The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continues to dominate the headlines with new allegations emerging on a daily basis. Now, a “Pirates of the Caribbean” star security guard claims his ex-wife punched him in the face with a “closed fist” while in a lavish Los Angeles penthouse.
Heard, 36, is battling a defamation lawsuit brought by Depp, 58, who is seeking more than $50 million in damages over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which the actress claimed she was a domestic violence survivor. While Depp was not mentioned in the article, his attorneys argued that the effects were obvious and hurt their client’s career prospects. Heard opposed $100 million.
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Security guard Travis McGovern appeared via video link in a Fairfax, Virginia courtroom from Los Angeles on Monday, May 16, telling jurors that Heard once hit Depp in the face in the ex-couple’s penthouse where they lived while they were still married. Floor plans for the luxury properties were shown to the court during the representative’s testimony. According to reports, the exes moved into a penthouse in downtown Depp, Los Angeles after tying the knot in February 2015.
The ‘Donnie Brasco’ star owned five separate penthouses on the top floor of East Columbia Lofts between 2013 and 2016. He reportedly allowed his friend Isaac Baruch to stay in one house and use another as an art studio while he and Heard lived in the adjacent shed and shared an adjacent balcony. The Mirror reports that Heard’s sister Whitney lived in another penthouse, while the remaining couple’s friends lived in.
The Independent reported how the penthouse boasted a rooftop pool and stunning views of California. The interior décor largely reflects Depp’s personal taste, featuring colourful, bohemian bedrooms and Art Deco bathrooms. Listing agent Kevin Dees of Partners Trust told The Wall Street Journal how the top floor spaces — which include 9 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms — have “direct access to the impressive rooftop, which includes a pool, spa, and fitness studio.” It’s clear that Depp kept the penthouses “largely separate, and live in them” like rooms in a home,” said Depp.
Depp once offered a glimpse into his world in one of the units, a two-bedroom, three-bathroom duplex. According to Architectural Digest, the “exotic décor” includes “leopard chairs, antique signs, smashed velvet furniture, and a half-naked picture of him hanging above the sofa.” Some of Depp’s personal items were also on display, including the original 1958 Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame street lights hanging above the first-level living area. “We should not forget about the corner unit’s exterior balcony, which provides direct access to the building’s impressive celestial surface,” added the site.
McGovern, Depp’s security guard, claimed that the aforementioned dispute in his Los Angeles penthouse occurred on March 23, 2015. He testified that he “heard and saw a closed fist touching Mr. Depp to the left side of his face” and noted that it was, in fact, Heard’s fist.