Johnny Depp's housekeeper 'horrified' after finding 'faeces in bed', court hears

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Johnny Depp's housekeeper was "horrified and disgusted" after finding "human faeces" in a bed at the star's penthouse in Los Angeles, the High Court has been told.

Hilda Vargas appeared as a witness at the actor's libel action trial against The Sun and its publishers via video-link on Tuesday, following other members of his staff - security guard Malcolm Connolly, stylist Samantha McMillen and Tara Roberts, the estate manager on his island in the Bahamas - who gave evidence earlier in the day.

Answering questions through a translator, Ms Vargas, who was speaking in Spanish, gave her account of cleaning Depp's home in April 2016 - the day after it is alleged the Pirates Of The Caribbean star was violent towards Heard on the night of her 30th birthday party.

A picture shown in the witnesses's statement of the faeces in the bed

Image: A picture shown in the witnesses's statement of the faeces in the bed

The court has previously heard about the faeces being found, with Depp claiming Heard "or one of her friends" defecated in the bed - and saying his then wife described the incident as "a harmless prank".

In her witness statement, Ms Vargas said she "pulled back the top sheet on the bed and saw a large pile of faeces".

She continued: "I did not know what to think of what I had discovered. I was completely shocked."

The housekeeper said she took photos and that the faeces showed a "lack of respect".

Ms Vargas also said she "knew" the faeces could not have come from either of the couple's two dogs, saying she had "cleaned up after those dogs many times and their faeces are much smaller".

Heard denies the claim, with a spokesperson for the actress saying in a statement sent to Sky News following today's hearing that Depp's team is "trying to grab headlines".

Actor Amber Heard waves as she arrives at the High Court in London, Britain July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Image: Amber Heard, pictured arriving on Tuesday, is due to give evidence later in the trial

Depp is suing The Sun's publisher News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor Dan Wootton, over an article published in April 2018, which labelled him a "wife beater".

The actor denies allegations of violence against him. The trial continues.

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