Hollywood star Johnny Depp told London’s High Court on Friday that his ex-wife Amber Heard or her friend had defecated in their bed in what he described as a “fitting end to the relationship”.
The court was told on Friday that Depp attacked Heard following a party to celebrate the latter’s 30th birthday in April 2016, the Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass said. The Pirates of the Caribbean star was late because of a meeting after which when he got home, he was criticised by Heard. Following this, he was accused of throwing a magnum bottle of champagne at her – which missed – and grabbing her hair.
The next day, a cleaner found faeces in their bed, something Wass said Depp had said in text messages he thought were hilarious. However, he told the court this “absurd” moment was when he decided they had to end their marriage.
“I was convinced it was Miss Heard herself or one of her cohort involved in leaving human faeces on the bed,” he said. “I thought it was a strangely, oddly fitting end to the relationship.”
When the couple next met up in May when Depp went to collect some possessions from their home, a row erupted over the faeces incident, which Heard blamed on one of their dogs. Depp denied he had been spoiling for a fight and said Heard had brought up the issue, telling the estate manager in a phone call it was a “harmless prank”.
In an ensuing argument, Depp was accused of throwing his phone at Heard, striking her on the cheek, a charge he rejected. Days later she sought a restraining order against Depp and the court was shown pictures of Heard with a bruise on the cheek.
However, a police officer who was called to the scene, Melissa Saenz, told the court she had a clear look at Heard’s face and saw no sign of injury, nor any damage to the home as she and her friends alleged.
The trial is due to last three weeks.