Elon Musk gifted Amber Heard a Tesla fitted with a bugging device and the actress’ mother preferred Johnny Depp over the ‘controlling’ billionaire, a family friend has claimed in a new legal declaration seen by DailyMail.com.
The claims are made by non-profit founder Jennifer Howell, who says she became close friends with Heard’s younger sister Whitney Henriquez while she was her boss from 2014 to 2016.
She also got to know the sisters’ late mother Paige, whom Howell says spilled extraordinary secrets about Heard’s relationship with the SpaceX mogul after her split from Johnny Depp.
In a sworn July 26 statement provided to Depp’s lawyers, Howell states: ‘Paige shared with me while I was visiting Whitney that Elon Musk had gifted a Tesla or multiple Teslas (not sure if it was one or more), but Amber found out that they were ”bugged”.’
She claimed Paige described Musk as ‘controlling’ and that compared to the tech CEO, Depp was either an ‘angel’ or a ‘saint’, as she wished Heard would reunite with the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Henriquez, 31, said today that Howell’s recollections are ‘bizarre’ and a ‘complete fiction’.
Elon Musk gifted Amber Heard a Tesla fitted with a bugging device and the actress’ family preferred Johnny Depp over the ‘controlling’ billionaire, a family friend has claimed in a new legal declaration seen by DailyMail.com
The claims are made by non-profit founder Jennifer Howell, who says she became close friends with Heard’s younger sister Whitney Henriquez while she was her boss from 2014 to 2016. Pictured: Heard receiving ‘THE SPIRIT OF ELYSIUM Award’ from Howell in January 2015
Paige allegedly dished to Howell on Heard’s turbulent love-life. ‘Paige told me that Johnny was either an ‘angel’ or a ‘saint’ compared to Elon, and she wished that Amber and Johnny would reconcile,’ Howell writes in her declaration. Pictured: Heard and her mother in 2009
DailyMail.com understands that Heard and her sister are particularly upset the claims are being attributed to their mother Paige Heard, who died in May, aged 63.
Musk’s reps declined to comment but sources close to the Tesla inventor described Howell’s declaration as ‘pure fantasy land’ and pointed out that Heard had ‘only ever said glowing things’ about him.
In an interview over the weekend Musk once more denied sleeping with Heard behind Depp’s back, telling the New York Times that cheating claims made during the actor’s ongoing UK libel case against The Sun newspaper were ‘totally false.’
He also taunted Depp over a text message read out during the London proceedings in which the actor joked to a friend that he wanted to ‘slice off’ Musk’s penis.
‘If Johnny wants a cage fight, just let me know,’ Musk laughed.
The 49-year-old has always insisted he only became romantic with Heard after the couple’s May 2016 breakup, despite concierge staff at Depp’s former apartment building claiming to have seen Musk coming and going before the marriage ended.
Howell says she employed Heard’s sister from 2014 to 2016, first as a volunteer, then as a manager at her LA-based community arts non-profit, The Art of Elysium.
She claims she was visiting Henriquez in early 2019, several months after the birth of Henriquez’s son Hunter, when Paige dished on her famed older daughter’s turbulent love life.
In a sworn July 26 statement provided to Depp’s lawyers, Howell states: ‘Paige shared with me while I was visiting Whitney that Elon Musk had gifted a Tesla or multiple Teslas (not sure if it was one or more), but Amber found out that they were ‘bugged”
She claims she was visiting Henriquez in early 2019, several months after the birth of Henriquez’s son Hunter, when Paige dished on her famed older daughter’s turbulent love life. Pictured: Heard (left) with her sister Whitney and mother Paige (right)
Howell wrote: ‘Paige also told me the reason Johnny and Amber broke up was because Amber was violent and emotional and loved Johnny so much that she could not control it.
‘I was indeed taken aback because this conversation occurred after the divorce and when Hunter was only a few months old, and I was at Whitney’s house.
‘Whitney told me that Amber and Johnny were still in touch and that they were each other’s true loves or something to that exact sentiment.
‘Whitney was still going through the emotions of having had a baby and all of those ups and downs, and I could not believe that Amber and Johnny’s relationship was being discussed while Whitney was the one who needed to be the focal point and needed our support.’
Howell says she also got to know Heard well when she became her organization’s star volunteer and fundraiser, helping to stage art exhibitions in children’s hospitals, hospices, special needs schools and elder care facilities.
The charity gave Heard an award for her efforts and Howell even wrote her a character reference when the actress got in hot water with Australian authorities for failing to declare her two Yorkshire Terriers when she and Depp flew Down Under in 2015.
