Johnny Depp grabbed Amber Heard by hair and hit her repeatedly: Whitney Henriquez
- Johnny Depp denied ever striking Heard and claimed that she was the one who was frequently violent
- Henriquez testified on behalf of her sister on Wednesday
- She had lived for a time in the same penthouse complex as Depp and Heard
Actor Johnny Depp grabbed his then-wife Amber Heard by the hair and repeatedly struck her in the face during a heated argument just a month after their marriage, her sister Whitney Henriquez said on Wednesday.
It is reported that Heard also punched Depp during a fight in March 2015 at their Los Angeles penthouse, Whitney Henriquez testified at the high-profile defamation case between the celebrity couple.
Henriquez, a 34-year-old younger sister of Heard, said the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star sought to have her sign a non-disclosure agreement after the incident, but she declined to do so.
The 58-year-old Depp filed suit against Heard over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse."
Heard, who had a starring role in "Aquaman," did not name Depp in the op-ed, but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.
The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered "rampant physical violence and abuse" at his hands.
Johnny Depp denied ever striking Heard and claimed that she was the one who was frequently violent.
Henriquez testified on behalf of her sister on Wednesday. She had lived for a time in the same penthouse complex as Depp and Heard, and said the couple had a volatile relationship.
"When he was sober things were wonderful," she said. "When he wasn't sober they were terrible."
"If he was using or if he was drinking there was almost always a fight," she said.
Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a "wife-beater."
Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of "The Rum Diary" and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalised two years later.