Johnny Depp's team 'tried to discredit Amber Heard in public eye and wanted to suggest she was abuser'

JOHNNY Depp's team tried to discredit Amber Heard and suggest she was an abuser in a PR drive, a court heard today.

The actor's former assistant Stephen Deuters was accused of "drumming up" negative stories against Heard.


He also denied trying to "find out" information on whether the Aquaman star had been "abusive" to her ex Tasya van Ree.

Giving evidence to the High Court today, Mr Deuters was asked whether part of "a public relations initiative to discredit Ms Heard in the public eye".

But the ex-assistant said: "I mean, conversations might have occurred, but I wasn't involved."

A text was then read to the court from Mr Deuters to a pal claiming Heard was an abuser.

The High Court heard today:

  • Johnny Depp claimed Amber Heard was the aggressor in the relationship
  • The actor claimed he contracted a bacterial infection after severing his finger in Australia
  • Depp denied he had been violent to his then wife on their honeymoon
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean star was told he had lost $650million before going to his wife's 30th birthday
  • Depp's former assistant Stephen Deuters denied the actor was "acting like a monster" on a 2014 flight
  • Heard sent herself an email after the alleged plane row saying Depp had called her a "w***e"

Sasha Wass QC, representing The Sun at a high-profile libel trial, said: "You were interested in drumming up some information adverse to Ms Heard to suggest that she was the domestic abuser rather than your boss, Mr Depp."

Mr Deuters replied: "No, these are just texts between friends."

The court also heard a text he sent in June 2016 as the couple's marriage was coming to a formal end regarding a former neighbour of Heard's and Ms van Ree.

It was said to mention "screaming fights which were so loud, vivacious and frequent that it was a real problem being their neighbour".

Ms Wass suggested: "You were actively trying to find out information suggesting Ms Heard had been abusive to Ms van Ree."


Mr Deuters said: "It was probably just a conversation … I certainly don't recall any premeditated gathering of information."

The assistant earlier claimed he had never seen any injuries on the 34-year-old actress – and alleged it was instead Heard who had subjected Depp to "years of abuse".

Mr Deuters, who is now European president of Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, said: "At no point did Ms Heard ever mention any physical abuse and I never saw evidence of any injury to Ms Heard."

He added: "In contrast, Mr Depp told me on multiple occasions that Ms Heard had attacked him or abused him physically and verbally."

The court was told Mr Deuters referred to Heard as a "show-pony", "Mike Tyson" and "a b****" when the couple divorced in 2016.

And in a message sent to Depp's actor pal Paul Bettany in May 2016, Mr Deuters wrote: "That moment when everything comes home to roost and all the s**t compounds itself into one monstrous steaming pile of catastrophe.


"Just trying to keep him upright at the moment. But at least the b***h is gone. Yes, I do mean Amber – not the Mom.

"Poor Betty Sue (Mr Depp's mother) has been on her way out for the last six months – it was a relief to all, most of all herself."

Another message, apparently describing Heard, read: "Sociopathic show pony. Machiavellian overlord.

"Talentless c***. Good riddance to bad s**t. Yes, I do mean Amber not the Mom, even though she was a devil herself."

Ms Wass said Mr Deuters had previously said he would not have used such a word to describe a woman, to which he replied: "I certainly regret that."

Depp is accused of attacking Heard 14 times over three years – starting in 2013 when she mocked his "Wino Forever" tattoo that had been changed from "Winona Forever".

Among the explosive claims heard in court so far are allegations threw a phone at her as they argued the day after poo was found in their marital bed.


He is then said to have left her with bruises after another string of attacks before they split in May 2016.

In one, he allegedly chucked a bottle of champagne at Heard during her 30th birthday celebrations in April 2016.

And in a disturbing exchange played to the court, Depp can be heard telling his wife to "cut" him as he held a knife".

Depp has also been accused of turning his "rage and frustration" on Heard, 34, when he "failed to control" his drug and alcohol abuse.

He "descended into physically destructive behaviour" – causing him to refer to his "drunken and violent persona as 'the monster'", it was said.

The High Court last week heard allegations including:

  • Amber Heard was left with a bruised face after Johnny Depp hurled a phone at her in a row over poo left in their bed
  • The 57-year-old allegedly threw a magnum of champagne at Heard after her birthday
  • Depp scrawled 'I love u' in his blood with a severed finger stump after a furious row
  • He begged Heard to 'cut' him as he held a knife in chilling audio
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean star texted Heard's dad to say sorry after he 'accidentally' headbutted her during a bust-up

But in a series of explosive revelations Depp, has branded Heard's abuse allegations "complete lies".

And he called his ex-wife “calculating, sociopathic and emotionally dishonest” as he lifted the lid on their tumultuous relationship.

Depp's assistant Stephen Deuters told the court he never saw Heard with injuries – and claimed she subjected him to 'years of abuse'.

Depp told the court Heard severed his finger during a trip to Australia in 2015 by throwing a vodka bottle at him and accused her of repeatedly punching him in the face.

He has brought separate libel proceedings against Heard in the US.

The couple married in LA in 2015 after meeting on the set of comedy The Rum Diary.

But they divorced two years later after Heard, who donated her £5.5million settlement to charity, accused Depp of abuse.

The case continues.

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