Who is Whitney Henriquez? Amber Heard’s sister says she BEGGED her not to marry Johnny Depp
Henriquez 'felt sick about it' when Heard told her she was engaged to Depp, she told a court
Whitney Henriquez, Amber Heard's sister, had said in a court in 2020 that she pleaded with her sister not to marry Johnny Depp because of his alleged aggression toward Heard. Henriquez was testifying on the 13th day of Depp's libel case against The Sun newspaper's publisher.
Depp sued News Group Newspapers and journalist Dan Wootton for calling him a "wife beater" in an article on The Sun website. Depp, who was married to Heard from 2015 to 2017, denied being abusive toward Heard at that time.
Henriquez noticed bruising and swelling on her sister's face and body early in their relationship. "I saw that her face was swollen and she had a mark under her eye," Henrique said. "I had my suspicions before, but it was clear to me that she had been hit." Henriquez confronted her about it, "I said: 'What the f*** is happening? You have to talk to me. I'm not stupid, I can see he is hitting you.' She admitted to me that he had hit her, but at that time she was constantly putting it on herself or blaming herself. She said that she must have done something to annoy him or antagonize him. I told her she needed to leave because it wasn’t worth it if he would do that to her."
According to Henriquez, Heard did not want to end the relationship. Heard said to her: "We fight really hard, but we love even harder." Henriquez stated that she confronted Depp about the alleged assault, "I remember saying to him: 'Why did you f**king have to hit her?' Sometimes he would flat out deny it or downplay it by saying, 'No, I just pushed her, I didn't hit her.' Other times, he would acknowledge that he had hit her, but would try to justify it, by claiming she hit him first or 'she called me a pu–y,' and would say, 'Sis, I just lost control.' He blamed her for it, saying things like: 'I just love her so much but this is what she does to me,' and never really took responsibility for it."
Henriquez "felt sick about it" when Heard told her she was engaged to Depp, she told the court. "I told her it was a bad idea, begged her not to go through with it, and said that she should end it because it wasn’t going to get better. I asked her: 'Why are you putting up with this?' and told her that him putting a ring on her finger was not going to stop him hitting her."
Henriquez told the court that she moved into one of Depp's apartments in Los Angeles' Eastern Columbia Building in 2014, left after the couple married in February 2015, and then returned in January 2016. After being accused of selling images from their wedding, she acknowledged to having a falling out with her sister in 2015.
Eleanor Laws, Depp's lawyer, said: "I suggest to you that it is inconceivable that, if your sister had been telling you that in 2013 and 2014 that she had been assaulted by Mr. Depp, you would have wanted to have anything to do with him whatsoever. And you certainly would not have lived in the next-door penthouse apartment for a period of one year if for one moment you thought that what was going on in the next-door apartment was your sister [being hit by Depp]."
"It was happening," Henriquez remarked, "and I chose to live there." Henriquez said that Depp's jealousy played a role in the couple's conflicts, "Johnny was incredibly jealous and possessive, and was threatened by her former partners and co-stars, both men and women."
Henriquez said in court that the pair fought whenever Heard acquired a new role in a film, "For example, I was with them in Brazil in September 2015 when they had a huge fight because she and I were leaving early so she could do a screen test for 'Aquaman.' I remember his assistant, Nathan Holmes, and I joking about the fact we hoped she didn’t get the role because Johnny would go crazy when he saw a picture of Jason Momoa, her co-star."
Depp, according to Henriquez, wanted to dictate how Heard dressed. She expressed saying, "I heard them have a fight about the dress she wanted to wear to the Art of Elysium gala in 2014, and him making her change into a dress that was less revealing."
Who is Whitney Henriquez?
Amber Heard's younger sister, Whitney Henriquez, is 34 years old as of April 2022. She was born in Austin, Texas, on September 18, 1987, and will be 35 later this year. Amber is a year and a half older, having been born on April 22, 1986. David Clinton Heard and Patricia Paige are their parents. Henriquez played Ugna in the 2007 comedy 'Homo Erectus', opposite Adam Rifkin, Ali Larter, and Hayes MacArthur, under the name Whitney Heard.