AMBER Heard has arrived hand-in-hand with her sister and lawyer to face Johnny Depp in court today.
The actress has accused the Hollywood star of a “three-day ordeal of physical assaults”.
Heard claims Depp was taking MDMA at the time and drinking heavily – and alleges he attacked her when she challenged him for washing down pills with red wine.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star denies hitting any woman and “expressly denies” taking drugs.
He instead claims the row in Australia in 2015 was over a pre-nup – causing Heard to go into a “prolonged and extreme rage”.
Depp, 57, is suing The Sun for referring to him as a “wife beater” in an April 2018 article.
Heard today arrived at the High Court in London flanked by her sister Whitney and lawyer Jennifer Robinson ahead of the three-week trial.
Her girlfriend Bianca Butti is also understood to have arrived at court with Heard.
The star wore a red scarf around her mouth and a smart black dress teamed with stilettos as she prepared to come face-to-face with Depp.
Depp also covered his mouth with a black bandana and wore sunglasses ahead of the head-to-head against his ex-wife.
He failed in a last-minute bid to stop Heard attending unless she was giving evidence.
The trial was due to start in March but had to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was almost thrown out last week after Mr Justice Nicol ruled the star breached a court order by failing to reveal potential evidence — text messages relating to his alleged drug use.
The “Australia drugs texts” that were sent in 2015 before the alleged assault include mention of “happy pills” and “whitey stuff”.
Depp has denied taking drugs and claimed Heard did not find a bag of MDMA at the time of the alleged attack.
Other texts were also previously disclosed to the court between Depp and Brit actor pal Paul Bettany.
One in 2013 said: “Let’s burn Amber. Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead.”
Depp’s former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder are among witnesses expected to give evidence.
Depp has brought separate libel proceedings against Heard in the US.
The couple married in LA in 2015 after meeting on the set of comedy The Rum Diary.
But they divorced two years later after Heard, who donated her £5.5million settlement to charity, accused Depp of abuse.