Amber Heard’s youthful sister, Whitney Henriquez, alleged in court docket Wednesday that she noticed actor Johnny Depp exert growing management over her sister, limiting who she socialized with, what she wore and which jobs she took throughout their tumultuous relationship.

Heard’s authorized staff known as Henriquez, 34, to the stand on the 18th day of Depp’s defamation trial in opposition to his ex-wife after a number of former associates of the couple mentioned they witnessed abuse between them.

Depp, 58 is in search of $50 million from Heard, 36, over a Washington Submit editorial she wrote with the American Civil Liberties Union in 2018 that implied he was a violent associate.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has repeatedly denied that he was abusive, saying that Heard abused him.

Trying to regulate a big different is among the many most typical hallmarks of an abusive relationship, in line with advocates for domestic violence survivors. Abusive habits can include violent actions like smashing private belongings, but additionally emotional and financial abuse that creates an isolating scenario during which one associate has outsized dominance.

“At first, it could be, like, mild jokes. , if she left the home sporting one thing, he’d be like, ‘Oh, you’re going to put on that?’” Henriquez advised a panel of jurors in Virginia. She mentioned “it simply intensified” over time.

“All of a sudden, they’ve the identical stylist, and he had been primarily controlling what she wore to occasions and issues like that. So she went from with the ability to put on regardless of the hell she needed, after which out of the blue she’s sporting something that her stylist ― his stylist ― needed her to put on. And her model over time simply obtained an increasing number of conservative,” Henriquez mentioned.

Whitney Henriquez, sister of Amber Heard, testifies on the stand throughout Johnny Depp’s defamation trial on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia.

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Heard made comparable accusations throughout her personal testimony earlier this month, saying that Depp would inform her she regarded like a “whore” and didn’t like her baring pores and skin.

In response to Henriquez, the actor additionally turned more and more “protecting” over the appearing roles Heard took on till he had “an issue along with her taking any kind of job or any kind of audition.”

“Then it turned each time that she even considered taking one other film, it was one other battle,” Henriquez testified. “He would typically say issues like, ‘I don’t even perceive why she even must work. I’ll care for her. I’ll care for you, I’ll care for everybody, she doesn’t even must work in any respect.’”

Depp was beneficiant with properties he owned, inviting Heard’s sister and several other associates to remain in a set of adjoining penthouses in downtown Los Angeles. However Henriquez mentioned that he “took problem” with varied individuals over time and allegedly prevented Heard from seeing them.

“Over time, she had such a small community of people who have been there to help her, it was onerous to look at,” Henriquez mentioned. Depp finally had an issue with Henriquez, she added, prompting her to maneuver out.

Henriquez testified that, not like others who knew the couple, she had witnessed bodily violence, describing a battle during which Depp “grabbed Amber by the hair with one hand and was whacking her repeatedly within the face with the opposite.”

A pal who later fell out of Depp’s good graces, iO Tillett Wright, mentioned in a videotaped deposition performed in court docket Tuesday that he by no means noticed Depp strike Heard, however did see him throw glasses and bottles in her course. Each actors have been verbally abusive to at least one one other, Wright testified.

One other pal who lived within the penthouses whereas Depp and Heard have been married, Joshua Drew, alleged in his taped deposition that he’d seen the aftereffects of the couple’s fights ― smashed ceramics, spilled wine, trashed clothes racks. In a single alleged incident, Depp directed his anger towards Drew.

“He got here in, caught eyes with me immediately and beelined for me, screaming, cursing, spitting in my face,” Drew mentioned, including that the actor’s phrases have been “gibberish” and that he appeared both drunk or excessive. Flanked by two bodyguards, Depp obtained inside a foot of Drew’s face, he mentioned, calling it “shut sufficient for it to be aggressive.”

Heard’s staff is predicted to name Depp to the stand as soon as extra earlier than closing arguments are made later this month.