Lauren Divenere (pictured), who claims to be Amber Heard’s friend, has said she never saw Johnny Depp put his hands on the actress
A woman claiming to be Amber Heard’s friend has reportedly said she never saw Johnny Depp put his hands on the actress.
Depp filed a defamation case against Heard in 2018. Last month, his case was given a trial date of February 3, 2020, in Fairfax County, Virginia.
According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, Heard’s friend, Lauren Divenere filed a declaration in the case, saying she was with Heard during the days after May 21, 2016, when the alleged domestic violence incident took place.
‘I worked with Amber, retrieved packages for her, rode elevators with her, and saw her up close and in person,’ Divenere says in the documents.
‘On none of those days immediately following the abuse claims did I observe any signs of physical abuse or injury, including redness, swelling, cuts, bruising, or damage of any kind.
‘I never saw Amber injured in any way, although I am now aware that she has had many different abuse claims,’ Divenere added.
According to The Blast, Divenere also claimed that she had never heard any of Heard’s close friends or family members mention any alleged abuse.
‘I knew and interacted with Amber’s close friends Rocky Pennington, Tillett Wright, and her sister Whitney Heard. None of them ever mentioned any accusation of violence or other abuse against Amber by Mr. Depp,’ she said in the filing.
Divenere said she considers herself a friend of Heard’s and has remained in regular contact with the actress since the 2016 incident.
Depp filed a defamation case against Heard in 2018. According to legal documents, Divenere filed a declaration in the case, saying she was with Heard during the days after May 21, 2016, when the alleged domestic violence incident took place and never saw any physical injury
Depp accused Heard of defamation over a Washington Post op-ed where the actress wrote about her experience with domestic abuse, an account which Depp claims implied he was the perpetrator.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor contended that the piece was defamatory because it ‘depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her’.
His legal team went on to say how her accounts were ‘conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos’.
Though a court date has been set, there will be a Friday hearing for Heard’s motion to dismiss the case. The judge estimates the case will take about 12 days.
Depp is asking for $50million in damages, alleging the essay negatively affected his career.
In addition to calling her accounts of abuse ‘fabricated’ and ‘categorically’ false, Depp has alleged that Heard was actually physically abusive to him.
In May, Depp submitted court documents with photos of injuries he accused Heard of inflicting.
He provided a shocking account, claiming that ‘while mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol’ Heard ‘hit, punched, and kicked me’.
In addition to calling her accounts of abuse ‘fabricated’ and ‘categorically’ false, Depp has alleged that Heard was actually physically abusive to him. They are seen in February 2016
‘She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.’
‘Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator,’ Depp’s documents went on to state.
Divenere also claimed that Heard has been known to explode at times, according to The Blast.
‘I witnessed Amber being verbally abusive towards her former assistant Kate, screaming at her on the phone. Her then-assistant Kate called me several times in tears, very upset, regarding the treatment she received from Amber,’ Divenere says in the documents.
Though Heard did not explicitly name Depp as her abuser in her Washington Post piece, she offered meticulously detailed accounts of abuse during the couple’s divorce proceedings in 2016.
During the divorce, she presented photos of herself with bruises on her face and body, as well as photos of trashed rooms and text messages recounting the violent incidents.
She also detailed a 2016 incident where the actor allegedly attacked her at their downtown Los Angeles penthouse.
The incident led to Heard being granted a temporary restraining order against Depp.
Depp and Heard (pictured in January 2016) first met on the set of their film The Rum Diary in 2011. They were married in 2015 but by May of 2016, Heard filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences
Complicating the matter, however, two police officers who were dispatched to the scene told reporters that they found no evidence of a scuffle. They later repeated their accounts in a subsequent deposition.
Depp and Heard reached a $7million settlement by August of that year. Heard reportedly donated her portion of the settlement to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
After the settlement Amber retracted her abuse allegations.
She explained their relationship dynamic in a joint statement they called the union ‘intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love’.
‘Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain,’ they continued. ‘There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future.’
Their settlement reportedly included a non-disparagement agreement between the two parties.
Depp and Heard first met on the set of their film The Rum Diary in 2011.
They were married in 2015 but by May of 2016, Heard filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.