Christi Dembrowski: Johnny Depp's sister says Amber Heard called him OLD and FAT during volatile marriage
Johnny Depp's multi-million dollar defamation trial against Amer Heard began with arguments and testimonies from both the parties on April 11. Besides many shocking allegations, Depp's sister claimed that Heard branded him "old and fat," and the actor's family was "devastated" by his marriage to her. Christi Dembrowski presented the charges as the first witness in the defamation trial in Virginia, in which Depp alleges that a 2018 story on domestic violence Amber wrote for The Washington Post indicated he was an abuser.
She told the court that while she had seen Heard "be good" to her brother, she had also seen her "be not nice," and described one such encounter. Dembrowski went on to recount exactly what was reportedly said by Heard, who was apparently “in disbelief and sort of disgusted” when Depp informed her about Dior wanting to do a campaign with him. “Dior, why would Dior want to do business with you? They’re about class and style, and you don’t have style,” Dembrowski remarked.
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Dembrowski, who assisted Depp with his acting career, allegedly stated that when the former couple went together, she would arrange an extra hotel room for Depp in case they clashed. When asked how she felt about their choice to marry, the worried sibling responded, “was scared, I was devastated actually.” Dembrowski allegedly stated that Heard refused to sign a prenup before the marriage, contradicting Heard's defense attorneys' assertion that Depp was the one who did not want a prenup.
Dembrowski was also cross-examined by Heard's counsel on Depp's alleged drug usage and text messages. The counsel said Depp's sister allegedly sent him text messages begging him to "stop drinking, stop coke," and "stop pills." To which, Dembrowski responded saying she couldn't remember the texts and wouldn't confirm if she had asked him to quit using cocaine in a message.
“I understand the words were there I don’t recall the timing,” she reportedly said. “I probably was not joking but maybe I was repeating what something else told me to write.”
Along with Heard, Depp's attorneys had Dembrowski talk about their late mother and how she was alleged "emotionally and physically abusive." Despite the reported conflicts, Depp's sister said that he never hit her and always left the room.
The defamation trial began on April 11 and is the consequence of Depp suing Heard for $50 million in damages after she published an opinion article for the Washington Post in 2018. She mentioned being a victim of "sexual assault" in it. Although she didn't mention Depp's name in the article, the Hollywood star and his team claim it implied she was talking about him being the abuser, and that the story negatively impacted his career.
When asked about the article, Dembrowski said: “I believe there is a negative effect on anyone’s career when there are accusations as there have been." “Personally, I know he doesn’t want people to feel … that he could ever be that type of person, which he isn’t." “The part that bothers him the most” is that the abuse allegations “trickle down to his children,” she added. Dembrowski is scheduled to be back on the stand by Wednesday, April 13.