” and located the actor was in a state of misery. In his witness assertion, Connolly claimed his employer instructed him: “Look at my finger. She’s cut my f—ing finger off. She’s smashed my hand with a vodka bottle.”
Connolly recalled Depp telling him that Heard had put a cigarette out on his face, and he noticed a mark on the star, however no accidents on the actress.
In the witness field, Connolly denied he might need been “pressured to lie and come on Johnny’s side” when giving proof, and stated he initially instructed hospital employees Depp had damage his finger “cutting onions” in order to guard Heard.
The security guard was additionally requested about an alleged combat on a practice throughout their 2015 honeymoon in Southeast Asia, a visit on which Connolly was current. In a diary entry, Heard wrote she and her then husband had a “terrible” combat, as Depp “found himself with his shirt wrapped around my neck,” earlier than they “fell asleep with one another smashed together in desperate, childlike anger, fear and love.”
Connolly replied that he wouldn’t have recognized concerning the combat, which allegedly passed off at 3:30 in the morning.
On Tuesday the courtroom additionally heard from Tara Roberts, an property supervisor for his property in the Bahamas since December 2008, who stated she had by no means seen the star be violent in the direction of Heard, regardless of the Aquaman star alleging he kicked her throughout a 2014 journey to his Caribbean house.
The two incidents are amongst 14 allegations of violence in the direction of Heard The Sun’s legal professionals have submitted, all of which the actor denies. The trial continues, with Heard, and Depp’s exes Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis, nonetheless to offer proof.