Amber Heard‘s former best friend Rocky Pennington gave testimony via pre-taped video deposition and spoke about seeing the actress’ injuries.
Pennington was questioned on an incident in December 2015 when Heard claims that Depp headbutted her and repeatedly punched her in the head so hard that the bed frame she was lying on broke. Heard also alleged that Depp dragged her by her hair and pulled chunks out.
Pennington said that in the aftermath she saw blood in Heard’s hair and a chunk of it had been ‘ripped out.’
She said: ‘It wasn’t dripping down her head but it was raw and red.’
Asked by one of Depp’s lawyers how she could tell that Heard’s hair had been ripped out, Pennington gave an exasperated smile.
She said: ‘There was a bloody patch with hair missing.’
Pennington said that Heard’s ‘whole face’ was red and that the upper bridge of her nose was swollen – she conceded the redness could have been from crying. Heard also had a cut to her bottom lip.
Pennington said: ‘There were many times I saw injuries on her’.
The following day Heard was due to go on the James Corden TV show and Pennington said that she was there when Heard showed her injuries to her makeup artist and stylist who had to cover them up.
Pennington rejected the idea that Heard or her makeup team could have drawn on bruises to her face.
She said: ‘Because I saw injuries on her body from the time directly after they happened, the next day and as they continued to heal’.
Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rotternborn asked: ‘Have you ever known Miss Heard to paint on bruises or use makeup to make it seem like she had a bruise when she didn’t?’
Pennington said: ‘No, the opposite. She often had to cover bruises and injuries on her face with makeup.’
Amber Heard’s former best friend Rocky Pennington gave testimony via pre-taped video deposition
Pennington wiped the tears from her eyes as she walked through photos of Heard’s injuries including her swollen nose, her bloody lip and her bruised eyes
The questioning moved on to an incident in December 2015 when Heard claims that Depp headbutted her and repeatedly punched her in the head so hard that the bed frame she was lying on broke. Pennington said that in the aftermath she saw blood in Heard’s hair and a chunk of it had been ‘ripped out’
Heard also alleged that Depp dragged her by her hair and pulled chunks out
Pennington said that Depp came over to talk with Heard at her penthouse in Los Angeles even though Pennington thought it was a ‘really bad idea’
Pennington wiped the tears from her eyes as she walked through photos of Heard’s injuries including her swollen nose, her bloody lip and her bruised eyes.
Another photo showed Pennington holding back Heard’s hair line so they could see the damage to it.
Other photos showed Heard’s ‘hair pulled back to show abrasion on the scalp where hair has been removed,’ Pennington said.
Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rotternborn said: ‘I’m sorry this is so hard Miss Pennington, we just need to get through it’.
The court was shown photos of Heard with visible bruises on her face
Heard herself began to cry too and was handed tissues by her lawyers to wipe her eyes.
Pennington said: ‘She was very upset, her face was red, swollen. The hair had been ripped out of her head. I don’t think I even slept that night, just watching her to make sure she didn’t….’
Rottenborn asked: ‘You were worried she had a concussion?’
That was correct, responded Pennington.
The court was shown photos of clumps of hair around the penthouses and Pennington confirmed they were Heard’s.
Asked if she had ever known Heard to pull her own hair out, Pennington said no.
Pennington said that Depp came over to talk with Heard at her penthouse in Los Angeles even though Pennington thought it was a ‘really bad idea.’
At some point Heard texted Pennington to come over and she could hear Depp yelling.
As Pennignton entered the apartment, Heard was ‘calling for help and that never happened before, saying help me, help me’.
Pennington said: ‘I went up to him. I put my hands up on his chest and said stop, just stop
‘He hit my hands away and so I went straight over to Amber. She sat down on the couch. I just put my body over her.
‘He came closer to us and was yelling at her to get up, quit crying or get up. It was really loud and he was getting closer and closer.
‘There was this big orange ceramic ashtray on the coffee table and I was thinking if he gets any closer I’m going to pick up that ashtray and hit him with it. He was so close over us. At that point (Depp’s security) came in and were like boss, boss, come on, let’s get out of here’.
Depp stormed off, smashing things with a large bottle of wine in his hand.
The jury were shown photos of broken glass, a broken lampshade and other damage that Depp supposedly caused.
