Johnny Depp's Lawyers Defend Amber Heard's 2016 Abuse Accusations

Johnny Depp's lawyers contradict Amber Heard’s 2016 abuse charges


Johnny Depp's lawyers tried on Wednesday to contradict the version of Amber Heard who claims to have been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband one evening in May 2016, a few days before asking divorce. 

The former couple accuse each other of defamation during this trial in Fairfax, near Washington, for a column published in the Washington Post in 2018. 

Amber Heard described herself as a “victim of domestic violence” bullied by society after coming out of silence two years earlier.

In her column, the 35-year-old actress did not mention by name Johnny Depp, 58, whom she married in 2015. But she was discussing domestic abuse charges she brought against her husband in 2016.

The evening of May 21, 2016 was at the center of the debates on Wednesday. That evening, Amber Heard claims that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor threw a cell phone at her face, before leaving. The police intervened in the evening, but did not report. 

A few days later, she appeared in court in Los Angeles, a bruise on her face, to request a court protective order and begin divorce proceedings.

But Isaac Baruch, a longtime friend of Johnny Depp who resided at the couple's Los Angeles apartment building, told the court n never seen traces of violence.

The day after the alleged violence, he ran into Amber Heard in the hallway.

“She said to me 'he threw a phone at me and reached me”, explained the artist, friend since 1980 of the actor who paid his rent and part of his expenses.

“I looked at his forehead, the side of his face, her cheek, her neck, the other side of her face, and I can't see anything,” he continued, claiming to have kissed her on the affected cheek without her reacting.

On May 23, he sees her again and does not notice any “redness, blisters, bruises, scars,” he explains, before claiming to have seen him enter his apartment with a make-up artist who works for the couple.

He will learn from the press that four days later, the young actress filed for divorce after seeing photos of her “with this brown mark on her face”, he said.

And he assures that on June 3, Amber Heard told him: “I told Johnny that I didn't want anything. It was the lawyers who pushed me to do all this.”

During his testimony, Isaac Baruch depicted a relationship “of love” between the spouses and assured that he had “never seen or witnessed” acts of physical violence by his friend on Amber Heard during the three and a half years that he lived in the building.

< p>Johnny Depp's lawyers say Amber Heard accused her husband of beating her in revenge after he told her of his decision to divorce her that night.

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