As the Johnny Depp Vs. Amber Heard’s trial resumes with Amber’s testimony, a name on Amber’s witness list has created curiosity among fans. People following the trial are interested in knowing the person Raquel “Rocky” Pennington who hasn’t appeared on the stand yet. So who is Raquel Pennington? Read on to know all about her.
Who is Raquel Pennington?
In yesterday’s testimony, Amber Heard name-checked her good friend, IO Tillet Wright who is an author. Amber said Johnny just talked about faeces when her marriage with Johnny was falling apart and that she wanted to support Johnny as his mother had passed away. She said that he even shouted at her friend who was on the phone.
She was referring to her old friend IO. Interestingly IO Tillet Wright, Raquel Pennington and Amber Heard are old friends. It is pertinent to note here that Raquel played a huge part in Johnny Depp’s libel trial against The Sun UK’s publisher in the summer of 2020, testifying for Amber.
Shockingly, Rocky has not yet been involved in any part of the defamation trial, which begs the question: Are Amber Heard and Raquel Pennington still friends? The answer is yes. Both Raquel and her ex-husband were willing to testify again and therefore, it can be assumed that they are still on good terms.
Raquel, the Yoga Fanatic
Raquel Pennington was the next-door neighbour and friend of 13 years with Amber. She was once quoted as the “spiritual BFF” of Amber Heard, who had found a shoulder to cry on. Pennington considers herself to be a self-confessed ‘cheese specialist and travel junkie’ who has a taste for the glamorous side of Los Angeles life.
Los Angeles local Raquel found herself at the very centre of the world’s most talked-about divorce cases back in time as she was photographed at Amber’s side through every stage of her split from Depp.
Pennington previously filed court documents in support of Heard’s claim that Depp attacked her at their home, hitting her with an iPhone and swinging a wine bottle like a ‘baseball bat’. She was like her partner-in-crime.
Raquel and Amber’s Friendship
In May 2016, People reported that the two have been friends since 2003. In fact, Raquel and her ex-husband Josh Drew lived in the same building as Amber and Johnny and even had a key to their unit. So we can realise how close the two couples were
It was at this time that Raquel allegedly witnessed the aftermath of an incident between the couple. Raquel and Amber have been really good friends. Amber’s Instagram account still has some pictures of her and Raquel but they are from 2017. The two weren’t seen together since then. Well, now they are on the witness list so it is safe to say that they didn’t lose touch.
When Amber sought a restraining order against Depp, Raquel accompanied her to a legal meeting. The best friends were seen laughing and smiling as they departed the office building.
In 2016, the Twitter account “Amber Heard Source” posted a screenshot of Raquel replying to something they posted on Instagram, presumably in support of Amber during her divorce from Johnny Depp back then. Once quoted as her best friend, Raquel has certainly disappeared from Amber’s life.
The reply from Raquel’s Instagram (@dtlayogagirl) read, “Thank you both for your continued support, encouragement, and love throughout this time and always.” However, this Instagram account of Raquel’s has since been deactivated. We don’t know why. Do you?
The confusion with Raquel Pennington
Let’s rewind the trial a bit. One of the crucial testimonies in Johnny Depp Vs. Amber Heard’s trial came from Dr Shannon Curry (a non-board-certified clinical and forensic psychologist hired by Johnny Depp’s legal team) who testified that Amber Heard demonstrated tendencies of borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder.
Dr Curry testified that she was initially hired by Depp’s lawyers early last year to review files in the legal battle between the two feuding exes and identify behaviour in their relationship that may be consistent with ‘intimate partner violence.
The psychology expert revealed her role would shift several months later in October when she was asked to provide a psychological evaluation of Heard, 36. She testified, “The results of Ms Heard’s evaluation supported two diagnoses: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD).”
Shannon also referenced an incident with Raquel Pennington. The Guardian reported that Dr Curry alleged that Amber “punched Pennington, who lived rent-free in the Depp-Heard five penthouse complex, on a shopping trip.”
Now, the confusion about Raquel’s identity started when netizens started searching for “Raquel Pennington punch” and mistook this Raquel for the Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Well, if Amber’s friend was that Raquel, she wouldn’t have to showcase fake bruises like she is doing in this trial.
Dr Shannon was referring to Amber’s friend Raquel Pennington who is a yoga teacher and a jewellery designer. Raquel’s shop’s Instagram (@raqui.shop) February 11, 2022, still follows Amber, but Amber doesn’t follow this account.
The fierce legal battle between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp resumed yesterday after a week-long hiatus. Defendant Amber Heard continued her testimony and painted Depp as a mentally ill and abusive person.
Direct examination of Heard concluded mid-afternoon on Monday and cross-examination has now begun. The final arguments will take place on May 27th. Keep reading for the latest updates on this case.