Amber Heard’s team have a night out on the town at end of second week of High Court libel showdown

Amber Heard’s team have a night out on the town at end of second week of High Court libel showdown

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Amber Heard and her team covered their faces for a night out on the town in London last night at the end of the second week of a High Court libel showdown with her ex-husband Johnny Depp. 

Images taken last night showed Amber Heard, accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti, sister Whitney Henriquez, and barrister Sasha Wass QC, piling into the China Tang restaurant in Mayfair’s swanky Dorchester restaurant. 

The group, who kept their faces covered with colourful scarves and face masks, were seen entering the establishment just after 9pm, four hours after they left the High Court. 

The team left the Dorchester and hopped into waiting cars at around 12am.  

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads out to the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads out to the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads out to the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads out to the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday 

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads out to the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads out to the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads out to the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads out to the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday 

The images were taken shortly after DailyMail columnist Alison Boshoff, revealed the ex-couple were not letting their in-court battles spoil their enjoyment of being in London. 

Depp, 57, was said to be staying in a £2,000-a-night suite at the Savoy at the start of the trial, but soon moved to the Corinthia around the corner. 

All suites come with a butler and access to a private walk-in wine cellar. Staff at the Corinthia are said to be fond of the actor and say he is always polite and friendly. 

Miss Heard, 34, has chosen to stay at the trendy boutique Ham Yard Hotel where rooms are designed by acclaimed interior expert Kit Kemp and suites cost up to £4,500-a-night. 

The rooms overlook the hotel’s courtyard. There is a well-regarded spa on site and a hairdresser who may be responsible for Miss Heard’s elaborate signature plaits.     

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads to her hotel after visiting the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads to her hotel after visiting the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday 

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads to her hotel after visiting the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads to her hotel after visiting the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday 

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads to her hotel after visiting the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads to her hotel after visiting the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday 

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads to her hotel after visiting the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Pictured: Amber Heard (wearing a red scarf) heads to her hotel after visiting the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London last night. She is accompanied by girlfriend Bianca Butti (blue scarf) and her entire team to celebrate the conclusion of their High court battle against Johnny Depp yesterday

Before their night out – in court yesterday it was revealed that Depp joked about punching Heard in the face after their wedding ceremony in the Bahamas, a friend of the actress has alleged in court today.

iO Tillett Wright, who was Ms Heard’s best man in February 2015, claimed he already knew Mr Depp was ‘hitting’ her when the alleged comment was made.

In a written witness statement submitted in the Hollywood actor’s libel trial against The Sun newspaper, Mr Tillett Wright said: ‘The first thing Johnny said to me after the ceremony, as we walked to the reception, was ‘now I can punch her in the face and no-one can do anything about it’.

‘He probably intended it as a joke, but it is only a joke if it’s not real – and by then I knew he was hitting her.’

Mr Tillett Wright, who describes himself as an author, photographer, TV host and activist, said he became one of Ms Heard’s ‘closest friends’ after they met in 2011.

In his statement, Mr Tillett Wright said it was in late 2013 or early 2014 that he understood Mr Depp was allegedly ‘physically violent’ towards Ms Heard.

He said he had told Ms Heard in 2015 not to go on holiday to the Bahamas with Mr Depp for Christmas, after hearing from her that the Pirates Of The Caribbean star had allegedly ‘beat her up badly’ in December that year.

Mr Depp has strongly denied allegations of domestic violence against Ms Heard.

‘I told her – ‘you cannot go’ – he might kill you’,’ Mr Tillett Wright said in his statement.

He said he told Ms Heard that Mr Depp ‘loved and would not hurt her’ but ‘he was not in control of his faculties’.

Mr Tillett Wright explained Ms Heard was ‘convinced’ to go on the trip, with her telling him ‘I’m too weak willed’.

‘You’re out of you f****** mind,’ Mr Tillett Wright said he replied, explaining he was ‘really worried’ about her, with no police on the private island and the nearest help a plane ride away.

‘She said, basically, ‘I appreciate your concern but I’m going to give him one more chance’,’ Mr Tillett Wright said in his statement.

‘It was as if she was suffering Stockholm syndrome.’

In his statement, Mr Tillett Wright gave his account of the ‘defecation incident’, in which faeces was found in Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s bed following her birthday party in April 2016.

