Amber Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez is breaking her silence after the jury has mostly sided with Johnny Depp in a libel trial against his ex-wife.
Last Wednesday, a seven-person jury delivered its verdict awarding Depp, 58, $10.35 million in damages, and found Heard, 36, slandered her ex-husband in 2018. Washington Post An opinion article about domestic violence in which you did not mention his name.
Meanwhile, Heard earned $2 million in a defamation lawsuit. Her lawyer revealed the next morning that she plans to appeal the verdict.
The actress’ younger sister, who testified on her behalf during the trial and was present in the courtroom when the verdict was read, showed her support for the actress on Instagram on Sunday.
“I still stand with you, Sisi. Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for testifying here in Virginia and in the UK, and for being a voice for the many who cannot speak for things that happen behind closed doors,” wrote Henriquez, 34.
“We knew this was going to be an uphill battle and the cards were stacked against us,” she continued. “But you stood and spoke regardless. I am so honored to testify for you, and I will do it a million times because I know what I saw and because the truth is on your side forever.”
Henriquez concluded, “I am very sorry that this was not reflected in the decision made by this jury, but I will never abandon you, nor anyone who stands with you. Forever by your side … @istandwithamberheard.”
Heard, who has an older sister, issued her own statement immediately after the ruling was revealed, calling the decision a “setback” for women. “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” she wrote. “I am saddened that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and influence of my ex-husband.”
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“I am even more disappointed by what this ruling means to other women. It is a setback,” she added. “It turns back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It brings back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”
“I think Johnny’s lawyers succeeded in persuading the jury to overlook the main free speech issue and to ignore evidence that was so crucial that we won in the UK,” Aquaman The actress continued. “I am sad that I lost this cause. But I am still sad that I seem to have really lost I thought it was for me as an American – to speak freely and openly.”
On the witness stand earlier in the court case, Henriquez testified and was questioned about the March 2015 incident when she alleged Depp hit her and Hurd on a staircase in their shed. She said her brother-in-law hit her on the back and then proceeded to “repeatedly” hit Heard. Heard testified about the incident as well, saying that she punched Depp to defend her sister. He denied that version of events.
Henriquez said she got along with Depp “initially” before experiencing the turbulent relationship, and lives with them at one point. Depp, during his time on the podium, remembered his admiration for “beautiful baby” Henriquez when they met, but claimed that she often got the “dirty stick end” and would be Heard’s “boxing bag.” “Whitney was trying to please her sister, trying to be upset, and she seemed to fall down every time,” he said of the two sisters’ volatile relationship.
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In the wake of the ruling, Depp, who was in the UK when the decision was announced, said in a statement that the jury “gave me my life back”.
“Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those close to me as well as the lives of the people who supported and believed in me for so many years changed forever. All in the blink of an eye he said.” An endless barrage of hateful content, although no accusations have been brought against me. He actually traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and had an earthquake that affected my life and my career. Six years later, the jury gave me my life back.”
“I am really humble,” he continued. “My decision to pursue this case, knowing all too well the height of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable global landscape of my life, was made only after deep thought. From the start, the goal of bringing this case has been to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth It was something I owe to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally accomplished this.”
Depp said he was “overwhelmed with outpouring of love, tremendous support and kindness from around the world.”
“I hope that Masoudi for telling the truth has helped others, men and women, who find themselves in my situation, and that those who support them will never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to the innocent until proven guilty, both in the courts and in the media,” he said. the actor. “I would like to pay tribute to the noble work of the judge, jurors, court staff and the mayor who sacrificed their time to get to this point, and to my tireless and consistent legal team who have done an extraordinary job in helping me share the truth. The best is yet to come and a new chapter is finally beginning.” Veritas Nomkwam Beret. The truth does not go away.”