‘In 2015, Amber received the highest honor the charity has to give, THE SPIRIT OF ELYSIUM Award,’ Howell wrote in February 2016.
This is bestowed on an individual who has embodied the ideals of the charity and has given through volunteering, supporting our programs, fundraising and truly living the mission of giving, according to Howell.
DailyMail.com understands that Heard and her sister are particularly upset that the claims are being attributed to their mother Paige Heard, who died in May, aged 63. Pictured: Heard and her sister leaving London High Court on Tuesday
‘Amber is a walking example of selflessness and giving. Not only has she volunteered for over a decade with patients in various medical facilities but she has been there for me any time day or night to give support or just listen and give advice about whatever challenges I am facing at that moment.’
Heard upset Howell, however, when she vowed to give her $7 million divorce settlement to charity but snubbed The Art of Elysium and divided the money instead between the American Civil Liberties Union and the LA Children’s Hospital.
‘I asked Amber’s publicist why, when she and Amber had been so eager to use our name in the press during the divorce, and when the funds would mean so much to a small organization like ours, would Amber direct all the money to these other two huge charities that she had not been associated with?’ Howell says in her sworn testimony.
‘Amber’s publicist told me that they were more prominent charities with a more significant press reach and got international press.
‘Then, months later, a $250,000 donation came into our organization from an anonymous donor ‘on behalf of Amber Heard.’ The funds did not come from Amber. I believed this donation came from Elon.’
Howell’s statement is one of dozens of depositions and declarations made in Depp’s ongoing defamation action against Heard in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Howell’s statement is one of dozens of depositions and declarations made in Depp’s ongoing defamation action against Heard in Fairfax County, Virginia. Pictured: Depp raises a clenched fist above his head as he departs the High Court in London for the final time on Tuesday
The Pirates of the Caribbean star launched the $50 million suit last year after she penned an op-ed for the Washington Post describing herself as a survivor of domestic violence. His attorneys subpoenaed Musk for any texts, emails, letters or communications he exchanged with Heard during their marriage or anything mentioning alleged incidents of domestic violence. Pictured: Heard and Musk in Depp’s elevator
Specifically, Heard asked staff at the Eastern Columbia Building to give her ‘friend Elon’ access to the building’s parking garage and the penthouse elevator ‘late at night,’ and they testified that they did so
The Pirates of the Caribbean star launched the $50 million suit last year after she penned an op-ed for the Washington Post describing herself as a survivor of domestic violence.
His attorneys subpoenaed Musk for any texts, emails, letters or communications he exchanged with Heard during her marriage to Depp or anything mentioning alleged incidents of domestic violence.
‘Only one calendar month after Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard were married – while Mr. Depp was out of the country, filming in March 2015 – Eastern Columbia Building personnel testified that Ms. Heard received Musk ‘late at night’ at Mr. Depp’s penthouse,’ the suit alleges.
Specifically, Heard asked staff at the Eastern Columbia Building to give her ‘friend Elon’ access to the building’s parking garage and the penthouse elevator ‘late at night,’ and they testified that they did so, according to legal papers.
‘Building staff would then see Ms. Heard’s ”friend Elon” leaving the building the next morning,’ the suit claims.
Depp specifically wants to know what Heard told the tech tycoon about their May 21, 2016 blowout fight that resulted in Heard seeking a restraining order, accusing Depp of hurling a phone at her and beating her.
The Oscar nominee has always argued he was the victim of an ‘elaborate hoax’ instigated by his ex-wife, who ‘faked’ her injuries with makeup.
Around three months after the split Heard and Musk were romantically linked for the first time after spending a weekend together in Miami, according to reports.
They dated on and off until finally calling it quits in 2018 and the entrepreneur has just had a baby with his current partner singer Grimes.
Heard’s reps did not deny that Henriquez and Howell were close friends but they issued a statement from the younger sibling stating: ‘This is complete fiction.
‘Jennifer Howell’s statements do not bear any relationship to the truth and I have no idea why she is saying this.’
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Experts provoke storm in a teacup by saying you should NEVER use boiling water to make tea
Hard day at work? There’s nothing like a reviving cuppa.
So put the kettle on, let the water boil, get ready to brew up… and stop! Don’t pour just yet.
New advice suggests using boiling water to make tea is a ‘myth’ which leaves it tasting ‘no better than cabbage water’.
Although it may cause traditionalists to turn a milky shade of white, experts have claimed the best way to make our national drink is to let the water cool down to 80 degrees.
The storm in a teacup was provoked by Martin Isark, a professional food and drink taster, who says boiling a kettle for tea was a relic of the past when it was needed to make sure the water was safe.
