A video which Johnny Depp’s lawyers claim shows his ex-wife Amber Heard “attacking” his sister has been shown in the High Court.
In the video, which was handed over to her legal team Thursday night, friends of Whitney Henriquez suggest her sister “beat” her and appear to be inspecting her body for bruises.
Mr Depp, 57, is suing the editor of The Sun for an online article that calls him a “wife beater.”
The newspaper insists that this was correct.
In the video, which was shown in court on the 14th day of the London hearing, Ms Henriquez chats with friends by a swimming pool.
We hear a friend say, “Did you have a fight? And then “I can’t believe Amber beat your ass.” ”
A woman appears to be inspecting Ms Henriquez’s cheek and arm, and Ms Henriquez is heard saying she isn’t going to talk about it.
Mr Depp’s attorney, David Sherborne, said his team received the video from an ‘anonymous source’ after Ms Henriquez told court her sister had never assaulted her.
He said the video was captured while filming a reality TV show in 2006 or 2007 and was not intended for airing, but was “the rushes” – the raw, unedited footage.
He told the court: ‘We were contacted to explain that Mrs Amber Heard had a history of violence and assault on people and this video, which was attached, of her sister Whitney was taken shortly after Amber Heard assaulted her, and Ms. Whitney was filmed. with people commenting on the bruises on her face and body. ”
Mr Sherborne said the recently leaked video material “shows Ms Whitney was lying yesterday” and that she “adapted” her testimony “to respond to her sister’s testimony.”
Returning to the witness stand, Ms Henriquez told the court she was referring in the video to a verbal argument she had with her sister and denied that she had been physical.
She said her friends “inferred, tried to make a script – albeit bad – interesting, nothing more”.
Ms Henriquez said on Thursday Ms Heard had never hit her and denied being “afraid” of her sister.
She said she saw Mr. Depp hit Ms. Heard “very hard in the head … several times” in Los Angeles in March 2015. Ms. Henriquez admitted that Ms. Heard hit Mr. Depp on this occasion – but said that it was only “in my defense” because Ms. Heard thought Mr. Depp was going to push Ms. Henriquez down the stairs.
Speaking in court on Friday, Mr Sherborne said Ms Henriquez’s testimony about the so-called ‘staircase incident’ was ‘the only time another human being is believed to have witnessed’ Mr. Depp to Mrs. Heard.
“Ms. Whitney’s reliability is essential,” he added.
Mr Sherborne said Ms Heard’s testimony was that “she was never violent, she (did not) physically assault Mr Depp … and the only occasion would be when she was acting in self-defense”.
“The evidence that Ms. Heard was violent towards her sister is relevant to this issue,” he said.
Sasha Wass QC, who represents the Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), said she was unaware of the video until Mr Sherborne informed the court and argued that ‘it was’ meaningless’.
“This is an undated footage from a movie in circumstances that seem like some sort of reality TV show, which is flippant, certainly not serious,” she told the court.
“It’s a light exchange, there is no evidence of injuries and that won’t take the matter… no further.” ”
However, Mr Sherborne, representing Mr Depp, said: ‘We say that it is clear from this video that not only did Ms Amber Heard assault her sister, but it was also quite clear that the injuries suffered by Ms Whitney Heard were examined by the individual we see on the tape.
“There is no denying the fact that Ms. Amber Heard ‘beat up’ Ms. Whitney Heard and that there are injuries. “
Depp “dictated” Heard’s work
Ms Heard’s caretaker coach Kristina Sexton also testified via video link from Australia.
In a written statement from a witness, Ms Sexton said she met the actress in 2009 and the two became friends “fairly quickly”.
She said Ms Heard became a “nervous wreck” in choosing movie roles because she was “so worried” about Mr Depp’s reaction.
Ms Sexton alleged that Mr Depp had “dictated” his ex-wife’s work and told her not to take certain jobs because he did not want her to do “fucking parties”.
Providing evidence, Ms Sexton confirmed to Mr Depp’s attorney, Eleanor Laws QC, that she had not seen the actor “hit, kick or throw anything” at Ms Heard.
Asked by NGN lawyer Ms Wass Ms Sexton said she had previously been aware of “verbal fights” between the two men, but in April 2016 Ms Heard told her Mr Depp had it. hit and tried to strangle her.
The libel case, due to end next week, centers on an article posted to the Sun’s website in April 2018 under the headline “Gone Potty: How JK Rowling Can Be ‘Really Happy’ With Drummer of Casting Wife Johnny Depp in New Fantastic Beasts Movie? “.
The article concerned allegations by Ms Heard, which Mr Depp denies.