By PAN PYLAS, Related Press
LONDON (AP) — Amber Heard’s sister denied Friday that she had lied to a London court docket after Johnny Depp’s legal professionals in his libel go well with towards a British tabloid introduced video footage that they declare confirmed his ex-wife was violent in direction of her.
His authorized staff stated they acquired the video from a “confidential” supply on Thursday evening, hours after Whitney Henriquez testified in court docket that she had by no means been attacked by Heard and that she was not terrified of her.
Depp, 57, is suing Information Group Newspapers, the writer of The Solar, and the newspaper’s govt editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that labeled the actor a “spouse beater.” Depp has advised the court docket that he was the one abused by Heard and that she had a historical past of being violent towards him.
The Solar’s protection depends on 14 allegations made by Heard of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in settings as different as a rented home in Australia, his non-public island within the Bahamas and a personal jet.
The video on the coronary heart of the court docket proceedings Friday, the ultimate session earlier than the 2 sides sum up their arguments, was unused actuality TV footage from 2006 or 2007, in accordance with Depp’s legal professionals, and reveals Henriquez by a pool with a gaggle of feminine buddies. Certainly one of them is heard saying, “Did you get in a battle or one thing?” and “I can’t consider Amber beat your ass.” One other seems to examine Henriquez’s cheek and arm, and Henriquez says she just isn’t going to speak about it.
After viewing the video in court docket, Henriquez stated the argument along with her sister had been a “verbal” one and that her buddies have been “attempting to make a really, very boring story extra fascinating.”
Henriquez additionally denied that she had any accidents when the video was recorded and stated that her buddies have been “searching for accidents that weren’t there, attempting to create a story to make one thing extra fascinating, to create one thing out of nothing,” she stated.
Depp’s lawyer, David Sherborne, had stated earlier that it’s “fairly clear” that Heard assaulted her sister and that accidents to Henriquez are being examined on the tape.
Henriquez is an important witness within the trial as she has alleged to have seen Depp strike her sister. In her testimony on Thursday, Henriquez stated Depp hit Heard “a number of occasions” throughout an alleged incident on the couple’s Los Angeles house in March 2015. She additionally stated that her sister had punched Depp on that event however solely to defend her as a result of she believed Depp was going to push Henriquez down the steps.
Depp’s legal professionals have stated that Henriquez tailor-made her proof to fulfill her sister’s model of occasions, particularly across the “stairs” incident.
“Our case is she has lied with a view to help her sister on this essential challenge as to what occurred on the steps,” Sherborne stated.
The court docket additionally heard proof Friday from Heard’s buddy iO Tillett Wright, who stated in his witness assertion that Depp joked, after a marriage ceremony within the Bahamas, about punching Heard within the face.
“The very first thing Johnny stated to me after the ceremony, as we walked to the reception, was ‘now I can punch her within the face and no-one can do something about it’,” he stated in his assertion. “He in all probability meant it as a joke, however it is just a joke if it’s not actual — and by then I knew he was hitting her.”
Heard’s buddy Raquel Pennington additionally advised the court docket Friday that she had seen “gashes” on Heard’s arms after she returned from Australia in March 2015, and accidents to her nostril and scalp after an alleged incident in December 2015. Nevertheless, Pennington stated she had by no means seen the actor “beat or hit” Heard.
In her 4 days of testimony this week, Heard, 34, accused Depp of an array of acts of violence, particularly when he was allegedly excessive on medicine or drunk. These included throwing bottles at her “like grenades,” headbutting her and even of stubbing out a cigarette on his cheek. She has claimed that she typically feared for her life throughout their tempestuous relationship.
Depp and Heard met on the set of the movie “The Rum Diary,” launched in 2011. Heard filed for a divorce They legally married in Los Angeles in February 2015 — and had a second ceremony days later within the Bahamas. Heard filed for divorce the next 12 months, and it was finalized in 2017.
After 14 days already in court docket, the case is because of end subsequent week with closing submissions from each side’ authorized groups on Monday and Tuesday.
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