Photos submitted by Amber Heard and her attorneys in response to a defamation lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife show the actress’ destroyed closet after her then-husband allegedly went on a rampage.
Broken clothing racks and scattered designer clothing, shoes and purses are seen covering the floors of the $3million Los Angeles penthouse where Heard kept her clothing and accessories.
It was one of the five connected penthouses formerly owned by the actor in the Eastern Columbia building in Downtown Los Angeles.
The images were shared in text messages between an employee of the couple and a worker in the building.
‘Good morning sir… So … Um … Johnny destroyed Amber’s closet. And there’s some other damage to PH5,’ wrote the individual working for the couple.
That person then added: ‘You’re the person I should talk to about that, correct?’
Kevin, who worked for the building where Depp was living at the time, responds that he will deal with the situation, prompting the other individual to text: ‘Insanity. Just f***ing insanity.’
This happened on March 23, 2015, a month after Heard and Depp tied the knot on a private island in the Bahamas.
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Aftermath: Johnny Depp allegedly destroyed the $3million penthouse wife Amber Heard used as a closet (above) during a fight in Match 2015, according to a court filing
Rampage: DailyMail.com has obtained photos of the wreckage which show broken racks and designer clothing and accessories scattered around the room (above)
Newlyweds: The incident occurred just one month after the couple (above in February 2016) were married
‘Johnny Depp physically and verbally abused Amber Heard. Since their divorce, Mr. Depp has continued to publicly harass Ms. Heard, and attempted to gaslight the world by denying his abuse,’ said Heard’s lawyer Eric George in a statement on Thursday.
‘It is long past time for Mr. Depp’s despicable conduct to end. Today, we presented to the court irrefutable evidence of Mr. Depp’s abuse.’
The partner at Browne George Ross LLP continued: ‘It is regrettable that it will take a judge to finally end the persistent harassment of Ms. Heard by Mr. Depp, but Ms. Heard will take whatever action is necessary to vindicate the truth.’
Heard is asking a judge to dismiss the $50million defamation lawsuit filed by Depp in response to an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post.
That piece never once mentioned Depp by name but did reference Heard’s tumultuous split from the actor, with the actress writing: ‘I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath.’
Depp and his legal team claim that Heard caused further damage to his already declining career, which he accuses his ex-wife of derailing when she she first accused him of abuse in her 2016 divorce filing.
Heard filed those papers just 15 months after the couple were married, and five years after they first began dating on the set of The Rum Diaries.
Not normal: Kevin, who worked for the building where Depp was living at the time, responds that he will deal with the situation, prompting the other individual to text: ‘Insanity. Just f***ing insanity’ (above)
Response: Heard and her lawyers submitted these photos in response to a $50million defamation lawsuit filed against Heard by Depp
Shattered: Heard is asking that the case be dismissed or moved to Los Angeles after Depp filed his suit in Virginia
WHY JOHNNY DEPP IS SUING AMBER HEARD
In December 2018, Amber penned an op-ed for The Washington Post about being a survivor of abuse. She did not mention him by name in it.
The pair had finalized their divorce which bound her from sharing details of their acrimonious split.
The op-ed is published in full below:
‘I was exposed to abuse at a very young age. I knew certain things early on, without ever having to be told. I knew that men have the power — physically, socially and financially — and that a lot of institutions support that arrangement. I knew this long before I had the words to articulate it, and I bet you learned it young, too.
‘Like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted by the time I was of college age. But I kept quiet — I did not expect filing complaints to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.
‘Then 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.
‘Friends and advisers told me I would never again work as an actress — that I would be blacklisted. A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me. Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role of Mera in the movies Justice League and Aquaman.
‘I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.
‘Imagine a powerful man as a ship, like the Titanic. That ship is a huge enterprise. When it strikes an iceberg, there are a lot of people on board desperate to patch up holes — not because they believe in or even care about the ship, but because their own fates depend on the enterprise.
‘In recent years, the #MeToo movement has taught us about how power like this works, not just in Hollywood but in all kinds of institutions — workplaces, places of worship or simply in particular communities. In every walk of life, women are confronting these men who are buoyed by social, economic and cultural power. And these institutions are beginning to change.
‘We are in a transformative political moment. The president of our country has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct, including assault and harassment. Outrage over his statements and behavior has energized a female-led opposition. #MeToo started a conversation about just how profoundly sexual violence affects women in every area of our lives. And last month, more women were elected to Congress than ever in our history, with a mandate to take women’s issues seriously. Women’s rage and determination to end sexual violence are turning into a political force.
‘We have an opening now to bolster and build institutions protective of women. For starters, Congress can reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act. First passed in 1994, the act is one of the most effective pieces of legislation enacted to fight domestic violence and sexual assault. It creates support systems for people who report abuse, and provides funding for rape crisis centers, legal assistance programs and other critical services. It improves responses by law enforcement, and it prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ survivors. Funding for the act expired in September and has only been temporarily extended.
‘We should continue to fight sexual assault on college campuses, while simultaneously insisting on fair processes for adjudicating complaints. Last month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed changes to Title IX rules governing the treatment of sexual harassment and assault in schools. While some changes would make the process for handling complaints more fair, others would weaken protections for sexual assault survivors. For example, the new rules would require schools to investigate only the most extreme complaints, and then only when they are made to designated officials. Women on campuses already have trouble coming forward about sexual violence — why would we allow institutions to scale back supports?
