Johnny Depp libel trial: Audio released of ‘Hollywood star groaning on private plane’ | Ents & Arts News

An audio clip in which Johnny Depp can allegedly be heard groaning on a private jet has been played during his libel trial.

The recording was said to have been taken on a flight to Los Angeles in 2014, during which Amber Heard alleges he was inebriated and violent before he passed out in the toilet.

During the 18-second clip a woman’s voice can be heard saying “keep an eye on him”, while what sounds like a man makes long, low moans.

Amber Heard alleges Depp was inebriated and violent before passing out in a toilet. Pic: James Veysey/Shutterstock

Lawyers for The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), say it is Depp making the groaning noises.

Depp is suing NGN, and executive editor Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that labelled him a “wife beater” – an allegation he strenuously denies.

At London’s High Court, the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor would not confirm the recording was of him but said he could not remember anyone else making that noise on the plane.

He described the noise as sounding “like an animal in pain”, to which Sasha Wass QC responded: “I think you are that animal.”

She asked Depp: “You had a blackout, didn’t you?”

An image shown in court showing Depp collapsed and passed out on the floor
An image was shown in court showing Depp collapsed and passed out on the floor

The actor replied: “I can’t say that I had a full blackout, because I have memories of the flight… some memories of the flight, yes.”

The actor said he could not recall “screaming obscenities” on the flight, but he said there was an argument between him and Heard.

Referring to the clip, he said: “I do not recognise that as my voice. It is something that I have heard once just today.”

When Ms Wass asked if he would like to hear it again, he replied: “No, I’m fine, thank you very much.”

He then said: “If it is me, then I was definitely dealing with a problem.”

The High Court heard that Depp allegedly “screamed obscenities” at Heard on the flight to LA, as he accused her of an affair with actor James Franco.

Depp denied attacking her on the plane from Boston in May 2014, and said allegations that he shouted at her about “getting f*****” were “quite a stretch of her imagination”.

The so-called “Boston plane incident” is one of 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence, all denied by Depp, relied on by News Group Newspapers (NGN) in their defence against the actor’s libel claim.

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Nick Kyrgios roasts tennis star Dominic Thiem after ‘nonsense’ accusation

Nick Kyrgios’ has another victim on file after giving World No. 3 Dominic Thiem the “potato” treatment on social media.

The Aussie tennis star roasted the 2020 Australian Open finalist after the Austrian slugger took aim at Kyrgios’ “cheap” criticism of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.

Kyrgios was widely applauded for publicly condemning the World No. 1 and other players busted partying at a night club without their shirts on during the disastrous Adria Tour event in Serbia.

Zverev had pledged to self-isolate after featuring in the ill-fated tour that led to Djokovic, his wife, three more players and other members of their various entourage testing positive to coronavirus following a stint at a Belgrade nightclub.

Then, just days after his public apology, videos emerged of Zverev partying in Monaco.

Kyrgios’ vocal criticism of his colleagues stirred up tennis’ hornets nest, highlighted by the extraordinary suggestion from German legend Boris Becker that the Canberra product was a “rat”.

Thiem, who also participated in the Adria Tour debacle, this week took sides with Djokovic and Zverev labelling the criticism directed at the pair “nonsense”.

In comments interpreted to be a shot at Kyrgios, Thiem said it was “cheap” for critics to heap pressure on Djokovic.

“Kyrgios has built a lot of nonsense himself,” Thiem told Austrian publication Tiroler Tageszeitung.

“I understand even less when he interferes with everything. It would be better if he came to terms with himself rather than always criticising the others.”

Thiem said the mistakes made by Zverev and Djokovic were not for Kyrgios to judge.

“He should have done it like me. He was also tested negatively, only his mistake was that he first wrote the statement and then had the bad luck of being filmed at the party,” Thiem said.

“But I don’t like the way people criticise him. He is treated as if he were an elementary school child. But he’s a 23-year-old man. Sure, he made a mistake — but I don’t understand why everyone is getting involved.”

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He said it is particularly unfair for Djokovic to be the criticism lightning rod for the failures made by Adria Tour organisers and officials.

“But it is the same as with Zverev: I do not understand why so many shoot at Novak Djokovic. He didn’t break a law. You have to say that clearly,” Thiem said.

“He didn’t do anything. If I ignore our role model function – where we made mistakes — I don’t understand the criticism of us. I was in Nice now, I saw pictures of other cities. It is no different than the tournament in Belgrade.

