As she prepares for more dramatic courtroom revelations about the acrimonious breakdown of her marriage, Amber Heard last night surrounded herself with a stellar cast of powerful, high-profile women.
The American actress is being supported by a group of women nicknamed ‘Amber’s Angels’, which also include prominent feminists such as the author Kathy Lette, who hosted last night’s party at her North London home, and lawyer Baroness Kennedy.
Miss Heard last week came face-to-face with Mr Depp at the High Court where his libel battle against The Sun newspaper is being played out in graphic detail.
Amber Heard last night surrounded herself with a stellar cast of powerful, high-profile women, including Kylie Minogue and Cate Blanchett, at the home of author Kathy Lette in North London
Actress Amber Heard, 34, pictured above leaving the High Court in London on Friday
Johnny Depp pictured arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice in Strand, London, on Friday
It was impossible to see Amber’s expression, or if she even glanced in her former husband’s direction, or if those glances were filled with regret or antipathy or something else. (Above, the 34-year-old actress and her ‘Team Heard’ arriving at the High Court; far right, her lawyer Jennifer Robinson)
The scene could barely have been any different last night as the group dined in a low-key party.
Miss Heard arrived dressed in a tight-fitting black dress with a grey floral jacket. She was joined by TV presenter Sandi Toksvig and her wife, Debbie, Baroness Helena Kennedy, and her lawyer, Jennifer Robinson.
The eclectic mix of women had, separately, got in touch with Miss Heard over recent months and, according to a source, became her secret support network.
Guests arrive at British-Australian author Kathy Lette’s house
‘These women wanted to support Amber and they wanted to throw her a nice dinner to give her a boost,’ said the source.
‘They are a group of like-minded women who have all been through their own challenges and they have become her solid gang.
‘She has her sister Whitney and her lawyers, but these are her girls.’
The dinner comes after four days of sensational High Court claims which peaked on Friday with Mr Depp being questioned about allegations that he hurled a phone at Miss Heard and branded her ‘Amber T***’ for allegedly soiling their bed after a furious row during her 30th birthday party, though he said he did not know who or what had left the deposit.
Mr Depp is suing over an article which branded him a ‘wife beater’, which he vehemently denies.
The court was shown a photograph of Miss Heard’s face, which the Hollywood star agreed showed a red mark but he denied throwing the phone at her.
During evidence last week, it was also claimed that Mr Depp used his severed finger as a paintbrush to write ‘I love you’ on a mirror after rowing with his new wife in 2015.
The star left blood and paint on walls, sofas and floors as he reportedly ‘completely destroyed’ a house he was renting in Australia, the trial heard.
Actress Cate Blanchett (pictured) and singer Miss Minogue also joined the party last night
Mr Depp is alleged to have guzzled a ‘handful’ of ecstasy pills before subjecting the actress to a terrifying ordeal. He denied this or or being violent to Heard, saying he was just unhappy with his life and missing his kids.
Earlier, the court heard how Mr Depp joked that Miss Heard was a witch and should be burned.
He texted his British actor friend Paul Bettany about drowning and burning her, then desecrating her corpse. In messages read out in court, Depp said: ‘Let’s burn Amber.’
American actress Winona Ryder and Depp’s ex-wife Vanessa Paradis will give evidence this week.