In a recorded deposition performed for jurors, Raquel Pennington mentioned she by no means personally witnessed Mr Depp strike Ms Heard however she mentioned she noticed the accidents and took photographs of Ms Heard’s face in December 2015 after a combat wherein the actress says Mr Depp head-butted her and maybe broke her nostril.
The picture exhibits a swollen nostril, a lower lip and two reasonably black eyes on Ms Heard’s face.
She additionally took a photograph of strands of hair that she mentioned had been ripped from Ms Heard’s scalp.
Ms Heard “usually needed to cowl bruises and accidents on her face” with make-up, Ms Pennington mentioned within the January 2022 deposition.
Ms Pennington mentioned she didn’t actually take into account herself a present buddy of Ms Heard, and that the 2 grew aside within the final 12 months.
Mr Depp is suing Ms Heard for libel in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court docket over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Put up describing herself as “a public determine representing home abuse”.
His legal professionals say he was defamed by the article although it by no means talked about his identify.
The trial is now in its fifth week.
Mr Depp says he by no means struck Ms Heard and that he was the sufferer of abuse inflicted by Ms Heard.
The December 2015 combat is one in all a number of that had been disputed. Whereas jurors have seen photographs taken by Ms Pennington documenting the accidents, they’ve additionally seen video of Ms Heard’s look on a late-night speak present the subsequent day wherein these accidents weren’t seen.
Ms Heard has mentioned the accidents had been simply coated by make-up.
Ms Pennington’s testimony comes after Ms Heard wrapped up her time on the witness stand, together with two gruelling days of cross-examination wherein Mr Depp’s legal professionals questioned Ms Heard concerning the truthfulness of her allegations of bodily and sexual abuse.
Ms Pennington’s testimony gives corroborating proof to a number of of the alleged assaults.
Along with the December 2015 incident, Ms Pennington mentioned she noticed cuts on Ms Heard’s ft when she returned from a visit to Australia in March 2015.
Ms Heard testified Mr Depp sexually assaulted Ms Heard with a liquor bottle on that journey and that she lower her ft on damaged glass from the assault.
And Ms Pennington, who lived for a time in a collection of penthouses together with Mr Depp and Ms Heard, mentioned she was the primary individual to see Ms Heard throughout a ultimate combat between the couple in Might 2016 that precipitated their divorce.