Johnny Depp decided to end his marriage with Amber Heard after she allegedly defecated in their bed, a court has heard.
During another day of lurid evidence at the Hollywood star’s high-profile libel action against The Sun, the court in London heard more details about “the defecation incident” at their LA penthouse.
Depp rejected assertions from Sasha Wass QC, representing News Group Newspapers, that it was Boo, one of the couple’s two Yorkshire terriers, who “had problems with her toilet habits” and had pooed on the bed.
He had previously told the court he thought Heard “or possibly one of her friends” was responsible, with Heard allegedly describing it as “just a harmless prank”.
Mr Depp said on Friday the dogs “were very well trained”, adding that it was “a mystery” who defecated in the bed “and it was not left by a three or four-pound dog”.
Ms Wass continued that Mr Depp was later sent photographs of the faeces, which the actor found “hilarious”.
He said in a text: “Not sure I’ve laughed that hard for years. At least the photos are hilarious.”
Ms Wass added: “There were jokes like ‘Amber Turd’, ‘Amber in the dumps’ going on.”
Mr Depp replied: “It was one of the most absurd, unexpected statements that I have ever witnessed in my life so, yes, initially I did laugh because it was so strange.”
Asked if he accused Ms Heard’s friends of defecating in the bed, Depp replied: “I was convinced that it was either Ms Heard herself or one of her cohort involved in leaving human faeces on the bed.”
Depp said in his witness statement that after the April 2016 incident, Heard “repeatedly tried to contact me either directly or through her sister”.
He said: “I wasn’t in a mindset – I didn’t want anything to do with her any more.”
Mr Depp said he thought the “defecation incident” was “a fitting end to the relationship”.
Depp and Heard met in 2011 and began living together in 2012, before marrying in Los Angeles in February 2015. They split in May 2016.
Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), after an article referred to “overwhelming evidence” that he attacked Heard during their relationship.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star has strenuously denied being a “wife beater” and accused Heard of being the abuser in their marriage.
The hearing continues.
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