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Live Updates: Witness Describes Johnny Depp’s Dark Side, ‘The Monster’



Source: NBC News

Witness Raquel Pennington said Amber Heard’s inner social circle referred to Johnny Depp’s dark side as “the monster.”

“We called it ‘the monster, ” Pennington said in a January deposition played for jurors on Wednesday. “All of us, me, Johnny, Amber and anyone else in the inner circle that was privy to the private things that would happen.”

Asked who came up with “the monster” moniker, Pennington said it was Depp himself. “He named it that,” she said.

“I was scared for Amber and I was sad for Johnny because he was my friend too,” Pennington added. “I was worried for her physical safety. I was worried that when he turned he might accidentally do something that was worse than he ever intended.”

He switched sometimes:’ Witness on Depp’s changing moods

Raquel Pennington, who was close friends with Heard, recounted the way Depp’s demeanor changed like “a switch flipped” during a group trip to the desert.

Depp, Heard and Pennington were a part of a group that went to a luxury trailer park in the summer of 2013, where one of the alleged abuses by Depp occurred. Heard previously testified that Depp assaulted her in their trailer after getting jealous of a woman next to her.

Pennington described a moment when Depp had a sudden outburst and said, “get your hands off my woman.”

“It was surprising because Johnny had been hanging out with everybody in a friendly way and a switch flipped when that happened,” Pennington said, characterizing the interaction between Heard and the woman as benign. “Amber got up, went to go comfort Johnny and then they went back to their trailer.”

At first, she thought in the moment that Depp had been joking and that Heard got up to diffuse the situation. Pennington described this as behavior she’d seen from Depp before, that “he switched sometimes.”

“Johnny would be acting like his wonderful self for a certain portion of an occasion where people were hanging out or sometimes just privately at home,” Pennington said.” I never knew what caused it. A switch would happen where he would either disappear, go somewhere off by himself, or his mood would change to something darker.”

Depp apologized for his behavior, but didn’t try to get better ‘permanently,’ witness says

Raquel Pennington said in her video deposition that Depp was often apologetic for his behavior after arguments with Heard, but promises to change often fell short.

“What he made clear to me in our conversations was that he was very sorry, and that he was working to get clean and get better,” Pennington said of what Depp told her regarding his fights with Heard. “And that he was asking for forgiveness and …that he was gonna get better.”

She added that she did see him “get better” in times of knowing him.

“Did you ever see him get better permanently?” an attorney questioning her asked.

“No,” Pennington responded.


US President Joe Biden turns 80 Today: New Generation’ of Democratic Leaders Takes Control in Congress




President Joe Biden will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday, marking the first time a sitting president has reached that milestone while in office and fueling speculation about how his advancing age will affect his political future.

Biden — who was the oldest person to assume the presidency in January 2021, just 61 days after his 78th birthday — has said he intends to make another White House bid, even as his age-adjacent peers, including 82-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have made the decision to step away from leadership in order to make way for a younger generation.

“My intention is that I will run again. But I’m a great respecter of fate and this is ultimately a family decision. I think everybody wants me to run but we’re going to have discussions about it. And I don’t feel any hurry one way or the other to make that judgment.” he said last week, after helming what many say is the most successful midterm election for a sitting president’s party in decades, though noting that those results would not have an impact on his decision to run again.

PHOTO: President Joe Biden greets guests before speaking at an event at the White House complex, Nov. 18, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

Biden is the oldest person to serve as commander in chief in the nation’s history. Should he seek reelection in 2024 and win, the president would be 86 by the end of his second term. He has said he’ll talk over his future with his wife and the rest of his family over the holidays.

Biden has said he is hoping that he and his wife “get a little time to actually sneak away for a week around between Christmas and Thanksgiving” and that his decision to run for reelection will likely “be early next year we make that judgment.”

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Shanquella Robinson’s Death in Cabo, Father Believes Attack Was a Set Up




Shanquella Robinson‘s mysterious death in Mexico smells like a set up to her father … he tells TMZ he believes his daughter was attacked as part of a diabolical plan.

Shanquella, who was from North Carolina, was found dead last month in her room in Los Cabos … where she was vacationing with a group of friends. Her parents say the friends told them the 25-year-old died of alcohol poisoning.

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Drunk woman steals 45ft ferry while shouting ‘I’m Jack Sparrow’




A drunken woman stole a passenger ferry on the River Dart and shouted 'I'm Jack Sparrow' and 'I'm a pirate' as she drifted away from police on the shore

A DRUNK has been jailed after she stole a 100-seat ferry and smashed into boats, yelling, “I’m Jack Sparrow! I’m a pirate!”

Alison Whelan, 51, boarded the 45ft Dart Princess with a friend after a two-day bender, where she got drunk on Lambrini and ate poisonous deadly nightshade, which causes hallucinations.

She undid the mooring ropes in the early hours and drifted up a river on the tide, bashing into other boats “like a pinball machine”.

Whelan taunted police, shouting: “What are you going to do now?” and “I believe this is out of your jurisdiction!”

Thirty police, a lifeboat crew, Coastguards and paramedics had to be called.

And when the cops finally arrested her after an hour when the ferry came to rest in calm water, she told them: “We’d have ended up in St Tropez if we hadn’t been caught.”

Whelan, of Paignton, Devon, stole the double-decker ferry in nearby Dartmouth a year ago.

She had called an ambulance, claiming to have had a seizure. Medics found her drunk and rambling, and one of them was pushed over by her friend, Tristam Locke.

The medics called police and went to their vehicle to wait, then looked in their mirror and saw the ferry drifting away from shore.

Whelan told police she untied “two or three” of the mooring ropes because she kept tripping over them.

She said she then felt the boat moving and “noticed the hotels getting a long way away”.

The ferry suffered £1500 of damage when it hit two other boats, which were also damaged. Torquay magistrates heard Whelan and Locke could have been killed on rocks if the tide on the River Dart had been going out at the time.

Locke was fined £100 last year for assaulting an ambulance technician.


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