Amber Heard’s Sister Speaks Out After Johnny Depp Verdict

Whitney Heard Henriquez, Amber Heard’s sister, has come out in support of her during the defamation trial with Johnny Depp. Depp was granted more money, and Heard said she felt “disappointment” in the conclusion, despite the verdict being mixed.

“I still stand with you, sissy,” Henriquez wrote  Sunday on Instagram. “Yesterday, today, and tomorrow I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for testifying both here in Virginia and in the UK, and for being the voice of so many who can’t speak to the things that happen behind closed doors.”

Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court after she authored an op-ed in The Washington Post in December 2018 referring to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse. Even though the story never stated his name, his lawyers claim he was defamed by it.

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Claiming Depp’s lawyer defamed her by labeling her abuse claims a hoaxe, Heard countersued for $100 million.

Jurors awarded Depp $15 million in damages and Heard $2 million after a protracted legal struggle. In their depositions, Depp and Heard both claimed that the other had sexually abused them.

Henriquez said she was caught in the middle of arguments between her sister and Depp, both literally and symbolically, during the course of their turbulent relationship. Depp has testified that he did not strike Heard. Henriquez said she had personally seen him hit Heard.

 

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“We knew that this was going to be an uphill battle and that the cards were stacked against us,” says Henriquez. “But you stood up and spoke out regardless. I am so honored to testify for you, and I would do it a million times over because I know what I saw and because the truth is forever on your side.”

“I’m so sorry that it wasn’t reflected in the decision made by this jury, but I will never give up on you, and neither will anyone who stands with you. Forever by your side,” she wrote.

#istandwithamberheard was the hashtag that Henriquez used on Instagram. The hashtag #istandwithamberheard was used by a number of additional fans, including music journalist Eve Barlow.

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In her statement, Heard said that the verdict “sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”

Heard, she was sad that she lost. “But I am sadder still that I seemed to have lost a right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and openly.”

Johnny Depp also wrote on Instagram, “The jury gave me my life back.”

Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, Heard’s lawyer, spoke on “CBS Mornings” to reveal what the actress said following the verdict.

After the verdict, “I am so sorry to all these women,” she remarked when she returned to the conference room, Bredehoft recalled. “She felt like she had let down all of these women because she had more evidence than most people do. And yet they still didn’t believe her.”

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