He claimed Ms Heard told him ‘Johnny believes that you and I together shit on his pillow on our way to Palm Springs’.

Mr Tilllett Wright said the allegation was ‘absurd’ and that he had not been at the birthday celebration.

‘It was just so ridiculous. First, Amber is faecal phobic: this was just not a prank that she would ever pull,’ he said.

He added that the ‘rational explanation’ for the incident was it was Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s dog Boo, who has ‘faulty bowels’. 

Mr Tillett Wright said Ms Heard had ‘been through hell’ before petitioning for divorce, and alleged there had been ‘a campaign of victim-blaming run against her by Johnny’s people’.

His statement continued: ‘Every battered woman watching what Amber has gone through has the message reinforced that if they come forward, they won’t be believed and will be blamed. This has to stop.’  

It comes as Heard’s friend today claimed in court that she was left ‘naked and bleeding’ on the floor as Johnny Depp ‘urinated on the furniture’ during a row in Australia.

Amber Heard leaves hand-in-hand with her sister Whitney from the High Court after a hearing in the libel trial by her former husband US actor Johnny Depp against News Group Newspapers

Amber Heard leaves hand-in-hand with her sister Whitney from the High Court after a hearing in the libel trial by her former husband US actor Johnny Depp against News Group Newspapers

Actor Johnny Depp waves as he leaves the High Court in London today.

Actor Johnny Depp waves as he leaves the High Court in London today.

iO Tillett Wright, (pictured) who was Ms Heard's best man in February 2015, claimed he already knew Mr Depp was 'hitting' her when the alleged comment was made

iO Tillett Wright, (pictured) who was Ms Heard’s best man in February 2015, claimed he already knew Mr Depp was ‘hitting’ her when the alleged comment was made

Raquel ‘Rocky’ Pennington who claims she was ‘best friends’ with the actress when she lived in Depp’s penthouse block in Los Angeles for roughly two years between 2014 and 2016.

Today in the High Court she gave evidence via video link from Los Angeles and when asked if she ever saw Depp hit Heard, she told the court she did not. 

A written witness statement presented to the court today from Pennington said the first time she was ‘really scared for Amber’s life’ was the ‘Australia incident’.

Ms Heard, 34, has claimed Mr Depp subjected her to a ‘three-day hostage situation’ in Australia in March 2015, alleging he was violent towards her. Mr Depp denies the allegations. 

Pennington claimed that Heard told her they had a row about Depp’s drinking as he was attempted to get sober. 

She said: ‘She [Heard] said that he was throwing glass bottles at her, and there was broken glass all over the ground which cut her feet.

‘She said he backed her up against a bar and she was trying to support herself but her arms were sliding down and getting cut by broken glass.

‘Amber told me that at this point Johnny ripped off her nightgown and she was naked on the ground, all wet with alcohol, and bleeding.

‘Amber told me that at some point during this fight Johnny had cut the tip of his finger off. Amber showed me pictures of painted messages Johnny had written all over the rental house in paint and his own blood.

‘She said that whilst she had gone to get dressed he had dipped his bloody finger in paint and written all over the walls and the lampshades.

‘She said she came down and he was urinating on the furniture and had smashed the television.’ Depp has previously claimed the tip of his finger came off after Heard threw a bottle at him. 

It comes as the court was shown of Amber Heard’s sister allowing friends to inspect ‘bruises on her face and body’ after the actress ‘whipped her a**’ proves that Whitney Henriquez lied under oath, Johnny Depp’s legal team told the High Court today. 

Whitney Henriquez allows a friend to inspect her chest in a video where the group say Amber Heard had 'whipped her a**' .  Giving evidence today witness insists it was about a verbal row not a physical one

Whitney Henriquez allows a friend to inspect her chest in a video where the group say Amber Heard had ‘whipped her a**’ .  Giving evidence today witness insists it was about a verbal row not a physical one

Ms Henriquez took the stand this afternoon to explain the previously unseen reality TV clip from 2006 or 2007 – less than 24 hours after she gave evidence claiming Amber had never been violent towards her.  

Mr Depp’s barrister David Sherborne told the court that a ‘confidential source’ handed them the clip after Ms Henriquez’ spell in the witness box yesterday because it describes a physical fight between the sisters. He said the material ‘demonstrates Ms Whitney (Henriquez) was lying yesterday’.

