Johnny Depp’s multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against his former wife, Amber Heard, continues in Virginia. yesterday, Depp’s friend and neighbor Isaac Baruch was called on to the stand. Per Yahoo!, he was friendly with Heard, remarking how “she has great teeth” making the courtroom — and even Heard — laugh.
Baruch, who first met Depp as a teenager in Florida and became his longtime friend, lived in one of the actor’s penthouse properties in Los Angeles. At one point on Wednesday (April 13), he was asked by Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft if he was angry with her client given all that unfolded as the couple broke up and allegations were made against Depp.
During cross-examination, Baruch confirmed that Depp called Heard a “c—,” but downplayed the seriousness of it saying he, too, had been called the c-word by the actor. Baruch confirmed a separate explicit text in which Depp wrote he hoped the actress’ “rotting corpse is decomposing in the f—ing trunk of a Honda Civic.” During Depp and Heard’s four-year relationship, Baruch said he witnessed two arguments, but “never” saw Depp hit the Aquaman star.
“Have I ever seen him be violent to her with physicality? No,” he testified.
However, Baruch said Heard told him in May 2016 that Depp got “violent” and threw a cell phone at her which hit her in the face, so she was in the process of changing the locks on the apartment. Baruch said he was standing close to the actress in good lighting and testified that he saw no visible marks on Heard’s face and said she was not wearing makeup.
Baruch saw Heard several days following the incident and said that he saw “no cuts, no bruises, no swelling, no redness.” When Heard filed for divorce and paparazzi photographed her with a bruise on her face, Baruch was shocked. He said Heard knocked on his door days later and he told her he could not continue a friendship with her.
Depp’s legal team is starting to hone in on Heard’s relationship with Elon Musk. Baruch testified he saw Musk twice at the property after May 2016: once getting into the elevator and another time exiting Depp and Heard’s balcony. Heard dated the Tesla CEO after filing for divorce.