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ALISON BOSHOFF reveals how Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are letting their hair down outside court

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They are battling out the libel trial of the decade. But Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have not let their clashes in court spoil their enjoyment of life in London.

LUXURY HANGOUTS 

Team Johnny

Depp, 57, was staying in a £2,000-a-night suite at the Savoy at the start of the trial, but soon moved to the Corinthia around the corner.

The seven premium suites cost up to £20,000-a-night for the Royal which has four bedrooms and bathrooms – making it perfect for someone like Depp who is constantly in the company of a two-man security detail.

All suites come with a butler and access to a private walk-in wine cellar. Staff at the Corinthia are fond of the actor and say he is always polite and friendly. He has been ‘staying in’, eating room service. His favourite food is fried chicken or anything Mexican.

In contrast to his hell-raising days, he is going to bed by 11pm to be fresh for court.

Miss Heard, 34, has chosen to stay at the trendy boutique Ham Yard Hotel where rooms are designed by acclaimed interior expert Kit Kemp. She is pictured with her girlfriend Bianca Butti

Miss Heard, 34, has chosen to stay at the trendy boutique Ham Yard Hotel where rooms are designed by acclaimed interior expert Kit Kemp. She is pictured with her girlfriend Bianca Butti

Miss Heard, 34, has chosen to stay at the trendy boutique Ham Yard Hotel where rooms are designed by acclaimed interior expert Kit Kemp. She is pictured with her girlfriend Bianca Butti 

Team Amber

Miss Heard, 34, has chosen to stay at the trendy boutique Ham Yard Hotel where rooms are designed by acclaimed interior expert Kit Kemp and suites cost up to £4,500-a-night. The rooms overlook the hotel’s pretty courtyard. There is a well-regarded spa on site and a hairdresser who may be responsible for Miss Heard’s elaborate signature plaits.

RIGHT-HAND MEN AND WOMEN  

Team Johnny

Among those testifying for Depp is Stephen Deuters. The 41-year-old Briton has been working with Depp for 15 years and is now European president of the star’s movie production company Infinitum Nihil.

Deuters and his film executive wife Georgina – known as Gina – live in north London. When Depp was spotted at a pub in Belgravia last Sunday he was with Gina. Their group spent all afternoon in a private room at the Alfred Tennyson.

Depp emerged sporting a large Rasta-style hat and puffing on a hand-rolled cigarette. He was followed out by Gina, 42, who was driven back to the Corinthia with him at about 8pm. This week she declined to comment on Depp.

Team Amber

The actress is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti, whom she has been dating for seven months. They were first spotted kissing in California in January.

While in London, they have fallen into the habit of taking late afternoon walks after court finishes to tourist landmarks such as the House of Commons. They’ve also been browsing in Oxford Street.

Miss Butti, 38, has worked in Hollywood as an actress, set designer and film-maker.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and ran an Instagram account called @buttibeatsit covering her fight. Her cancer returned last year and there is a GoFundMe page seeking money to pay for her treatment.

She wrote: ‘I need help, I need so much help and I have a hard time asking for it. Already the medical bills are way above my head and there are just more every day. My goal is to reach $60k (£47,000).’ So far, $19,000 (£15,000) has been raised.

Depp, 57, was staying in a £2,000-a-night suite at the Savoy at the start of the trial, but soon moved to the Corinthia around the corner

Depp, 57, was staying in a £2,000-a-night suite at the Savoy at the start of the trial, but soon moved to the Corinthia around the corner

Depp, 57, was staying in a £2,000-a-night suite at the Savoy at the start of the trial, but soon moved to the Corinthia around the corner

CELEB BACKERS  

Team Johnny

Guitar hero Jeff Beck has been lending support to Depp behind the scenes.

The Hi Ho Silver Lining star, 76, had Depp to stay at his house in Sussex in January and the actor also spent time with him immediately before the case started this month.

Depp is a guitar enthusiast and plays in a band called the Hollywood Vampires.

Beck played on their 2019 album and Depp previously stayed with him in early 2019 when the actor was spotted at the local pub wearing a cowboy hat and scarf.

Earlier this summer, he spent time at Beck’s mansion with the guitarist and wife Sandra in order to prepare for court and enjoy jamming sessions.

The two men released a cover version of the John Lennon song Isolation in May.

The libel battle against The Sun arises from an article which criticised Depp’s author friend JK Rowling for continuing to cast him as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts films. Rowling has spoken in support of Depp. She bought his yacht in 2016.

Team Amber

Australian author Kathy Lette is a close friend of Miss Heard’s barrister Jennifer Robinson and organised a party for her two weekends ago at her north London house.

