On the second day of Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, one of Johnny Depp’s long-time friends Isaac Baruch took to the stand where he testified that Amber Heard taunted Johnny Depp during an argument where Depp accused Heard of cheating on him with another man.
During cross, one of Amber Heard’s attorney’s asked Baruch, “Let’s go back. You testified that you observed an argument between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard. Do you recall that? You came into the room, Mr. Depp had Amber on speaker phone. Do you recall that?” Baruch simply replied, “Yea.”
The attorney then asked, “Mr. Depp was drunk, do you agree?” Baruch answered, “Yea.”
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The attorney then asked, “Do you recall that Amber was in London, not actually New York?” Baruch answered, “No.” When asked to elaborate he said, “No, I thought she was in New York.”
Next, Heard’s attorney asked, “And you recall that Mr. Depp was accusing Amber of sleeping with somebody right?”
He responded, “There was somebody else in the room with her and that’s what they were arguing about.”
The attorney then asked, “Are you sure Mr. Depp wasn’t thinking there was someone in the room and she was trying to tell him there wasn’t somebody in the room?”
Mr. Baruch asked the attorney to repeat the question to which the attorney said, “Are you sure he wasn’t saying someone was in the room and she was trying to convince him there wasn’t anybody in the room.”
Baruch answered, “Well, he said that he heard the other voice.’ However, he said he didn’t hear anyone else, “Oh no, I walked in there already. This is already in motion.”
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Mr. Baruch then began describing the phone call, “Amber was saying, ‘Come on baby, why you being like this? What are you doing? Come on, Johnny? There’s no need… Why you being like this?’ And it was taunting.”
The lawyer then asked for him to explain why he described it as “taunting.” He said, “Because they were in the midst of no solution. At that point it would be instead of taunting saying, ‘Listen, John, let’s talk tomorrow and let’s end this conversation right now and we’ll talk to tomorrow and we’ll get to an understanding because there’s not going to be any solution right now.’ But there was none of that. It was just continuous, ‘Ah baby. Ah baby.’ And that kept it going.”
Mr. Baruch would go on to reiterate that he didn’t hear anyone else and he “didn’t hear the beginning of the conversation.” He also detailed that Depp hung up, Heard called back, and that there was a third call between the two before Johnny Depp went to the couch and fell asleep.
Following this testimony, the lawyer would then ask if he was angry at Mr. Heard. He responded saying, “When? Oh, about all of the phony — about the phony pictures that were taken and put in tabloids and about the fake narrative and about the way she got a fraudulent DV claim to extort and blackmail a man? Yeah, that kind of got me frustrated, confused, angry, upset. Yes. Which is why I said the best thing for us to do is not to talk to each other.”
When asked if he was still angry, Baruch responded, “You know something, it’s six years. It’s six years. Am I angry any more? What I am is tired. And I want is this all to end. Her to go heal. Him to go heal.”
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He continued, “So many people have been affected by this malicious lie that she started and she created and it’s gone out the door and around the world. I can’t even paint anymore. I’ve stopped painting for the last who knows how many years.
“I’m not angry at anybody. I want the best for her. For her to take her responsibility, heal, and move on. Move on. And for Johnny, his family has been completely wrecked by all of this stuff and it’s not fair. It’s not right what she did and what happened for so many people to get affected for this. It’s insane how this happened,” he said.
Heard’s lawyer would then ask, “You don’t know whether Mr. Depp has committed domestic violence of Amber Heard, do you?”
He answered, “I’ve never witnessed. I never saw or witnessed whatever type of claim that is being said. Ever. I’ve never seen him be violent since teenagers from first meeting.”
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Depp is suing Heard for a minimum of $50 million for defamation. The lawsuit states, “This defamation action arises from an op-ed published in the Washington Post by actress Amber Heard. In the op-ed, Ms. Heard purported to write from the perspective of a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’ and claimed that she ‘felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out’ when she ‘spoke up against sexual violence.’
The suit accuses Heard of being the one who actually perpetrated domestic violence against Depp. It states, “Ms. Heard committed multiple acts of domestic violence against Mr. Depp during their marriage. Ms. Heard’s physical abuse of Mr. Depp is documented by eyewitness accounts, photographs, and even Ms. Heard’s own admissions under oath.”
The case is currently being livestreamed on Rekieta Law’s YouTube channel. You can watch below:
What do you make of Baruch’s testimony? Do you believe him?
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