Amber Heard has claimed she was left with pus-filled wounds when Johnny Depp allegedly pulled out clumps of her hair.
The 34-year-old actress is on her third day of giving evidence in her ex-husband’s libel trial against The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN), and alleges that Depp, 57, was physically and emotionally abusive towards her.
During Wednesday morning’s session, Depp’s lawyer Eleanor Laws QC questioned Heard about an alleged incident of domestic violence in Los Angeles in December 2015, which the Aquaman actress described in her first witness statement as ‘one of the worst and most violent nights of our relationship’.
Ms Heard alleges that Johnny Depp slapped her, dragged her by the hair through their apartment – pulling clumps of her hair out – and then repeatedly punched her in the head.
The actress became visibly upset as Ms Laws read through passages of her witness statement detailing the alleged abuse.
Ms Laws said: ‘That’s just a complete set of lies, isn’t it?’
Ms Heard replied quietly: ‘No.’
Ms Laws then referred to medical notes made by a nurse, Erin Boerum, who saw Ms Heard shortly after the alleged incident in Los Angeles, who recorded that Ms Heard was ‘actively bleeding on her lip’.
The nurse also said she ‘briefly looked at the client’s scalp but was unable to visualise haematomas the client described’.
Ms Laws said: ‘You didn’t have any bruises at all when you saw Erin Boerum, did you?’
Ms Heard replied: ‘I had two black eyes, a broken nose, a broken rib… I had bruises all over my body.
‘I had bruised ribs, bruises all over my body, bruises on my forearms from trying to defend the blows. I had two black eyes, I had a broken nose, I had a broken lip… the really bad ones (bruises) were in my hairline, on my scalp.’
Ms Heard continued: ‘There was chunks of hair missing, there was pus in those wounds in my hair line, dark red bruises… purple-red on my temples and on my chin. The inside of my upper lip was cut.’
Ms Laws suggested: ‘This is just nonsense, isn’t it? She (Ms Boerum) didn’t see any bruising… you had just bitten your lip because there was fresh blood on it. Had you just done that for her benefit?’
Ms Heard replied: ‘Of course not.’
NGN’s defence relies on 14 allegations of domestic violence; Depp denies all the allegations.
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