What We Know About Amber Heard's Sister Whitney Henriquez

One witness yet to testify in the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial is the actress's sister, Whitney Henriquez. Here's what we know about her.

Henriquez has already had her name mentioned multiple times in the current trial in Fairfax, Virginia.

It was alleged in court that Whitney and Amber could be seen at one point laughing and re-enacting a "fake punch," which Depp's team argue was practice for Heard to "feign abuse from Depp."

The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing his ex-wife for $50 million for defamation over an essay she wrote about domestic violence in The Washington Post in 2018. The actor's lawyers says that while he wasn't named, it was clear that Heard was referring to him, which resulted in him being blacklisted from Hollywood and losing out on work.

Heard, meanwhile, is countersuing for $100 million in damages. Her team has argued that Heard's article on the subject of domestic violence was a matter of public interest. Both Depp and Heard have made serious allegations of violence against each other in their respective testimonies.

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Amber Heard (L) leaves hand-in-hand with her sister Whitney Heard (R) from the High Court after a hearing in a libel trial in London on July 24, 2020. TOLGA AKMEN/Getty Images

In 2020, Depp sued the News Group Newspapers and journalist Dan Wootton for calling him a "wife-beater" in an article in the U.K. tabloid, The Sun.

Allegations of domestic violence against him were found to be "substantially true" by the High Court.

Henriquez testified in that trial, and at the time said she had pleaded with her sister not to marry Depp because of his alleged aggression towards her.

According to multiple outlets, Henriquez is 34 years old, as of April 2022.

Like her elder sister, Henriquez is from Austin, Texas, and while not much is known about her private life, she has one acting credit listed on IMDb and that's for the 2007 comedy Homo Erectus, alongside Adam Rifkin, Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2018, Heard described her sister as her "best friend."

"She's my partner in crime," she said at the time.

Speaking at the 2020 libel trial in London, Henriquez testified about Depp allegedly being violent towards Heard.

"I saw that her face was swollen and she had a mark under her eye," Henrique said at the time. "I had my suspicions before, but it was clear to me that she had been hit."

Henriquez asked her sister about this. "I said: 'What the f*** is happening? You have to talk to me. I'm not stupid, I can see he is hitting you.' She admitted to me that he had hit her, but at that time she was constantly putting it on herself or blaming herself.

"She said that she must have done something to annoy him or antagonize him. I told her she needed to leave because it wasn't worth it if he would do that to her."

Henriquez was also mentioned by Heard in the current trial last week.

Heard mentioned a rumor that Depp once pushed supermodel Moss down a flight of stairs when they were dating.

Heard told the courtroom that Depp once went to hit her sister Whitney who was standing at the top of a staircase during an alleged altercation in their home in 2015.

"She threw herself in the line of fire," Heard said of her sister. "She was trying to get Johnny to stop. Her back was to the staircase, and Johnny swings at her... I don't hesitate and wait; I instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs."

Other witnesses expected to testify when the trial resumes include hairstylist and social media influencer Adir Abergel and a former girlfriend of Depp's, actress Ellen Barkin.

The trial will resume 9 a.m. ET on May 16 until its scheduled end date of May 27, when closing arguments from both sides will be heard.

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Amber Heard's sister Whitney Henriquez leaving the Ham Yard Hotel ahead of an appearance at Royal Courts of Justice on July 24, 2020 in London. Neil Mockford/Getty Images

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