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Johnny Depp’s security guard sent in to ‘extract the boss’ during ‘ruckus’ with Amber Heard, court hears | Ents & Arts News



A member of Johnny Depp’s security team has told the High Court he was contacted to “extract the boss” from an argument with Amber Heard in Australia, and that the star was “panicking” as his finger had been sliced open.

Malcolm Connolly, who has worked for the Hollywood star and his family for about 16 years, is giving evidence on day six of the actor’s high-profile libel action against the publishers of The Sun.

He told the court in London he never saw Depp, 57, hitting Heard, and that he would never tolerate any man hitting a woman, even if he was “the Pope”, and despite the actor being his boss.

A picture from Johnny Depp's lawyers show him in hospital after Amber Heard allegedly severed his finger with a vodka bottle.
The court has previously been shown this picture of Depp after injuring his finger

The court has also heard today from Tara Roberts, who has worked for Depp as the estate manager for his property on his island in the Bahamas since December 2008, and Samantha McMillen, his stylist of around 18 years. Both described Depp as “kind”.

Before they gave evidence, the court heard from Mr Connolly about what Heard, 34, has described as a “three-day hostage situation” in Australia in March 2015. It is one of 14 allegations of violent behaviour against Depp, who has previously told the court his finger was wounded during that incident when his then wife threw a vodka bottle at him.

Giving evidence, Mr Connolly said that when he arrived at the rented house the couple were staying in, while Depp was filming a Pirates Of The Caribbean film in Australia, he could hear a “ruckus” and the actor was in a state of distress.

In his witness statement, Mr Connolly said that Depp told him: “Look at my finger.

“She’s cut my f***ing finger off. She’s smashed my hand with a vodka bottle.”

Mr Connolly said Depp also told him that Heard had put a cigarette out on his face, and confirmed he saw a mark.

He said he did not see any injuries on the actress.

Actor Amber Heard waves as she arrives at the High Court in London, Britain July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Amber Heard pictured arriving at court on Tuesday morning

Mr Connolly said he got to the property at about 1.30pm after receiving an urgent call from the late Jerry Judge, the head of Depp’s security team at the time, who told him: “Malcolm, get in the car, extract the boss from the situation.”

He continued: “I could hear the ruckus inside. I opened the door, which wasn’t locked, and saw Johnny in the foyer area of the house.”

The security guard said that Depp and Heard were “screaming at each other”.

When Mr Connolly got Depp out of the house, he said: “I had the car door open and when we were outside Johnny said to me words to the effect of, ‘Look at my finger. She’s cut my f***ing finger off. She’s smashed my hand with a vodka bottle’.

“I saw his finger and it was a mess.”

In his statement, Mr Connolly said Heard came close to the car and said something like: “Are you just going to leave it like this, you f***ing coward?”

Mr Connolly denied a suggestion in court that he might have been “pressured to lie and come on Johnny’s side” when giving his evidence.

He said he does not “depend” on the actor for his income.

Later in the hearing, Ms Roberts – who described Depp as “an unusually kind man” – was asked about incidents in the Bahamas.

An incident on Depp’s island in August 2014 is one of the 14 allegations against the actor, who was there to “cure his dependence on painkillers” – although Heard claims he was trying to give up other drugs, too.

The court released footage recorded by Amber Heard, appearing to show Johnny Depp swearing and banging cupboards.

Footage of Depp swearing and banging cupboards, recorded by Heard, was shown in court again today

She alleges that he slapped, kicked and grabbed her by the hair during the trip.

Appearing via video-link, Ms Roberts told the court she had never seen the actor being violent towards Heard.

She also responded to the suggestion that she might be dependent on Depp for her livelihood, saying: “No… I have other sources of income.”

In her witness statement, Ms Roberts claimed Heard shouted insults at Depp, calling him “washed up” and “fat”, during a separate visit to the island in December 2015.

She also said she had seen a “red, swelling gash” on the actor’s nose, and alleged he had told her that the actress had thrown a can of lacquer thinner into his face.

The estate manager said in her statement that she “observed” during that trip that Heard was “a ‘thrower’, someone who threw projectiles”.

She alleged she saw Heard “lunge violently at Johnny, pull his hair, and commit other aggressive physical acts against him”.

In her statement, Ms Roberts said Depp responded to “verbal attacks” by Heard by saying “go away” and “just leave me alone”.

Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article which labelled him a “wife beater”.

He denies allegations of violence against him. The trial continues.

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