- Morgan Night auditioned at the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on Tuesday.
- He said Heard yelled at Depp in the “Hicksville incident” and said Depp didn’t destroy their trailer.
- Heard’s lawyer tried to rule out his testimony, saying he knew “that umbrella guy.”
Johnny Depp’s trial against ex-wife Amber Heard turned into an even stranger scene on Tuesday as one of Heard’s lawyers questioned if a witness on the platform had contacted the Twitter user who goes to “That Umbrella Guy,” one of Depp’s friends. The biggest cheerleaders on the Internet.
“I have no idea,” witness Morgan Knight told the jury. “I don’t care or follow the umbrella.”
Knight, who testified under oath, added that he was unaware of Adam Waldman, one of Depp’s former attorneys.
When Heard’s attorney, Eileen Bredehoft, told him that Waldman often spoke with That Umbrella Guy, Night seemed confused. Heard seemed to put down laughter at her lawyer’s question.
“Honestly, that sounds like schizophrenia,” Knight said.
Knight’s testimony is nearing the end of the six-week trial in Depp’s lawsuit against Heard. Depp claims she tarnished his reputation 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 denied the allegations, claiming that Depp physically assaulted her multiple times while they were together.
Depp’s lawyers brought in a night to testify as a rebuttal to describe what became known as the “Hicksville Incident.” In May 2013, Depp, Heard and a group of friends took an overnight camping trip at the Hicksville trailer mansion in Joshua Tree, California.
Depp alleges that Heard yelled at him in their trailer after he interfered with a friend who appeared to have put her hands on his girlfriend at the time in an intimate way and punched a wall. Heard alleges that Depp, who was rich in psychedelic mushrooms, threw the trailer into a jealous fit and then sexually assaulted her by conducting a “cavity search.”
Knight founded the trailer park and oversaw its operations at the time. He experienced that Heard seemed nervous in his dealings with her. Knight said that at one point Heard took Depp away to their trailer.
“I was talking to Mr. Depp, face to face, and Mrs. Heard came up and said, ‘I want to talk to you,’ and she seemed really upset about something,” Knight said. “So I went home, and they came back on their own.”
Knight said Heard started screaming at Depp.
“I started yelling at him. And I didn’t want to hear that, really, because I’d been in abusive relationships before,” Knight said.
Knight said Depp was “shivering” during the interaction and “looked almost scared,” which struck him as odd because Depp is so much older than Heard. He added that Depp apologized to him after the incident.
Night Didn’t Charge Depp “Pig Fee”
The next morning, a Night staff member told him about a mess in Depp and Heard’s trailer. He said the night was a worry because the trailer was from the 1950s and had recently been restored to its vintage style.
But when he got there, he said, he felt comfortable. Knight added that apart from the broken light sconces, the place looked good. He said he found a replacement on eBay a few weeks later, and one of Depp’s assistants charged $62 for the problem. Knight said he waived the trailer park “hog fee” — which the facility charged to guests who left a big mess in their trailers before heading out — because the interior looked elegant otherwise.
Before Night could testify, Bredehoft tried to get Judge Penney Azcarate, who is overseeing the case, to stop him from taking the podium. Knight had tweeted about testimony at trial with That Umbrella Guy, a powerful Twitter user who frequently criticizes Heard and supports Depp in the online rhetoric.
On April 21, this paratrooper tweeted that testimony about the Hicksville incident indicated that Depp yelled at Heard. The night is different.
“It never happened,” he wrote. “I was with them all night. Amber was the jealous and crazy guy.”
—Morgan Higby Night (@devilsnight) April 21, 2022
Breedhoft said the tweet indicated that Knight had seen previous trial testimony, and therefore should not take a stand. Ultimately, Azcarate allowed Night to testify after saying he came across the tweet only after a former employee told him that Hicksville Trailer Palace was mentioned at the trial, adding that he had looked for references to it on Twitter.
Other than that, Knight told the judge, he didn’t pay attention to the trial and didn’t read anything about it after one of Depp’s lawyers told him they wanted to call him as a witness. Knight said he did not invest in the trial.
“I’m happy to say what I saw, and that’s the range,” said Knight. “I really don’t care outside of that.”
Bredehoft Night asked several other questions, including whether he was wearing a “mesh shirt”. Night looked confused at the question.
“I would never wear this,” he said.
When asked if he’s a fan of Depp, Knight’s answer made the courtroom laugh.
He said, “I am not.”