‘It’s time to debunk the myth that you should use boiling water,’ he said. ‘Having the water too hot will kill the desirable nuances of tea and all you are left with is a strong flavour of dry, astringent tannins. Overboiling your water and dunking teabags too long leaves tea tasting no better than cabbage water.’
The news could come as a shock to a character like Mrs Doyle, the tea-obsessed housekeeper in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted
The news could come as a shock to a character like Mrs Doyle, the tea-obsessed housekeeper in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. In fact, for those without temperature-controlled kettles Mr Isark even suggests adding cold water on top of the tea bag before pouring the kettle, with milk and sugar going in last.
He claims that boiling water cools down by roughly ten degrees for every 10 per cent of cold water added so to hit the 80 degree sweet spot the mug needs to be 20 per cent cold water.
Edward Eisler, a ‘tea master’ and founder of Jing Tea, agrees. He said: ‘It is simply not true that you need boiling water to make a cup of tea. Many teas taste better when made with cooler water.’
As a guide, breakfast tea and Assam should be made with water at 80 degrees, whereas Green tea is best at 50-65 degrees and Oolong at anything up to 95 degrees.
There are now several kettles on the market with variable temperature settings that allow users decide exactly how hot they want their water to be. Models include the Smeg KLF04, Sage Smart and Bosch Sky kettles.
Britons recoiled in horror in June when a video of an American woman making ‘hot tea’ went viral. In it, she microwaved a mug of cold water for a minute, filled a third of it with milk before adding the teabag and an overly-generous amount of sugar.
It prompted Dame Karen Pierce, Britain’s ambassador to the US, to film her own riposte in which her ‘military advisers’ demonstrated how to make tea properly.
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Harry and Meghan’s US election intervention ‘violated’ terms of deal with Queen, say senior aides
Their comments could further risk their links to the monarchy, with sources claiming that senior courtiers are discussing how to further distance London royals from the couple.
In their message, Harry and Meghan called on American voters to ‘reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity’ in ‘the most important election of our life.’
Their comments, which came in a Time 100 video to go with the publication of this year’s list of the most influential people, have been widely interpreted to be a swipe at U.S. president Donald Trump. The list does not include the royal couple.
Members of the royal family are supposed to be politically neutral, and under the Sandringham accord – agreed in March when the pair quit their royal duties – the Sussexes vowed that ‘everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke out about the upcoming U.S. election, in a stark break with British tradition that prohibits royal involvement in politics. Senior sources suggest that in doing so, the couple broke their agreement with The Queen
However, according to The Sunday Times, royal aides have said that the couple’s comments last week have broken their promise from earlier this year.
‘The [royal] family are all wringing their hands, thinking: where is this going and does this abide by the deal to uphold the values of the Queen? The feeling is it’s a violation of the agreement,’ one source told the newspaper.
The sources say that if the agreement is deemed to have been violated, Prince Harry’s chances of resuming his connections to the Royal Marines and other military posts he is said to hold dear could be under threat.
The arrangement the Sussexes have with the royal family will be reviewed after a year by The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.
The Times reports that the Queen agreed to keep the positions vacated by Prince Harry open during the review period so that he could return if it was deemed appropriate. One such position is the captain general of the Royal Marines.
‘The door was left open,’ said one aide. ‘There were some things that Harry hoped he could opt back into. He dearly wants to hang on to the Royal Marines and the military appointments. That will be harder now.’ This will likely come as a blow to the Prince.
The couples’ roles as president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is also expected to come under review, and conversations last week reportedly even included whether they could be stripped of their HRH titles.
Currently, Harry and Meghan still have these titles, but are not allowed to use them.
However, one source told The Times that the view is they couldn’t remove Harry’s title, pointing to the fact that even Edward VIII kept his HRH when he abdicated.
Royal sources claim that the Monarchy was embarrassed by the couple’s comments, with one senior aide questioning what The Queen would say to Donald Trump should he make another visit to the UK after her grandson and his wife spoke out against him
Buckingham palace sough to distance itself from their remarks, with royal sources saying that the monarch had been embarrassed by the comments, asking what the Queen is supposed to say should Donald Trump have another presidential visit.
‘If Trump is re-elected and makes another visit here, what is the Queen supposed to say when her grandson and his wife have effectively campaigned against him?’ said a source.
A spokesman for the Sussexes said: ‘The duke’s message is not in reference to any specific political party or candidate, but is instead a call for decency in how we engage with each other.’
