Heard's testimony comes after Depp's bodyguard shared a photo from the same trip in which he claimed Johnny's face was "swollen."
update 7:10am PT 5/15/22
After Johnny Depp's bodyguard Malcolm Connolly previously testified about the alleged "swelling" under the actor's left eye during Johnny's honeymoon trip with Amber Heard, the actress responded on the stand as part of her witness testimony on Monday, May 16.
"The train trip itself was peaceful up until Johnny wanted to start drinking brown alcohol. He already started drinking wine and champagne. When he wrapped on 'Pirates 5,' the plan was to do this honeymoon. I was walking a bit on egg shells because I know a pattern, but I was not wanting to accept that he had gone back to a pattern at all," she explained.
"We were on this train and on the last night on the train, after this photo (below) was taken, Johnny and I got in an argument about him wanting to be allowed, him wanting me to agree to him drinking liquor and being okay with it," she continued. "An argument followed that in our sleeping car. Johnny slapped me across the face and got a hold of my neck and pushed me up against the wall of the car."
"He had me up against the wall ... he was squeezing my neck for what felt like a very long time and every time he'd pull me away from the side of the car, he'd slam me up against the wall," she added. "I remember looking down at him and trying to get him off my neck and remember thinking that he could not even mean to kill me – I was scared that he wouldn't even mean to do it. At one point he ripped the top of my shirt and my breasts were exposed ... I pulled at the lapel of his shirt and he wrapped the shirt around my neck and that's how I woke up the next morning with it still around my neck."
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Johnny Depp's bodyguard Malcolm Connolly testified on Thursday as part of the actor's ongoing defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Connolly worked for Depp throughout his relationship with Heard, saying that, at the beginning, everything between them was "lovey-dovey" and "great." He added that Heard was "lovely, charming, as she usually is," before things "started to change."
"Amber started to change. Amber started to get a bit more feisty, demanding. I could see Amber wanted to wear the pants in this relationship, that was pretty obvious," he said, saying the actress could also "get a bit frosty at the drop of a hat." Connolly also said Depp was "getting quieter."
He said he could often hear Amber "screaming," but never witnessed any physical violence between them. Connolly went on to describe a few instances where he believed Heard threw items at Depp, including a lighter and soda can.
Though he didn't see things get physical, he said he did notice injuries on Depp, but not Heard.
"It started off with maybe a scratch once in a while, but it got more. He sustained marks, definitely. He was getting marked ... most of these marks, most of these things, would be on the left side of his face, scratches on his neck maybe a fat lip in the corner, maybe a bruising in the eye socket," he claimed. "It's all impacts. It was getting more regular. Not every week, but it was definitely happening."
A photo from the couple's honeymoon was then shown, in which Connolly believed you could see evidence of "swelling" under the actor's left eye. "What do I interpret that as? He's walked into a door or a door's walked into him," he quipped. While Connolly said the honeymoon started off good, a few days into it, he started to believe Johnny was "not enjoying" himself anymore.
When asked about the actor's drug use, Connolly said he had witnessed Depp smoking marijuana and believed the actor would use cocaine when he snuck off to the bathroom.
He said Depp had a "very high tolerance for any substances," before sparking laughter from the courtroom by adding, "I think Jack Sparrow is more drunk than Johnny Depp, to be honest."
He also said Depp's wine consumption had "dropped drastically" in recent years, but even before he allegedly reduced his drinking, never really got "drunk."
Connolly also described walking into pure "chaos" in Australia, after the infamous Incident where, as the bodyguard put it, "Johnny lost a finger." He said Depp was already "nursing one hand" when he arrived, while Amber was "irate." After trying to remove Depp from the situation and taking him downstairs, he said Heard "appears from somewhere and she's screaming, berating him, 'F--- off, that's what you do, it's all you ever do, you f--- off with your guys, you f---ing coward!'"
After getting Depp away from the altercation, the actor started washing his hands and, per Connolly, "it's a mess." He compared it "one of those cartoon exploding cigars," saying he could even see bone -- before Dr. Kipper arrived and said they had to go to the hospital.
He added that didn't observe any injuries on Heard, before Depp's team concluded its line of questioning for the witness.
Under cross-examination, Connolly said he was still employed by Depp and was "loyal" to him, as an employee. He was then asked about arriving to Australia incident and whether he recalled Depp trying "to urinate in the foyer" with "his penis out of his pants."
"I think I would have remembered if I'd seen Mr. Depp's penis," replied Connolly, as Depp started cracking up.
Audio from Australia was then played in which Depp was heard screaming at someone -- presumably Heard -- "What you are and who you are and how you f---ed me over and make me feel sick of myself!"
Depp is seeking $50 million in damages after Heard claimed she was a survivor of domestic abuse in an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018. While she didn't name Depp in the piece, his lawyers argue it was implied to be about him and negatively affected his career. She countersued Depp for $100 million.