Johnny Depp’s friend Isaac Baruch weeps in stand during Amber Heard defamation trial
Johnny Depp’s multi-million defamation lawsuit against his former wife, Amber Heard, continues in Virginia. The court has heard from the actor’s sister Christi Dembrowski, who also acted in part as his business manager, and his artist friend and neighbor Isaac Baruch, who gave especially colorful and emotional testimony.
Depp claims a 2018 article written by Heard in The Washington Post – in which she spoke about domestic violence towards women – implied Depp, her former husband, was an abuser.
Although the 35-year-old did not name the actor, lawyers for Depp say Heard’s allegations have made it difficult for the 58-year-old to land roles he previously did.
Depp is known for starring in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Sweeney Todd other Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Heard has appeared in titles including Aquaman other drive angry.
He is asking for $50m (£38.2m) in damages during the trial at Fairfax County’s district courthouse. Heard meanwhile filed a counterclaim of defamation against Depp, who she divorced from in 2017, for nuisance.
Depp has previously lost a defamation case in the UK against British newspaperThe Sun regarding the claims in Heard’s 2018 article.
Depp’s tearful friend pleads for couple to ‘go heal’
In the defamation case against Amber Heard brought by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, a former neighbor of the couple became emotional during extensive testimony about his friendship with the pair.
Isaac Baruch, who first met Depp as a teenager in Florida and became his longtime friend, lived in one of the five penthouse lofts at the Eastern Columbia Building in Downtown Los Angeles owned by the actor.
At one point on Wednesday, 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.
Here’s how he responded:
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Judge Azcarate dismisses the jury for the evening.
Court resumes tomorrow at 10am.
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Patterson is asked about the footage of the “fake punch” and says that it was never requested by either of the legal teams at the time and was therefore not copied and kept.
He does recall footage of one of the females seen with Heard pretending to punch her in the face but reiterates that to his knowledge it was not reproduced as one of the 87 clips selected by lawyers for both parties.
Patterson also says he does not recall at that time that Heard had any injuries.
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Patterson says in his deposition that Heard asked him to talk to a source at People magazine.
She claimed she was being ridiculed in the press.
When asked, he also denies that Depp ever offered him any money.
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Earlier: Johnny Depp’s friend insists actor and wife were ‘loving’ couple
A friend of Johnny Depp testified as a witness on day three of the defamation trial opposing Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Isaac Baruch was called to testify on Wednedsay (April 13) in Fairfax, Virginia. He took the stand after cross-examination wrapped up for Mr Depp’s sister Christi Dembrowski.
Mr Baruch said he first got to know Mr Depp when both were teenagers in Florida, playing in bands. He testified for a couple of hours, giving colorful testimony that at times drew smiles and laughs from others in the courthouse – including Mr Depp and Ms Heard themselves.
Clemence Michallon reports.
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More videos are reviewed as part of the testimony.
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After a short mid-afternoon break, Mr Patterson’s testimony resumes in a much emptier courtroom than during Mr Baruch’s earlier testimony.
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Security video shows police arriving at the building on May 21, 2013 in response to a 911 call. Heard declined to file a police report that night. Both officers are expected to testify.
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One of the many clips Patterson is asked to identify shows Depp in the elevator of the building on 21 May 2016, the day after his mother passed away and the day his lawyers told Heard he wanted to end the marriage.
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Mr Patterson testifies that he saw Heard several times at the building in 2016, but never interacted with Depp.
In footage of Depp in the building, Patterson says he would describe the actor as being “animated” and not angry.
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