“And then hit Djokovic like this? It’s too cheap for me.

“It was his mistake, but I don’t understand why a lot of people want to interfere. Kyrgios did a lot of mistakes himself. It would be better for him to come clean instead of criticising others.”

Kyrgios responded on Wednesday morning by questioning Zverev’s intelligence after the Austrian still failed to grasp the real world consequences for social distancing breakdowns during the global coronavirus pandemic.

His suggestion that Kyrgios himself has reason to “come clean” appears to have struck a nerve.

“What are you talking about @ThiemDomi,” Kyrgios posted on Twitter.

“Mistakes like smashing rackets? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does? None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I’m coming from. I’m trying to hold them accountable.”

He went on to suggest Thiem, Djokovic and Zverev could all learn a lot about being role models during a global crisis.

“This just shows what a joke @ThiemDomi @AlexZverev & @DjokerNole think this is,” he wrote.

“2 of them partying like potato’s during a global pandemic. People losing lives, loved ones and friends, and then Thiem standing up for the ‘mistake’.

“These guys are the ‘top’ of our sport. SMH

Kyrgios last week also returned fire at Becker after the German’s suggestion that Kyrgios had overstepped the mark by attacking Zverev in public.

“Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people. WHEN my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something,” he replied before following up with a second serve.

“Boris Becker is a bigger doughnut than I thought. Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”

Zverev had been widely condemned after being filmed dancing in a crowded room in Monaco, prompting Kyrgios to take the 22-year-old to task on Instagram. “So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world, but one that stuck out for me was seeing Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be? How selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said.

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Manly Sea Eagles star Addin Fonua-Blake allegedly called Grant Atkins a ‘spastic’ during second spray

ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys has said the NRL cannot go lightly on Addin Fonua-Blake after it emerged the Manly forward had delivered a second spray at referee Grant Atkins as the pair went up the tunnel at Brookvale, allegedly calling the whistleblower a “spastic”.

“It’s inexcusable,” V’landys told the Herald. “As I’ve said many times, what these players have to understand is they are role models.

New details have emerged of Addin Fonua-Blake abusing the referee.

New details have emerged of Addin Fonua-Blake abusing the referee.Credit:NRL Photos

“They have a non-negotiable duty. A young kid would’ve watched that and gone to school and abused a kid who is disadvantaged. To me, that’s intolerable.

“We’re not going lightly on it. If we do, as a commission, we might as well walk away.”

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Star hit rock bottom with car crash

Collingwood star Dayne Beams has revealed his car crash in February was deliberate and a “massive cry for help”.

The premiership winner was involved in the crash on a Thursday afternoon when his car struck a pole.

The 30-year-old was on leave from the Magpies at the time dealing with the mental illness issues that saw him take a lengthy break from training and playing during 2019 after rejoining the Magpies from Brisbane.

“There was a moment where … I can‘t remember to be honest because I was concussed in the incident … but I crashed my car deliberately,” Beams told The Last Time I Cried podcast.

“I didn‘t want it to be fatal, I didn’t want to die but it was a cry, it was a massive cry … I needed help.”

Beams, who is unlikely to ever play again, conceded there were several issues affecting his life at the time, including “addiction issues”.

Last June, Beams even took himself to a mental health facility for three weeks.

“There‘s a lot of things that aren’t true that have been said about me,” Beams said.

“There‘s no doubt I had some addiction issues and there will be a time when I go into them and try to help people in depth, but at the moment I’m clean.”

The father of two said it was a “selfish” thing to do, but at the time he didn’t know where to turn.

“I just didn‘t know how to get out of the s*** that I was in,” Beams said.

“I feel like you need to hit rock bottom to go back up and for me that was the lowest I got.

“I don‘t know why I felt like that. That was what I needed to do, but it just was at the time.

“The thought of putting my kids and my wife through that makes me feel sick.”

Beams remains contracted to Collingwood, but both parties are resigned to the fact he won’t play for the Magpies again.

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Tributes flow for SANFL hall of famer and former Carlton star Mark Naley who died aged 59

The South Australian AFL community is in mourning after the death of former Carlton star and SANFL hall of famer Mark Naley.

Naley played 65 games for Carlton, including the 1987 Grand Final victory, but was better known as superstar in the SANFL, where he was the inaugural inductee to the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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But after a diagnosis of brain cancer in 2016, Naley lost his battle with the insidious disease earlier today.

