Amber Heard’s sister is “doing something very wrong” by supporting the actress’ claims of abuse against Johnny Depp, according to a former friend Jennifer Howell.
Howell, CEO and founder of the nonprofit The Art of Elysium, told the court during the multi-million-dollar defamation trial that she “loved” Ms Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez but believes she is “trying to protect her sister”.
Howell, who used to be Ms Henriquez’s boss and friend, said she sent an email to her in July 2020 urging her to “tell the truth”.
“I struggled very much with what to do in a situation that I loved someone who I know is doing something very wrong and I know that they’re doing it because they’re trying to protect their sister and I’m trying to protect her ,” she testified about the email.
“And I’m just trying to get her to wake up and do the right thing which is telling the truth. That’s the only thing that can help everyone involved in this thing.”
Howell, in video testimony played in court on Tuesday, said that she met both Ms Heard and Ms Henriquez at an afterparty for the Los Angeles premiere of the movie Pineapple Express around 2008.
Ms Henriquez briefly worked for her nonprofit from around 2014 and moved into her home from May 2015 until April 2016, she said.
During that time, Ms Henriquez moved back and forth between her home and Ms Heard and Mr Depp’s apartment but all of her belongings were moved into her home at the time, according to Ms Howell.
Heard’s sister Henriquez, during her testimony, alleged that Mr Depp struck her in the back, hurled a Red Bull can at a friend, grabbed Ms Heard by the hair and hit her before trashing Ms Heard’s closet.
Following the alleged incident inside the former couple’s apartment, she claimed that Mr Depp asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
In court on Tuesday, Ms Howell testedified that she never saw Mr Depp either illegal consuming drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol and never saw him appearing to be intoxicated.
Ms Heard never told her that Mr Depp was abusing or showed her photos of the aftermath of the alleged abuse, she said.
Ms Howell told the court that, around 2018, she received an anonymous check for $250,000 for her nonprofit which said that it was in honor of Ms Heard. She said that she understood that the anonymous donor to be Elon Musk.