Smiling Amber Heard arrives back at her London hotel hand in hand with girlfriend Bianca Butti after seventh day of High Court libel trail

Smiling Amber Heard arrives back at her London hotel hand in hand with girlfriend Bianca Butti after seventh day of High Court libel trail

A smiling Amber Heard tonight arrived back at her London hotel hand-in-hand with her girlfriend Bianca Butti after the seventh day of a High Court libel trial involving former husband Johnny Depp.

Wearing red-lipstick and with her hair in plaits, the 34-year-old actress looked happy as she retired to her room for the night.

It comes after another day of the blockbuster libel trial, in which her former husband is suing The Sun as he accuses the newspaper of falsely branding him a ‘wife beater.’

In tomorrow’s proceedings, Mr Depp’s ex-fiancee Winona Ryder is expected to give evidence.

After Tuesday’s proceedings, Ms Heard and Ms Butti were spotted strolling hand-in-hand through London, browsing shops including the Apple store.

The duo strolled around Oxford Street before they were joined by Amber’s sister Whitney and her personal assistant.

Amber and Bianca’s romance was first made public at the start of the year – when the pair were spotted kissing while on an outing in Palm Springs in January.

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The duo strolled around Oxford Street before they were accompanied by her sister Whitney and personal assistant

Bianca was the only member of the group who was wearing a face mask during the outing in London, which may well be an indication that she is taking extra precautions amid the pandemic in order to protect her health after it was revealed in 2019 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.

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The cinematographer, who is in her late 30s, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 when she was 34, and after undergoing what she described as a ‘traditional western program of chemo, surgery, and radiation’, was declared cancer-free three years ago.

However in 2019, she revealed on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for her medical bills that doctors had found another tumor on her right breast in March of that year.

‘I will say that getting a cancer diagnosis for the second time, is a lot less scary than the first time,’ she wrote on the page, which was published in August last year.

‘After being diagnosed a few years ago, I did a lot of research about breast cancer and cancer in general. For cancer round two I felt more patient and well informed about what my options were for treatment.’

In August, she underwent cryoablation – a process that freezes the tumor – and revealed that the treatment had gone well, however she has not shared an update about her condition since September 2019.Advertisement

Amber and Bianca’s shopping trip was the latest in a string of outings across London, where the group are staying for the trial.

Amber has previously been seen partying with her glamorous squad, dubbed ‘Team Heard’ who have rallied around her throughout the case.

‘Team Heard’ is made up of her sister Whitney, girlfriend Bianca, British legal advisor Jennifer Robinson, who is friends with the Clooneys, American attorney Elaine Bredehoft and the actress’ assistant Sara, whose last name is not known.

The group are due in court again today as the acrimonious battle continues.  

At the High Court yesterday, Ms Heard’s former personal assistant accused the actress of ‘stealing’ her own harrowing story of being the victim of sexual violence – and ‘twisting’ it for her own benefit.

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She claimed that Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Ms Heard (pictured outside court yesterday) subsequently ‘twisted it into her own story to benefit herself’

Kate James chose to break her anonymity by submitting a statement in the High Court declaring that she was violently raped at knife point when aged 26 while she was travelling in Brazil and that Johnny Depp’s ex-wife subsequently ‘twisted it into her own story to benefit herself’. 

Ms James worked as Heard’s PA between March 2012 until February 2015.

She claimed that in 2013, she confided in the actress about what happened to her and her battle to overcome her experience. 

James told the court that Heard asked to hear her story of surviving sexual violence, and as they spoke in her office, Heard suggested that Ms James should buy a gun to which she responded that she saw herself as a ‘rape survivor’ and not a ‘rape victim’.

In her statement, parts of which were read out in court, Ms James revealed that she only received documents related to the High Court libel hearing last month.

She adds: ‘As I perused the documents, much to my utter shock and dismay, I discovered that Ms Heard had in fact stolen my sexual violence conversation with her and twisted it into her own story to benefit herself.

‘This of course caused me extreme distress and outrage that she would dare to attempt to use the most harrowing experience of my life as her own narrative.’

As they spoke in her office, Heard suggested that Ms James should buy a gun to which she responded that she saw herself as a ‘rape survivor’ and not a ‘rape victim’.

In her statement, parts of which were read out in court, Ms James revealed that she only received documents related to the High Court libel hearing last month.

She adds: ‘As I perused the documents, much to my utter shock and dismay, I discovered that Ms Heard had in fact stolen my sexual violence conversation with her and twisted it into her own story to benefit herself.

‘This of course caused me extreme distress and outrage that she would dare to attempt to use the most harrowing experience of my life as her own narrative.’

When asked by Sasha Wass, representing the Sun in Johnny Depp’s libel trial, why she was giving evidence Ms James declared: ‘I’m a sexual violence survivor and it’s very serious to take that stance if you are not one and I am one and that’s the reason I’m here because I take offence.’

When further questioned by Depp’s lawyer David Sherborne, Ms James added: ‘Amber Heard referred to conversations about me being raped in Brazil. She twisted it into her own story, she used it for her own use.’

Ms James earlier told the court that Heard would drink ‘vast quantities of red wine’ each night and then subject her to a ‘barrage’ of abusive texts.

She added: ‘I knew she drank wine because when I would go (to her house) in the morning there would be a lot of bottles there. I would also receive a barrage of drunken, incoherent abusive text messages between the hours of 2-4 in the morning.’

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Wearing red-lipstick and with her hair in plaits, the 34-year-old actress looked happy as she retired to her room for the night

Ms James, who has been a PA to a number of notable figures in the entertainment industry, described Ms Heard as the ‘least famous person’ she has ever worked for.

Ms James also claimed Heard drank ‘vast quantities of red wine each night’ and would only allow Depp to drink non-alcoholic beer.

Ms James, who worked for Heard for three years until 2015, said in a statement to London’s High Court that she would be asked to buy the 0 per cent beer for Depp.

She added that she ‘never saw any physical violence’ by either Heard or Depp, despite visiting her house in Los Angeles almost every day including on weekends.

And she praised Depp for being ‘calm and quite shy’ as well as ‘always thoughtful and kind and a genuinely decent person’ who taught her son how to play guitar.

Heard was already dating Depp when Ms Jones first started working for her in March 2012, but she claimed the actress only referred to him as ‘dating this old man’.

Heard later said it was Depp, and Ms Jones said her first impression was of a ‘softly spoken and peaceful’ man who was ‘very pleasant and courteous upon meeting me’.

Ms James added that she never saw any bruising or swelling on Heard despite often seeing her naked or semi-naked when she was getting dressed or at fittings.

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