Johnny Depp attorneys search to discredit ex-wife home violence claims

Attorneys for actor Johnny Depp sought on Wednesday to discredit a declare by his ex-wife Amber Heard that he threw a cellular phone at her in Could 2016 and hit her within the face. The testimony, by Isaac Baruch, a longtime buddy of Depp, got here on the second day of the blockbuster defamation case filed by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star towards Heard. Depp, 58, filed the swimsuit after Heard, 35, wrote a column for The Washington Submit in December 2018 by which she described herself as a “public determine representing home abuse.”

The actress by no means named Depp, whom she met in 2009 on the set of the movie “The Rum Diary,” however he sued her for implying he was a home abuser and is in search of $50 million in damages. Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant bodily violence and abuse” at his palms. Heard has alleged that Depp hit her within the face with a cell phone on the night of Could 21, 2016, throughout an argument. Police had been referred to as however didn’t file a report.

Actor Amber Heard speaks together with her authorized staff as she attends Johnny Depp’s defamation trial towards her on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse.

Heard requested for a divorce two days later and sought a restraining order towards Depp on Could 25, showing in a Los Angeles court docket with a mark on her face. Baruch, who lived in the identical constructing as Depp and Heard, testified that he noticed her within the hall a day after the alleged phone-throwing incident. Baruch, who has identified Depp since 1980 and had his lease and a few of his bills paid by the actor, stated he requested Heard if Depp had hit her.

“She goes, ‘yeah, he threw a cellphone at me and hit me,’” Baruch stated, including that he inspected her face. “I’m taking a look at her brow, I’m trying together with her eye, I’m taking a look at her cheek, I’m taking a look at her chin, I’m trying on the different facet of the face, I’m taking a look at the entire thing and I don’t see something,” he stated. “I don’t see a lower, a bruise, swelling, redness.” Baruch stated he gave “her a hug and kissed her” on the facet of the face the place she was allegedly struck. Baruch stated he discovered a number of days later that Heard had requested for a divorce and he noticed an image of her within the information with a mark on her cheek.

He stated he had by no means identified Depp to be violent or witnessed any bodily violence between the couple. Heard’s attorneys informed the jury on Tuesday that Depp bodily and sexually abused Heard throughout drug- and alcohol-fueled benders throughout which he turned a “monster.” Depp filed the defamation criticism towards Heard in the US after shedding a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he introduced towards The Solar for calling him a “wife-beater.” – AFP



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