‘I write this as a woman who had to change my phone number weekly because I was getting death threats. For months, I rarely left my apartment, and when I did, I was pursued by camera drones and photographers on foot, on motorcycles and in cars. Tabloid outlets that posted pictures of me spun them in a negative light. I felt as though I was on trial in the court of public opinion — and my life and livelihood depended on myriad judgments far beyond my control.
I want to ensure that women who come forward to talk about violence receive more support. We are electing representatives who know how deeply we care about these issues. We can work together to demand changes to laws and rules and social norms — and to right the imbalances that have shaped our lives.’
Depp claims it is defamatory.
Depp’s alleged destruction of Heard’s closet would have occurred while he was on hiatus from filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Timeline: Depp was in LA after injuring himself on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean, forcing the set to shut down for four weeks (Depp leaving the set on March 11)
That hiatus was not planned and rather a forced four-week break that was brought on after Depp suffered an injury to his hand.
Heard had previously claimed in court papers that Depp cut off the tip of his finger during an argument while he was ‘drunk and high on ecstasy.’
He was angry at the actress because he believed she had been sleeping with Billy Bob Thornton, according to Heard.
Thornton and Heard both deny that claim.
Depp did not have the finger treated until almost 24 hours after he sliced off the top of the digit, according to Heard, and doctors had to use a flap of skin from his hand to fashion a new tip.
In photos taken a month after the incident when the pair returned to Australia, Depp and Heard are seen getting off a private jet with his finger wrapped in a scarf.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reported the incident at the time it occurred and the reporter later said that one of Depp’s bodyguards offered to pay them if they revealed their source.
They said the injury happened after a ‘wild weekend bender’ at the Coomera mansion owned by Australian motorbike racer Mick Doohan where Depp had been staying during the film’s production.
Depp traveled back to the states to have what was described as an on-set injury treated by doctors after the incident.
The film, which initially had a massive production budget of $250million, reportedly went over by $70million, costing $320million in total.
This is one of the clumps of hair left on the ground after Johnny Depp tore it from Amber Heard during a December 2015 fight, she claims in new legal filings
Heard was left with a hole in her scalp after being repeatedly punched in the back of the head, she said
Their marital bed splintered under the weight of Depp’s boot, she recalled in a nine page statement in the court documents
Depp managed to deliver in the end however, with the film grossing $794 million worldwide.
In another claim made in the filings, she describes him attacking her days before Christmas in 2015.
She says he chased her around their home, dragged her by her hair and hit her repeatedly, causing lumps of her scalp to come out and clumps of hair.
Two friends found her, she said, and saw the hair on the ground.
She does not remember how the fight ended, she said, but she thought Depp would kill her.
Another incident in March 2015 involved what she said was the only time she hit him in the face.
The actress told how she and Depp were having one of their many fights which involved him beating her when he approached her sister, Whitney, on a landing between two staircases in their home in Los Angeles in March 2015.
She feared he might push her so she hit him in the face, she said, adding that she would have done ‘anything’ to stop her sister coming to harm.
In the video obtained by DailyMail.com on Friday, Heard is seen going red with emotion and fighting tears as she recalled the incident.
It begins with Depp’s attorney’s and her own squabbling and Depp’s attorney asking if she had ever hit him with a closed fist.
‘One time Johnny was hitting me and he was hitting me hard and repeatedly and I was screaming.
‘Security walks in and they don’t do anything about it and they’re, he, makes this motion when Jerry Judge yells “Boss”, or Sean, I can’t remember who it was.
‘All we had was a little bit of separation and my sister runs down the stairs. We’re on a landing in between two flights of stairs…’
Depp’s attorney then interrupted her saying: ‘Miss Heard I must interrupt you because I asked you a yes or no question.’
Heard’s attorney fought back: ‘Well you can’t. Withdraw your question then because she is answering.’
As the lawyers argued, she looked around the room, silently.
Amber Heard is pictured during her 2016 deposition where she described punching Depp in the face in attempt to stop him from hurting her sister, she said
Heard claims she and Depp were fighting when her sister tried to break them up. She claims Depp made a lunging motion towards her sister which she is shown demonstrating
The actress became angry and emotional as she said she would have done ‘anything’ to stop him from hurting her sister
Depp’s lawyer pushed: ‘I’m asking for a yes or a no answer.’
Heard is seen looking at her lawyer, off camera, as he tells her: ‘You don’t have to answer it the way she wants you to answer it.’
The actress nodded then continued with her description of the incident.
‘He was about to push my sister down the stairs. She was attempting to break us up. I am protective over my baby sister.
‘When he laid hands on her, I don’t know what I did. But I know I jumped in between the actions which I saw could lead to a fatal injury for my sister.
‘She was standing at the top of a flight of stairs. She has never hurt anyone in her life and she does not deserve to be pushed down a flight of stairs. It looked like she was about to be.
‘I would have done what anybody who has a child or a sister would have done. I acted defensively in her life.
‘I saw her standing at the top of a flight of stairs, trying to interrupt a fight between him and I.
‘I don’t know what part of my body I put in between me and her but I would have done anything. I would have done anything to prevent her from being pushed down a flight of stairs.
Depp dismissed the lawsuit as ‘new lies’ on Friday.
His attorney told People: ‘ A hoax confronted with the reality of evidence requires new lies to sustain itself. Yesterday’s filing, made by a woman with a prior arrest and incarceration for domestic abuse, presented Amber Heard’s new lies.’
They were referring to Heard’s arrest for an incident involving her ex-wife, Tasya van Ree. All the charges against her were dropped and Van Ree said in 2016 that Heard never domestically abused her.