Amber Heard’s make-up artist told a London court she concealed the star’s bruises with make-up before a 2015 appearance on James Corden

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Amber Heard appeared on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ in December 2015 alongside Luke Bracey and Wanda Sykes. CBS Television Distribution/The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • Amber Heard’s make-up artist, Melanie Inglessis, told the High Court in London that she concealed bruises on Heard’s face with make-up before the actress appeared on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” in 2015.
  • Johnny Depp is suing News Group Newspapers for a 2018 article in The Sun that called him a “wife beater” in reference to his former marriage with Heard.
  • Appearing as a witness, Heard told the High Court that the night before the talk show appearance, she had suffered “one of the worst and most violent nights” with Johnny Depp, accusing him of physical abuse that she says resulted in injuries to her face, which he denies.
  • Stylist Samantha McMillen had previously testified that she saw no marks or injuries on Heard on the day of the Corden talk show appearance.
  • However, Inglessis told the court she had “no other choice” than “to cover the injury on her [Heard’s] lip” with bright red lipstick.
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Amber Heard’s former make-up artist told the High Court in London that she covered up bruises on the actress’s face before her appearance on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” in 2015.

Make-up artist Melanie Inglessis appeared in court on Wednesdayas a witness for News Group Newspapers, which is being sued for libel by Johnny Depp over a 2018 article in The Sun that called him a “wife beater” in reference to his former marriage with Heard.

Depp denies these accusations and has counter-accused Heard of abusing him, which she denies.

In her witness statement on Monday (seen by Insider), Heard told the High Court that the night before her appearance on “The Late Late Show” was “one of the worst and most violent nights” she had experienced during her relationship with Depp that she says resulted in injuries to her face.

Johnny Depp arriving at court
Johnny Depp arriving at the High Court in London. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

According to the court transcripts, which Insider has seen, Heard described the acts of violence as including slapping, punching, and headbutting. Depp denies all accusations of physical abuse.

Depp’s lawyer Eleanor Laws QC pointed out in court that Heard appeared on Corden’s talk show the next day – December 15, 2015 – with no visible injuries.

“That’s what you looked like on the show, no injury is there?” Laws said on Wednesday. Heard replied that she had “tonnes of injuries.”

Inglessis appeared in court to provide evidence of the injuries on Wednesday.

Inglessis told the High Court that when she saw Heard before the Corden appearance, there were “missing chunks of hair on the top of the crown” of her head and that she had “no other choice” but “to cover the injury on her [Heard’s] lip” with bright red lipstick.

Her statement read: “When I saw Amber, I immediately noticed that she had a split lip and a bruise near her eye. I also saw that there was a chunk of hair missing from her head. Amber told me that Johnny had tried to suffocate her.”

Stylist Samantha McMillen had previously testified that she saw no marks or injuries on Heard on the day of the Corden talk show appearance. In her written statement, McMillen wrote: “I saw her throughout the day of December 16th, 2015, in good light, at close range, wearing no makeup. Throughout the day of December 16th, 2015, I could see clearly that Ms. Heard did not have any visible marks, bruises, cuts, or injuries to her face or any other part of her body.”

However, Inglessis dismissed McMillen’s comments, saying that McMillen saw Heard after Inglessis had hidden the marks with concealer.

Laws also cited medical notes that said a nurse, Erin Boerum, had examined Heard after the alleged incident and also saw no visible injuries bar a bleeding lip. Laws then suggested that Heard could have bitten her own lip on purpose to fake an injury.

Heard denied this and said: “I had two black eyes, a broken nose, a broken rib … I had bruises all over my body.”

Heard and Inglessis also denied fabricating bruises on Heard’s body in order to frame Depp for the alleged injuries after Laws suggested they could have been fake.

Amber Heard arriving at court
Amber Heard arriving at the High Court in London. Samir Hussein/WireImage

The case between Depp and The Sun started on July 7, and has so far included testimony from Depp, Heard, as well as from Depp’s famous exes including Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis.

Depp and Heard first met on the set of the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary” and were later married in 2015. Heard filed for divorce two years later in 2017.

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