Depp, 57, sues Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) and editor-in-chief Dan Wootton for an article calling him “a battering woman” and referring to “overwhelming evidence” that he had attacked Heard.
Depp denies ever hitting Heard, 34, who submitted details of 14 occasions during their relationship when she claims he assaulted her. The newspaper must prove that the allegations are substantially true.
King, who also made a statement for the trial earlier this week, said he had been told during his job interview “that Mr. Depp was a teetotal, having been a drinker”.
The only drug he saw taking the Pirates of the Caribbean star, he said at London’s High Court on Wednesday, was cannabis. “Sometimes he seemed to smoke cannabis in the house,” said King. Depp, he added, “is always polite”.
In his first statement, King, whose role has been described as a house manager or butler, said: “I have often seen Mrs. Heard prodding and trying to provoke Mr. Depp. I have never seen Mr. Depp be violent or mean to Ms. Heard or even anyone else. ”
King stated that he had not seen Depp drink while in London. “Mrs. Heard drank the wine,” said King. “I think she regularly drank at least one or two bottles a night. I counted the bottles of wine left on the counter or in the trash when I arrived each morning. I was usually the first one there. I often saw Mrs. Heard drinking wine. ”
Her statement continues: “Looking back, during the month in London, then during my stay in Australia, I saw Mrs. Heard as the antagonist. Mr. Depp seemed eager to get away from or get away from the arguments. It appeared that it was Mrs. Heard who wanted to prosecute them and prosecute him for that. ”
When they were in Australia, where the court heard they clashed and the house they lived in was destroyed, King said Heard “would harangue Mr. Depp during the arguments, which seemed worse than in London ”
On the return flight from Australia, King said in his second statement, “I noticed on one arm that she had some marks that … looked like fairly uniform line cuts with some sort of diagonal angle towards the low.
“I remember telling him when we landed [in Los Angeles] that she may want to put on her sleeve because there could be paparazzi at the airport … She did not refuse but she chose not to do so. ”
During the same flight, King said, Heard turned to him and asked, “Have you ever been so mad at someone that you just lost them?” He said no.
Later Wednesday morning, Kevin Murphy, Depp’s estate manager, testified by video link with the United States, told the court that Heard threatened to lose his job if he did not perjury and made a false statement about the couple taking companion dogs to Australia. without having the right vaccines.
The question of the arrival of the two dogs, Pistol and Boo, in Australia in April 2015 turned into international media fury after Depp was informed that he could face up to 10 years in prison for bringing the animals in the country without the proper health certificates. .
Murphy admitted that he had signed a statement for the Australian courts which “contained statements which were not entirely true” because he had been threatened by Heard with losing his job.
“Amber had a lot of power and could make my life miserable,” Murphy told the district court.
On Wednesday afternoon, the trial is scheduled to hear American actress Winona Ryder, a former girlfriend of Depp’s.