July 17, 2020 / 2:58 PM / 24 days ago

Heard's friend tells UK court of pressure from lawyer for actor Depp

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) - A friend of U.S. actress Amber Heard told London’s High Court on Friday that a lawyer for Hollywood star Johnny Depp had pressured her to say unfavourable things about the actress.

Depp, 57, is suing the publisher of Britain’s Sun newspaper for libel at London’s High Court, saying he had never struck his ex-wife as she claims, and that he had been the victim of domestic violence during their volatile relationship.

The paper argues its story is true and the court has been told Heard, 34, accuses her ex-husband of attacking her on at least 14 occasions between 2013 and 2016 when enraged after drinking or taking drugs.

Interior designer Laura Divenere has given a declaration to a U.S. court in which she said she did not see any injury to Heard in the days after she alleges Depp threw a phone which struck her face.

Asked by the Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass if she had come under enormous pressure to make the declaration, Divenere said: “Correct”. (Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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