Miss Butti went, as did TV host Sandi Toksvig and her wife. Miss Lette denied that singer Kylie Minogue dialled in on Zoom.

Meanwhile, Cherie Booth, the QC and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has talked to Miss Heard’s legal team ‘in a personal capacity.’ She met the actress at an event in New York last year.

Miss Heard has also been in contact with Labour MP Jess Phillips. Both women are campaigning to stamp out domestic violence.

SECRET WEAPONS  

Team Johnny

Depp’s controversial lawyer Adam Waldman has been front and centre in the trial. He is understood to be staying with him at the Corinthia.

The two men have been friends for three years and Waldman has presided over legal actions against Depp’s former manager and lawyer.

Team Amber

Miss Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez travelled with her to lend support and was a witness in court this week. Whitney had a ringside seat for much of the marriage and lived in one of Depp’s apartments in Los Angeles. She has a young daughter Hunter. Amber and Whitney went out to a Mayfair club until 1.40am in the first week of the trial.

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Man, 38, faked cancer to stop girlfriend, 50, leaving him

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A father-of-three council worker, 38, faked cancer by walking with a cane and swallowing 20 vitamin pills a day as his ‘medication’ in a ploy to to stop his girlfriend, 50, from leaving him.

Kevin Bevis lied about being terminally ill to Karen Gregory, even asking her to travel with him to hospital for fake treatment.

The 38-year-old, who worked for Gravesend Borough Council housing department, also convinced Ms Gregory’s friends, who sponsored him in a cancer charity run.

But his deceit came to an end when Ms Gregory went to the police after Bevis became violent and he was jailed for 18 months.

Kevin Bevis, 38, pictured with Karen Gregory, 50. In May 2017, the father-of-three told her he had stomach cancer but the act came to an end in December last year

Kevin Bevis, 38, pictured with Karen Gregory, 50. In May 2017, the father-of-three told her he had stomach cancer but the act came to an end in December last year

Kevin Bevis, 38, pictured with Karen Gregory, 50. In May 2017, the father-of-three told her he had stomach cancer but the act came to an end in December last year

Ms Gregory was put off by his repeated requests to go swinging and was going to end the relationship when Bevis said he had ‘cancer’.

She felt so sorry for him that she eventually slept with other men to please him.

Ms Gregory, from West Malling in Kent, said: ‘I just took his word for it.. He was with me when I lost my auntie to cancer, how can anyone lie about such a thing?

‘It’s hard because people on the outside think ‘how can you be so stupid?’ but he went to such lengths.’

Bevis, from nearby Sittingbourne, would swallow 20 vitamin pills per day as part of the act.

Ms Gregory would drive him to supposed chemotherapy appointments who he would not allow to come in and support him.

She also helped Bevis walk around the garden using a cane because he claimed to be too weak to stand unaided.

He even pretended to collapse in front on the neighbours when his girlfriend was out.

Ms Gregory said: ‘He would say he didn’t want me seeing him like that. I would pick him up and he would come out with bandages and tell me all about the nurses there.

‘He would have the medication, a box of pills, throughout the day.

Bevis even lied to his parents about having the deadly disease to keep up the charade

Bevis even lied to his parents about having the deadly disease to keep up the charade

Bevis even lied to his parents about having the deadly disease to keep up the charade

‘I found out they were just vitamins and supplements. I found a big bag of tablets hidden in the shed when I was clearing out his things.’

The pair initially met through a Facebook group in 2016 and Ms Gregory was attracted to Bevis after seeing pictures of him doing a charity head shave and walk, and said he behaved like a gentleman.

She said: ‘He was really nice. He acted like a gentleman and was old fashioned, it made a change really.’

Three months into their relationship, Ms Gregory wanted to break things off with Bevis due to his ‘sexual urges’ and them being incompatible.

She said: ‘He wanted to do swinging but I’m not into all that, so I thought it would be a problem. But he insisted he would never make me do any of that.’

But in May 2017, he told her he had stomach cancer.

Ms Gregory said: ‘I was speechless. He said “aren’t you going to give me a cuddle?” And then the cancer got worse and worse.’

The mother-of-three had just started spending a lot more time with her teenager daughter and believes Bevis wanted more attention.

Ms Gregory travelled up to Guy’s St Thomas’ Hospital in London under the impression that Bevis could ‘see a consultant’ but again was banned from coming in with him.

To be even more convincing, Bevis purposefully would not eat much at the home they shared together and used the cancer as an excuse not to cook.

The mass manipulator even lied to his parents about having the deadly disease in order to keep up the charade.