Pennington said she feared Depp would harm Heard and said his mood was ‘irate’.
She said that Depp kept screaming at Heard to ‘get the f**k up!’
Pennington said that she saw Heard after she got back from Australia in March 2015 after the ‘three day hostage situation’ where Depp’s fingertip got sliced off. Pennington said: ‘She (Heard) had these deep cuts on the back of her forearms. They were very very deep long cuts on the backs of her forearms’
Pennington said that she went to the bedroom to check on the couple and saw that a full bottle of wine had hit a piece of art that ‘Amber really loved’ and broken it
Pennington said that Depp was ‘acting as if nothing happened’ after an ‘abusive’ episode
Pennington said that she saw Heard after she got back from Australia in March 2015 after the ‘three day hostage situation’ where Depp’s fingertip got sliced off.
Pennington said: ‘She (Heard) had these deep cuts on the back of her forearms. They were very very deep long cuts on the backs of her forearms.’
She was asked about a Thanksgiving 2015 dinner at Depp and Heard’s penthouse in Los Angeles.
The court has previously heard that among the guests was Depp’s son Jack and rocker Marilyn Manson.
Heard claimed she and Depp got into an argument in their bedroom and that he threw a glass decanter at her which smashed everywhere.
Pennington said that she went to the bedroom to check on the couple and saw that a full bottle of wine had hit a piece of art that ‘Amber really loved’ and broken it.
She said: ‘There’s also plenty of glasses around with wine in them that could have been part of that. There was glass everywhere’.
Pennington said that Depp was ‘acting as if nothing happened.’
She said: ‘I couldn’t tell what he was feeling. I didn’t know what was going on.’
Pennington was asked if Heard ever said that she would ‘gain financially’ from going public about her final row with Depp in May 2016.
She said no.
Pennington was shown a photo of Heard in court while getting her restraining order in May 2016.
She said she took it and it showed Heard looking like a ‘skeleton’ with a bruise on her cheekbone.
Rottenborn said: ‘Is there any truth to the allegation that Amber did this because she’s a ‘gold digger?’
Pennington said: ‘No.’
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s caustic relationship
February 3, 2015
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard marry in a private civil ceremony at their LA home, four years after they met as co-stars on the set of The Rum Diary. The couple celebrate with a lavish reception on an idyllic private island in the Bahamas that Depp bought in 2004 for $3.6 million.
April 21, 2015
Heard breaches Australia’s biosecurity laws when she and Depp fail to declare their two Yorkshire terriers when they arrive Down Under on a private jet for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Heard admits falsifying quarantine documents and is placed on a $1,000 one-month good behavior bond.
May 23, 2016
Heard files for divorce after 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later a judge issues a temporary restraining order against Depp over domestic violence allegations. Pictures of Heard’s alleged injuries hit the tabloids but the LAPD finds no evidence of a crime.
August 16, 2016
Depp and Heard reach a $7 million divorce settlement which the actress promises to give to charity. Their marriage was ‘intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,’ the former lovers say in a statement. ‘There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm’.
December 18, 2018
The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard, an ambassador for women’s rights at for the American Civil Liberties Union, urging support for women who suffer domestic violence. ‘Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out,’ reads the headline.
March 1, 2019
Despite not being named in the article, Depp files a $50 million defamation suit in Fairfax Circuit Court, Virginia saying it implied he was an abuser and got him fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp dismisses Heard’s abuse allegations as a ‘hoax’ and claims he was actually the victim of her violence.
August 10, 2020
Heard countersues for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp and his lawyer Adam Waldman targeted her with a vicious smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to amplify false stories about her and derail her acting career.
November 1, 2020
Depp faces an uphill battle to save his reputation after he loses a libel battle with a British tabloid that labeled him a ‘wife beater’. A judge in London’s rules that The Sun’s 2018 article was ‘substantially true’ and that the father-of-two had attacked Heard a dozen times, causing her to fear for her life on three occasions.
April 11, 2022
After lengthy delays due to the Covid pandemic, the former flames finally lock horns in Fairfax County, Virginia where the Washington Post servers that published the disputed op-ed are based. The trial is expected to last six to seven weeks and celebrities tipped to give evidence include James Franco, Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin.