“He grabbed her hair with one hand and kicked her with the other”: Whitney Henriquez said Wednesday that she witnessed a violent argument in 2015 between her sister, Amber Heard, and Johnny Depp, who is suing his ex-wife for defamation in an American court.
The scene is one of multiple altercations between the two ex-spouses that have been referenced since the start of the highly publicized trial at the Fairfax courthouse near Washington.
On March 23, 2015, a month after their wedding, the couple exchanged “really cruel” insults, according to Whitney Henriquez, in their Los Angeles duplex.
He wants to take his sister to the neighboring apartment where he lives.
But Johnny Depp “runs up the stairs and hits me in the back,” he said on the stand.
“I hear Amber scream + Damn, don’t touch my sister +, she slaps her. And then she catches her,” he explained.
When Johnny Depp’s bodyguard rushes in, “he had already grabbed her by the hair with one hand and was kicking her with the other,” Whitney Henriquez said.
The guard finally manages to get the actor away and leads his sister into a locked room.
“I hear Johnny yelling insults, I hear noises of things breaking,” he said afterwards.
He explained that the next day he found Amber Heard’s clothing closets “completely destroyed” and many broken items in the kitchen.
The dispute began when the 36-year-old actress accused her husband of cheating on her after finding text messages on her phone addressed to another woman.
Whitney Henriquez claimed that it was the only violent argument she witnessed during their relationship.
After this incident, Ms. Henríquez claims that Johnny Depp asked her to sign a confidentiality agreement, which she did not do. She moved out some time later.
Up front, he also explained that the attitude of the actor from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga was transformed under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“When he was sober he was wonderful, when he wasn’t he was terrible,” he said. “If he was doing drugs or drinking, there was almost always an argument.”
He also told how Johnny Depp slowly took over Amber Heard’s life: he asked the actress’s stylist to choose “increasingly conservative” gala outfits, objected to certain roles and denied that she has a confidential code for her mobile phone.
In May 2016, when she finally filed for divorce, Amber Heard “was in poor physical shape, weighing 50kg all wet, her face gaunt,” her 34-year-old sister said.
The 58-year-old actor, who testified in late April, admitted to heavy drug and alcohol use but denied raising a hand on Amber Heard and insisted she was the one who was violent.
Johnny Depp accuses his ex-wife of ruining his reputation and career by claiming in a 2018 Washington Post column that he had suffered domestic violence two years earlier, without mentioning his name.
He is claiming $50 million in damages. The actress, known for her role in “Aquaman”, fought back and asked for the double.
Deliberations will continue until May 27, after which the seven jurors will retire to deliberate.
The two actors had started an affair in October 2011 before getting married in February 2015. The divorce was finalized in early 2017.
Johnny Depp has already lost a first defamation lawsuit in London in 2020, against the British tabloid The Sun, which had called him a “violent husband”.
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