After the alleged 2016 incident, Johnny Depp’s neighbor claims Amber did not have any marks on her face.


Isaac Baruch, Johnny Depp’s neighbor and childhood friend, testified on the second day.

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Depp-Heard defamation Case: Second Day of Trial

Johnny Depp’s childhood pal told a court how Amber Heard told him the actor hit her, but that he saw no marks on her face. Later, he found a picture online of her battered face.

Isaac Baruch took the stand today for the second day in the bitter defamation trial between two Hollywood stars.

Recalling an incident in May 2016, Mr Baruch described arriving back on the penthouse floor of the couple’s Californian home where he too had an apartment.

There he discovered shattered glass, wine splashed all over the walls, and a pool of water on the floor.

A friend of Heard’s, Josh Drew, opened the door to him saying it had been a “rough night”.

The next morning, Mr Baruch stated to Fairfax, Virginia that he had been with Drew, Heard, and a black man.

Heard replied: “Johnny came by last night, and he got violent. So I’m changing the locks on [penthouses] 1, 3 and 5.”

At the time, locksmiths were working on one door.

Later, when he asked the actress what happened, she replied: “Johnny came by last night, and he got violent.

“So I’m changing the locks on [penthouses] 1, 3 and 5.”

Mr Baruch was asked how the lighting was in the hallway when he saw her and he replied it was bright.

He then testified he saw no bruises, redness, or swelling on Heard, and she was not wearing make-up.

He told the court: “I say to Amber, ‘He hit you?’ And she says, ‘Yeah, he threw a phone at me, and hit me.’ And I go, ‘Where?’ And she puts her head out, to show me the right eye of her face.

“I look at her face. I don’t see any.

“I don’t see a cut, a bruise, swelling, redness. Amber is the only one who sees it.

“It sounds nuts.”

Mr Baruch said he then kissed Heard on the face, noting she did not flinch or have a response.

The following week, he said he saw Heard, who he was close to, again but no bruises had appeared.

He said later he saw on the internet a photo of her with injuries on her cheek.

“What the hell is this?” he recalled thinking at the time before then learning the couple had filed for divorce.

At their next meeting, he said he told Heard: “Me and you are not going to talk anymore. After everything I’ve seen over the past week and change. I’m confused and frustrated and angry by everything I’ve seen.”

She replied: “I’m sorry you feel that way.”

Soon after, he saw a security video of Heard, 35, and her sister in which her sibling threw a fake punch at the actress, causing them both laugh.

The former couple’s latest trial, in which Depp, 58, will give evidence, stems from a complaint he filed in 2019.

He alleges Heard defamed him in an op-ed piece she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018.

The actress, 35, described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in the article, although she did not name him by name.

He has asked for £38.4 million in damages.

Heard filed a counterclaim, accusing Depp of allegedly orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”

She has asked for £76.7 million in damages and immunity from Depp’s claims.

The trial comes after Depp lost a libel case in which he sued News Group Newspapers, publisher of the Sun, for publishing a 2018 story with the headline “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”