Vanessa Paradis was seen stepping out in Paris on Tuesday as her ex Johnny Depp's libel case got off to an explosive start on its first day in cour
Vanessa Paradis was seen stepping out in Paris on Tuesday as her ex Johnny Depp’s libel case got off to an explosive start on its first day in court.
The French singer, 47, has been called as a witness in the case to defend her former partner, 57, as he faces allegations of abuse against his ex-wife Amber Heard, 34.
Vanessa stepped out on the streets of the French capital ahead of her arrival in London, where she will give evidence at the High Court.
Chic: Vanessa Paradis was seen stepping out in Paris on Tuesday as her ex Johnny Depp’s libel case got off to an explosive start on its first day
The mother-of-two looked chic in a black leather jacket, which she wore with a pair of blue jeans, two-tone heels and a padded black Chanel bag.
Vanessa and Depp’s ex Winona Ryder, 48, have both been called to the stand to vouch for the actor’s character during the libel case.
Vanessa and Depp split in 2012 following a 14-year relationship from which they share daughter Lily Rose, 21, and son Jack, 18.
The former couple, who never wed, have remained firm friends and even spent last Christmas together in Paris with their children.
Taking the stand: The French singer, 47, has been called as a witness in the case to defend her former partner, as he faces allegations of abuse against his ex-wife Amber Heard, 34
Depp dated his former fiancée Winona for three years between 1990-93.
The Hollywood legend is suing The Sun newspaper for labelling him a ‘wife beater’ and has branded those accusations ‘sick and completely untrue’ at a long-awaited blockbuster libel trial.
During the first day in court, Depp claimed he decided to divorce Heard after she defecated in their marital bed ‘as a prank’ as he denied hitting her and said that she had abused him throughout their marriage.
The actor said Heard or ‘possibly one of her friends’ was responsible for the incident, but claimed she dismissed it as ‘just a harmless prank’.
It came as Depp accused Heard of being a ‘narcissistic sociopath’ as his defence reeled off a list of incidents in which she had allegedly attacked him.
Former flame: Vanessa and Depp split in 2012 following a 14-year relationship from which they share daughter Lily Rose Depp, 21, and son Jack Depp, 18
Among Depp’s claims were that Heard severed his finger by throwing a vodka bottle at him during an incident in Australia in 2015.
He also said she became ‘verbally aggressive’ on a private chartered flight in late 2014 or early 2015 before chasing him ‘repeatedly punching me in the face’. As Depp fled into the plane’s toilet Heard punched him again, he told the court.
In contrast, the actress’ lawyers painted Depp as a domestic abuser who repeatedly attacked her when he was drunk or high on drugs.
Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publishers of the Sun and executive editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article which referred to him as a ‘wife beater’.
Arrival: Depp wore a black bandanna face covering as he arrived at London’s High Court to fight claims he was a wife beater on Tuesday
Entourage: Heard walked arm in arm with her sister, Whitney, (left) and lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, (right) as she arrived at the High Court today for the start of a three-week libel trial. In the white coat is her US attorney, Elaine Bredehoft
Support: Heard pictured with her entourage outside the entrance of the Royal Courts of Justice, which will host the momentous trial
It appeared under the headline ‘Gone Potty How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’
But in court testimony filed today, Depp claimed Heard was a calculating, narcissistic sociopath who married him to progress her own career.
The Edward Scissorhands actor said nothing in life has upset him as much as Heard’s ‘words and behaviour’ towards him.
Depp said he first met Heard when she auditioned for The Rum Diary, and later reconnected with her when they were promoting the film.
Who will be called to give evidence? Johnny Depp’s exes Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis will make statements at High Court
Vanessa Paradis is one of Depp’s former partners. She insists he was never abusive towards her
Vanessa Paradis is a French singer, actress and model who shot to fame aged just 14 with the song Joe Le Taxi.
She has been a spokesmodel for Chanel for many years and appeared in a number of films, alongside continuing her singing career.
Ms Paradis, 47, was in a relationship with Depp for around 14 years from around 1998. The couple’s daughter, Lily-Rose, is also now pursuing a career as an actress.
Ms Paradis is due to give evidence at the trial, having given a witness statement in which she described her former partner as a ‘kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father’.
Winona Ryder is also due to give evidence at the High Court trial
Winona Ryder is also due to give evidence at the High Court trial as part of his case against News Group Newspapers (NGN).
Ms Ryder was in a relationship with Depp during the early 1990s, and the pair appeared together in Edward Scissorhands.
Depp famously tattooed Winona Forever on his arm. After the couple split, he reportedly changed it to Wino Forever.
Dan Wootton has been The Sun’s Executive Editor since March 2018
New Zealand-born Dan Wootton has been The Sun’s Executive Editor since March 2018. The article at the heart of Johnny Depp’s libel claim was written by Mr Wootton for his weekly column in the newspaper.
Mr Wootton also presents the weekday Drivetime show on talkRadio and has his own podcast – The Dan Wootton Interview.
A showbiz reporter for many years, before joining The Sun, Mr Wootton had stints at a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Mail, where he also worked as a columnist, and the now defunct News Of The World, where he was Showbiz Editor.
He was also showbiz presenter for ITV’s Lorraine show for 10 years.