Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: The trial goes on and they look tired
The trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continues this week as a new video emerges of Amber Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, after an alleged attack. The video shows Amber Heard’s sister discussing an altercation with her sibling but doesn’t show any actual fight. Johnny Depp’s defense presented this video in court, suggesting that Amber Heard has violent tendencies.
Amber Heard’s sister was shown distraught after an altercation
In response to the footage, Whitney Henriquez told the court that the footage was “a really bad reality TV show”. Henriquez went on to say that before the video she got into an altercation, but didn’t go into any further details. At one point during the video, a woman that was examining Henriquez’s face says “I can’t believe Amber beat your a&*.” The woman also asked Henriquez if she was the one who started the fight.
The previous day the court had asked Henriquez if Amber Heard had ever hit her and she said no. Johnny Depp’s defense tried to use this video as evidence that Henriquez was lying and therefore not a reliable witness. Henriquez gave further testimony in court that she and Amber Heard grew up in a violent household and that her father was abusive to her mother.
Amber Heard’s sister testified that Johnny Depp was violent
Henriquez also testified that she saw Johnny Depp punch Amber Heard “really hard in the head” during an incident in 2015. Henriquez admitted that Amber Heard also punched Depp during that particular incident, but it was only in self-defense. Depp’s lawyers insisted that this incident was a “one-off” and that “no other human being is supposed to have witnessed Depp being violent towards Heard”.
Amber Heard’s friend Raquel Pennington said Johnny Depp left a mark on Heard
Henriquez wasn’t the only witness in court this week. Amber Heard’s friend Raquel Pennington gave a statement that she feared Johnny Depp might actually kill Heard while drunk during an Australian incident in 2015. Pennington described graphic injuries she saw on Amber’s arms after the trip, including “lacerations, deep scratches, or cuts from the length of her wrist to her elbow.”
Pennington also denied that Amber Heard used make-up to fake her injuries and that the damage to the couple’s apartment during a 2015 incident was not staged. Pennington said the injuries she saw on Amber Heard included scrapes on the front of her scalp and an injury to her lip. Soon after the incident, Heard officially filed for divorce from Depp.
Amber Heard’s friend iO Tillett Wright heard Johnny Depp’s violence
Another friend of Amber Heard, iO Tillett Wright, described a phone call where they heard Johnny Depp hurl a phone in Heard’s face. Wright says he heard Amber Heard scream “call 911” before everything seemed to get further away from the phone. Wright further said that many people in the industry were afraid of speaking up against Depp’s actions because they feared getting blacklisted.
In response to the accusation Johnny Depp made of Heard pooping the couple’s bed, Wright described Amber Heard as “fecal phobic” and didn’t believe Heard was responsible for leaving excrement in the couple’s bed. According to Johnny Depp, the fecal fiasco was the last straw before deciding to part ways with Amber Heard.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s case wraps up this week
The case has officially closed on Tuesday, after the legal teams of both sides have submitted their closing statements. This marks the closing of one of the biggest libel trials of the 21st century. A ruling is expected by next week when we will finally see if Johnny Depp can officially be known as Johnny “Wife Beating” Depp.