Depp v Heard: Actress’s sister says she saw couple hit each other during fight in 2015 | Ents & Arts News



Amber Heard’s sister has described a fight in which she says the actress and Johnny Depp hit each other.

Giving evidence in the high-profile libel lawsuit, Whitney Heard Henriquez said Heard yelled at Depp from a mezzanine above a kitchen in March 2015.

Ms Henriquez said she went to try and calm her sister down and described how Depp threw a can which hit another person in the room before Depp ran “down the stairs”.

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Ms Henriquez said: “I’m facing Amber and [Depp] comes up behind me and kicks me in the back.

“I heard Amber say ‘don’t hit my fucking sister’. She hits it and grabs one.”

She added: “Johnny had grabbed Amber by the hair with one hand and repeatedly punched her in the face with the other.”

During her previous testimony, Heard admitted to hitting her ex-husband.

Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50m (£40m), claiming she defamed him when she claimed in a newspaper article that she had been the victim of domestic abuse.

Heard counterattacked for $100m (£81m), arguing he smeared it by calling her a liar.

Depp claims he never hit Heard and was abused by his ex-wife.

Whitney Heard Henriquez, Amber's sister
Whitney Heard Henriquez, Amber’s sister

Another of Wednesday’s witnesses was Melanie Inglessis, who was Heard’s makeup artist.

She described how she concealed injuries on the actress’s face for an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden in December 2015.

“We covered the discoloration, the bruising, with a slightly thicker concealer,” Ms. Inglessis said.

Raquel Pennington also gave evidence – she described herself as a friend of both Depp and Heard, but now says she grew distant.

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Ms Pennington said Depp referred to his ‘alternative self’ as a ‘monster’.

Ms Pennington said: “At first [of the relationship]I was not worried.

“Towards the end, when the physical abuse was more evident, I was worried. I was worried about his physical safety.

“I was afraid that when he turned around, he might actually do something worse than he ever planned.”

Her face was bruised
Ms Pennington recalled photos of Heard’s bruised face

Ms Pennington said she saw Heard with her hair ripped from her head in 2016 and after a trip to Australia in 2015 Heard returned with cuts to her feet and arms.

She was also asked to describe a photo of Heard taken in December 2015, which showed the actress with bruised eyes and a swollen nose.

When asked directly if she had ever seen Depp hit, kick or throw anything at Heard, the witness said no.


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