Depp boasted of ‘smuggling drugs into Australia’
Johnny Depp bragged that Australian officials investigating the smuggling of his dogs Pistol and Boo into the Gold Coast should have nabbed him for his illegal drug haul instead.
London's High Court heard of the boast during evidence in Depp's libel case against The Sun for labelling him a "wife beater" in 2018.
Brisbane-based acting coach Kristina Sexton gave evidence via video link from Australia on Friday night.
She revealed how Depp, 57, said his dogs were not the real problem when he and his ex-wife took them into Australia in 2015 in breach of quarantine laws.
"He was joking about why you need to fly private to be able to take drugs with you, and said words to the effect of, 'I took more drugs when I went to Australia and they're only worried about the dogs'," Ms Sexton said in her witness statement.
Former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce had threatened to euthanise the dogs in 2015 and Heard, 34, was given a $1000 fine and a good behaviour bond for producing a false document to customs officials in 2016.
The London court also heard of more details of the torrid relationship between the Pirates of the Caribbean actor and Heard.
Ms Sexton said she has known Heard since 2009, that they had become friends and wished she had done more to help her.
She claimed that Depp had been controlling and tried to stop Heard from doing any roles that involved nudity or sex scenes.
Ms Sexton said that she had overheard arguments between Depp and Heard when she was working with her, and that she had seen when Depp had been on drugs and trashed a trailer in Hicksville in 2013.
"I remember her telling me that he wanted her "barefoot and pregnant - and at home" and her saying "I'm not going off the pill. I don't want to have kids with an addict," Ms Sexton said.
Eleanor Laws, QC, for Depp, questioned whether Ms Sexton was being used by Heard to back up her version of events.
Ms Sexton said she had accepted what Heard said was true "because she had no reason to lie."
However, Ms Sexton said that she had believed that Depp had been upstairs during Heard's 30th birthday party when he had actually been at a business meeting.
When he did turn up, she said he was clearly drunk and slurring his words and needed help to stand up, which made her so uncomfortable that she had to leave.
Other witnesses had claimed that Depp was not intoxicated. Heard had claimed that Depp attacked her that night when she challenged him about being late and drunk.
Ms Sexton said she had seen "bruises and injuries" on Heard during her relationship with Depp but that she only confided he had been violent after she left him in May 2016.
The case continues.
Originally published as Depp boasted of 'smuggling drugs into Australia'