Council worker Bevis, above, was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court

Council worker Bevis, above, was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court

Council worker Bevis, above, was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court

Miss Gregory said: ‘I was standing next to him as he broke the news to his mum and dad.

‘If he can lie like that to his parents, you have got to believe it.’

Bevis escalated his lies, first saying that he also had mouth cancer and later a brain tumour and that he would die in two years.

At this point, Ms Gregory had serious misgivings about their relationships but felt unable to leave him and began booking special experiences and nights away to make his last days better.

Her friends even paid for a hot air balloon trip and she started making a memory box full of photos for his mother to keep when Bevis died.

She said: ‘How can you leave someone who is dying? I thought I would try and make it the best I could for him.’

Bevis persistently asked Ms Gregory to have sex with other men as part of his sexual fantasies and, although she did not want to, she eventually relented and had intercourse with three different men.

She said: ‘You do it because you want to make that person happy in their final year, or so I thought. I should never have given in.

‘I did love him but I wasn’t madly in love with him. A friend used to say to me, ‘you don’t love him, you care for him.’

Ms Gregory also helped Bevis, above, walk around the garden using a cane because he claimed to be too weak to stand unaided

Ms Gregory also helped Bevis, above, walk around the garden using a cane because he claimed to be too weak to stand unaided

Ms Gregory also helped Bevis, above, walk around the garden using a cane because he claimed to be too weak to stand unaided

As the lies continued, Ms Gregory stood on the side-lines cheering Bevis on as he completed the Canterbury Half Marathon and Great South Run, raising money for cancer charities.

She had begged Bevis not to take part in the events as she believed he had overcome tremendous pain to do so.

He stopped running three miles before the finish line in Canterbury, telling a fellow runner about his supposed illness.

Bevis repeatedly assaulted Ms Gregory, each time pinning her down and wrapping his hands around her throat.

The last time he said, ‘I could kill you, I’ve got nothing to live for’, in reference to the supposed cancer.

He later blamed his violence on the steroids he claimed to be taking as part of his treatment.

The act came to an end in December 2019, when Miss Gregory asked the police about her partner’s background under Claire’s Law and encouraged by her daughter.

In a meeting, she told the police he was violent and Bevis was arrested the next day.

He admitted to lying about his illnesses after police looked through his medical records and Ms Gregory was told of the deceit on the phone.

She said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. It was like something you read in a magazine.’

Bevis was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to stay away from Ms Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court.

Ghulam Humayun, defending, said Bevis was very sorry for taking an ‘extreme measure’ by claiming cancer because he feared losing his girlfriend.

More than six months since the relationship ended, Miss Gregory still has nightmares about Bevis and says she will probably get counselling.

She believes if she had never gone to the police, Bevis would still be lying to her now.

The courageous mother said she wants people to know how much help was offered to her from the police and witness and victim support after the revelation.

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A bizarre video has emerged showing a car wash worker spraying the inside of a 4WD with a high-pressure hose, but the owner of the business says it’s nothing out of the ordinary. 

The footage, shot in Bunbury, Western Australia, shows the employee at the Sparklers car wash drenching the inside of the vehicle water.   

Business owner Deep Singh said the method is common among car detailers and was commonly used in off-road vehicles. 

A bizarre video (pictured) showing a car wash employee spraying the inside of a 4WD with a high-pressure hose was defended by the business owner as a common cleaning method

A bizarre video (pictured) showing a car wash employee spraying the inside of a 4WD with a high-pressure hose was defended by the business owner as a common cleaning method

A bizarre video (pictured) showing a car wash employee spraying the inside of a 4WD with a high-pressure hose was defended by the business owner as a common cleaning method

He said customers were always asked for permission before the high-powered hose is used on the interior. 

‘If a person asks for a proper detail, we do it, it also depends on the car,’ he told Perth Now.

He also said in many cases the seats were removed beforehand.  

The footage was shared on social media and garnered hundreds of comments.

‘Detailed for four years and never had a problem pressure washing the doors,’ one man wrote. 

Others were shocked by the little-known method. 

‘Is that the worker? I thought it must have been the car owner!’ a social media user wrote.  

Others raised concerns about potential damage to the vehicle’s electronics and interior. 

Mr Singh said he was yet to receive negative feedback after detailing the inside of a vehicle. 

The video (pictured) was shared online with other car detailers also defending the method while other social media users were stunned by what they saw

The video (pictured) was shared online with other car detailers also defending the method while other social media users were stunned by what they saw

The video (pictured) was shared online with other car detailers also defending the method while other social media users were stunned by what they saw 

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A doctor was punched in the face by his ex-wife outside the £450,000 countryside home he shared with a hospital nurse with whom he’d had an affair, a court heard.

