‘The cards were stacked against us’

Amber Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez is breaking the silence after the jury mostly sided with Johnny Depp in his libel trial against his ex-wife.

Last Wednesday, the seven-person jury handed down its verdict that awarded Depp, 58, $10.35 million in damages, finding that Heard, 36, defamed her ex-husband in 2018. Washington Post op-ed on domestic abuse, in which she did not name him.

Heard, meanwhile, received $2 million in his defamation lawsuit. She plans to appeal the verdict, her lawyer revealed the next morning.

The actress’ younger sister, who testified on her behalf during the trial and was present in court when the verdict was read, showed support for the actress on Instagram on Sunday.

“I’m still with you young lady. Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for witnessing here in Virginia and the UK, and for being the voice of so many who cannot speak to the things that happen to 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 up and spoke regardless. I am so honored to testify for you, and I would do it a million times because I know what I saw and because the truth is forever on your side.”

Henriquez concluded, “I’m sorry this wasn’t reflected in the decision made by this jury, but I will never give up on you, and neither will anyone who is with you. Forever by your side… #istandwithamberheard.”

Heard, who also has an older sister, released her own statement shortly after the verdict was revealed, calling the decision a “setback” for the women. “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” she wrote. “I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to resist my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and influence.”

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“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback,” she added. “It sets the clock back to a time when a woman who has spoken out and spoken out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”

“I believe that Johnny’s lawyers managed to get the jury to ignore the key issue of free speech and to ignore such conclusive evidence that we won in the UK,” the statement said. Aquaman continued the actress. “I’m saddened to have lost this case. But I’m even sadder to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”

On the witness stand at the start of the proceedings, Henriquez testified and was questioned about a March 2015 incident when she claimed that Depp had hit her and Heard on a ladder in her penthouse. She said her then-brother-in-law hit her on the back and then began to hit Heard “repeatedly”. Heard also testified about the incident, saying that she punched Depp to defend her sister. He denied this version of events.

Henriquez said he got along well with Depp “at first” before witnessing their tumultuous relationship, moving in with them at one point. Depp, during his time at the booth, recalled liking the “sweet boy” Henriquez when they first met, but stated that she often took the “dirty side of the dick” and would be a “punching bag” for Heard. “Whitney was trying to please her sister, trying to be perfect, and it felt like she got knocked down every time,” he said of the sisters’ “up and down” relationship.

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After the verdict, Depp, who was in the UK when the decision was announced, said in a statement that the jury “gave my life back”.

“Six years ago my life, the lives of my children, the lives of the people closest to me and also the lives of the people who for many, many years supported me and believed in me changed forever. All in the blink of an eye .of one eye,” he said. “False, very serious and criminal allegations were made to me through the media, which unleashed a never-ending flood of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. He had already traveled around the world twice in a nanosecond and had an impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me back my life.”

“I am truly humbled,” he continued. “My decision to proceed with this case, knowing full well the height of the legal obstacles I would face and the inevitable world spectacle in my life, was only made after considerable thought. From the beginning, the purpose of bringing this case was to reveal the truth regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who stood steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I finally got it.”

Depp said he is “overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world.”

“I hope that my quest for the truth to be told has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those who support them never give up. proven guilty both in the courts and in the media,” the actor said. “I would like to acknowledge the noble work of the judge, jurors, courtroom staff and sheriffs who sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and my team diligent and unwavering legal advisor who has done an extraordinary job of helping me share the truth. The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Truth is never experienced. The truth never perishes.”

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