Amber Heard had "extramarital affairs" with Elon Musk, the Tesla founder, and the actor James Franco, lawyers for her ex-husband Johnny Depp claimed in court yesterday. Depp is awaiting a decision on whether his libel claim against The Sun over allegations he was violent towards Heard will go ahead next week. The 57-year-old actor is suing the tabloid's publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article which referred to him as a "wife beater". The Sun's legal team made a last-ditch attempt to strike out Depp's claim yesterday, arguing that he had breached a court order by not handing over what were referred to as "Australia drugs texts" between Depp and his assistant, Nathan Holmes. David Sherborne, representing Depp, also asked for "all communications" between Heard and a contact saved in her phone as "Rocketman", who Depp claims is Elon Musk, and between her and actor James Franco. Mr Sherborne told the court that Heard had an affair with each of the two men while she was going out with or married to Depp. David Price QC, representing Heard, resisted the application for disclosure.
Florence Pugh has apologised for cultural appropriation after admitting she wore cornrows as a teenager. The 24-year-old actress, who is best known for her roles in Little Women and Midsommer, was responding to criticism that she wore cornrows when she was 18 and painted henna on her body. Responding to the comments in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests, Pugh posted a statement via her Instagram on Friday to apologise for her actions. The actress said that she had disrespected other cultures as a teenager and that she hadn’t heard the term “cultural appropriation” until a friend at the time criticised the way she’d styled her hair. As a teenager, Pugh wore tight braids, which originate from African culture. “She began to explain to me what cultural appropriation was, the history and heartbreak over how when black girls do it they’re mocked and judged, but when white girls do it, it’s only then perceived as cool,” Pugh wrote to her 1.5million followers. She also explained that at the time, she was defensive about the issue, which she said she now recognises as an indicator of her own “white fragility”. In her statement she also revealed that one of her fans criticised her on Instagram for appropriating Rastafarian culture as a 17-year-old. “I was reminded of a photo when I was 17. I braided my hair and painted a beanie with the Jamaican flag colours and went to a friend’s house; proud of my Rastafarian creation. I then posted about it the next day with a caption that paraphrased the lyrics to Shaggy’s song ‘Bombastic’.” “At the time I honestly did not think that I was doing anything wrong,” she said. “Growing up as white and privileged allowed me to get that far and not know.” Her comments come at a time when businesses are being rebranded and historic monuments and statues are being reconsidered in light of their controversial links to the colonial past. Pugh also explained how she befriended a shop owner when she was eight-years-old who taught her how to apply henna. “There wasn’t a summer where I didn’t henna my hands, feet, my family’s hands and feet, my friends – I was obsessed,” she wrote. However she went on to write that in 2017, when henna and bindis “became a trend” she was annoyed that “a culture was being abused for profit”. “I thought because I was taught about [henna] differently, I was an exception,” she wrote. “And here’s the problem. I wasn’t actually being respectful in how I was using it. I wore this culture on my terms only, to parties, at dinner. I too was disrespecting the beauty of the religion that had been taught to me those years ago.” Pugh ended her statement with another apology: “I cannot dismiss the actions I bought into years ago, but I believe that we who were blind to such things must acknowledge them and recognise them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologise profusely that it took this long.”
The Queen has been pictured horse riding in her first public appearance since lockdown began. Over the weekend she took Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old fell pony, for a ride in the 655-acre Windsor Home Park. Her Majesty wore a headscarf featuring jockeys’ silks. Horse racing, of which the Queen is known to be a huge fan, begins again today after being stopped during the coronavirus lockdown. She has been with the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, where she spent her 94th birthday on April 21 in lockdown and has continued official duties. The Queen delivered her VE Day anniversary message to Britain from Windsor Castle last month, reminding the country to “never give up, never despair”. She recently sent her best wishes to this year’s “unique” virtual Chelsea Flower Show, commenting that her grandmother Queen Mary would have been delighted to know that gardening had become a national pastime.
Prince Harry has said there was “no other option” than to stand down from royal duties, in a speech referring to the “powerful force” of the media.The Duke of Sussex, at a private dinner for the Sentebale charity on Sunday night, explained why he and his wife Meghan Markle had made the decision.
Chinese New Year is fast approaching – and with it comes a host of superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next 12 months will play out for each of us.
Gillian Anderson has said that it would “be the end” of her relationship with her playwright partner if they lived together, as their separate homes means she is free from doing his household chores.
An investigation has been launched after a Royal Mail lorry was caught on camera pushing a car sideways along the A40 at high speed – with the vehicle only coming to a stop once it was flagged down by other drivers including singer songwriter Ellie Goulding.The vehicle had been driving eastbound in the direction of the nearby Princess Royal Distribution Centre in Ealing, west London at around 10am when it collided with the Golf GTI.
Benedict Cumberbatch has warned that the drama industry must remove the barriers preventing students from less affluent backgrounds from getting a foot in the door..
Dev Griffin said he was sad his Strictly ride had to end so soon, after his shock elimination from the competition.
A teenager has been left blind and deaf after living off a diet of chips, crisps and sausages.The youngster’s family, from Bristol, realised something was seriously wrong when he began to lose his hearing at the age of 14.
The Great British Bake Off has unveiled its youngest ever line-up, with half of their new contestants in their 20s.
A pair of tourists face up to six years in prison after allegedly stealing a large quantity of sand from the pristine beaches of Sardinia.
Actress Emma Watson has urged women to understand their rights as she helped launch a legal advice line for those who are suffering sexual harassment at work.
Pensioners should not stop taking statins just because they feel healthy, scientists have warned after finding that doing so may boost the risk of heart attack by nearly half.
Supermarket fridges should be closed, campaigners have said as it emerges that the appliances use up one per cent of all UK electricity.