Rocky Pennington said he witnessed a fight between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in May 2016.
Pennington testified that she was called to the couple’s apartment, where she saw Depp yelling at Heard.
Heard’s friend said she protected her and saw Depp destroy property as he left the apartment.
One of Amber Heard’s friends testified that he stood up for the actress and protected her with his body when Heard was involved in a heated fight with Johnny Depp in May 2016.
A video deposition of Raquel “Rocky” Pennington was shown to the jury in the Depp v. Heard Wednesday. In it, Pennington described witnessing part of the couple’s last fight on May 21, 2016, which led to Heard filing for divorce and obtaining a restraining order against Depp.
The couple had been living apart for about a month at the time, and Pennington said he heard from Heard that Depp would stop by that day to talk or pick up some of his things. Pennington lived in one of five penthouses Depp owned in an apartment building in Los Angeles, and Heard lived in one of the other apartments on the same floor while the couple were separated.
Pennington said he received a text from Heard asking him to come to his apartment.
When Pennington arrived she said the door was locked so she went to get a master key. When she entered, she said she heard an “irritated” Depp screaming and Heard “calling for help.”
Pennington said Heard was saying “help me”, which “has never happened before”.
Pennington said she approached Depp and put her hands on his chest, telling him to “stop” and “just try to calm him down.”
She said Depp took her hands off her, so she went to Heard to protect her from him because she was afraid he would hurt her.
“I put my body on it,” Pennington said.
All the while, Pennington said, Depp kept yelling at Heard, who was crying.
“I don’t remember everything he said, but what stands out the most is just yelling at him to ‘get up,’ to ‘get the hell out of here,'” Pennington said.
As Depp grew closer and closer to them, Pennington, a mixed martial arts fighter, said she started thinking about what she should do if she was forced to defend herself and Heard.
“I remember there was this big orange ceramic ashtray on the coffee table. I thought if he came near, I was just going to pick up that ashtray and hit him with it,” Pennington said.
Eventually, she said, two of Depp’s security guards entered the apartment and began encouraging her to leave.
“I was worried when he turned around he would do something worse”
Depp sued Heard, alleging she ruined her reputation and career by insinuating in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she had been the victim of domestic violence. Heard is fighting the lawsuit and spent several days on the stand to describe several incidents before and during her marriage to Depp where she said the actor physically and sexually assaulted her.
As Depp left the apartment following interference from Pennington, she said he smashed items on the kitchen island and a bar cart, brandishing a bottle of wine.
Pennington said she heard banging noises in the hallway and later observed other damage she believed Depp had caused, including splattered wine in the hallway, a dent in the front door of one from her other penthouses, jewelry she was packing for a craft fair thrown on the floor, smashed picture frames and shattered drinking glasses.
One of Depp’s lawyers previously accused Heard and Pennington of staging a fight in the apartment on May 21, 2016, to make it look like Depp had destroyed property, which Pennington denied. Joshua Drew, Pennington’s fiancé at the time, testified in a deposition shown after Pennington’s that he showed officers the damage, including a dent in the door “in the shape of the bottom of a wine bottle”.
Pennington said she never saw Depp physically abuse Heard, but was injured multiple times after fights with Depp.
Earlier in her testimony, she said she was “scared for Amber” because Depp sometimes turned into “the monster,” a term he and others in his social circle used to describe his violent side. Heard, Pennington said, “didn’t have much self-preservation.”
“When the physical abuse was more evident, I was concerned,” Pennington said. “I was worried for his physical safety. I was worried when he rolled over he would do something worse than expected.”
Pennington took photos of the wounds on Heard’s face that night, she said. On May 23, two days after the fight, Heard filed for divorce.
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