Johnny Depp Lawyers Discredit Amber Heard Domestic Violence Claims
Johnny Depp’s lawyers are looking to discredit a claim by his ex-wife Amber Heard that he threw a mobile telephone at her in May 2016 and hit her in the face.
The testimony by Isaac Baruch, a longtime friend of Depp, on the second day of defamation case filed by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star against Heard is being used in this regard.
Depp had filed a defamation suit against Heard after a column she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018, where she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Although Depp was not mentioned in the case, he is suing the actress for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.
On the other hand, Heard countersued for $100 million, claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.
She also alleged that Depp hit her in the face with a mobile phone on the evening of May 21, 2016, during an argument. And while the police were called, a report was not filed.
Two days after the incident, she asked for a divorce two days later and sought a restraining order against Depp on May 25, appearing in a Los Angeles court with a mark on her face.
Baruch, who lived in the same building as Depp and Heard, testified to seeing her in the corridor a day after the alleged phone-throwing incident.
When asked Heard if Depp had hit her, he revealed that she had said, “She goes, ‘yeah, he threw a phone at me and hit me,'” as he inspected her face.
But also noted that “I’m looking at her forehead, I’m looking at the side of her eye, I’m looking at her cheek, I’m looking at her chin, I’m looking at the other side of the face, I’m looking at the whole thing and I don’t see anything.”
“I don’t see a cut, a bruise, swelling, redness.”
He also claimed that he gave “her a hug and kissed her” on the side of the face where she was allegedly hit.
Baruch learnt days after that she had asked for a divorce, and he saw a picture of her in the news with a mark on her cheek, noting that he had never known Depp to be violent or witnessed any physical violence between the couple.
Heard’s lawyers told the jury on Tuesday that while under the influence, Depp physically and sexually abused Heard, during which he became a “monster.”
Depp filed the defamation complaint against Heard in the United States after he lost the libel case in London in November 2020.