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Depp legal team claim secret video is proof that Heard did attack sister


Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire


Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Amber Heard's sister yesterday denied that she had lied to a London court after Johnny Depp's lawyers in his libel suit against a British tabloid ­presented video footage that they claim showed his ex-wife was violent towards her.

The Hollywood star's legal team said they received the video from a "confidential" source on Thursday night, hours after Whitney Henriquez testified in court that she had never been attacked by Heard and that she was not frightened of her.

Depp (57) is suing News Group Newspapers, the ­publisher of 'The Sun', and the newspaper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that branded the actor a "wife beater". Depp has told the court that he was the one abused by Heard and that she had a history of being ­violent toward him.

'The Sun's' defence relies on 14 allegations made by Heard of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in settings as varied as a rented house in Australia, his private island in the Bahamas and a private jet.

The video at the heart of the court proceedings yesterday, the final session before the two sides sum up their arguments, was unused reality TV footage from 2006 or 2007, according to Depp's lawyers, and shows Henriquez by a pool with a group of female friends. One of them is heard saying, "Did you get in a fight or something?" and "I can't believe Amber beat your ass".

Another appears to inspect Henriquez's cheek and arm, and Henriquez says she is not going to talk about it.

After viewing the video in court, Henriquez said the argument with her sister had been a "verbal" one and that her friends were "trying to make a very, very boring story more interesting".

Henriquez also denied that she had any injuries when the video was recorded and said that her friends were "looking for injuries that were not there, trying to create a narrative to make something more interesting".

Depp's lawyer, David Sherborne, had said earlier that it is "quite clear" that Heard assaulted her sister and that injuries to Henriquez are being examined on the tape.

Henriquez is a crucial ­witness in the trial as she has alleged to have seen Depp strike her sister.

In her testimony on Thursday, Henriquez said Depp hit Heard "multiple times" during an alleged incident at the ­couple's Los Angeles apartment in March 2015. She also said that her sister had punched Depp on that occasion but only to defend her because she believed Depp was going to push Henriquez down the stairs.

Depp's lawyers have said that Henriquez tailored her evidence to meet her sister's version of events, especially around the "stairs" incident. "Our case is she has lied in order to support her sister on this very important issue," Mr Sherborne said.

In her four days of testimony this week, Heard (34) accused Depp of an array of acts of violence, especially when he was allegedly high on drugs or drunk. These included throwing bottles at her "like grenades", headbutting her and stubbing out a cigarette on his cheek. She has claimed that she often feared for her life during their tempestuous relationship.

Heard said in written ­evidence that some incidents were so severe she was "afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far".

The actress told the court Depp blamed his actions on "a self-created third party" that he called "the monster".

Depp and Heard married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the following year, and it was finalised in 2017.

After 14 days already in court, the case is due to finish next week with closing submissions from both sides' legal teams on Monday and Tuesday.

Irish Independent