In the video, she can be seen talking to a group of women around a swimming pool. Whitney admits to an altercation with her sister, adding: ‘I have already talked about it, I won’t talk about it anymore.’ One woman then says to Whitney: ‘I can’t believe Amber beat your a**. I know you can beat her a**.’

One woman asks her: ‘Did you really start the fight with your sister? Or did she start it?’. Whitney then says repeatedly: ‘I don’t want to talk about it,’ when she is asked about the incident. 

Another woman adds: ‘She really did whip your a**.’  She then inspects Whitney’s arms and neck, where a mark is visible. Whitney shows her arms and elbows with the woman also holding up her chin, as if she is examining an injury. 

Eleanor Laws QC, representing Depp questioned Whitney about the video today, and Ms Henriquez denied that the video proved that Heard physically attacked her but admitted that they did have a verbal argument. 

Whitney yesterday passionately backed her sister Heard and saying Depp repeatedly attacked her – including once when she saw the actor grab her by the hair and hit her in the face – and Amber was ‘never violent’ towards her.

Mr Sherborne said today’s bombshell video must be shown in court because the reliability of Ms Whitney (Henriquez) is critical’ to the case.

Amber Heard arrives at court today

Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London this morning for Johnny Depp's libel case to continue. But proceedings were paused as Mr Depp's legal team claims Amber was texting her sister Whitney (right) while she gave evidence

Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London this morning for Johnny Depp’s libel case to continue. But proceedings were paused as Mr Depp’s legal team  also claims Amber was texting her sister Whitney (right) while she gave evidence after a bombshell video emerged

Johnny Depp waves as he arrives to attend his libel trial against News Group Newspapers at London’s High Court yesterday

Bombshell video of Amber Heard’s sister ‘after attack’ that has rocked the Johnny Depp libel trial 

Here is a transcript of a video sent to Johnny Depp’s legal team from a ‘confidential source’ which the actor’s lawyers say shows Amber Heard ‘attacked’ her sister, Whitney Henriquez.

The ‘WH’ in the transcript below is Whitney Henriquez, Ms Heard’s sister, who has also been referred to in court by her maiden name, Whitney Heard.

[Indiscernible talking]

Female 1: Did you get into a fight or something?

WH: Oh ah ha thank you.

Female 2: An altercation.

WH: Got into an altercation.

Female 1: [Indiscernible] Oh.

WH: Already talked about. Won’t talk about it anymore.

Female 1: I can’t believe Amber beat your a**. I know you could beat her a**.

WH: We’re not gonna talk about that.

Female 1: Whitney truth or dare? Did you really start the fight with your sister? Or did she start it? For real for real for real.

WH: We’re not gonna talk about that.

Female 1: She really did woop your butt.

WH: Oh we are not talking about it.

Female 1: Yes, I’m done. I guess I’m done talking about it.

[Indiscernible]

Whitney said: ‘That was a really bad reality show we were referencing a verbal argument that my sister and I had the night before’. Ms Laws responded: ‘A real argument which you must have described off camera which is why they were talking about it on camera.’

When asked about a woman in the video talking about Heard attacking her, Whitney replied: ‘That person was trying to make a story line, albeit a bad one, interesting. She was trying to create a narrative that was not there.’

Whitney insisted that there were no marks on her face and that she did not have any injuries to her body.

Explaining why she did not want to discuss anything with the women in the video, Whitney said: ‘I had no interest in bringing a verbal fight with my sister, a personal matter to me and bringing it on camera’.

Ms Laws accused Whitney of lying and alleged: ‘You had a physical fight with your sister, and she got the better of you.’   

Ms Heard was also accused of messaging Whitney during her evidence on Thursday in another extraordinary twist in her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel trial in London. All witnesses, including Whitney, have all been ordered by judge Mr Justice Nicol not to communicate with anybody while giving evidence.

As the 14th day of the biggest libel case of the 21st century began this morning, Mr Sherborne asked the judge to keep Whitney out of the court as they produced the new video. 

Mr Sherborne told the court that Ms Henriquez had ‘tailored’ her evidence ‘to meet her sister’s evidence’. The barrister added that Mr Depp’s legal team had been provided with ‘material which we say demonstrates Ms Whitney (Henriquez) was lying yesterday’. 

