In his ongoing libel trial towards The Sun, Johnny Depp is making an attempt to show he isn’t a “wife-beater” as he was labeled in an op-ed headline.
And whereas it is probably not straightforward to fully exonerate himself within the public’s eyes, as increasingly soiled laundry is aired it’s turning into clear he isn’t the one partner who ought to be frightened a few status as a home abuser.
We’ve already heard Amber Heard admit to hitting her ex-husband in leaked audio of their personal conversations after which attempt to contextualize and redefine these actions in video deposition. And in fact, we’ve heard Johnny testifying on his personal behalf, telling his model of occasions during which he was allegedly struck and bullied.
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But now for the primary time, we’ve got a 3rd social gathering witness who really claims to have noticed abuse within the marriage — at Amber’s fingers, that’s.
Most lately put beneath the microscope had been the occasions of March 23, 2015. The actress claimed Johnny grabbed her by the hair and hit her throughout a combat at their house within the Eastern Columbia Building.
Sasha Wass, lawyer for The Sun mother or father firm NGN, mentioned the combat bought intense after “Miss Heard accused Mr Depp of having an affair with someone called Rochelle.” Apparently she discovered texts from this lady on his telephone. Amber’s declare is that safety needed to be known as to guard her and her sister Whitney from Johnny.
But the written witness assertion of Travis McGivern, a safety guard who was working on the residence on the day in query, was launched on Friday, and it fairly clearly helps Johnny.
McGivern, who labored for the Pirates of the Caribbean star for almost seven years, all through your complete marriage, mentioned Mr. Depp known as him to come back to the house and convey a nurse, one Debbie Lloyd.
When he arrived he says he heard a “verbal argument.” Initially, he stood outdoors the door, giving the couple their privateness till he felt it essential to intervene “when the argument got louder and more intense.” After getting into he claims to have witnessed acts of violence:
“At some point approximately 30 to 45 minutes after my arrival, Ms Heard threw a full can of Red Bull that hit Mr Depp in his back.”
A full can?? Geez. Not a far step from the glass bottle Johnny claims she threw on one other event, severing the tip of his finger.
McGivern defined his subsequent transfer was all about safety — of Mr. Depp:
“After Ms Heard threw the can of Red Bull, I recognized that Ms Heard had access to a variety of other items that she could throw from her position. I therefore moved next to Mr Depp to ensure that he would not get hit by anything else.”
He additionally claims Amber SPAT on Johnny:
“At this point, Ms Heard was standing on the landing above Mr Depp and I witnessed her spit on Mr Depp from above.”
Considering what she allegedly did to their mattress it might have been worse.
In all seriousness, McGivern described some actually disturbing violence, saying:
“Ms Heard also tried to throw her purse at Mr Depp, but I deflected it mid-air. Approximately 10 minutes before we left, I witnessed Ms Heard punch Mr Depp in the eye with a closed fist.”
He says he waited till he noticed Amber and her sister depart earlier than exiting himself. In your complete time he was there, he asserts, the claims by Amber that Johnny needed to be pulled off of her or her sister had been false:
“Once again, this did not happen and at no point did Mr Depp hit Ms Heard.”
Once Ms. Wass was in a position to query McGivern through video hyperlink, she really admitted Heard hit Johnny! However, she wished to make clear it was in protection of her sister, one thing the safety guard denied:
“She was the only one who was being physically aggressive. He (Depp) did not touch Miss Heard or her sister.”
Ms. Wass replied to McGivern:
“You are lying about your description in order to assist Mr Depp who was extremely angry and violent on that occasion.”
Huh. If he’s mendacity for Johnny, he’s removed from the one one.
Another witness assertion launched Friday was that of longtime pal Isaac Baruch, who lived within the penthouse of the Eastern Columbia, together with Amber’s sister and buddies Rocky Pennington and her boyfriend Josh Drew.
He claims Johnny informed him method again in 2013, firstly of their relationship, that Amber was abusive:
“Within the first year in 2013 of living in the Eastern, Mr Depp one day knocked on my door to visit. He said, ‘l don’t know what to do.’ l said, ‘About what?’ He said, ‘She likes to argue and she likes to hit’. I said, ‘what do you mean, sexually?’ He smiled and said, ‘No. She just wants to argue about stuff all the time and then she’ll start hitting me.’”
All the best way in 2013. These two ought to not have gotten married. He continued:
“I was kind of surprised when he said this and I asked almost disbelievingly, ‘you mean like playful hitting or hit hitting?’ He said, ‘Yes, she argues and then she’ll just start punching me and wants to fight. I’ll try to stop her but she just keeps going to the point where I just stop trying to stop her and say OK, go ahead do your worst, get it out of your system.’”
But he wasn’t simply testifying about Amber allegedly being abusive — however concerning the abuse she claims to have suffered.
He says he noticed her proper after the notorious 2016 telephone incident and that he noticed Amber the following day, and he or she informed him Johnny “had come by the night before and got violent” and that she was altering the locks. She informed him what she ultimately informed the general public, that her then-husband “hit her in the face and threw a phone at her.”
However, he says he did not see the marks she confirmed in these notorious images.
“With lights from the hallway and the sunlight that came in through the windows from Penthouse 1, which filled the room and spread into the hallway, it was very easy for me to get an excellent view of Ms Heard’s face. I literally was around 12 inches from her, inspecting her face and I did not see a single mark or evidence of any marks, bruising, or swelling of any kind anywhere on her face. She also definitely didn’t seem to be wearing any makeup at this time of day that could cover any marks or swelling. Her face looked to me just as natural and normal as all the other times I’ve seen it over the past three years while hanging out together around the apartments.”
He goes on to say he noticed her a number of occasions all through that week and by no means noticed any marks.
In reality, he known as the images of Amber’s face — together with a brand new one which you’ll see on DailyMail.com — “phoney baloney.”
What do YOU consider these newest witnesses for Johnny?? It’s exhausting to not query the validity of somebody on Depp’s payroll, however how about Baruch’s testomony?