The impending divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has polarized fans and friends of the famous couple, as well as fans eyeing every tidbit of news concerning the celebrity couple’s latest drama. While everyone seems to be choosing sides, Amber Heard isn’t likely to let betrayal go without striking back, as is the case with comedian and Depp supporter, Doug Stanhope. Following Stanhope’s essay in support of Johnny, Ms. Heard has filed a lawsuit against him for defamation of character.
Meanwhile, another ally of Johnny Depp’s, personal assistant Stephen Deuters, adds to fuel to the fire, reinforcing the idea that Amber may be fabricating her allegations of abuse to bilk Johnny out of millions.
Johnny Depp’s Assistant Denies Apologizing To Amber Heard For Abuse
Text messages leaked through Entertainment Tonight and presumed to have been supplied by Amber Heard herself reveal a story of binge drinking and abuse committed against the actress by husband Johnny Depp. The texts allegedly were sent by Johnny’s assistant to Heard, but that assistant, Stephen Deuters, has come forward to insist that the texts were doctored. Deuters denies ever texting an apology to Amber or even acknowledging any abuse perpetrated by Depp.
Deuters adds that he has never witnessed Johnny Depp commit acts of violence against anyone, adding that he will be available to testify to that in court, if needed.
“Think he’s just texted you. He’s incredibly apologetic and knows that he has done wrong,” the text reads. “He wants to get better now. He’s been very explicit about that this morning. Feel like we’re at a critical juncture.”
A follow up text seems to imply that Depp was blackout drunk, during one incident. To judge by the text, the assistant allegedly asserts that Johnny doesn’t recall assaulting Amber.
“He was appalled. When I told him he kicked you, he cried. It was disgusting. And he knows it.”
In stating that the texts are fraudulent, Deuters points out that they lack time stamps and suggests that fact alone points to the fact that they may have been falsified.
Amber Heard Sues Johnny Depp’s Friend For Defamation
In an essay penned for The Wrap, comedian Doug Stanhope wrote of Amber Heard’s deceptive plot to extort money from Johnny Depp in their impending divorce and, after having read the essay, Heard is now suing Stanhope for defamation. She says the tale told by Doug diverts attention from the real issues of the divorce and has filed a suit against Doug and other unnamed defendants, citing defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The Wrap has not removed the story, but instead added a clause which states Amber Heard has denied Stanhope’s words as false and has responded with a full statement of her own.
“Stanhope is a close friend of Johnny Depp and, as part of a coordinated effort, wrote a highly defamatory article about Ms. Heard, filled with completely false, highly defamatory and very hurtful statements,” said Heard’s attorney, Charles Harder.
Ms. Heard claims that, although she has lived through an ordeal in which Johnny has continuously assaulted and verbally abused her, she remained with him, hoping that his behavior would ultimately change. Amber claims she reached her breaking point with the most recent beating she received, just following the passing of Johnny Depp’s mother.
Even before Doug Stanhope and Stephen Deuters came forward in defense of Depp, Amber Heard’s allegations of abuse seemed suspicious at the very least. She claims a history of abuse, yet there have been no emergency room visits, no witnesses, and no prior police reports. Even when the police were summoned for the latest incident of a domestic dispute between Johnny and Amber, the police left without filing charges, citing no bruises or signs of abuse against Ms. Heard.
Leaking incriminating text messages and suing Depp’s supporters seems like a desperate act of a vindictive woman eager to find some foothold, some way to gain access to Depp’s fortune, before she finds herself out on the cold Hollywood streets.
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