iO Tillett Wright also revealed an incident of violent argument between Heard and Depp he overheard on the phone.
Amber Heard's former close friend testified in the ongoing trial that Johnny Depp joked on their wedding day about being able to freely strike his wife.
Depp is suing Heard for a defamation trial for $50 million claiming that her 2018 Washington Post op-ed caused him many financial and personal losses. The pre-recorded deposition of iO Tillett Wright from January was played in the Fairfax, Virginia, courtroom on Tuesday. The witness stated that he became acquainted with Depp during his relationship with Heard and that he had never directly observed physical violence between them, reports PEOPLE.
However, Wright testified under oath about a joke Depp reportedly made on his and Heard's wedding day in February 2015. He said, "As we were walking back from the ceremony [to the reception] ... I was walking with Johnny and congratulating him that they pulled it off and they did it." Depp reportedly said, "We're married — now I can punch her in the face and nobody can do anything about it."
Wright also said that Depp had previously told him about rage actions in his past relationships with Winona Ryder, Kate Moss, and Vanessa Paradis, per The Independent. Wright testified, "He experienced great bouts of jealousy in relationships that had also led to a lot of drinking and a lot of rage activities."
He described Depp as "paranoid" and said, "He expressed that he thought she was cheating on him and sleeping with her costars." Wright also testified that he tried to talk to Depp about this situation but it never worked.
IO Tillet Wright said he overheard the altercation after Depp accused him and Heard of defecating in the actor's bed. https://t.co/HhClZRrjg7— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) May 17, 2022
He said, "And [Depp] told me that sometimes his jealousy would make him feel crazy and outside himself and that he had to get it under control. And that it would cause them to fight."
Heard had told him that her husband mistreated her and he had overheard one of the alleged violent incidents on the phone.
He remembered the violent event on May 21, 2016, when police were called to the couple's Los Angeles apartment after Depp reportedly hurled a smartphone in Heard's face. Wright said he was on the phone with Heard when Depp picked up and inquired if he had defecated on his side of the bed. He said that he laughed and was taken aback by the accusation. At that point, he claimed to have heard a bang and Heard began screaming.
Wright heard Depp saying, "You think I hit you?" Wright, who was in New York at the time, stated that he hung up the phone to get a neighbor to accompany him to Heard's aid before dialing 911.
Depp has previously stated in his testimony, "Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life." Heard is suing Depp in response, alleging that he started a smear campaign to portray her domestic violence accusations as "fake" and a "hoax" staged by her. Heard said in her testimony, "I come from nothing. All I have is my integrity. All I have is my name — and that's exactly what he promised to take from me."
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