Johnny Depp’s legal professionals have been supplied with a video from “an nameless supply” which they are saying exhibits his ex-wife Amber Heard “attacked” her sister, the Excessive Court docket has heard.
The actor’s barrister stated that they had acquired the video on Thursday evening, after Whitney Henriquez gave proof that her sister had by no means attacked her.
Mr Depp, 57, is suing the writer of the Solar over a web-based article that labelled him a “spouse beater”.
The paper insists it was correct.
On Thursday, Ms Henriquez denied that Ms Heard had ever hit her, or that she was “frightened” of her sister.
She additionally gave proof that she noticed Mr Depp punch Ms Heard “actually arduous within the head… a number of instances” in Los Angeles in March 2015, throughout the so-called “stairs incident”.
Ms Henriquez acknowledged that Ms Heard had punched Mr Depp on that event – however stated it was solely “in my defence” as a result of Ms Heard had believed the actor was going to push Ms Henriquez down the steps.
On the 14th day of the libel listening to in London, Mr Depp’s barrister, David Sherborne, instructed the court docket Ms Henriquez had “tailor-made” her proof “to satisfy her sister’s proof”.
He added that the Pirate Of The Caribbean star’s authorized group had been supplied with “materials which we are saying demonstrates Ms Whitney [Henriquez] was mendacity yesterday”.
After Ms Henriquez gave proof on Thursday, Mr Sherborne stated the group was contacted by a person “on the premise of being saved confidential”.
“We had been contacted to elucidate that Ms Amber Heard had a historical past of violence and attacking folks and this video, which was hooked up, of her sister Whitney [Henriquez] was taken shortly after Amber Heard had attacked her, and Ms Whitney [Henriquez] was filmed with folks commenting on the bruises on her face and physique,” he stated.
He stated that on Thursday, Ms Henriquez had been requested whether or not Ms Heard was violent and had stated that “the steps incident” was a “one-off”.
Mr Sherborne continued that Ms Henriquez’s proof in regards to the incident in March 2015 was “the one event on which every other human being is meant to have witnessed” Mr Depp being violent in direction of Ms Heard.
“The reliability of Ms Whitney [Henriquez] is important,” he added.
Mr Sherborne stated Ms Heard’s proof was that “she was by no means violent, she (has not) bodily attacked Mr Depp… and the one event is alleged to be when she was performing in self-defence”.
“Proof that Ms Heard was violent in direction of her sister is related to that concern,” he stated.
He instructed the court docket: “We’re entitled to place [allegations of] violence to Ms Whitney [Henriquez]… we need to play the video tape to her and ask her in regards to the incident wherein Ms Amber Heard attacked her.”
Mr Sherborne added: “Had we acquired this earlier than the top of yesterday, we’d have been entitled to place [the allegation] to her and we’d be entitled to depend on it in our closing submissions.”
Ms Henriquez’s cross-examination concluded on Thursday afternoon and she or he was resulting from be questioned by Sasha Wass QC, who represents the Solar’s writer, Information Group Newspapers (NGN), on Friday morning.
Ms Wass stated she had not seen the video and was not conscious of it till Mr Sherborne instructed the court docket about it.
Mr Justice Nicol stated he wished to “press on” with different witnesses’ proof and “if there is a chance for Ms Wass to see the video earlier than we get to the problem, that might be fascinating”.
The libel case, which is because of end subsequent week, centres on an article revealed on the Solar’s web site in April 2018 below the headline “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely blissful’ casting spouse beater Johnny Depp within the new Incredible Beasts movie?”.
The article associated to allegations made by Ms Heard, which Mr Depp denies.