At first, Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's marriage seemed fine from the outside. However, they experienced some troubles only known by their close circle. The pair even broke up at one point but later mended their relationship, only to divorce later.
As a married couple, actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp lived full-time in one of his five penthouses downtown in Eastern Columbia Building, Los Angeles.
The pair lived next door to Heard's sister Whitney with whom they spent their evenings. The trio was close. Depp and Heard spent much of their 15 months of marriage at the said LA apartment.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp during the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images
An agent, Ernie Carswell, told The New York Post that the property is unique because it stands out from all other LA residencies:
"It's definitely not a typical Los Angeles residence at all, which makes it so special."
The high-rise residency has an eye-catching architectural design, centrally located in Downtown LA's historic core district. It boasts five multi-floor penthouses, which have been collectively listed in the real estate market by Depp for $12.78 million.
The building is blue on the exterior and features a rooftop swimming pool, including greenery, a sitting area, and a hot tub. Every room has a theme on the interior with different bright colors, including art paintings on the walls. The furnishes are also in contrast with one another.
Before Heard married Depp, she lived in an LA duplex apartment, but it was more of a packing station than a home because she was always away.
The Texas native told Marie Claire that she makes sure that she is surrounded by family and friends whenever she is in LA. The "Aquaman" star revealed that when living with Depp, she cooked meals in their kitchen and would eat in her sister Whitney's dining room. "Every night, we have family dinners," said Heard.
Whitney lived two doors down from Depp and Heard on the top floor of the penthouse. Amid her sister's defamation trial with Depp, she told the court that she was close to her former brother-in-law, adding they used to refer to each as "brother and sister." The former couple also referred to Whitney as their "marriage counselor."
DEPP & HEARD'S HIGH-RISE HOME
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's former penthouse in downtown Los Angeles. / Source: YouTube/@ThePropertyCountdown
Johnny Depp and Amber's bright blue lounge area with portraits hung up on the wall and a white staircase. / Source: YouTube@ThePropertyCountdown
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's spacious open-plan kitchen with a dining area. / Source: YouTube/@ThePropertyCountdown
Depp and Heard's former home is a building that is considered one of the city's most well-known, hovering over downtown's Broadway corridor. Carswell described the abode as a "mansion in the sky" when Depp lived there, stating that it was all open.
He explained that the couple's home had more volume and height even without the adjoined penthouses. The building has even served as the set of numerous films and features in-building amenities such as a Zen garden, a spa, a gym, and a 24-hour concierge service.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's blue and purple themed primary bedroom. / Source: YouTube/@ThePropertyCountdown
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's black and white themed bathroom. / Source: YouTube/@ThePropertyCountdown
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's rooftop swimming pool on their high-rise residence. / Source: YouTube@ThePropertyCountdown
Depp and Heard's penthouse is a two-story that boasts one bedroom and two bathrooms. The 1,780-square-feet abode features high ceilings and a cozy lounge area on the staircase landing.
High-end designer stores and fine dining surround the building. The 13-story was designed by Claude Beelman, trademarked with a 4-sided clock on the tower with the word 'EASTERN' blazoned in white neon.
PEOPLE SPECULATED THERE WAS TROUBLE IN PARADISE
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attending the "Black Mass" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at The Elgin on September 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. / Source: Getty Images
Heard and Depp did not live long enough in their now-former plush home. The duo tied the knot in February 2015 and instantly sparked rumors of a divorce.
Depp and Heard's relationship was under a microscope; when they engaged in public displays of affection on several red-carpet events during a film festival tour, they were scrutinized.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp during The Art of Elysium 2016 Heaven Gala at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California. / Source: Getty Images
But the "Drive Angry" star was not fazed by speculations of a possible breakup then, telling Marie Claire that though she tried hard to avoid reacting to such, it was challenging to go through that:
"I try not to react to the horrible misrepresentation of our lives, but it is strange and hard."
However, she filed for divorce from Depp on May 23, 2016. The Insider reported that four days later, Heard obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp.
She alleged the Kentucky native physically abused her during their relationship, often when heavily intoxicated. Heard also alleged that right before filing for divorce, "The Tourist" star threw his phone at her.
But a police spokesman told People that an investigation into the domestic incident radio call discovered no such crime occurred. Moreover, Depp denied the accusations, and his representatives said Heard was merely "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging divorce."
With that said, the pair's divorce was finalized a year later, in 2017. Heard then went on to write a damaging op-ed for The Washington Post in which she touched on the treatment of women in domestic abuse cases, saying:
"I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out."
DEPP'S BODYGUARD DEFENDED HIM AGAINST HEARD
When Depp's bodyguard Travis McGivern testified on behalf of him in the trial, he revealed that he was at the couple's home three times a week. When asked about their interaction, McGivern disclosed each day was different. At times they were happy, and on some days, they were constantly arguing.
He said they had verbal arguments, and Depp was the one who always wanted to leave right after quarreling with Heard. When asked about his interaction with Heard during her altercations with Depp, McGivern said she demeaned his career choice and told him he was a "yes man."
Amber Heard listening as Travis McGivern, a bodyguard for Johnny Depp, testifies remotely (R) in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 2, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. / Source: Getty Images
In another incident, McGivern walked into an argument between Depp and Heard, yelling at each other. He said Heard threw a Redbull can at his client, and he intervened:
"I didn't want my client to getting hit...so I stood right by Mr. Depp."
According to McGivern, both parties called each other names and swore at each other. Heard and her sister, who was also present, left the penthouse at that point. After that, Depp went into her closet and rearranged it in anger.
Amber Heard's sister, Whitney Henriquez, testifies on the stand during Johnny Depp's defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse on May 18, 2022 in Fairfax. / Source: Getty Images
Heard and Whitney re-entered the apartment and saw what Depp had done to her closet. Another row ensued, and she assaulted her husband. After that, McGivern decided to remove Depp from the apartment, saying:
"My job is to ensure the safety and well-being of my clients. And I felt like I hadn't done that, so it was my time to do my job and get him out of there."
DEPP WON THE CASE
In the end, Depp won all three defamation claims in his case against Heard. Seeing that the masses stood by him throughout the trial, the Oscar nominee thanked fans for their overwhelming support and love.
"I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up, said Depp. "I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty," he added.
Depp won the case after the jury found that Heard defamed him by saying that he had previously abused her throughout their relationship.
Despite losing the trial, Heard and her sister, who witnessed their quarrels, continue to deny everything and have stated that they will continue to fight the case. The siblings took to Instagram and expressed their disappointment at the verdict.
Heard said she was heartbroken that despite the hard evidence supplied in court, Depp still managed to get away with it. While her sister said she would continue to support her because she was there when everything happened.
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