Amber Heard’s sister questioned her ‘belief in humanity’ after Johnny Depp’s trial.
Whitney Henriquez was among those who testified during the Virginia trial this summer as Depp successfully sued his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed piece for the Washington Post in which she wrote about being a victim of domestic violence, but her former partner gave no name.
She has now spoken out about the “harassment” she faced after appearing in court, writing in a post on Instagram: “Just to say my belief in humanity has been challenged since the trial/sentence, would be a gross understatement… No. It just highlighted some damn big flaws in the justice system, it also showed how deeply misogynistic this world is and how harassment is easily accepted by anyone who speaks up or has a different opinion ( just take a look at some of the comments on my posts, and undoubtedly this one…”
Mum-of-two Whitney insisted she was worried about raising her children in such an unsettling climate. She added, “It’s a world I’m scared of raising my kids in and every day it seems increasingly difficult to navigate and deal with.”
She ended the post with a candid letter of support to her sister, condemning the actress’ “denigration” and the “online harassment” she has endured.
Whitney called the letter “a much-needed breath of fresh air,” before adding, “Finally, the tide is shifting… Finally! #istandwithamberheard.”
Whitney was one of the key witnesses at the trial and testified on her sister’s behalf — she claimed to have seen a physical altercation between Heard and Depp.
Depp has vehemently denied claims he was violent towards his ex-wife, and a Virginia jury found Heard liable in three counts of defamation – and ordered her to pay him $15 million.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star was found liable in Heard’s counterclaim for defamation and ordered to hand over $2 million to his ex.
After the trial was complete, Whitney shared an Instagram post praising her sister for speaking out.
She wrote: “I still stand by you sissy. Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself… for being the voice of so many who cannot speak to the things happening behind closed doors. We knew this was going to be a tough fight and the cards were stacked against us. But you got up anyway and spoke up.”