Harry and Meghan, now ensconced in an L.A. mansion, made their remarks just weeks before the November 3 elections with Americans in some states already going to the polls.
The Duke of Sussex urged people to ‘reject hate speech’ while the Duchess called it the ‘most important election of our lifetime’ in remarks which made waves on both sides of the Atlantic.
Royal insiders voiced concern in Britain where the Queen and her family are expected to remain politically neutral at all times, with one saying that Harry and Meghan had ‘crossed a line’.
Buckingham Palace also distanced itself from Harry’s remarks by saying that ‘the Duke is not a working member of the royal family’ and describing his comments as ‘made in a personal capacity’.
Trump slammed Meghan Markle from the White House podium after the video message was released, urging Americans to vote and hinting they support Democrat Joe Biden.
‘I’m not a fan of hers,’ Trump said Wednesday to a question posed by DailyMail.com. ‘I would say this – and she has probably heard that – I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it.’
‘As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,’ said Harry – in a line some observers in Britain and the U.S. immediately took to be a plug for Joe Biden and a slap at President Trump.
Harry is said to be hopeful that he can retain some military duties, but the video message is thought to have put his chanced of being allowed to do so at risk
Said the California-born Markle, 39: ‘We’re six weeks out from the election, and today is Voter Registration Day.
‘Every four years, we’re told the same thing, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.’
For his part, Harry said: ‘As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.’
Harry urged Americans to be careful about what kind of content they consume online.
‘When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else’s shoes. Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time to not only reflect, but act,’ he said.
While many viewers saw Harry and Meghan’s comments as a thinly-veiled endorsement of Biden, a source close to Harry insisted the Duke was not referring to Trump or any other individual.
‘The duke was talking about the tone of debate in the run-up to an election which is already quite febrile,’ they said.
‘He is not talking about any candidate or specific campaign. He is building on a lot of stuff that he’s said before about online communities, how we engage with each other online, rather than specifically making any political points.’
How British royals are expected to keep out of politics
Under Britain’s constitutional monarchy, powers which theoretically belong to the Queen – such as appointing ministers and approving legislation – are exercised in her name by political leaders.
This system means that political decisions are taken by the elected government rather than unelected royals, while keeping the monarchy as a symbol of the British state and its traditions.
The royals’ political neutrality, which the Queen has scrupulously observed for 68 years, is key to maintaining this balance and to preserving the monarchy’s popularity.
A YouGov poll earlier this year found majority support among both Conservative and Labour voters as well as Brexiteers and Europhiles for maintaining the British monarchy.
The Queen’s uncle King Edward VIII had to abdicate in 1936 because the government refused to support his planned marriage to American divorcee Wallis Simpson – fatally compromising his neutrality.
While there is no law explicitly preventing the royal family from voting in UK elections, doing so would be an unacceptable breach of protocol.
The Queen holds weekly conversations with her prime ministers and she is entitled to ‘advise and warn’ them when necessary, but the nature of her advice is never made public.
Even her guarded comment that voters should ‘think very carefully about the future’ ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum was seen as an unusual intervention.
Prince Charles is known for writing lengthy letters to ministers on policy subjects such as agriculture, some of which were made public in 2015.
William and Kate have also spoken out on the environment, launching a prize to tackle climate issues last year.
Princess Diana – who like Harry and Meghan became semi-detached from the monarchy – was known for her campaigning on land mines, once allegedly describing the UK government’s policy as ‘hopeless’.
Her involvement sparked criticism from some Conservative MPs, but the Labour government that took office shortly before her death was more favourable to her campaign.
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Stunning footage shows the Hindenburg Disaster in vivid color
Remarkable new footage shows the Hindenburg Disaster in vivid color 83 years after it exploded mid-air and caused 63 near New Jersey.
More than 80 years after the Hindenburg Disaster became one of the most infamous aircraft failures in the world, a group have used artificial intelligence to improve and add color to the original news coverage that captured the crash.
They used Gigapixel AI, a standalone application that uses artificial intelligence to improve images, and DeOldify, an open-source artificial intelligence tool for enhancing images.
In the video, the 804-foot-long zeppelin has just traveled nearly 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Frankfurt, Germany, to the United States on May 3, 1937.
The massive airship, which had completed 63 successful trips, floated over New York City with relative ease as it prepared to touch down at its mooring mass at Naval Station Lakehurst in New Jersey.