Consultant anaesthetist Dr Anthony Doyle was ‘shocked’ when Vicki Doyle struck him with a clenched fist to the side of the face after he called her a ‘psychopath’ in an ugly row.

The couple had been married for 20 years and had two children together before Mr Doyle had an affair with hospital nurse Sarah Williams in 2018.

Tensions boiled over in January when Mrs Doyle, an NHS administrator, took their daughter to see her father  at his home in Bradford Peverell, Dorset, after the two had an argument over the phone.

When the teenager became upset on the doorstep the 53-year-old got out of her car to intervene.

During the ensuing argument, he repeatedly called Mrs Doyle a psychopath, magistrates heard.

She struck him across the face and Ms Williams, who was inside the house at the time, called the police. 

Mrs Doyle was arrested and later charged with assault by beating. She denied the charge, but was found guilty following a magistrates’ court trial. 

In January this year Mrs Doyle (pictured), an NHS administrator, took their daughter to see her father after the two had an argument over the phone.

In January this year Mrs Doyle (pictured), an NHS administrator, took their daughter to see her father after the two had an argument over the phone.

Dr Anthony Doyle (pictured) was ¿shocked¿ when Vicki Doyle struck him with a clenched fist to the side of the face after he called her a ¿psychopath¿ in an ugly row

Dr Anthony Doyle (pictured) was ¿shocked¿ when Vicki Doyle struck him with a clenched fist to the side of the face after he called her a ¿psychopath¿ in an ugly row

Dr Anthony Doyle (pictured right) was ‘shocked’ when Vicki Doyle (pictured left) struck him with a clenched fist to the side of the face after he called her a ‘psychopath’ in an ugly row

Tensions boiled over in January outside Dr Doyle's home in Bradford Peverell, Dorset (pictured)

Tensions boiled over in January outside Dr Doyle's home in Bradford Peverell, Dorset (pictured)

Tensions boiled over in January outside Dr Doyle’s home in Bradford Peverell, Dorset (pictured)

Harrison Willis, prosecuting, told Poole Magistrates’ Court: ‘Mr Doyle was at home with his partner Sarah Williams and had been on the phone to his daughter.

‘Following that she and the defendant arrived at the address. He invited his daughter in but things got heated.

‘He made comments along the lines of ‘you’re behaving like a psychopath’.

‘At this point the crown say the defendant hit her ex-partner once to the side of his face.’

Giving evidence, Mr Doyle, who works at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, said the punch nearly knocked him to the ground.

He said: ‘My daughter was actually walking away and the next thing I knew I felt a punch on my right cheek.

Dr Doyle was living in the home in the Dorset village, pictured, with nurse Sarah Williams, whom he had had an affair with in 2018

Dr Doyle was living in the home in the Dorset village, pictured, with nurse Sarah Williams, whom he had had an affair with in 2018

Dr Doyle was living in the home in the Dorset village, pictured, with nurse Sarah Williams, whom he had had an affair with in 2018

‘It nearly knocked me over and was with a clenched fist. I fell back and felt shocked and surprised. I was not expecting it.

‘There was physical pain but no lasting injuries and no medical attention was needed.’

Mr Doyle initially made no mention of the affair but admitted it when pressed by defence solicitor Lee Christmas.

Mr Christmas said: ‘You’ve said that the relationship ended in December 2018 and your relationship with Sarah Williams began two years ago but that is not strictly true is it?

‘Is it not true that the marriage ended because you had an affair with your current partner?’

Mr Doyle responded: ‘Yes, that is true.’

Mrs Doyle admitted that she ‘lashed out’ but said she acted to protect herself and her daughter from verbal abuse.

She also called on the legal system to treat mental injuries as seriously as physical injuries.

Giving evidence, Mr Doyle, who works at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, said the punch nearly knocked him to the ground

Giving evidence, Mr Doyle, who works at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, said the punch nearly knocked him to the ground

Giving evidence, Mr Doyle, who works at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, said the punch nearly knocked him to the ground

She told magistrates: ‘This is someone I spent 26 years with and I hung on his every word.

‘When he tells me I have a personality disorder, I believe him.

‘If I had gone to his house, knocked on his door and slapped him in the face then I would understand all this but that is not what happened.

‘I lashed out to protect my little girl and myself.

‘People can harm you with more than fists and that is something the legal system should take into account.’

After hearing all the evidence over the two hour trial, magistrates found Mrs Doyle guilty of assault by beating.

She was handed a 12 month suspended sentence and a year-long restraining order preventing any contact with Mr Doyle.

She was also ordered to pay £321 in costs to the court.

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