Johnny Depp’s estate manager told a UK court Wednesday how he found the star’s severed fingertip in a trashed rental home — and saw cuts on Amber Heard’s arms.
Ben King recalled how he was “urgently summoned” in March 2015 to the blood-covered home in Australia where he “found a significant amount of damage, particularly to the bar area on the lower ground floor.”
“The mirror behind the bar was heavily cracked and there was broken glass and other debris strewn on and around the bar,” King said in a witness statement, with images being shown in London’s High Court.
“I was told that Mr. Depp’s fingertip had been severed. Whilst cleaning up the broken glass and debris, I looked for the fingertip and found it on the floor of the bar area,” he said.
In the witness stand Wednesday, he recalled the carnage in the rental home after the fight that Depp, 57, admitted using blood from his injury to scrawl graffiti about his wife on mirrors in the house.
“The bar area had the most blood. There was a trail of blood spots up the stairs, and blood spots in the bedrooms, in one bedroom mainly,” King told the court, according to Sky News.
He questioned Heard’s earlier claims that her husband had damaged his finger when he ripped a phone off the wall and smashed it.
“I don’t recall a phone having been ripped off the wall, or having to replace a wall telephone,” he told the court. A white phone was seen on the floor in photos from the scene used in evidence, however.
He also insisted there was no evidence of urine on the floor after Depp was accused of trying to write Heard’s name in pee on the carpet.
“I did not see any signs of urine, and I did not smell it, as I would have done had someone urinated around the house,” he insisted in his earlier statement.
When they all left Australia to return to Los Angeles, King says he looked at Heard, 34, and noticed “some cuts on one of her arms.”
“They were enough for me to say ‘maybe you should put your sleeve down,’” he recalled, to avoid being photographed with the injuries which he said were “at a sort of diagonal angle downwards.”
During the flight, the “Aquaman” actress also asked him, “Have you ever been so angry with someone that you just lost it?” he told the court.
He did not ask her to elaborate, he told the court.
King — who also worked for Depp in London and Canada — said he would often hear the couple having shouting matches, which he likened to them acting like “school children,” Sky said.
In his witness statement, King said that Depp abstained from booze, while Heard “drank two bottles of wine a night and was taking medication.”
“Not every night… it was a regular occurrence, but not every night.”
Depp, however, “seemed to smoke cannabis sometimes around the house,” possibly every day, but King insisted, “That wasn’t any of my business.”
He said Heard seemed to be the antagonizer in the fights, regularly ” saw Heard “goading” her husband. “Mr. Depp was always polite,” he told the court, according to Sky.
His evidence came on the seventh day of the case hearing Depp’s libel case against The Sun newspaper over an April 2018 article that said he was a “wife-beater,” which he denies — and instead says his “sociopathic” ex-wife was the violent one in their marriage.
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