He said: ‘After she (Ms Henriquez) gave evidence yesterday, one of our team was contacted by an individual, on the basis of being kept confidential.’ He added: ‘We were contacted to explain that Ms Amber Heard had a history of violence and attacking people and this video, which was attached, of her sister Whitney (Henriquez) was taken shortly after Amber Heard had attacked her and Ms Whitney (Henriquez) was filmed with people commenting on the bruises on her face and body.’

The megastar actor’s legal team have also demanded that Ms Heard is not allowed to use her mobile while the court in more high drama at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning. 

The requests came before Ms Henriquez was due in the witness box this morning where she was due to finish her evidence in the biggest libel case of the 21st century. Mr Sherborne said: ‘We ask that Amber Herd be refrained from using her phone [while seated in court]. communication may be happening to Miss Whitney Heard as we speak.’ 

It comes after the High Court also heard yesterday that the drug-addled Hollywood legend scrawled messages to his wife in blood on lampshades, cushions, walls and a mirror, using his badly wounded finger as a paintbrush.

Johnny Depp v The Sun: Key issues in libel trial 

These are the key issues the trial judge, Mr Justice Nicol, has to determine.

– Whether the April 2018 article by the tabloid’s executive editor Dan Wootton was defamatory of Depp. Under the Defamation Act 2013, a statement is not defamatory unless its publication causes ‘serious harm to the reputation of the claimant’.

– The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), is defending the claim and relying on a defence of truth. It is for the publisher to prove that the allegations made in the article are ‘substantially true’.

– The meaning of the article, which is defined as what it would mean to the ‘reasonable reader’, will have to be determined by the judge. But NGN’s lawyers say the differences between the rival meanings contended by each side are ‘not significant’ and the outcome of the case will therefore not turn on meaning.

– Depp’s case is that the article bore the meaning that he was ‘guilty, on overwhelming evidence, of serious domestic violence against his then wife, causing significant injury and leading to her fearing for her life, for which he was constrained to pay no less than £5 million to compensate her, and which resulted in him being subjected to a continuing court restraining order; and for that reason is not fit to work in the film industry’. He strenuously denies the allegations and claims he ‘has never hit or committed any acts of physical violence against Ms Heard’.

– The meaning which NGN will seek to prove is true is that the Claimant beat his wife Amber Heard, causing her to suffer significant injury and on occasion leading her to fearing for her life. They rely on 14 separate allegations of violence and allege more generally that Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive’ towards Ms Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, throughout their relationship. NGN’s lawyers say an important issue for the judge to decide will be what substances Depp was using during the relationship. They contend that he frequently lost control of himself, partly because of his heavy drug and alcohol use, and also that his memory has been impaired by his heavy use of drugs.

– If Depp wins his case, the judge will have to decide what level of compensation he should receive for the harm to his reputation and for the ‘distress, hurt and humiliation caused’. There is an upper limit on general damages for libel of £300,000 to £325,000. However, if he succeeds, Depp may also be entitled to aggravated damages. The actor is also asking for a final injunction against NGN, who his legal team say ‘have retained the article on their website and maintained their allegation to the bitter end’.

The claim was made at the outset of the 14th day of Mr Depp’s libel claim against The Sun over allegations he was violent to his ex-wife.   On Thursday, Ms Henriquez denied Ms Heard had ever hit her, or that she was ‘frightened’ of her sister.

She also gave evidence she saw Mr Depp punch Ms Heard ‘really hard in the head … multiple times’ in Los Angeles in March 2015 in the so-called ‘stairs incident’.

Ms Henriquez admitted that Ms Heard punched Mr Depp on that occasion, but only did so ‘in my defence’ because her sister believed the actor was going to push her down the stairs. 

Mr Depp, 57, is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article which labelled him a ‘wife beater’ over claims he attacked Ms Heard, 34, during their relationship.

Mr Sherborne told Mr Justice Nicol: ‘In the context of the attack, what I will call ‘the stairs incident’, and the evidence we say of the attack by Ms Amber Heard on Mr Depp, Ms Whitney (Henriquez) you will recall protested that it was only in self-defence and it is the one physical attack that Ms Amber Heard admits to.’

He said that, on Thursday, Ms Henriquez was asked ‘whether Ms Amber Heard was violent’ and said that ‘the stairs incident’ in Los Angeles in March 2015 was a ‘one-off’.

