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Johnny DeppChildhood friend Isaac Baruch became the show’s real star on Wednesday during Depp’s libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard as he described his time living in the same building as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Aquaman”. stars for more than three years.
Johnny Depp is suing the actress for defamation over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post alleging she was the victim of domestic abuse. Heard never directly identified Depp in the article, but wrote that she was “a public figure representing domestic violence.”
Baruch, who took the witness stand after Depp’s sister on Wednesday, drew laughter from Depp and the crowd by commenting on Heard’s ‘big teeth’ and makeup, or lack thereof, with a heavy New York accent .
“For the most part, it’s not a person who wears makeup. Completely natural. … A perfect complexion. Texas, natural, girl next door, no makeup, hanging around,” Baruch said when asked if he knew when Heard wore makeup or not.
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The question came after Baruch testified that he had never seen Heard with any red marks, bruises, scars or cuts during the time he lived in the same building as her and that she was not wearing no makeup when he saw her. Specifically, he testified that he saw no signs of abuse on Heard after she accused Depp of hitting her with a phone in May 2016.
Depp’s childhood friend started laughing when Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, repeatedly asked him if he knew when Heard wore concealer, foundation, powder or Anacare, a cream to treat bruises, before apologizing.
Baruch, who stayed in one of Depp’s penthouses for free and received $100,000 in cash from the actor over four years while working on an art project after Depp agreed to be his patron, said also made the courtroom laugh earlier in his testimony when asked if he would accept Depp’s offer.
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” Yes, of course! Baruch said waving his hands on the witness stand.
Initially, Depp offered Baruch a place to live for a few months while Baruch worked on his project. Once Baruch realized that it would take him more than a few months to create 25 paintings, he went to Depp and explained the situation to him.
“He looks at me and starts laughing and says, ‘Ike, don’t worry. I do not care. I just want you to paint, as long as it takes. I want you to paint every day,” Baruch recalled, making Dep laugh.
After the light-hearted comments, it was shocking when Baruch started crying towards the end of her testimony while discussing Amber Heard’s abuse allegations against Depp during cross-examination.
“I want her to heal. I want him to heal,” Baruch said, adding that he believed the abuse allegations against Depp were a “malicious lie that [Heard] started. »
Baruch testified that the allegations impacted “so many lives,” including his own, as he stopped painting for about two years. Baruch currently lives in a residence that Depp owns.
” [Depp’s] family was completely devastated by it all,” Baruch said. ” It is not fair. … It’s crazy how it happened. »
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The attorneys then presented previously recorded testimony from Brandon Patterson, general manager of the East Columbia Building HOA, where Johnny Depp and Amber Heard lived during their marriage. Patterson testified that surveillance footage showing police entering the building on May 21, 2016 — the day Heard alleges Depp threw a phone in his face — was accurate.
The defamation trial will continue on Thursday when other witnesses are expected to appear.
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