Johnny Depp’s security talks about the actor’s honeymoon with Amber Heard as court sees photo of bruised face

Johnny Depp’s bodyguard spoke about Depp and Amber Heard’s honeymoon while testifying at the couple’s defamation trial via a video link from his home in Essex, UK.

The trial between Depp and Heard began on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, following Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Depp is arguing that she defamed him in a December 2018 editorial published in The Washington Post titled “I Speak Out Against Sexual Violence – and I Faced the Wrath of Our Culture. That has to change”.

Malcolm Connelly said he initially worked as a security guard for Depp, his children and his ex Vanessa Paradis.

He said he met Heard in 2010 when she was in the UK to promote the film. drive angry with Nicholas Cage before meeting Mr. dep. He protected her for a week and said she was “nice”. He added that he didn’t see her again before she appeared in The Rum Diary with Mr Depp.

Connolly describes the early stage of Depp and Heard’s relationship as “love-dovey” and that Ms. Heard was “lovely, charming… as she usually is”.

He then said that things started to change and that she became more “quarrelsome” and “demanding”.

“I could see that Amber wanted to wear the pants in the relationship, that was pretty obvious,” he said, and that she could “go cold in the blink of an eye.”

Security reviewed some incidents where Heard threw things, like a lighter and a soda can, towards Depp. He said Depp raised his hands to show he had nothing to hurt anyone.

He added that he noticed scratches or bruises on Depp, usually on his face. Connelly said he was trained in the UK prison service to understand these things.

Connelly testified that he took a picture of Depp and Heard on their honeymoon, saying that Depp was “not happy”.

A photo of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard during their honeymoon on the Orient Express from Bangkok to Singapore

(Judicial documents)

Although he said he never saw any injuries on Heard, he said that for Depp it “started with a scratch every now and then, but it got longer”.

A photo of Depp and Heard during their honeymoon on the Orient Express from Bangkok to Singapore was shown in court. Connelly said he took it, noting that Depp had swelling under his eye.

“He knocked on a door, or a door hit him,” he said.

Connelly accompanied the couple to Australia in 2015 when Depp cut his finger. Mr Depp was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film at the time.

He said that when he arrived where Depp was staying, he noticed a driverless SUV outside. He approached, hearing “muffled” screams and opened the door to find “chaos”.

There was “screaming and screaming” and Depp was “taking care of a hand”, he said, adding that Heard was “irritated” and Depp was yelling back.

He asked Depp to leave the situation, but when they left, Ms. Heard appeared again and was “yelling” at Depp, “F**k you coward.”

“His finger was a mess,” Connelly said, adding that it looked like a “cartoon.”

“It’s all banging around… I could see the bone,” he said.

When asked to describe Heard’s behavior, he said it was “crazy” and “fierce”.

During cross-examination by Heard’s lawyers, Connelly said he has been paid directly by Depp for the past two years.

He said they exchanged gifts, and when asked if Depp gave him $8,500 in gifts, Connelly said that “he gave me a lot more than that,” drawing laughter in the courtroom, including Depp.

Mr. Connelly was then asked if he is loyal to Mr. dep.

“Yes, of course I’m loyal to Mr. Depp,” he said. “I would be loyal to you if I were working for you.”

Regarding what happened at the house in Australia, Heard’s lawyer said that Depp was trying to urinate “in the lobby” and “took out his penis”.

“I think I would have remembered if I had seen Mr. Depp’s penis,” Connelly said, prompting another laugh from Depp and the courtroom attendees.

The court then played a recording of Depp from his time in Australia. He could be heard yelling “how you fuck me” and “you make me feel sick”. Connolly confirmed that Depp was angry at the time.

In her 2018 editorial, Heard wrote that “like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted when I was in college. But I kept silent – ​​I didn’t expect the filing of grievances to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”

“Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women speaking out,” she added at the time.

Although Depp is not named in the piece, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Depp is seeking damages of “no less than $50 million.”

Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Depp for nuisance and immunity from his allegations.

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