The courtroom descended into laughter on Thursday throughout Johnny Depp’s libel trial, after the actor’s private safety was baffled by a query about Depp’s penis.
It marked one other day within the ongoing trial, after the 58-year-old sued Heard, 36, over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post, which Depp’s attorneys say falsely implies he bodily and sexually abused her. The article doesn’t point out him by identify. Heard is countersuing for $100million (£76m) claiming Depp libeled her by calling her a liar.
On Thursday, Depp’s private safety Malcolm Connolly testified through videolink beamed into the Virginia court docket, as he answered questions from Heard’s lawyer.
In a video from the live-streamed trial, Connolly – who started working as Depp’s non-public private safety in 2006 – was thrown by a query about whether or not he noticed Depp urinating within the lobby of his home in Australia, earlier than a query about Depp’s penis despatched the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor into giggles alongside his authorized group.
Connelly had accompanied Depp and Heard to Australia in 2015, the place Depp was filming the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean, on the time when the actor severed his finger.
During cross-examination, Heard’s lawyer requested him: ‘And when you arrived at the house you could hear a ruckus, correct?’ to which Connolly answered: ‘Yeah, I could definitely hear something through the door, yeah.’
‘And Mr Depp was trying to urinate in the foyer, wasn’t he?’ Heard’s lawyer mentioned, as Connolly regarded baffled, scrunched up his face and mentioned: ‘No.’
Depp was seen alongside his personal group trying confused by the query, as he held a hand as much as his face and commenced chuckling in his seat.
While these within the courtroom continued to chuckle, Connolly was then requested: ‘Mr Depp had his penis out, didn’t he?’
He replied, as Depp put his head in his fingers: ‘I think I would remember seeing Mr Depp’s penis.’
Elsewhere in his testimony, Connolly instructed the court docket he by no means noticed Depp or Heard – who met on the set of 2011’s The Rum Diary earlier than marrying in 2015, and divorcing a 12 months later – interact in any bodily violence in the direction of one another, however mentioned he seen accidents and ‘scratches’ on Depp’s face throughout his honeymoon with Aquaman actress Heard.
A photograph taken by Connolly and proven to the jury purportedly portrayed Depp with seen scratches and ‘swelling’ on his face.
Asked what he thought had occurred, Connolly instructed the court docket: ‘Either he’s walked right into a door, or a door has walked into him.’
The trial, which started with jury choice on April 11, is predicted to final round seven weeks, after Depp alleged that Heard lied about being a sufferer of home abuse and implied he was the abuser in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed about home violence.
Depp additionally alleged that Heard had in truth abused him in the course of the course of their relationship and their 15-month marriage.
Heard is predicted to take to the stand and share her testimony subsequent week.