Heard threw Depp’s cell window during fight, security guard says

  • Johnny Depp’s security guard, Starling Jenkins, testified Thursday in the actor’s defamation trial.
  • Jenkins said Amber Heard admitted to throwing Depp’s phone out the window during a fight in 2016.
  • Jenkins said he got Depp’s phone from a homeless man, which he rewarded with $420.

Amber Heard threw Johnny Depp’s phone out the window during a fight in 2016, one of Depp’s security guards testified in court Thursday.

Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation, claiming she ruined her career and reputation by insinuating in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she had been the victim of domestic violence. Heard denied the allegations, saying Depp repeatedly physically assaulted her before and during their marriage.

Starling Jenkins, a longtime member of Depp’s security staff, testified on Thursday. He opened up about the aftermath of an argument the couple had on April 21, 2016, April 21, 2016, Heard’s 30th birthday. The argument became a focal point of the trial, marking the moment when the couple began to separate.

Jenkins was working security the night of Heard’s birthday party. His shift ended at 11:15 p.m., when he said Depp had failed to show up. Depp’s lateness is believed to be what sparked an argument between the couple which ended with Depp leaving the apartment for one of his other homes later that evening.

Jenkins says he returned to the couple’s main house, in the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles, the next morning around 7:45 a.m. “night” and threw away his phone, wallet, credit cards credit and his passport over the balcony and in the street below.

Jenkins said he then used the Find My iPhone program to track Depp’s phone to Skid Row, a neighborhood known for its homeless population, not far from Depp and Heard’s apartment building.

Jenkins says he approached a homeless man about the phone who “was honest” and “gave it back.”

“I gave him a reward for it: $420, chicken tacos, fries, apples and water from Fiji,” Jenkins said.

During cross-examination by Heard’s attorneys, Jenkins admitted that Heard told her Depp first threw her phone out the window and she responded by doing the same.

Jenkins said he didn’t look for Heard’s phone because she had already picked it up.

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