JOHNNY Depp left notes for Amber Heard saying "let's not do this again" after furious bust-ups, the High Court heard today.
The 54-year-old star wrote the messages and left them at the couple's homes in Australia and London.
Ben King, Depp's estate manager, today told the High Court he would hear the couple arguing while they were in London as he worked downstairs.
He said: "The notes he would leave saying things like: 'Let's not do this again, I love you'."
Sasha Wass QC, representing publisher News Group Newspapers, suggested they were "peacemaking notes", to which the former estate manager said he did not know the details.
He said the notes were often left at the home where the couple were staying in Australia.
The High Court heard today:
- A photo shown to the High Court reveals the bloody kitchen after Depp's finger was severed
- Ex-estate manager Ben King said he found a 'piece of flesh' when sent to clean the home
- He said there was 'blood everywhere' and the home 'wasn't in a good state'
- The couple were said to have caused £80k worth of damage after the row
- Mr King said he noticed cuts on Heard's arm when she left Australia
- He told how Depp would leave notes to Heard saying 'let's not do this again' after they rowed
- Heard accused Depp of trying to spell her name in urine inside their home
- Mr King accused Heard of being the 'antagoniser' in their relationship and said she 'goaded' the actor
- He also claimed the couple argued like schoolchildren
Heard has previously claimed Depp urinated her name at the Australian property during the alleged three-day bender in 2015.
But Mr King today told the High Court he was sure there was no urine on the floor at the property.
However, he told the court he did find Depp's severed finger after the row in 2015.
Heard has alleged she was slapped and shoved during the three ordeal in Australia, suffering cuts and bruises.
A window has also been smashed and shattered glass can be seen littering the worktops as the couple caused £80,000 ($100,000) worth of damage, it was said.
Depp's former house manager Ben King told the High Court he was "tasked" to look out for the fingertip when he arrived at the damaged home.
The actor has accused Heard of severing the tip when she chucked a bottle of vodka at him, but she claims it was when he smashed a phone against a wall.
Mr King said: "I knew that Mr Depp’s finger had been cut. It was mentioned that his fingertip may be somewhere"
He told how he "found a piece of flesh" from Depp's finger in the bar area when he was cleaning up.
He said: "The house wasn’t in a good state. There was blood in a number of different rooms around the house.”
Mr King continued: "The bar area had the most blood. There was a trail of blood spots up the stairs, and blood spots in the bedrooms, in one bedroom mainly".
He explained the floors had to be sanded, the curtains cleaned, paintwork and plasterwork replaced, and chipped stone on the countertop in the bar area repaired after the row.
Depp was in Australia filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge in March 2015.
The star Depp is suing The Sun for referring to him as a "wife-beater" in a 2018 article. The Sun, supported by Ms Heard, says the term was justified.
Stranger Things star Winona Ryder is due to give evidence via video link from Los Angeles later this afternoon.
She was engaged to her Edward Scissorhands co-star for three years in the 1990s after they began dating when she was 17 and he was 26.
The actor’s case against NGN and executive editor Dan Wootton came after an article was published in 2018 with the headline “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”.
NGN is defending the article as true and says Mr Depp was “controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs” between early 2013 and May 2016, when the couple split.
Heard and Depp met in 2011 and began living together in 2012 before marrying in Los Angeles in February 2015.
If you are affected by domestic abuse, please call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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