Amber Heard’s sister was ‘terrified’ of ‘violent’ sibling and feared she’d kill Johnny Depp, friend says

Amber Heard’s sister was “terrified” of her “extremely violent” sibling and feared that she would kill her husband Johnny Depp, according to a declaration from a former friend that resurfaced during the multi-million-dollar defamation trial.

Jennifer Howell, a former friend and boss of Ms Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez, submitted a sworn declaration to Mr Depp’s legal team back in July 2020 casting doubt on Ms Henriquez’s testimony during the Pirates star’s UK libel trial with The Sun.

Ms Howell claimed that Ms Henriquez confided in her that she was afraid of her famous sister who had abused her both “psychologically and physically”.

Ms Henriquez also allegedly told her “on multiple occasions that she did not know why [Mr Depp] was staying in the relationship [with Ms Heard] nor why he was putting up with Amber’s abuse”.

In the declaration, Ms Howell also detailed a drastically different account of the same March 2015 incident that Ms Henriquez testified about in court in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday.

On the witness stand at the defamation trial, Ms Heard’s sister claimed that Johnny Depp hit her during a violent attack on the Aquaman actress.

The incident, which became known as “the staircase incident”, allegedly took place inside the downtown Los Angeles penthouse where Ms Heard and Mr Depp lived together.

Ms Henriquez testified that her former brother-in-law struck her in the back, hurled a Red Bull can at a friend, grabbed Ms Heard by the hair and hit her before trashing Ms Heard’s closet.

“Johnny then hurls a red bull can and it hits Debbie in the back. She didn’t even react, she didn’t even seem to notice,” Ms Henriquez told the court.

“I’m standing up there at the top of the stairs with my back to the stairs and that’s when Johnny runs up the stairs.

“I’m facing Amber. He comes up behind me and he strikes me in the back.”

Ms Henriquez said that her sister shouted at Mr Depp “Don’t hit my f***ing sister” and then “smacks him, lands one”.

After Ms Heard struck her husband, Ms Henriquez testified that Mr Depp grabbed his wife by the hair and “repeatedly” hit her in the face.

Following the incident, she claimed she found a non-disclosure agreement left on her counter for her to sign.

She said that she did not sign the NDA.

In Ms Howell’s declaration, she disputes Ms Henriquez’s courtroom testimony – which she previously told the court in the UK case.

Instead, Ms Howell said that Ms Henriquez had told her that she had been trying to stop Ms Heard from attacking Mr Depp that night.

She also claimed that it was Ms Heard who almost pushed her down the stairs.

According to Ms Howell, Ms Henriquez worked for her at the nonprofit The Art of Elysium at the time and that she came to stay with her in her guest room following the incident because she didn’t feel she could return to the building where her sister and brother-in-law resided.

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