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“The cards were stacked against us”

“The cards were stacked against us”

Amber Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, is breaking her silence after the jury mostly sided with Johnny Depp in his libel suit against his ex-wife.

Last Wednesday, the seven-person jury delivered its verdict which awarded Depp, 58, $10.35 million in damages, finding that Heard, 36, defamed her ex-husband in 2018. Washington Post editorial on domestic violence, in which she did not name him.

Heard, meanwhile, was awarded $2 million in her libel countersuit. She plans to appeal the verdict, her lawyer revealed the next morning.

The actress’ younger sister, who testified on her behalf at the trial and was present in the courtroom when the verdict was read, showed her support for the actress on Instagram on Sunday.

“I am always with you, sissy. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for testifying here in Virginia and in the UK, and for being the voice of so many people who can’t talk about the things that happen behind closed doors,” Henriquez, 34, wrote.

“We knew this was going to be an uphill battle and the cards were stacked against us,” she continued. “But you stood up and spoke regardless. I am so honored to testify for you, and I would do it a million times over because I know what I saw and because the truth is forever yours. side.”

Henriquez concluded, “I’m so sorry it wasn’t reflected in the decision made by this jury, but I will never give up on you, and neither will those who stand by you. Always by your side. . #istandwithamberheard.”

Heard, who also has an older sister, released her own statement shortly after the verdict was revealed, calling the decision a “setback” for women. “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” she wrote. “I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband.”

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Whitney Heard, sister of actor Amber Heard, sits with other Heard supporters in the front row of the courtroom just before the jury announces they believe Amber Heard defamed the ex -husband Johnny Depp while announcing split verdicts in favor of her ex-husband.  Johnny Depp and heard

Whitney Heard, sister of actor Amber Heard, sits with other Heard supporters in the front row of the courtroom just before the jury announces they believe Amber Heard defamed the ex -husband Johnny Depp while announcing split verdicts in favor of her ex-husband. Johnny Depp and heard

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“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback,” she added. “It takes the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke out and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It pushes back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”

‘I believe Johnny’s lawyers managed to get the jury to ignore the key issue of freedom of speech and ignore the evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK,’ said the Aquaman the actress continued. “I’m sad to have lost this case. But I’m even sadder to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”

On the witness stand earlier in the court case, Henriquez testified and was questioned about a March 2015 incident when she claimed Depp allegedly punched and heard her on a staircase in their penthouse. She said her then-brother-in-law punched her in the back and then punched Heard “repeatedly.” Heard also testified to the incident, saying she punched Depp in defense of her sister. He denied this version of events.

Henriquez said she got along with Depp “at first” before she witnessed the tumultuous relationship, living with them at one point. Depp, during his time at the helm, recalled liking “nice guy” Henriquez when they met, but claimed she often had the “dirty end of the stick” and would be a ” punching bag” for Heard. “Whitney was trying to please her sister, trying to keep up and it looked like she was getting shot every time,” he said of the sisters’ “up and down” relationship.

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After the verdict, Depp, who was in the UK when the decision was announced, said in a statement that the jury “gave my life back to me”.

“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the life of my loved ones and also the life of the people who, for many, many years, supported me and believed in me, changed forever. Everything in the blink of an eye,” he said. “False, very serious and criminal allegations were made to me via the media, which sparked an endless barrage of hateful content, although none charge was never brought against me. It had already circled the world twice in a nanosecond, and it had a seismic effect. impact on my life and career. And six years later, the jury gave me back my life.

“I’m really humbled,” he continued. “My decision to pursue this matter, knowing full well the height of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable global spectacle in my life, was made only after careful consideration. From the outset, the objective of bringing this case was to tell the truth, regardless of the outcome. Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and to everyone who remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I finally accomplished that.

Depp said he was “overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and the overwhelming support and kindness from around the world”.

“I hope that my quest for the truth to be told has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those who support them will never give up. I also hope that the position will return innocent until guilty, both in court and in the media,” the actor said. “I want to thank the noble work of the judge, jurors, court staff and sheriffs who sacrificed their own time to make this happen, and to my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in m helping to share the truth, the best is yet to come and a new chapter is finally beginning. Veritas numquam perishes. Truth never fails.”

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