Amber Heard’s sister quizzed over video

Amber Heard's sister, Whitney Henriquez, has been quizzed over a bombshell video which Johnny Depp's lawyers say shows the actress "assaulted" her.

In a dramatic development on day 14 of Mr Depp's blockbuster libel trial against The Sun newspaper, the Hollywood star's legal team told the High Court it had received the video from a "confidential source" on Thursday night, after Ms Henriquez gave evidence that Ms Heard, 34, had never attacked her.

After legal argument on whether the video was admissible as evidence, it was played to the court.

22 PHOTOS
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in court
See Gallery
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in court
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Johnny Depp arrives at Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 24, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: (EDITORS NOTE: (Image has been converted to black and white) Johnny Depp arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 24, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
US actress Amber Heard (L) leaves hand-in-hand with her sister Whitney Heard (R) from the High Court after a hearing in the libel trial by her former husband US actor Johnny Depp against News Group Newspapers (NGN) in London, on July 24, 2020. - Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims that called him a "wife-beater" in April 2018. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Johnny Depp arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 24, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Amber Heard arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice on day fourteen of the hearing on the libel case against The Sun newspaper on 24 July, 2020 in London, England. Today the court will hear from final witnesses for The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers, as Johnny Depp is suing the newspaper over a 2018 article in which he was accused of being violent towards Amber Heard during their marriage. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
US actor Johnny Depp (C) gestures holding a bunch of flowers as he leaves after a hearing in his libel trial against News Group Newspapers (NGN), at the High Court in London, on July 24, 2020. - Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims that called him a "wife-beater" in April 2018. Johnny Depp's legal team played an anonymous tipster's video at his libel trial Friday aimed at proving ex-wife Amber Heard had a violent streak and once beat up her sister. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Artwork of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand on July 24, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
TOPSHOT - US actress Amber Heard (L) leaves hand-in-hand with her sister Whitney Heard (R) from the High Court after a hearing in the libel trial by her former husband US actor Johnny Depp against News Group Newspapers (NGN) in London, on July 24, 2020. - Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims that called him a "wife-beater" in April 2018. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Actress Amber Heard leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of actress Amber Heard being cross examined by Eleanor Laws QC as she gives evidence at the High Court in London during a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London for a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London for a hearing in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp (centre) leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actress Amber Heard (centre right) leaves the High Court in London after giving evidnce at a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
ile photo dated 16/07/20 of Amber Heard arriving at the High Court in London. The actress is to begin three days of evidence at the High Court as part of Johnny Depp's libel case against The Sun over allegations of domestic violence during the pair's tempestuous relationship.
Actor Johnny Depp gives a thumbs up as he arrives at the High Court in London to give evidence in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London after a hearing his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actress Amber Heard leaves the High Court in London after a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London to give evidence in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London to give evidence in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Johnny Depp departs the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 23, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during is marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

It shows Ms Henriquez, by a poolside with friends, talking, with one person heard to say, "did you get in a fight?" and then "I can't believe Amber beat your ass".

One woman appears to inspect Ms Henriquez' cheek and arm, and Ms Henriquez says she is not going to talk about it.

David Sherborne, Johnny Depp's barrister, said the video was a clip captured during the filming of a reality television show and was not for broadcast, but was "the rushes".

He later said it was filmed in 2006 or 2007.

Actor Johnny Depp receives flowers as he arrives at the High Court in London
Actor Johnny Depp receives flowers as he arrives at the High Court in London (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

During Friday's hearing, Ms Henriquez has also been referred by her maiden name, Whitney Heard.

Eleanor Laws QC, representing Mr Depp, reminded Ms Henriquez that she gave evidence on Thursday that she had "only seen your sister hit Mr Depp once that was in self-defence and that your sister had never been violent or hit you".

The barrister then played the video to Ms Henriquez and said: "What you were being asked by the ladies on that clip was about a fight between you and your sister, wasn't it?"

Ms Henriquez replied: "We were referencing a verbal argument my sister and I had got into the night before."

Ms Laws later put it to Whitney Henriquez that "you have been talking about a physical fight".

Ms Henriquez denied that it was a physical fight and said her friends were "inferring, trying to make a storyline, albeit a bad one, interesting, nothing more".

She added that they were "trying to make a very, very boring story more interesting".

Ms Laws continued: "We then see her looking at your face... and we see her holding onto your chin as if you are injured, don't we?"

Ms Henriquez said: "You don't see any injuries there."

The barrister added: "She's holding onto your chin and remarking on the fact that you have got marks."

Ms Henriquez replied: "I don't think she refers to any marks on my face."

Ms Laws then said: "And all you say is we are not talking about it."

She added: "You don't say 'what are you talking about, we just had a row'."

Ms Henriquez said: "I had no interest in bringing a personal fight with my sister... a personal matter... I had no interest in doing that."

Ms Laws said: "That was a lie."

Ms Henriquez replied: "I disagree with that statement."

Composite of actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard (Victoria Jones/PA)
Composite of actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard (Victoria Jones/PA)

Earlier, during legal argument, Mr Sherborne told Mr Justice Nicol: "We say it is quite clear from that video that not only did Ms Amber Heard assault her sister, but it was quite clear also that the injuries that were suffered by Ms Whitney Heard are being examined by the individual that we see on the tape.

"There is no denial of the fact that Ms Amber Heard 'beat up' Ms Whitney Heard and that there are injuries."

The barrister also said: "Ms Amber Heard says that she was never violent towards Mr Depp and the only time she assaulted him was that occasion when she was with Ms Whitney Heard... in self defence."

Mr Sherborne continued: "Our case is she (Whitney) has lied in order to support her sister on this very important issue as to what happened on the stairs (in March 2015)."

The court has previously been told that Amber Heard punched Johnny Depp in self-defence because she thought the actor was going to push Ms Henriquez down the stairs at their LA penthouse.

On Thursday, Ms Henriquez alleged that during the "stairs incident" she saw Mr Depp punch Ms Heard "really hard in the head ... multiple times".

Mr Depp denies the allegation.

Sasha Wass QC, for News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, said the film was "an undated piece of film footage in circumstances which appear to be some sort of reality TV programme, which is flippant, certainly not serious."

"Whitney suggests, according to the transcript, that there is an altercation.

"When she is asked about whether her sister beat her she says she is not going to talk about it."

She added: "This is a light-hearted exchange, there is no evidence of any injuries and it will take the matter... no further."

On Friday, the court is also hearing from Ms Heard's acting coach Kristina Sexton who appears by video link from Australia and Ms Heard's friends iO Tillett Wright and Raquel "Rocky" Pennington who will give evidence from the US.

Mr Depp, 57, is suing The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 27 2018 article with the headline: "Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be 'genuinely happy' casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?"

His lawyers say the article bore the meaning there was "overwhelming evidence" Mr Depp assaulted Ms Heard on a number of occasions and left her "in fear for her life".

NGN is defending the article as true, and says Mr Depp was "controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Ms Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs".

The case, the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century, is due to finish next week with closing submissions from both sides' legal teams on Monday and Tuesday.

Read Full Story Click here to comment

FROM OUR PARTNERS