Savage text Johnny Depp sent his best friend is read in court during $100million defamation trial
Johnny Depp wrote in a text to his best friend he hoped Amber Heard‘s ‘rotting corpse is decomposing in the trunk’ of a car, the jury in his defamation trial against his ex-wife heard Wednesday.
During cross examination of his artist best friend Isaac Baruch, Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft asked Baruch about texts he exchanged with Depp in October 2016 in which Depp called Heard a ‘c**t.’
Bredehoft asked Baruch: ‘Do you recall Mr. Depp ever telling you that he, in base terms, hoped that Amber’s rotting corpse is decomposing in the f**king trunk of a Honda Civic?’
Baruch said: ‘Yeah, I’m seeing it here so obviously yeah it was said. It was written.’
The court heard that the messages were sent a few weeks before Baruch had to move out of the penthouse in Los Angeles where Depp was letting him live rent-free.
Bredehoft said: ‘Do you recall Mr. Depp calling Amber Heard a c**t and saying it was her fault?’
Baurch said: ‘It’s written there I see that.’
Baurch read a part from Depp which read: ‘That c**t ruined such a f**king cool life we had for a while.’
Johnny Depp wrote in a text to his bestfriend he hoped Amber Heard’s ‘rotting corpse is decomposing in the trunk’ of a car, the jury in his defamation trial against his ex-wife heard
During cross examination of his artist best friend Isaac Baruch, Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft asked Baruch about texts he exchanged with Depp in October 2016 in which Depp called Heard a ‘c*nt’
Heard has countersued for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp has waged a years-long smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to silence her and derail her acting career
Baruch later moved to California where he worked as a musician and artist and the office manager at the notorious Viper Room club in Los Angeles that Depp used to own.
Baruch testified that Depp loved his artwork so much that he let him live rent-free in a penthouse apartment he owned in the Eastern Columbia Building and paid him around $100,000 during the more than three years he lived there.
Depp’s childhood friend Isaac Baruch took the stand and at several moments, had the court erupt into laughter with his answers
Asked if he took up Depp’s offer he said: ‘Yeah, of course!’ which earned a laugh from the public gallery and Depp.
Soon after Depp and Heard moved into another apartment on the same floor, followed by Heard’s friend Rocky Pennington and her sister Whitney – all paid for by Mr Depp, Baruch said.
Baruch said he ‘fell in love with all of them’ and they became ‘great friends’.
Asked about Heard, he said: ‘I fell in love with her just like Johnny did. She’s totally respectful, gracious, she’s got great teeth. She treated me with complete respect. Humor wise total locker room humor, demented humor.
‘Every time I walked into that place Isaac you want something to eat, you want something to drink
‘Only one time she didn’t offer. She’s in the kitchen and she’s doing her beautiful facial mask – I said is that something that can help me. She looked at me and said no. I loved her’.
Depp asked him to paint 25 paintings and when it took longer than the few months he initially said, Depp gave him more time, Baruch said.
Baruch said that Depp and Heard were ‘always loving with each other’ and that they ‘treated each other like gold’.
He never saw them being violent to each other and only saw them argue twice.
Baruch testified that Depp loved his artwork so much that he gave him a penthouse apartment he owned in the Eastern Columbia Building (pictured) rent free and paid him around $100,000 during the more than three years he lived there
Baruch moved to California where he worked as a musician and artist and the office manager at the notorious club in Los Angeles that Depp used to own
Baruch said: ‘First argument I remember, it was a telephone argument. Johnny is at the kitchen table and he’s screaming about something and on the other line because it’s on speaker, he’s talking at the phone, the other person is Amber. She’s in New York, he’s at the kitchen table.
Baruch said Depp was saying: ‘Who is it? Who is it?’ while Heard replied: ‘What are you doing baby, why are you being like this baby?’
Depp and Heard are seen in September 2015 in Venice, Italy – the same year that an alleged Australia ‘hostage situation’ took place
Depp called back and he was saying: ‘Who is it, what’s going on’. Heard was saying: ‘What are you doing baby?’
Depp hung up again and and the phone rang again, but Baruch grabbed the phone because he thought there was ‘no solution’ to the conversation.
He told her: ‘Hey amber this is Isaac, this conversation is now over. And I hung up the phone. She didn’t call back again and he went to the couch’.
The second argument was when Depp, Heard, Pennington and another friend were ‘trying to plot’ a way to force Heard’s sister to move out.
Depp got up and was ‘completely flustered and frustrated’ and and told the others to ‘figure it out’, Baruch said.
The former spouses are squaring off over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post calling herself a domestic violence survivor.
Depp’s suit claims Heard presented the world with a ‘hoax’ account of the infamous May 21, 2016 dust up that brought the couple’s tumultuous marriage to an end, complete with faked injuries and crocodile tears.
He further alleges that his ex-wife was the actual ‘perpetrator’ of the violent bouts that scarred their relationship, including a notorious incident in Australia where she allegedly severed his finger with a vodka bottle.
