On Tuesday 26 April 2022, the estate manager of Johnny Depp’s private island in the Bahamas testified in the Amber Heard and Depp trial. Tara Roberts testified that she intervened after hearing Mr Depp say that Amber Heard “hit him with a can”. Ms Roberts has been called as a witness as part of the ongoing defamation trial.
Depp has filed a $50 million defamation case against the Aquaman star after she wrote an article for the Washington Post. The 35-year-old referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”. Depp, 58, is suing Amber Heard for defamation. The article did not name the Pirates Of The Caribbean star by name.
Heard is countersuing Depp, alleging he defamed her when his former lawyer released statements claiming her allegations of abuse were false.
Find out more about manager Tara Roberts as we explore her role on his island. We’ll look into how much she got paid to work there and where exactly the compound is located.
Who is Tara Roberts to Johnny Depp and what did she do prior to working with him?
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Who is the estate manager of Johnny Depp’s Bahamas island?
Tara Roberts has managed American actor Johnny Depp’s private island in the Bahamas for 15 years since December 2008, the BBC reports.
Shown in a courtroom video link on 26 April, Roberts describes alleged interactions between Depp and Amber Heard on the island. Watch this via the Law and Crime Facebook video.
The defamation trial between Mr Depp and Ms Heard began on 11 April 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia following Mr Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019.
The Independent writes the estate manager claims Amber Heard “viciously” tried to pull Depp back to the house, grabbing his clothes and hair.
She previously appeared in court as a witness during Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against the publisher of the Sun newspaper. This lawsuit was over the publisher running an article that labelled him a “wife-beater”. Depp lost the libel suit against the Sun following a 16-day trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in 2020.
In 2020, Ms Roberts described Depp as an “unusually kind man”, the BBC reports.
How much does she get paid to manage the compound?
The New York Post reports that Tara Roberts receives a salary of $10,000 per month to manage Johnny Depp’s private island in the Bahamas.
Johnny Depp’s private island compound is located in the Exumas archipelago, around 60 miles from Nassau.
Depp’s island, Little Hall’s Pond Cay, is 45 acres in size. Among the features under Roberts’ care are the main house and a two-bedroom yurt. Additionally, she looks after a beach house and a “roundhouse” with a bedroom.
The actor spotted the island while filming Pirates Of The Caribbean. Forbes reports he bought it for the price of $3.6 million in 2004.
Each of the island’s beaches is named after something – or someone – special to the star. Vanity Fair states that he named two beaches after his children, Lily-Rose and Jack.
Another beach is called Vanessa Paradis, whereas another is titled Gonzo (after Hunter S Thompson’s journalistic method).
The latter features glass tables with Thompson’s face “etched into them”, Page Six reports.
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More about Tara Roberts’ former career
Prior to working on Little Hall’s Pond Cay, Roberts’ LinkedIn profile suggests that she already had experience managing islands. She reportedly managed a location named “Indigo Island” for 12 years, until 2009.
In terms of education, Roberts attended an independent boarding and day school in Greenfield, Massachusetts known as Stoneleigh-Burnham School from 1981 to 1985.
Tara Roberts’ declaration, made during Johnny Depp’s ongoing defamation trial against former wife Amber Heard, consisted of 15 paragraphs. Read it via Twitter here.