Whitney Heard Henriquez, Heard’s younger sister, testified in court on Wednesday in the ongoing defamation case between Heard and ex-husband Depp.
Henriquez said she lived with Heard and Depp from time to time during their relationship and considered Depp a brother.
Henriquez testified that she used cocaine with Depp, including just before an incident where she saw Depp throw a can of Red Bull at her nurse, Debbie Lloyd, which Lloyd denied in her testimony. Henriquez said during an altercation, Depp walked up a flight of stairs towards her.
“He comes up behind me, hits me in the back. I hear Amber screaming not to hit my fucking sister. She hits him, lands one,” Henriquez said. “By then, Johnny had already grabbed Amber by the hair with one hand and repeatedly punched her in the face with the other.”
Depp accused Heard of defaming him in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post. In the article, which was published about two years after their divorce, Heard described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Although Depp was not named in the article, he claims it cost him lucrative acting roles.
Heard filed a counterclaim for $100 million.
Heard accused Depp of physically and sexually assaulting her throughout their relationship. Depp denied ever hitting Heard during his testimony.
Depp’s legal team accused Heard of being the abuser in the relationship.
Henriquez, who was cross-examined by Depp’s attorney Rebecca Lecaroz, said she sometimes acts as a marriage counselor and, at times, sides with Depp in arguments. Lecaroz asked Henriquez why she supported her sister when she wanted to stay in the relationship with Depp.
“You wanted Mrs. Heard to stay with Mr. Depp even after you saw him hit her, didn’t you? asked Lecaroz.
“It really is oversimplifying something that is far from simple. Again, Amber was very much in love, so was Johnny. She tells me she wants something. Whether I accept or not, whether I accept whether or not what was happening, it was not my place,” Henriquez testified.
On Wednesday, jurors also heard testimony from multiple witnesses, including a makeup artist and acting coach who worked with Heard, who said they saw Heard hurt during her relationship with Depp.
Multiple witnesses said they saw Heard with facial injuries after an altercation in May 2016 that ultimately led to Depp being granted a restraining order and the couple’s divorce.
Their testimony contradicts that of two Los Angeles police officers, who testified earlier in the trial that they saw no visible injuries on Heard’s face or dismay at the former couple’s home.
The trial is due to continue Thursday.