Heard has countersued for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp has waged a years-long smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to silence her and derail her acting career.
She stands by her claim that Depp hurled a phone in her face and viciously battered her during the fateful 2016 fight despite LAPD officers deciding there was no grounds to investigate.
The officers are among dozens of possible witnesses slated to give evidence either in person or via video link over the next six weeks, including Hollywood actors Paul Bettany, James Franco and Ellen Barkin.
These photos were previously shown in court from May 2016 of Amber Heard with an apparently bruised cheek
As part of Depp’s defamation case against Heard, he included images of his own bruised and battered face (pictured ) following Heard’s alleged attacks
Another intriguing name is Elon Musk whom Depp has accused of having an affair with Heard while they were still married, an accusation the Space X mogul has denied.
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.
But as DailyMail.com revealed last week, the world’s richest man will likely swerve proceedings because he’s not a Virginia resident and therefore can’t be compelled to give evidence.
Depp is fighting an uphill battle to salvage his reputation after Britain’s High Court ruled against him last year when he sued The Sun newspaper for calling him a ‘wife beater’.
After weeks of testimony, Mr Justice Nicol concluded that the outlet’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.
The London court also heard a trove of shocking texts Depp had sent to Avengers star Bettany, vowing: ‘Lets burn Amber.’
‘Let’s drown her before we burn her !!!,’ he wrote in November 2013. ‘I will f**k her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead.’
Sources close to Depp say he never contemplated settling or dropping the US case and is desperate for a second bite of the cherry in Virginia where the London result will be kept from jurors.
Armed with a battery of highly-paid lawyers – including Kathleen Zellner of Making a Murderer fame – he’s confident of tipping the balance with additional evidence that didn’t feature in the ‘wife beater’ case.
DailyMail.com has led the world in revealing much of the material over the past two years, from explosive audio recordings to bombshell depositions and police videos.
The cache includes bodycam footage from LAPD officers who visited the ex-couple’s LA apartment on the night of the blowout 2016 fight.
Heard claims that her ex-husband assaulted her before smashing up their $1.5 million home – but his lawyers will argue the videos don’t show any trace of damage.
Depp’s team will also cast doubt on photos of Heard’s injuries by calling upon forensic pathologists and computer experts to explain how the wounds don’t match up with the abuse described by the Aquaman actress.
And they may also confront Heard with audio recordings in which she talks about hitting Depp and questions whether anyone would believe he was a domestic violence victim.
‘I can’t promise I won’t get physical again. God I f**king sometimes get so mad I lose it,’ she says in one clip, previously published by DailyMail.com.
‘Tell the world Johnny Depp, a man, I’m a victim too of domestic violence … see how many believe or side with you,’ she adds in a second.
Heard’s promise to give away her entire $7 million divorce settlement, splitting it between the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, will also come under the microscope.
DailyMail.com previously revealed that Depp’s lawyers subpoenaed both organizations last year to find out if they ever got the money.
They will tell jurors that the hospital got $100,000, rather than the promised $3.5 million, while the ACLU received just $450,000.
Another $500,000 came from someone named ‘Elon’, who Depp’s lawyers will say is Elon Musk.
Heard insists she will honor her pledge – but hasn’t been able to do so thus far because of the spiraling cost of her legal war with Depp.
Insiders believe the couple have each spent upwards of $20 million to date.
Depp and Heard met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, married four years later – then split in a little over a year amid a slew of blood curdling domestic violence allegations and tabloid headlines.
After finalizing their divorce in early 2017 the feud appeared to have fizzled until Heard published her December 2018 op-ed, headed: ‘I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.’
The article prompted Depp to file for defamation in Virginia, where the Washington Post’s servers and several of its offices are based, stating: ‘Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator.’
Heard’s counterclaim argues that it’s both true that she suffered years of abuse at the hands of her ‘monster’ ex and that it’s her right to talk about it under the First Amendment.
Her lawyers will argue that various media statements made by Depp’s longtime ally and lawyer Adam Waldman branding her a liar and calling her claims a hoax were false, defamatory and designed to wreck her career.
She’s also accused Depp and Waldman of harassing her on Twitter, promulgating smear stories and using fake accounts and Russian ‘bots’ to amplify negative coverage, demanding twice as much in damages from her former husband.
According to confidantes it’s not about the money, however, it’s about Heard ‘reclaiming her voice’ and her ability to advocate for abuse victims.
If she succeeds, three-times Oscar-nominated Depp, the globally-famous star of more than 50 Hollywood movies grossing $10 billion, could lose his entire fortune as well as what’s left of his reputation.
But there’s no turning back now, according to his rep.
‘This case being brought to trial is proof that the court acknowledges the notable amount of preliminary wins, evidence and witnesses in support of Johnny,’ the spokeswoman said.
‘To decline the opportunity to clear one’s name and allow someone taking advantage of the system to walk away with zero repercussions would be careless and set a dangerous precedent for similar situations in the future.’