Johnny Depp burst into tears when he was told he had kicked Amber Heard throughout a battle over James Franco, his libel trial heard Monday.
“He was appalled. Once I told him he kicked you, he cried,” Depp’s then-personal assistant, Stephen Deuters, had texted Heard, 34, after the alleged assault in 2014, London’s Excessive Court was told.
“It was disgusting. And he is aware of it,” Deuters, who nonetheless works for Depp, texted the actress on the time, the court heard.
The textual content adopted the so-called “Boston aircraft incident,” one in every of 14 instances The Solar newspaper claims Depp, 57, attacked his ex, utilized in court to justify branding him a “wife-beater” within the 2018 article he is suing over.
The Solar’s lawyer beforehand told the court that Depp kicked and slapped Heard on the 2014 non-public jet flight, screaming about her “getting f—ed with James Franco” — earlier than passing out within the aircraft rest room.
Deuters stated Depp — who he admitted was a good friend who handled him like household — had been “very low, fairly introverted” and “simply drawing or portray” on the flight, and he by no means heard him screaming abuse.
He insisted to the court that as an alternative of a tough kick, he solely noticed his pal slowly elevate his foot towards Heard’s “again or backside.”
Told it was as an alternative “a correct kick to her again, an assault,” Deuters insisted, “No, I didn’t see that.”
The Solar’s lawyer, Sasha Wass, insisted that his textual content change with Heard was a “clear admission” that Depp had kicked Heard and didn’t keep in mind doing so.
“I perceive that’s how they might be interpreted, sure,” Deuters conceded.
Nevertheless, he insisted he solely used the phrase “kicked” as a result of it was the phrase Heard had used — they usually needed to “placate” her.
“I clearly remorse that, I didn’t notice what was being put collectively on the time,” he stated of the abuse claims that Depp maintains are a hoax.
He stated it wasn’t his job to be a “relationship counselor,” including: “As a home abuse survivor myself, I don’t do effectively with confrontation, I all the time search to mollify.
“I wasn’t comfy on this place or sending these texts, all I stated was to say what I assumed individuals needed to listen to, to be fairly sincere.”
The ex-assistant — now the European president of Depp’s manufacturing firm, Infinitum Nihil — was giving proof on the fifth day of Depp’s explosive libel case towards The Solar over an April 2018 article that referred to as him a “wife-beater,” which he repeatedly denied.
Depp can be suing Heard for $50 million within the US for allegedly defaming him in a Washington Submit article about home abuse. That case is because of be heard subsequent 12 months.
With Submit wires