Johnny Depp was allegedly “yelling, cursing and spitting” at a former friend the last night he allegedly violently abused Amber Heard, according to damning courtroom testimony.
A pre-recorded statement by Josh Drew from November 11, 2019, was played in the Fairfax, Virginia, courthouse on Wednesday, during the multi-million dollar defamation trial of Hollywood actors.
In it, Drew claimed that Depp smashed a bottle through his apartment door and barged in, got in his face in an “aggressive” manner and was “yelling, cursing, spitting in my face.”
While Mr Drew testified that he just “quietly” left his house, he said Mr Depp’s behavior caused some of his other friends to “move out” of the house. pirates star and run upstairs to “hide from him”.
Mr. Drew is the ex-husband of Raquel Pennington, who used to be best friends with Amber Heard.
The couple, who are no longer together, were neighbors of Johnny Depp and Heard and lived in one of the penthouses in the same downtown Los Angeles building as the former couple.
Mr. Drew gave testimony regarding his account of the aftermath of the alleged incident between Ms. Heard and Mr. Depp in his penthouse apartment on May 21, 2016.
The violent incident occurred just two days before Ms. Heard filed for divorce and six days before she filed for a domestic violence restraining order.
Photographs shown in court reveal Ms Heard’s bruised face which she claims was caused by Mr Depp that night.
During the day of May 21, 2016, Mr. Drew said that his wife was preparing for a jewelry show with Ms. Heard and another friend, Elizabeth Marz, while he was in and out of the building throughout the day.
Later that night, he said he heard a door open in the hallway and, seconds later, heard “a very loud slam that he later knew was a wine bottle crashing through the door” of his own apartment.
Mr. Drew testified that he heard Mr. Depp yell at his security: “Open this damn door! Bring me here!
At that point, Mr. Depp allegedly barged in and “went straight” at him “yelling at him, cursing and spitting.”
“He came in, looked me in the eye immediately and ran towards me screaming, cursing and spitting in my face,” Mr. Drew testified.
“I calmly walked to leave, realized I had forgotten my keys and dog so I walked back to turn around and go get them both.
“He stayed and followed me, walking, pacing, yelling, cursing, spitting in my face. And I walked away calm.”
Mr Drew testified that Ms Marz was also in the apartment and that “the last time I saw her she ran around the corner and ran up the stairs to hide” from Mr Depp.
When asked how close Depp was to his face during the incident, Drew said “close enough to be aggressive” but insisted he didn’t feel threatened, noting that the actor’s security guards were present at the time. .
Depp sues his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote washington post where she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The pirates of the Caribbean The actor is not named in the article, which is titled “I have spoken out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
However, Depp claims that it falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser, something he adamantly denies, and has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50 million.
Ms Heard is countersuing for $100 million, accusing Mr Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.