Johnny Depp’s former aide calls Amber Heard ‘antagoniser’
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp’s former aide, Ben King told London’s High Court that the arguments between Depp and his wife Amber Heard started from “banal beginnings”, which got escalated later. King who worked for Depp as a butler for three separate periods between 2014 and 2016, in Australia, London and Vancouver, called Heard an ‘antagoniser’ in the relationship. In his first witness statements, King said he “frequently witnessed” the 34-year-old actress “goading and attempting to provoke” Depp, who he never saw “be violent or unkind towards Ms Heard, or indeed towards anyone else”.
King added that he never saw Depp drink as he was told that the Pirates of Caribbean star was a teetotaller and said that the only drug which he saw the actor taking was ‘smoking cannabis sometimes around the house’. King told the court that he never saw Depp drink during their stay in London. “It was Ms Heard who was drinking the wine,” King mentioned. “I believe she would regularly drink at least one or two bottles a night. I made a tally of the bottles of wine left on the counter or in the bins when I arrived each morning. I was usually the first one there. I would often see Ms Heard drinking wine.”
His statement continued: “In hindsight, during the month in London, and thereafter during my time in Australia, I saw Ms Heard as the antagoniser. Mr Depp seemed keen to walk out of, or away from, arguments. It appeared it was Ms Heard who would want to continue them and pursue him to do so.”
In his second statement, King mentioned about marks which appeared as cuts on Heard’s arms during their flight back from Australia, He said, “I did notice on one arm that she had a couple of marks which … looked like cuts in fairly uniform lines at a sort of diagonal angle downwards.
“I recall saying to her when we landed [in Los Angeles] that she may want to put her sleeve down as there might be paparazzi in the airport … She did not refuse but she chose not to.” During the that flight, King said, Heard had turned towards him and asked: “Have you ever been so angry with someone that you just lost it?” He said he had not.
Amidst the legal battle with wife Amber, who he was married to between 2015 to 2017, the 57-year-old actor has sued the Sun’s publisher over an article which referred to him as a “wife beater”. The headline read – “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”. The newspaper said that its claims are true. Depp denied and questions the UK media group about the 14 domestic violence allegations imposed on him and asked th to produce proof for the same.