Johnny Depp’s Friend Isaac Baruch Cries During Amber Heard Libel Trial
Johnny Depp’s multi-million libel lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, continues in Virginia. The court heard from the actor’s sister Christi Dembrowski, who also acted in part as his business manager, and artist friend and neighbor Isaac Baruch, who gave particularly colorful and moving testimony.
Depp claims a 2018 article written by Heard in The Washington Post – in which she spoke about domestic violence against women – implied that Depp, her former husband, was an abuser.
Although the 35-year-old didn’t name the actor, Depp’s lawyers say Heard’s allegations have made it difficult for the 58-year-old to land the roles he had before.
Depp is known for starring in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Sweeney Todd and Charlie and the chocolate factory. Heard has appeared in titles such as Aquaman and driving angry.
He is seeking $50m (£38.2m) in damages at the trial at Fairfax County Courthouse. Heard has meanwhile filed a libel counterclaim against Depp, whom she divorced in 2017, for nuisance.
Depp has already lost a UK libel case against a British newspaperThe sun regarding the claims in Heard’s 2018 article.
ICYMI: Heard accuses Depp of sexual assault with a bottle of alcohol
Explosive new allegations have been made by Amber Heard about her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, during opening arguments in his $50million defamation lawsuit.
Ms Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, claimed that Mr Depp sexually assaulted Heard using a bottle of alcohol during a drunken episode.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 14, 2022 10:00 a.m.
ICYMI: Opening Statements – Lawyers claim Amber Heard is a ‘compulsive liar’
The legal team representing Johnny Depp in the defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard have made their opening statements, with Mr Depp’s lawyers describing Ms Heard as a compulsive and chronic liar who used the allegations she has brought against the actor as a way to advance his own career.
They claimed she wanted to portray herself as a heroic survivor of abuse.
Lawyers also noted Mr Depp’s drug and alcohol use, but argued that a substance abuse problem does not prove he ever hurt Ms Heard.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 14, 2022 09:00
ICYMI: Fans, stars and a flurry of questions
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were both present for the first day of the defamation case between them in Virginia, reports Clémence Michallon from Fairfax.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 14, 2022 08:00
Johnny Depp called Amber Heard a ‘c**t’ and texted a friend about her ‘rotting corpse’, court hears
Johnny Depp once called Amber Heard a “c**t” and referenced her “rotting corpse” in a text message to a friend, a US court heard on Wednesday (April 13).
The message was read in connection with the defamation case between Depp and Heard in Fairfax, Virginia.
Witnesses on the day included Depp’s longtime friend Isaac Baruch, whom Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, asked: “Do you remember Mr. Depp once telling you that he hoped that Amber Heard’s decomposing corpse is decomposing in the f*****g trunk of a Honda Civic?”
Baruch pointed to a monitor on which the message was displayed and said, “Yeah. Well, I say yes – I see it here, so obviously, yes, it’s been said. It was written.”
Clémence Michallon has the whole story
Peony HirwaniApril 14, 2022 06:40
Depp’s friend insists the actor and his wife were a ‘loving’ couple
A friend of Johnny Depp testified on day three of the libel trial between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Isaac Baruch was called to testify on Wednesday, April 13 in Fairfax, Virginia. He spoke after the end of cross-examination of Mr. Depp’s sister, Christi Dembrowski.
Mr Baruch said he first met Mr Depp when they were both teenagers in Florida, playing in bands. He testified for a few hours, giving colorful testimony that sometimes drew smiles and laughter from others in the courthouse – including Mr Depp and Ms Heard themselves.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 14, 2022 06:00
Earlier: Depp’s sister says Heard called him ‘old and fat’ and his family ‘devastated’ by marriage
Johnny Depp’s sister says Amber Heard called him “old and fat” and the actor’s family was “devastated” by his marriage to her.
Christi Dembrowski made the statements while speaking as the first witness in the multimillion-dollar Virginia libel lawsuit, in which Depp claims a 2018 article about domestic violence she wrote for The Washington Post implied that he was an aggressor.
She told the court that while she saw Ms Heard ‘being nice’ to her brother, she also saw her ‘not being nice’ and gave details of one such confrontation.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 14, 2022 04:30
Depp smiles when court hears he’s obsessed with Elon Musk
The actor appeared to stifle a laugh during opening statements in the case, when Ms Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, told the 11-person civil jury that “Johny Depp is obsessed with Elon Musk”.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 14, 2022 03:00
Piers Morgan calls Heard and Depp ‘supreme narcissists’ amid ongoing legal battle
In an opinion column for the New York PostMorgan wrote: “I can honestly say the number of f***s I give about this pair of shameless, self-obsessed whiny wasters could be written on the back of Genital mycoplasmathe smallest living organism on the planet.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 14, 2022 12:00 a.m.
Depp’s tearful friend pleads couple ‘will heal’
In the defamation case against Amber Heard brought by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, a former neighbor of the couple became emotional during in-depth testimony about his friendship with the couple.
Isaac Baruch, who first met Depp as a teenager in Florida and became his lifelong friend, lived in one of five penthouse lofts in the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles owned by the actor.
At one point on Wednesday, Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, asked him if he was angry with his client given everything that happened as the couple separated and allegations were made against him. Depp.
Here is how he responded:
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 11:00 p.m.
Judge Azcarate dismisses the jury for the evening.
Court resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 10:24 p.m.