Naley was a South Adelaide legend, playing 236 games and 231 goals for the club as well as 16 games for the State as well as becoming a two-time all-Australian in 1986 and 1987.

After returning to South Adelaide in 1990 after his foray into the VFL competition, Naley returned to win the prestigious Magarey Medal for the SANFL best and fairest, an award he twice finished as runner up in.

In a statement on the South Adelaide website, CEO Neill Sharpe said Naley’s death was a bitter loss after his brave battle against cancer.

“Mark has left an enormous impact on the South Adelaide Football Club, where he captured a generation of fans in the 1980s, and gave the South Adelaide faithful plenty to be excited about,” Sharpe said in a statement.

“He was such a humble champion of the game and maintained a great connection to the Club following his playing day. Over the last few years, while battling with his health, he‘d still get to South Adelaide games and happily sit on the outer or even have a kick of the footy as he did last year at Alberton with son Sam and grandson Finn.

“He is one of the greats of South Adelaide and will be sorely missed.”

The SANFL website also shared a tribute, saying “SANFL expresses its deepest sympathies to Mark’s wife Cassie and family while honouring his outstanding contribution to the game in South Australia”.

Carlton also shared an obituary with 1987 Norm Smith Medallist David Rhys-Jones shared some memories of Naley.

“I think ‘Nails’ found the move to Melbourne initially difficult and I reckon he might have played a game or two in the seconds early days, but in state games and in finals he just lifted,” he said on the Carlton website. “Once he got a feel for it he was quality. He was a gun rover. He took off from a standing start and left them all in his wake.”

The tributes flowed across the afternoon.

Naley’s diagnosis for brain cancer came after he fell unconscious while driving a car.

“I had a seizure, which started it,” Naley told Carlton Media journalist and former Herald Sun reporter Tony De Bolfo the month after the incident.

“At the time I was turning into a street, saw the street sign and that was it. The next thing I remember was waking up in hospital an hour and a half later.”

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Manly Sea Eagles star shamed for ‘derogatory’ remark following loss to Newcastle Knights

Manly Sea Eagles star Addin Fonua-Blake has been shamed for his use of a “derogatory” insult following Sunday’s controversial loss to the Newcastle Knights at Brookvale Oval.

Fonua-Blake bombarded referee Grant Atkins with an explosive R-rated tirade after Manly were denied a critical penalty in the final moments of the round eight fixture.

Moments after the final siren, the forward reportedly yelled: “He pushed him in the f***ing back, you f***ing r****d. F***ing hell mate, f*** off.”

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After the match, the Sea Eagles released a statement about the incident, revealing Fonua-Blake has personally apologised to Atkins for the outburst.

“Manly Warringah Sea Eagles prop Addin Fonua-Blake has tonight apologised unreservedly for his actions following the loss to the Newcastle Knights,” the statement read.

“After returning to the dressing sheds, Fonua-Blake was very remorseful and sought permission to personally apologise to referee Grant Atkins which he then did.”

The 24-year-old labelled his comments “regrettable” following the narrow 14-12 loss.

“Referees have a very tough job and we all need to respect their decisions, even when we may not agree with them,’’ Fonua-Blake said in a statement.

“I should not have let my emotions get the better of me, and I am very sorry for the comments I made.

“I’d also like to offer my sincere apology to anyone offended by the regrettable language that I used.

“I let myself and my club down.

“That is not who I am or what this club stands for.”

On Monday, the NRL announced Fonua-Blake had been given a three-week suspension for the verbal abuse, which was reduced to two weeks after he entered an early guilty plea.

Although expletives are not uncommon on the footy field, the prop has come under fire for using an ableist slang during his spiel.

Special Olympics Australia called out Fonua-Blake for using the “offensive” term on Twitter: “The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. All clubs and players within @NRL need to be reminded of this.”

On Monday, Brisbane Broncos premiership player Ben Ikin explained why he was unhappy with Manly’s response to Fonua-Blake’s outburst.

“The use of this word is so highly offensive to people living with disabilities,” Ikin said on Fox League’s NRL 360.

“The fact that this was not acknowledged — not by the player, not by the club, nor by the NRL — I think is an issue that needs to be addressed in the next couple of days.”

Fonua-Blake has played 89 games for the Sea Eagles since making his NRL debut in 2016.

Manly are currently sitting in tenth spot on the NRL ladder and will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

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Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick rips 4th of July as ‘celebration of white supremacy’

It’s no holiday for Colin Kaepernick, who slammed the Fourth of July as a “celebration of white supremacy,” in a tweet.

“Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all,” the former NFL star tweeted.

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The activist, who was infamously shunned from the league after kneeling during the national anthem, paired the message with a video which combined images of slaves, police brutality, the KKK, the Declaration of Independence and lynchings along with Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” speech, as narrated by actor James Earl Jones.

“Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” Jones reads.

“Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?”

Jones continues in the short clip. “ … This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.”

US President Donald Trump spoke at a controversial July 4 celebration on Saturday that descended into chaos before it even began.

Trump began his speech by making a promise that Mount Rushmore will “never be desecrated” calling the mountain monument “beautiful, majestic” and “magnificent” to applause from the crowd. The comments come after criticism in recent days the monument was linked with Confederate oppression and was built on land stolen from the Lakota Siuox people.

Trump then took aim at “left wing fascism”, cancel culture and the United States education system in a wide ranging speech.

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Earl Cameron: British film and TV star actor dies aged 102

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Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to forge a successful career in British film and television, has died aged 102, a family friend has said.

Bermuda-born Cameron, who lived with his wife in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, died in his sleep on Friday, Martin Beckett said.

Cameron first appeared on screen in the 1951 film Pool of London, in a rare starring role for a black actor.

His other credits include 1965 Bond movie Thunderball and Doctor Who.

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Earl Cameron outside Buckingham Palace with his CBE, which he received in 2009

Cameron was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

Mr Beckett said: “He had sheltered himself because of Covid and had not really been keen on going out, he had chest problems.

“He’s a great character, very spiritual, very modest, we’re going to miss him.

“He would never take on roles that demeaned people of colour… he was often subject of a lot of racial prejudice, but he never really got angry about it. He pitied people that couldn’t accept him.”

Actor David Harewood called Cameron “a total legend”.

Bermuda Premier David Burt tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of iconic Bermudian actor Earl Cameron.”

Paterson Joseph, who recently starred as Kamal Hadley in the BBC’s Noughts and Crosses series, said Cameron was a “giant man”, whose “pioneering shoulders are what my generation of actors stand on”.

Artistic director Sir Matthew Bourne, said he was a “groundbreaker” with a “great legacy”.

Cameron also starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn in the 2005 film The Interpreter.

His final acting credit was for a small part in the 2010 film Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page.

Speaking to the BBC as he turned 100, Cameron said he wanted to see more black actors in roles.

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Alan White as Schultz and Earl Cameron as Williams in a scene from “Dr Who and The Tenth Planet”

He said: “There’s a lot of talent out there and I think the British film industry would prosper by using more black talent.”

Cameron joined the British merchant navy and arrived in the UK in 1939.

He told the Royal Gazette he made his debut in the chorus of Chu Chin Chow, a West End show, when he was working as a dishwasher at a restaurant and they needed someone quickly.

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Ryan Adams: Star writes apology and says ‘I will never be off the hook’ after abuse allegations | Ents & Arts News

Ryan Adams has written an apology for “all the ways I have mistreated people throughout my life and career” and said he is working to be “a better man”.

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has been out of the spotlight for more than a year, after being accused of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse by several women in 2019.

One of the women who made allegations about the star was his ex-wife, singer and actress Mandy Moore, who claimed he was psychologically abusive during their marriage.

Mandy Moore married Adams in 2009 but filed for divorce in 2015

Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and another female musician also made allegations about the star in a New York Times report published in February 2019.

At the time, Adams issued a statement admitting he was “not a perfect man” but disputed the accuracy of the reporting of the allegations, describing some as “outright false”.

Now, in an article written for the Daily Mail, the US star has apologised and said taking time out has made him realise he needs to change.

“There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career,” the 45-year-old wrote.

“All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realise that I needed to make significant changes in my life.”

The singer said he realises that “any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt”.

He continued: “I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back.

“To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull***t apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different.”

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Adams said that after realising the consequences of his actions he is working to “finally start to fix myself so I could be a better friend, a better partner, and a better man overall”.

The star said he is getting professional help to stay sober, but knows he will “never be off the hook” and is “fully accountable for my harmful behaviour”.

He also said he had been writing music during his time out of the spotlight, with most songs “about the lessons I’ve learned over the last few years”.

He concluded by saying: “I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.”

Adams launched his music career with the band Whiskeytown and made his solo debut in 2000 with the album Heartbreaker.

Also a songwriter and record producer, he has worked with some of the industry’s big names, including John Mayer, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.

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