Alejandro Romero’s testimony before the court on Wednesday was taped in January last year, and appears to have taken part in the interview from his car.
Mr. Romero worked in the Eastern Columbia building in Los Angeles where Ms. Heard made calls about domestic violence on May 21, 2016, which led to two separate visits from police officers, who found no evidence of abuse.
The defamation trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard began on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, following the lawsuit Depp brought against his ex-wife in March 2019. Depp argues that it discredits him in a December 2018 op-ed published in Washington Post Titled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That must change.”
Romero was questioned by Heard’s attorney Eileen Breedhoft and said he had seen Mr. Depp several times.
When asked when Mrs. Heard began living in the building, Mr. Romero said, “It has been too long for me to remember.”
Although they did not have a “close relationship”, Mr Romero said Ms Heard was “really friendly” and “will always smile”.
“When is the first time you remember anyone saying something to you about calling the police…due to a domestic dispute between Depp and Heard?” Mr. Romero was asked.
He said May 21, 2016 was a Saturday and he was not working, adding that he learned of the accident the following Monday while checking surveillance footage, adding that he saw Mr. Depp walking in the elevator.
He said a woman in the gym heard a disturbance from the shed. In a video dated 8.29pm on May 21, 2016, Mr. Depp can be seen with two other men in the elevator.
Romero said Mr. Depp appeared “agitated”, adding that the actor was “really calm” most of the time and that he had not seen any injuries to Ms. Heard.
Depp laughed when Romero recalled that Mrs. Heard and her friend, Rocky Pennington, had asked him to check that the apartments were safe.
He then added, “I’m tired… I don’t want to deal with this issue… Everyone has problems and I don’t want to deal with this anymore.”
When asked if he’d seen marks on Mrs. Heard’s face in the following days, he said he looks people in the eyes when talking to them but isn’t looking to “find something like…” Oh, your makeup is wrong. …you’ve changed your eyebrow, eyelashes or not,” prompting Mr. Depp with a smile in the courtroom.
“I’m not looking for anything…but if I see something I might remember it,” he added.
Toward the end of the filing, Romero seemed to start driving. When the recording was stopped, Judge Benny Azcaret said that was the “first.” Ms Bredehoft said it was “the most bizarre deposit”.
In her 2018 editorial, Ms. Heard wrote that “Like many women, I was harassed and sexually assaulted when I was college age. But I kept quiet – I wasn’t expecting complaints to get justice. I didn’t see myself as a victim.”
“Two years ago, I became a public figure of domestic violence, and felt the full force of our culture’s anger toward women who speak out,” she added at the time.
While Mr. Depp’s name is not mentioned in the article, his legal team argues that it contains “a clear implied indication that Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and clearly false”. Depp is seeking damages of “not less than $50 million”.
Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Depp for inconvenience and immunity from his allegations.