Amber Heard was the “aggressor” in his relationship with Johnny Depp, said his former personal assistant.
Stephen Deuters told the London High Court that Ms. Heard, 34, subjected Mr. Depp, 57, to “years of abuse”.
Depp is suing the publisher of the Sun newspaper for an article calling him a “female drummer” – but the Sun maintains that it is correct.
He denies 14 allegations of domestic violence on which News News Newspapers relies in his defense.
Deuters, now European president of Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, said he has worked for the American actor since 2004.
In his written statement, he stated that he saw Ms. Heard “several times” during the period during which Mr. Depp was allegedly violent.
“At no time did Ms. Heard mention physical abuse and I never saw any evidence of injury to Ms. Heard,” he said.
Deuters said he was “extremely surprised and outraged” when it became public that Ms. Heard had made a request for a temporary ban in 2016.
“I knew that Ms. Heard was the abuser in the relationship and I was dismayed that she behaved this way,” he said.
Deuters said he was with the couple on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014, when an incident was alleged to have taken place.
He said that Ms. Heard was speaking “more and more aggressively” to Mr. Depp, who “did not take part in the abuses he suffered”.
Mr Deuters said he “could not hear the details” because he had headphones, but “he could see her gesturing”.
He said the actor “made a playful attempt to hit her on the bottom”, adding that he did not believe that Mr. Depp had contacted her.
“Ms. Heard was very offended by what was clearly a harmless gesture and intensified her abuse of Mr. Depp in an extremely unpleasant manner,” he said.
Mr. Deuters stated that he and Mr. Depp’s former private security officer decided to intervene and that Mr. Depp spent the rest of the flight in the washroom.
“It was a common theme several times when Mr. Depp was abused by Ms. Heard – he would walk away from the situation, often in a bathroom, and take cover,” he said.
Mr. Deuters said that the day after the flight, Mr. Depp asked him to “calm” Ms. Heard and “say whatever was necessary to try to appease her.”
“Given Ms. Heard’s extremely volatile nature, I thought it best to try to chat with her on her own terms and just apologize for what she claimed to have happened; hence my use of the word “kicked”, which is the word that Ms. Heard herself had used, “he said.
“As I said clearly, Mr. Depp did not kick Ms. Heard. ”
Mr. Deuters also spoke of the couple’s trip to Australia in March 2015, during which it is alleged that Mr. Depp assaulted Ms. Heard and “completely destroyed” a house in rage fueled by drinks and drugs, which the actor denies.
Mr. Depp alleges that his finger was severed by Ms. Heard throwing her a bottle of vodka, which she denies.
Mr Deuters claimed that the day after the alleged incident, Mr Depp told him and two others “that he had been injured when Mrs Heard threw a bottle at her which broke her hand”. .
Also on Monday, the fifth day of evidence of the defamation action, Mr. Depp said that Ms. Heard’s allegations “reflected” what he claims to be his mistreatment against him.
He also accused Ms. Heard of punching her in a row after his 30th birthday, “haymaking”, hours after learning at a “bad” business meeting that he had lost $ 650 million dollars (514 million pounds sterling).
And Mr. Depp told the High Court that he had no plans to hit Ms. Heard in an alleged heated argument in their Los Angeles penthouse.
He said that he grabbed his ex-wife to “lock his arms” to keep him from attacking him and that he had not been violent with her.
The case stems from the publication of an article on the Sun’s website entitled “Gone with the Pot: How Can JK Rowling Be” Really Happy “, Drummer Johnny Depp in the New Movie Fantastic Beasts? ”
The Sun’s original article was about the allegations of the actress, who was married to the movie star from 2015 to 2017.
Witnesses, including Mr. Depp’s former partners, Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, are expected to testify by video link and the hearing is expected to last three weeks.