Mr Sherborne continued that Ms Henriquez’s evidence about the incident in March 2015 is ‘the only occasion on which any other human being is supposed to have witnessed’ Mr Depp being violent towards Ms Heard.

He added: ‘The reliability of Ms Whitney (Henriquez) is critical.’

Mr Sherborne said Ms Heard’s evidence is that ‘she was never violent, she (has not) physically attacked Mr Depp … and the only occasion is said to be when she was acting in self-defence’.

‘Evidence that Ms Heard was violent towards her sister is relevant to that issue,’ Mr Sherborne said.

He told the court: ‘We are entitled to put (allegations of) violence to Ms Whitney (Henriquez) … we want to play the video tape to her and ask her about the incident in which Ms Amber Heard attacked her.’

Mr Sherborne added: ‘Had we received this before the end of yesterday, we would have been entitled to put (the allegation) to her and we would be entitled to rely on it in our closing submissions.’

During the following exchange of legal argument regarding whether the video was admissible, lawyers for both sides and trial judge Mr Justice Nicol referred to Amber Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, by her maiden name, Whitney Heard.

David Sherborne, for Mr Depp, said: ‘We say it is quite clear from that video that not only did Ms Amber Heard assault her sister, but it was quite clear also that the injuries that were suffered by Ms Whitney Heard are being examined by the individual that we see on the tape.

‘There is no denial of the fact that Ms Amber Heard ‘beat up’ Ms Whitney Heard and that there are injuries.’

He said that in the clip Ms Henriquez can be seen showing her arm to a woman examining it.

Addressing Mr Justice Nicol, Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, said: ‘My Lord, this is an undated piece of film footage in circumstances which appear to be some sort of reality TV programme, which is flippant, certainly not serious.

‘Whitney suggests, according to the transcript, that there is an altercation.

‘When she is asked about whether her sister beat her she says she is not going to talk about it.’

She added: ‘This is a light-hearted exchange, there is no evidence of any injuries and it will take the matter… no further.

‘We say this is not only late disclosure, it is meaningless.’ Ms Wass added that the video could provide no assistance to the judge and would only serve as a diversion to proceedings.  But the judge disagreed and it was shown  to the court.

In a brief ruling, Mr Justice Nicol said: ‘Mr Sherborne is applying to reopen the cross-examination of Ms Whitney Heard.

‘He wishes to put to Whitney Heard a film clip he tells me has been very recently made available to the claimant’s legal team, in which there are questions put to Whitney Heard about whether she had suffered an assault from her sister.

‘I’m doubtful as to whether this is going to take the matter very much further, but since I am the trial judge and since it will be for me to make any further assessment, and since Whitney Heard has not yet started her re-examination, I will allow brief questions to be put to her, she having had a chance to see this film.’ 

The case, the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century, is due to finish next week with closing submissions from both sides’ legal teams on Monday and Tuesday. 

Amber Heard and her girlfriend Bianca Butti arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London today for the libel trial to continue

Amber Heard asked her acting coach to be on set as a ‘witness’ during sex scenes with Liam Hemsworth in 2013 film Paranoia so she could prove to Johnny Depp they weren’t having an affair 

Kristina Sexton claimed that she had to be on set during Amber Heard's sex scenes with Liam Hemsworth in 2013 film Paranoia

Kristina Sexton claimed that she had to be on set during Amber Heard’s sex scenes with Liam Hemsworth in 2013 film Paranoia

Amber’s best friend admits: ‘I didn’t see Johnny beat or hit her’ 

Amber Heard’s best friend give evidence today and described Johnny Depp being aggressive towards his ex-wife but never saw him beat her.

Raquel Pennington (right with Amber) lived rent free in one of Mr Depp’s five penthouses in the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles in around 2014 and moved out in 2016. 

She was accused of conspiring with her to lie about Depp being a domestic abuser because she considered herself to be a member of ‘Team Heard.’ 

Eleanor Laws, QC for Mr Depp, asked her:  said: ‘At no stage did you ever see Mr Depp hit or beat Amber Heard, did you?’ Ms Pennington said: ‘I didn’t see him beat or hit her.’

Ms Laws then put it to Raquel Pennington: ‘You are making this up, aren’t you? You have lied and lied again on behalf of your friend, Ms Heard, in relation to injuries that you have seen or claimed to see.’

