AMBER Heard’s pal today claimed he heard Johnny Depp threaten to “peel the actress’s hair back” in their final alleged bust-up.
iO Tillett Wright told the High Court he called 911 after he heard “what sounded like a cry or a yelp” over the phone as he spoke to the 34-year-old star.
Giving evidence over video link, the 34-year-old writer said he had been talking to Heard on the phone when Depp allegedly attacked her and yelling to “get out of the house”.
He told the court the phone then sounded like it dropped to the ground, hearing the actress say something like “you just threw the phone at my house.”
Mr Tillett Wright, who had been in Brooklyn at the time, said the next thing he heard was Depp saying: “Oh, you think I hit you, you think I hit you. What if I peel your hair back?”
He then alleged that he could heard the actress scream “call 911” – deciding to hang up and call emergency services to the couple’s home in LA in May 2016.
Mr Tillett Wright, who was the final witness to give evidence in the lengthy three week trial, then claimed Depp suffered from “paranoid delusions” and was “in a froth” after finding faeces in the couple’s marital bed.
The High Court was today told:
- Amber Heard told her acting coach that Johnny Depp would ‘never let me go’
- Heard was not in a ‘great mental state’ the week before she married Depp
- The couple would ‘scream and say horrible things’ to each other, acting coach Kristina Sexton told the trial
- Heard’s sister Whitney dismissed a video played to the court that was claimed to show her discussing injuries she had suffered in a fight with her sibling
- The actress’ friend revealed she had seen cuts to her friend’s feet after Depp allegedly attacked her in Australia
The High Court has previously heard allegations that Depp hit out at Heard during the incident as he heard the pair laughing about excrement that had been found by a cleaner.
The poo had been discovered the night after the Pirates of the Caribbean star got home from a financial meeting where he was told he had lost $650million, arriving late to his wife’s 30th birthday.
Depp has claimed that the filth was left by his ex-wife however said in court it could have been Mr Tillett Wright.
Heard has claimed she was assaulted by Depp 14 times over three years in their relationship, something the actor has denied.
It comes after Heard’s acting coach also gave evidence via video link today, with Kristina Sexton today saying the actress had told her “Johnny would rather destroy me than let me go”.
She said that while she had not seen any physical violence, she had been aware of “emotional violence” and said she would hear “actual arguments happening in the other room”.
Heard’s friend Raquel “Rocky” Pennington also gave evidence, saying she had “voiced my concerns to Amber that Johnny might accidentally kill her while he was intoxicated or delusional like he was in Australia”.
The actress has claimed she was attacked by Depp in a three day “hostage” situation while they were in Australia together.
Depp is suing The Sun for referring to him as a “wife-beater” in a 2018 article. The Sun, supported by Ms Heard, says the term was justified.
The Edwards Scissorhands star is accused of turning his “rage and frustration” on Heard when he “failed to control” his drug and alcohol abuse.
The actor “descended into physically destructive behaviour” – causing him to refer to his “drunken and violent persona as ‘the monster'”, it was said.
But in a series of explosive revelations, Depp has branded Heard’s abuse allegations “complete lies”.
Depp has accused her of “building a dossier” of false allegations as an “insurance policy”.
He has brought separate libel proceedings against Heard in the US.
The couple married in LA in 2015 after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary.
But they divorced two years later after Heard, who donated her £5.5million settlement to charity, accused Depp of abuse.
The case continues.
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