- Morgan Night testified Tuesday at the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
- He said Heard yelled at Depp during the “Hicksville incident” and said Depp didn’t trash their trailer.
- Heard’s attorney tried to disregard his testimony, claiming he knew “That Umbrella Guy.”
Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard turned into an even more bizarre sight than usual on Tuesday as one of Heard’s lawyers asked if a witness on the stand had communicated with a user of Twitter who was called “That Umbrella Guy”, one of the Depp. the greatest online cheerleaders.
“I have no idea,” witness Morgan Night told jurors as the courtroom shook. “I don’t care or I’m not the Umbrella Guy.”
Night, testifying under oath, added that he did not know Adam Waldman, one of Depp’s former lawyers.
When Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, told her that Waldman often spoke with That Umbrella Guy, Night seemed confused. Heard seemed to stifle a laugh at his own lawyer’s question.
“Honestly, it sounds like schizophrenia,” Night said.
Night’s testimony came near the end of the six-week trial on Depp’s lawsuit against Heard. Depp alleges she defamed him when she described herself as a victim of domestic violence in a Washington Post op-ed. Depp says Heard verbally and physically abused him throughout their relationship, which ended in divorce in 2016. Heard has denied the allegations and fought back, alleging Depp physically assaulted her on multiple occasions. times while they were together.
Depp’s attorneys brought Night in to testify as a rebuttal witness to describe what became known as the “Hicksville incident”. In May 2013, Depp, Heard and a group of friends took an overnight camping trip to the Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, California.
Depp alleges Heard yelled at him in their trailer after he interfered with a friend who appeared to put his hands on his then-girlfriend in an intimate way and he punched a wall. Heard alleges that Depp, drunk on psychedelic mushrooms, ransacked the trailer in a fit of jealous rage and then sexually assaulted her while performing a “cavity search”.
Night founded the trailer park and oversaw its operations at the time. He testified that Heard seemed distant in his interactions with her. At one point, Night said, Heard took Depp to their trailer.
“I was talking with Mr. Depp, just one-on-one, and Ms. Heard came over and she said, ‘I want to talk to you’ and seemed really upset about something,” Night said. “So I went into the house, and they left on their own.”
Heard started yelling at Depp, Night said.
“She started yelling at him. And I didn’t want to hear it, really, because I’d been in abusive relationships before,” Night said.
Night said Depp was “couched up” during the interaction and “looked almost scared,” which struck him as odd since Depp is much older than Heard. He added that Depp apologized to him after the incident.
The night did not charge Depp a ‘pig fee’
The next morning, one of Night’s employees told him about a mess in Depp and Heard’s trailer. The night was concerned, he said, because the trailer dated from the 1950s and had recently been restored to its vintage style.
But when he got there, he was put at ease, he said. Other than a broken sconce, the place looked good, Night added. He said he found a replacement on eBay a few weeks later and charged one of Depp’s assistants $62 for the problem. Night said he waived the trailer park’s “piggy bank fee” — which the property charged guests who left a big mess in the trailers before departure — because the interior of the trailer had otherwise looking neat.
Before Night testified, Bredehoft tried to get Judge Penney Azcarate, who is overseeing the case, to keep him from taking the stand. Night had tweeted about the trial testimony with That Umbrella Guy, a veteran Twitter user who frequently criticizes Heard and supports Depp in online speech.
On April 21, That Umbrella Guy tweeted that testimony about the Hicksville incident would indicate that Depp yelled at Heard. The night disagreed.
“It never happened. I was with them all night. It was Amber who acted jealous and crazy,” he wrote.
—Morgan Higby Night (@devilsnight) April 21, 2022
Bredehoft said the tweet indicated that Night had seen previous testimony and therefore should not speak. Azcarate finally allowed Night to testify after saying he only came across the tweet after a former employee told him the Hicksville Trailer Palace was mentioned at trial, adding that he looked up references to this one on Twitter.
Otherwise, Night told the judge, he hadn’t paid attention to the trial and read nothing about it after one of Depp’s lawyers told him he wanted to call him as a witness. Night said he wasn’t invested in the lawsuit.
“I’m happy to report what I saw, and that’s it,” Night said. “I really don’t care outside of that.”
Bredehoft asked Night several other questions, including whether he was wearing “a mesh shirt.” The night seemed confused at the question.
“I would absolutely never wear that,” he said.
When asked if he was a fan of Depp, Night’s response had the courtroom laughing.
“I’m not,” he said.
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