Ms Pennington replied: ‘Absolutely not.’

Referring to an incident of December 2015, when Depp allegedly attacked Heard a day before she appeared on The Late Late show with James Corden, Ms Laws said that she took a number of photographs of her injuries.

Ms Laws claimed: ‘You never saw any injuries. What you are doing by taking photos is cataloguing things that did not happen.’ She added: ‘You have lied in your statement about a number of things. You were part of Amber’s team of supporters throughout 2015 and 2016. 

Ms Laws also provided graphic details about the injuries she saw on Heard after her visit of March 2015 to Australia where she claims Depp subjected her to physical and emotional abuse. She said that she saw ‘lacerations, deep scars or cuts from her wrists to her elbows. She also told the court that Heard’s feet also had cuts. Ms Laws alleged: ‘You are making this up, aren’t you?’

Ms Pennington was then asked about the incident of May 2016, which resulted in a fight between Depp and Heard, where he is accused of smashing up the penthouse they lived in and an adjoining one he owned and attacking his ex-wife.

Ms Pennington was also present and claims that Depp also verbally and physically intimidated her. Two police officers attended the scene after he left but claimed earlier in the trial that they did not witness any damage or see Heard with any injuries.

Ms Laws alleged that following the incident, Ms Pennington, Heard and others conspired against Depp. She also suggested that they actually caused the damage in the penthouse, took photographs of it and used make up to make it look as if Heard had sustained injuries.

She added: ‘The officers leave, and you spent the next few days supporting her (Heard) in her plan for the separation from Mr Depp. The photographs have been taken in order for Miss Heard to negotiate a settlement from Mr Depp.’

Responding to claims that she had lied and conspired with Heard and she did not receive any injuries, Ms Pennington replied: ‘It’s completely false.’    

Amber Heard became so ‘nervous’ about doing sex scenes in movies she asked her acting coach to watch so she had a ‘witness’ if Johnny Depp accused her of having an affair, the High Court heard today.

Kristina Sexton claimed that Mr Depp did not want Ms Heard doing ‘any role that was overtly sexual’ culminating in her being on set during raunchy moments with Liam Hemsworth in 2013 film Paranoia.

In her statement, Ms Sexton also said she saw Ms Heard becoming ‘stressed on set about figuring out ways to avoid upsetting Johnny’. Ms Heard also told her acting coach ‘Johnny would rather destroy me than let me go’, the court heard.

She said the actress wanted her on set during sex scenes with actor Liam Hemsworth for the 2013 film Paranoia ‘so that she (Ms Heard) had a witness for Johnny to be able to confirm that nothing went on other than strict work’. 

Ms Sexton said that at one point, Ms Heard was on billboards as the face of a Guess campaign, alleging Ms Heard had told her Mr Depp had said she (Ms Heard) ‘shouldn’t be doing stuff like that anymore because it made her look like a ‘cheap whore”.

The acting coach claimed Ms Heard stopped modelling after this, turning down the next Guess campaign ‘even though it was a lot of money for her’.

Ms Sexton went on to say that Ms Heard had ‘previously been very comfortable with her sexuality and how she looked’, but when she and the actress first looked at doing a film called London Fields in 2013, Ms Heard ‘seemed stressed about the nudity in the film’.

‘It became impossible for us to work on this at home together – Johnny was angry about her doing this part and so it was always ‘we can’t do it now’ or she would call me crying about him shouting at her about it,’ Ms Sexton alleged.

Her statement says: ‘When we would discuss upcoming opportunities and possible roles, she started saying things like, ‘he doesn’t want his woman doing this film’ and he doesn’t want ‘his woman doing sex scenes’.’

Ms Sexton alleged: ‘She started telling me that he was accusing everyone of being in love with her and accusing her of wielding her sexuality all the time.

‘She also told me that he was constantly upset about her ex-partners. She told me he was worried about her having affairs with co-stars. She started telling me that she couldn’t do certain roles because he didn’t want her doing ‘whore parts’.’  

Ms Sexton said she first met the actress in 2009 and the pair became friends ‘quite quickly’, bonding about books and ‘the fact we are both nerds’.

She claimed: ‘The best I can describe it is that she (Ms Heard) became very nervous about her acting – whether it was for a part he wanted her to do or for one he didn’t want her to do, her work was dictated by Johnny.

