Jurors in Amber Heard’s defamation war with ex-husband Johnny Depp on Wednesday heard a former friend to the actress describe her prepping for a 2015 appearance on The Late Late Show with a busted lip and a missing clump of hair.
Raquel Pennington said in a January 2020 video testimony played in Fairfax County Court on Wednesday that Heard revealed the lip to a makeup artist and the hair fiasco to a stylist prior to her spot that December on James Corden’s show.
“I remember her showing the injuries,” Pennginton said, adding that she was with Heard in the hours preceding the appearance at the actress’ apartment.
The injuries are just some of many Pennington said she saw on the actress during her short-lived union with Depp before the pair ultimately began the process of divorce in 2016. Two years later, Heard penned a Washington Post op-ed that has now become the crux of Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit currently being played out in Virginia court. Heard has since courtersued, claiming defamation after one of Depp’s ex-lawyers called her allegations a “hoax.”
Both Heard and Depp have accused each other of domestic violence—and have denied any wrongdoing.
But Pennington’s testimony provides a new window into Heard’s claims to being abused by Depp. Pennington, who said in the video deposition that she ultimately “grew apart” from Heard and that the pair no longer speak, told jurors that she was called over by the actress to “check her out” after an incident Heard said involved Depp.
There, Pennington said she saw a bloody patch on the top of Heard’s head, with a clump of hair ripped out and swelling on the bridge of her nose. She added that Heard was still “very upset” by the time she got there and that she took photos of the actress’ injuries.
“Her face was red and swollen. Hair had been ripped out of her head,” Pennington emotionally said, adding that she didn’t “even sleep that night…watching her to make sure [Heard] didn’t” have a concussion.
Pennginton, however, admitted that she never saw Depp strike or throw anything at Heard during their relationship. But she was privy to Depp’s alleged erratic behavior—and noted that she was worried for Heard’s “physical safety.”
“Johnny would be acting like his wonderful self for a certain portion of an occasion where people were hanging out or sometimes just privately at home,” Pennington said in another January 2022 video deposition played on Wednesday. “I never knew what caused it. A switch would happen where he would either disappear, go somewhere off by himself, or his mood would change to something darker.”
One of those instances, about which Heard previously testified on the stand, came when the group took a trip to Hicksville Trailer Park, where Depp allegedly yelled at one of their female friends to “Get off my woman” because she was too close to Heard. Pennington said that a “switch flipped” in Depp at the trailer…
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