Johnny Depp Trial Live Updates: Amber Heard’s Sister Whitney Henriquez, Friend, Backs Her Assault Claims Against Ex-Husband

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Amber Heard’s sister testified Wednesday that she found herself in the midst of fights — literally and figuratively — between her sister and Johnny Depp during their troubled relationship.

Whitney Heard Henriquez is the first witness to testify in the five-week civil trial that she personally saw Depp punch Heard. Depp has testified that he never hit Heard.

Henriquez testified that the argument took place in March 2015 — a month after Depp and Heard got married — when Heard found evidence that Depp was already having an extramarital affair.

Henriquez said a drunken dork accused Heard of forcing him into the extramarital encounter.

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At one point, she said, she was caught between Depp and Heard as he stormed up a flight of stairs to confront Heard. Henriquez said she was punched in the back, and Heard got angry and “landed one” on Depp, with Henriquez stuck between the two.

One of Depp’s bodyguards intervened and stopped the fight, but “by this time, Johnny had already grabbed Amber’s hair with one hand and was repeatedly punching her in the face with the other,” Henriquez said.

It was the only time, Henriquez said, that she personally witnessed a physical assault. But she said she saw the aftermath of other fights, including bruising Heard.

She said she earned the nickname “marriage counselor” for her frequent efforts to mediate disputes between Heard and Depp.

“Clearly not very well,” she said of her mediation efforts.

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But she admitted under cross-examination that she had at times sided with Depp in their arguments and said she worked to keep the couple together, even after seeing her sister physically assaulted.

“If my sister said she still wanted to be with Johnny and if I could help in any way with that, I would support her. I would be there for them,” she said.

Henriquez admitted that she once even joked in a text message that Depp should hit Heard, but she said she didn’t really understand what her sister was going through at the time.

Henriquez also shared a story about Depp’s behavior at Heard’s 30th birthday party in April 2016, one of the last fights between the couple. She said people took turns sharing favorite memories of Heard. Depp, who arrived late and drunk at the party, decided to share a story about how he first met Heard when she was auditioning for a film and “she sat on the couch and her perfect (posterior) left the perfect imprint.” on the couch.”

“We were all kind of embarrassed,” Henriquez said.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post in which she described herself as “a public figure who depicts domestic violence.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article, although he never mentioned his name.

Also on Wednesday, a friend of Heard’s testified that she saw the bruises and lacerations left after multiple incidents of abuse by Depp.

In a taped testimony played for the jury, Raquel Pennington said she never personally witnessed Depp punch Heard. But she said she saw the injuries, and she took photos of Heard’s face in December 2015, after a fight in which Heard said Depp headbutted her and might have broken his nose.

The photo shows a swollen nose, cropped lip and two moderately black eyes on Heard’s face.

She also took a photo of strands of hair that she said were torn from Heard’s scalp.

Heard “often had to cover facial bruises and injuries with makeup,” said Pennington, one of many witnesses whose testimony was previously recorded.

Pennington said she doesn’t really consider herself Heard’s current girlfriend and that the two have grown apart over the past year.

The December 2015 fight is one of several controversial incidents. While the jury saw photos taken by Pennington documenting the injuries, they also saw video of Heard’s appearance on a late-night talk show the next day, in which those injuries are not visible.

Heard said the injuries were only covered up with makeup.

Pennington’s testimony came after Heard completed her time on the witness stand Tuesday, including two grueling days of cross-examination during which Depp’s attorneys questioned Heard about the veracity of her allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Pennington’s testimony provides corroborating evidence for several of the alleged attacks. In addition to the December 2015 incident, Pennington said she saw cuts on Heard’s feet when she returned from a trip to Australia in March 2015. Heard testified that on that trip, Depp sexually assaulted Heard with a liquor bottle and that she broke her glass from the attack.

And Pennington, who for a time lived in a penthouse suite with Depp and Heard, said she was the first person to see Heard during a recent argument between the couple in May 2016 that sparked the couple’s divorce.

Pennington said she threw herself between the two and Depp slapped her hands away. She said she then covered Heard with her own body on the floor as Depp yelled at Heard to get up. She said she later saw Depp wielding a wine bottle to smash and knock things off the walls and counters.

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