Amber Heard’s sister was “terrified” of her “extremely violent” brother and feared he would kill her husband Johnny Depp, according to a statement from a former friend that resurfaced during the billionaire libel trial.
Jennifer Howell, former friend and boss of Ms Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez, submitted an affidavit to Depp’s legal team in July 2020, casting doubt on Ms Henriquez’s testimony during the trial. pirates UK star libel trial with Sun.
Ms Howell claimed that Ms Henriquez confided in her that she was afraid of her famous sister who had abused her both “psychologically and physically”.
Ms. Henríquez also allegedly told her “on multiple occasions that she did not know why [Mr Depp] stayed in the relationship [with Ms Heard] or why I put up with Amber’s abuse.”
In the statement, Ms. Howell also detailed a drastically different account of the same March 2015 incident that Ms. Henriquez testified about in court in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday.
On the witness stand at the libel trial, Mrs Heard’s sister claimed that Johnny Depp beat her during a violent attack at the aquaman Actress.
The incident, which became known as “the stairwell incident,” allegedly took place inside the downtown Los Angeles penthouse where Heard and Depp lived.
Ms. Henriquez testified that her former brother-in-law hit her in the back, threw a can of Red Bull at a friend, grabbed Ms. Heard by the hair, and punched her before trashing Ms. Heard’s closet.
“Johnny then throws a can of Red Bull and hits Debbie in the back. He didn’t even react, he didn’t even seem to notice,” Ms Henriquez told the court.
“I’m standing at the top of the stairs with my back to the stairs and that’s when Johnny runs up the stairs.
“I face Amber. She comes up behind me and hits me on the back.”
Ms Henriquez said her sister yelled at Mr Depp “Don’t hit my fucking sister” and then “hit him, he lands one”.
After Ms. Heard hit her husband, Ms. Henriquez testified that Mr. Depp grabbed his wife by the hair and “repeatedly” punched her in the face.
After the incident, he claimed he found a non-disclosure agreement on his counter for him to sign.
You said you didn’t sign the NDA.
In Ms Howell’s statement, she questions Ms Henriquez’s testimony in the courtroom, which she previously told the court in the UK case.
Instead, Ms Howell said that Ms Henriquez had told her that she had been trying to stop Ms Heard from attacking Mr Depp that night.
She also claimed that it was Mrs. Heard who nearly pushed her down the stairs.
According to Ms. Howell, Ms. Henriquez was working for her at The Art of Elysium non-profit organization at the time and came to stay with her in her guest room after the incident because she did not feel she could return to the building where she lived. his sister. and brother-in-law of her resided.
She said Ms. Henriquez was “a mess” when she arrived at her home, telling her that she “tried to stop her sister Amber from hitting and attacking Johnny on the stairs.”
“Whitney said that when she tried to intervene to stop Amber from going after Johnny, Amber nearly pushed Whitney down the stairs,” she wrote in the statement.
“He told me he was worried Amber was ‘going to kill Johnny.'”
She wrote that her father had reminded her that “Whitney had moved in with me because she was afraid of her sister.”
As Ms. Henriquez stayed with her, she said that Mr. Depp was checking up on her and that they called each other “sister” and “brother.”
Ms. Howell also described another time when she said that Ms. Henriquez told her that Ms. Heard had thrown a glass of red wine at her in an elevator.
When Mr Depp lost the tip of a finger during a violent incident between the former couple in Australia, Ms Howell claimed that Ms Hernandez proclaimed in the office “My God, he’s done it now”. She has cut off his fucking finger.”
Ms Howell also wrote in the statement that Ms Heard’s mother, Paige, had also told her that the reason Mr Depp and Ms Heard broke up was because her daughter was “violent and emotional”. “.
Depp sues his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote washington post where she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The pirates of the Caribbean The actor is not named in the article, which is titled “I have spoken out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
However, Depp claims that it falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser, something he adamantly denies, and has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50 million.
Ms Heard is countersuing for $100 million, accusing Mr Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.