Johnny Depp's Former Body Guard Says He Acts Like Jack Sparrow In Real Life

Johnny Depp's Former Body Guard Says He Acts Like Jack Sparrow In Real Life

Rick Wood who worked with the actor in 2015 said that Amber Heard often starts the drama in the relationship.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continue to make headlines over abuse allegations.

Johnny Depp is currently undergoing a trial as part of his libel action against The Sun, the tabloid that called him a "wife-beater" in a 2018 article.

People close to Depp and Heard have defended the Pirates of The Caribbean actor. They said he isn't the kind of guy capable of hurting women, much more his then-wife.

Among those who testified on behalf of Depp are his bodyguards Malcolm Connolly and Rick Wood.

Rick Wood was hired by Depp in 2015 when he was shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He was the head security guard at the Queensland mansion, where the then newlywed couple stayed in 2015. 

Rick Wood

The 57-year-old bodyguard said he doesn't think Depp is capable of the abuse he's being accused with. He says the actor stays true to his character, even off-camera.

Wood said his experience in his industry taught him how to identify 'who's a wife-beater and who's not', and Depp is certainly not one of them.

"He stays in character, so he's pretty much Jack Sparrow – great bloke. I couldn't see it in him, and in my industry, you know who's a wife-beater and who's not," Wood recently revealed via 9news.

Wood also revealed that Heard often starts the drama in the relationship, recalling a time when she pretended to pack her things and leave the mansion when the couple gets into arguments.

'I hate to say it, but she stirs the pot,'

'She made up this big drama that she was leaving... Taxis would turn up, and we'd have to turn them away,'

'And then we'd pick up the suitcases, and they were empty. Nothing in them at all. It was all for drama.' Wood said. 

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

Previously, another bodyguard has also defended Depp's character in a sworn statement.

Testifying on the 6th day of the court trial, Malcolm Connolly said he saw Depp in distress with his finger severed and a cigarette burn on his face. 

Conolly also said he invented the false story that Depp damaged his hand himself to "protect (the film) production," and because of the "usual victim pattern," he had seen in jail where victims tend to protect their abuser.

"The usual victim pattern is to protect the abuser for some reason, you know the psychological bullying … they fit the same criteria; they never come forward with the information," Conolly said via  The Guardian.

Johnny Depp's severed finger allegedly cut by Heard after she throws a bottle of Vodka at him. Heard claims Depp cut his finger himself in a 'fit of rage'.

Conolly has worked with Depp for more than 16 years and said he's never seen the actor lay a finger on the Aquaman actress.

The bodyguard also added that his previous work in prison had enabled him to recognize when people are being bullied.

The controversial article was written by Dan Wootton and originally published under the title "Gone Potty - How can JK Rowling be 'genuinely happy' casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?"

The article's title has since been updated, and the libelous word 'wife-beater' has been removed. 

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