Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s former housemate and a good friend who witnessed the turbulence of their marriage advised the libel trial on Friday how the previous was blackmailed by his ex-wife over the accidents that she faked.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise star is suing the writer and govt editor of Britain’s The Solar newspaper in London’s Excessive Courtroom over a 2018 story branding him a “wife-beater.”
The Solar says it may possibly show the 57-year-old abused the 34-year-old mannequin and actress on 14 events earlier than their two-year marriage fell aside in 2017.
Depp kicked off proceedings final week by admitting he advised Heard after a very violent encounter. the 2 have been “a criminal offense scene ready to occur.”
However, the focus shifted from the actor’s alleged tendency to smash issues up whereas excessive or drunk to Heard’s credibility as Depp’s varied bodyguards and employees took the stand this week.
Depp’s childhood good friend Isaac Baruch—an artist who lived within the couple’s 5 penthouse condo advanced in Los Angeles—stated footage of Heard’s accidents leaked to the media has been “phony-baloney.”
“She had filed fraudulent home violence declare to push her hand and extort and blackmail him within the divorce,” Baruch stated.
‘Not a single bruise.’
One picture in the query reveals the correct facet of Heard’s face around her eye coated in purple markings.
However, Depp’s good friend stated he noticed Heard from “12 inches away” the subsequent day, and her pores and skin were clear.
“I did not see a single bruise, redness, mark, or the red-tinted cellphone imprint that was marketed in (magazines). Not something,” Baruch stated.
Lawyer Sasha Wass, representing The Solar’s publishers Information Group Newspapers (NGN), tried to solid Baruch as an unreliable witness who relied on Depp for his livelihood.
She is famous that Depp gave Baruch free lodging and tens of hundreds of dollars 12 months in dwelling bills.
Wass additionally requested how Baruch may make sure Heard was not overlaying up her bruises with make-up.
Baruch stated he was “100 p.c positive” as a result of the noticed Heard 4 extra occasions over the subsequent three days.
“I noticed no marks of any type on both facet of the face,” he stated.
‘I hid it.’
Heard has been attending the hearings each day; however, they will solely enter the witness field for the first time Monday.
She will count on to be grilled by Depp’s lawyer about whether or not she had staged or, in any other case, misrepresented any of the images of her face submitted to the court docket.
The Solar’s legal professionals stated they acquired a discover from Depp’s staff Friday, claiming that round 20 of the pictures had been “tailored or manipulated.”
Depp’s legal professionals stated the image Baruch was being requested about had been “photoshopped.”
Choose Andrew Nicol agreed to look into the matter additional subsequent week.
However, Wass offered an audio recording during which Heard advised one among her employees that she coated up her bruises in public.
“I hid it from everybody,” Heard stated within the undated recording performed in court docket.
The case was adjourned till Monday.