LZ 129 Hindenburg (pictured) traveled from Frankfurt, Germany, with nearly 100 people aboard to the Naval Station Lakehurst in New Jersey in May 1937
Pictured: a side-by-side photo comparison showed how the footage had been altered by Neural Networks and Deep Learning to add spectacular color to 83-year-old footage
As the Hindenburg prepared to land at Naval Station Lakehurst in New Jersey, the airship exploded into flames and fell 200 feet from the sky
But suddenly, the Hindenburg erupted into into a horrifying inferno that quickly engulfed the airship in scalding flames and billowing dark smoke.
The hulking airship fell 200 feet from the sky onto the grassy fields below.
The colorized footage captured the sheer ferocity of the crash as the fire crawled along the Hindenburg’s exterior and burned it to its bare bones. The Hindenburg eventually collapsed from the extensive damage.
Radio journalist Herb Morrison had arrived to report on the Hindenburg’s landing, but when the Hindenburg went up in flames he famously exclaimed, ‘Oh, the humanity!’
The colorized footage captured the sheer ferocity of the crash as the fire crawled along the Hindenburg’s exterior and burned it to its bare bones
The Hindenburg eventually collapsed into itself after the inferno burned through much of its exterior covering and the interior of the airship
Pictured: Upgraded images from Neural Networks and Deep Learning show the Hindenburg Disaster in shocking detail and color more than 80 years after it crashed in New Jersey
The U.S. Commerce Department determined the accident was caused by a leak of the hydrogen that kept the airship aloft. It mixed with air, causing a fire
Firefighters and emergency crews approached the ‘twisted, white hot,’ steel as they attempt to save the 36 passengers and 61 crew members.
History.com reports that 13 passengers, 21 crew members and one civilian died that day as a result of the crash.
Many of the survivors suffered severe injuries from the crash and had to undergo additional medical treatment for months afterwards.
Just last year, the last remaining survivor of the Hindenburg Disaster died at the age of 90.
Werner Gustav Doehner passed away in Laconia, New Hampshire in November, more than eight decades after the German airship caught fire and was destroyed while docking in Lakehurst.
Doehner, who was just eight years old at the time of the crash, was on the airship with his parents and older brother and sister.
‘He did not talk about it,’ his son Bernie Doehner told The Associated Press on Friday, adding that his father took him to visit the naval station years later, but not the Hindenburg memorial, itself.
At the time of its completion in 1936, the LZ 129 Hindenburg was the largest aircraft ever built, and was the pride of Germany’s Third Reich.
‘It was definitely a repressed memory. He lost his sister, he lost his dad.’
Back in 2017, Doehner gave a rare interview with the Associated Press, recalling the moment flames began to flicker on top of the air ship as hydrogen, exposed to air, fueled an inferno.
A total of 13 passengers, 21 crew members and one civilian died that day as a result of the crash on May 3, 1937, at Naval Air Base Lakehurst in New Jersey
Doehner: ‘I remember lying on the ground, and my brother told me to get up and to get out of there,’ he recalled. Their mother joined them and asked a steward to get her daughter, whom he carried out of the burning wreckage’
Werner Gustav Doehner was the last surviving passenger from the Hindenburg Disaster before he passed away in November 2019. Pictured: Fire crews and witnesses watched at the Hindenburg burned
Pictured: a side-by-side comparison of photos shows the Hindenburg flying over New York City on its way to New Jersey in May 1937
‘Suddenly, the air was on fire,’ Doehner recalled.
‘We were close to a window, and my mother took my brother and threw him out. She grabbed me and fell back and then threw me out,’ he said.
‘She tried to get my sister, but she was too heavy, and my mother decided to get out by the time the zeppelin was nearly on the ground.’
Doehner added: ‘I remember lying on the ground, and my brother told me to get up and to get out of there,’ he recalled. Their mother joined them and asked a steward to get her daughter, whom he carried out of the burning wreckage.
He would remain in the hospital for three months before going to another facility in New York City in August for skin grafts.
Pictured: the moment the Hindenburg went up in flames and crashed in New Jersey in 1937
The U.S. Commerce Department determined the accident was caused by a leak of the hydrogen that kept the airship aloft. It mixed with air, causing a fire.
‘The theory that a brush discharge ignited such mixture appears most probable,’ the department’s report said.
Doehner and his family – who were German citizens – were on their way back to Mexico City, where his father was a pharmaceutical executive. Funerals were held for his father and sister there.
Doehner was born in Darmstadt, Germany, and grew up in Mexico City. In 1984, he moved to the United States to work for General Electric as an electrical engineer, according to his obituary. He also worked in Ecuador and Mexico. He retired from New England Electric System in Westborough, Massachusetts, in 1999.
He moved to Parachute, Colorado, in 2001. He and his wife of 52 years, Elin, moved to Laconia in May 2018.
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