‘For example, she auditioned for the role of Queenie in Fantastic Beasts. It was strange to me that she was interested in doing a Harry Potter film because it was not the sort of film that had previously been of interest to her. She was very nervous about it, over-thinking it in ways I had not seen her do before, and kept saying ‘no, we have to get this right’.

‘It wasn’t until later that I figured out why she was so worried about getting it right: because he (Mr Depp) was in it and she later told me that he wanted her to be in it.

‘I could usually tell if it was something he wanted her to be involved in because she became a nervous wreck about getting it right.

‘But if he didn’t want her to be involved, she was a nervous wreck for a different reason: because she was so worried about his reaction.’

Ms Sexton claimed she and Ms Heard would put an audition on tape for roles and Mr Depp would ‘put a stop to it if he didn’t deem it worthy’.

Depp used ‘tampon applicator’ to snort cocaine, says Amber’s sister – but star’s QC claims it was a ‘set up’ by the siblings

Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, then asked Whitney Henriquez about the change in the date on which the so-called ‘painting incident’ in March 2013 is said to have occurred.

The barrister asked: ‘How sure are you of the events themselves that were described?’

Ms Henriquez replied: ‘100% certain of the events.’

The High Court was shown images of Johnny Depp's drink and drug-filled lifestyle including an image taken by Amber Heard that shows a pint of whisky, four lines of cocaine and his skull and crossbones 'pill box' ready for consumption

The High Court was shown images of Johnny Depp’s drink and drug-filled lifestyle including an image taken by Amber Heard that shows a pint of whisky, four lines of cocaine and his skull and crossbones ‘pill box’ ready for consumption

Amber Heard’s father beat her mother, younger sister Whitney claims

Whitney Henriquez said her and her sister Amber ‘grew up in a violent household and my mother, to the day she died, she never left our father’.

She added: ‘She never left, she never even thought about leaving… we were told that you stayed.’

Ms Wass said: ‘So, to the suggestion that if you had been told that Mr Depp had been violent to your sister you, Whitney, would not have had anything to with Mr Depp, what’s your answer to that?’

Ms Henriquez replied: ‘Almost for the exact same reasons, we all met Johnny when he was sober, he was this kind, beautiful, big, generous human that we loved… we wanted that Johnny to come back, we were all holding onto the idea that he would get better.’

She added that it ‘became clear to all of us that he wasn’t going to change, it was just going to get worse’.

Asked if she came to lie in her evidence, Ms Henriquez said: ‘I’m here because she was a victim of domestic violence, for no other reason.

‘I’m here to tell the truth and to do the right thing.’

She added that she realised the incident occurred on March 22 2013 – not March 8 2013 – when she ‘came across a message (from Nathan Holmes, Mr Depp’s former assistant) about getting Johnny something from McDonald’s… it just sparked my memory of the incident, the painting incident’.

Ms Wass then asked about a photograph of lines of cocaine on a table next to a tampon applicator, said to have been taken at around 1.30pm on March 22 2013.

The barrister said the photo was suggested by Mr Depp’s lawyers to be a ‘set up’, and took Ms Henriquez to texts between her and her sister on that day.

One text Ms Henriquez sent to Amber Heard read: ‘Let me know when you get here.’

A reply, sent at around 3pm, from Ms Heard to her sister read: ‘Johnny is over still, we are fighting.’

Sasha Wass said: ‘Going back to the photo, bearing in mind the times of those texts, are you able to say… whether you were present at Orange Avenue (Ms Heard’s LA home) when that was taken?’

Whitney Henriquez said: ‘I wasn’t there.’

Ms Wass continued: ‘There’s a tampon applicator… on that photograph and I think you indicated that you had used that as a means to snort cocaine.’

Ms Henriquez said: ‘When I did, yes.’ Ms Wass said: ‘Have you ever taken cocaine with Mr Depp?’ Ms Henriquez replied: ‘I have.’

She also said she had taken cocaine with Mr Depp before March 22 2013, after which Ms Wass asked: ‘Did the tampon applicator play any part in the occasion when you took cocaine with Mr Depp before March 22?’

Ms Henriquez said: ‘Yes, the first time I did cocaine with Johnny, I showed him that.’ She added: ‘I gave it to him.’

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