Actor Johnny Depp was punched by ex-wife Heard, UK court told

LONDON — Actress Amber Heard punched her ex-husband and Hollywood star Johnny Depp during one of their heated arguments, striking him to protect her sister, London’s High Court was told on Thursday.

Depp, 57, is suing the publisher of Britain’s Sun newspaper for libel over an article which labeled him a “wife beater” and says it was he who suffered domestic violence at the hands of Heard during their volatile relationship.

The paper argues its story is true and the court has been told Heard, 34, accuses her ex-husband of attacking her on at least 14 occasions between 2013 and 2016 when enraged after drinking or taking drugs to excess.

Giving evidence to the court, Depp’s bodyguard Sean Bett said there were a number of times when Heard had left visible injuries on his employer.

He said one of these had taken place on April 21, 2016, after a party for Heard’s birthday. The court has been told previously that she alleges Depp had attacked her when she became upset because he had turned up late to the party.

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