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Amber Heard’s sister Whitney Heard Henriquez testified Wednesday that Johnny Depp hit her throughout the pair’s now-infamous staircase struggle in 2015.
“I’m standing up there with my back to the stairs. That’s when Johnny runs up the stairs,” she instructed jurors of the March 23 altercation over Depp’s alleged infidelity. “He comes up behind me, strikes me in the back. I hear Amber shout don’t hit my f–king sister. She smacks him, lands one.”
At that time, Depp grabbed the “Aquaman” actress by the hair and repeatedly punched her within the face, Henriquez mentioned. That is when his safety guard allegedly stepped in.
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Heard testified on direct examination that when she noticed her sister standing on the high of the steps after which noticed Depp allegedly swing at Heard she went into protecting mode. “I don’t hesitate. I just, in my head, think of Kate Moss and the stairs and I swung at him,” she mentioned, including it was the primary time she had “landed a blow.”
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Heard was referring to a rumor she mentioned she had heard that Depp as soon as pushed Moss down a staircase throughout a struggle when the pair dated within the Nineteen Nineties. However a supply near the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star instructed Day by day Submit Digital it is not true, and the actor stays on good phrases with the supermodel.
Henriquez was residing rent-free in a single Depp’s penthouse residences on the time however quickly moved out after the actor accused her of promoting tales about him to the press.
A number of witnesses — together with Depp and Heard — have given differing accounts of the staircase incident. Depp and his safety guard testified that Heard instigated the bodily altercation by clocking Depp within the face, giving him a black eye.
After the bodyguard separated them, Depp allegedly rampaged by way of a room Heard used as a closet, tearing down shoe and clothes racks.
Jurors have been proven photographs that Henriquez took of the destruction.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom, in Virginia, over a 2018 op-ed she wrote within the Washington Submit figuring out herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Depp has alleged it ruined his popularity and carer. Heard is countersuing her ex-husband for $100 million for calling her abuse allegations a “hoax.”
The live-streamed trial continues Thursday with testimony anticipated from Ellen Barkin.