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Witness disputes Amber Heard’s claim Johnny Depp was violent at a trailer park

Morgan Night said the Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, California, started out as an artists' retreat.

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A witness is disputing Amber Heard’s claim that Johnny Depp was violent at a trailer park amid a trial of dueling defamation lawsuits.

Morgan Night claims he was at the Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, California, the night Heard claimed Depp became jealous and grabbed someone’s arm in 2013. 

Night, a former owner of the now-hotel for a decade, said it began as an artists’ retreat destination. Hicksville Trailer Palace is now considered a recreational getaway for social gatherings and activities and is known for attracting celebrities, such as Lana Del Rey, according to its website.

Night was the then-owner and was present the night of the incident in question, which allegedly took place around a fire pit. Night said he never saw Depp get physical with anyone whenever he saw him at the trailer palace. In total, he said he interacted with the party, mostly Depp, for about 45 minutes to an hour throughout the course of the night. Night also admitted he was not with the group the entire night.

Earlier in his testimony, Night said Depp appeared to be “kind of cowering and seemed almost afraid” during a fight between him and Heard.

During the fight, Night alleged Heard yelled at Depp.

Night also said both Depp and Heard appeared intoxicated at the party, which included about 10-12 people total.

A tweet from Night’s Twitter account was also pointed out by Heard’s lawyer, on cross-examination, with Night writing, “I was with them all night. Amber was the one acting all jealous and crazy.”

Heard previously testified that Depp allegedly grabbed a woman’s wrist and twisted it, threatening to break it, after he got jealous at her touching Heard, Daily Mail reports. Heard also alleged Depp sexually abused her shortly after that by performing a cavity search.

The court battle, unfolding in a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia, centers on an op-ed Heard wrote for the Washington Post in 2018, in which she describes herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Though Depp isn’t named in the article, Heard made prior allegations of abuse against Depp in 2016, which he claims are false and are referenced in the piece.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for defamation for allegedly false domestic abuse accusations she made against him that he said hurt his career. Heard is counter-suing Depp, also for defamation, for $100 million.

While Heard maintains she was abused by Depp, Depp claims just the opposite: he was abused by her and not the other way around.

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Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'