Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been together for four years and married for over a year, but the 30-year-old actress surprised everyone when she filed for a divorce last month. A few days after she broke up with the 53-year-old actor, the blonde beauty appeared in court with a facial bruise, claiming that her estranged husband verbally and physically abused her.
The domestic abuse allegations on Johnny gave a negative reputation to the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. Thankfully, his family and friends, including Benicio Del Toro, were there to support him and clear out his name from all the accusations. During an interview with the Daily News, the 49-year-old Puerto Rican actor shared his thoughts on his pal’s estranged wife.
“What I know, there’s a lot of trouble from the girl [Heard] that sounds a little manipulative,” the Oscar winner confessed. “It sounds a little bit like there’s something really twisted about that girl… but I don’t know the specifics.”
Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro worked together in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas back in 1998. The Sicario actor claims that his co-star is nice, caring, and very smart, which makes it unlikely for him to ever hit a girl. He also doesn’t understand the sequence of events in his friend’s relationship with Amber Heard.
“It seems the fact that his mom passed away and she filed for divorce two days later and then she wants money and she’s saying she got hit, it’s almost like, wait, I saw them not too long ago. Maybe it was January, a dinner for the Oscars or something like that,” the award-winning actor said. “He was there with her and they were fine.”
Apart from Benicio Del Toro, Depp’s former partner, Vanessa Paradis, also defended the Hollywood superstar. The mother of Lily-Rose Melody Depp, 17, and John Christopher Depp III, 14, wrote a letter describing the Edward Scissorhands star, and it was shared by TMZ.
“Johnny Depp is the father of my two children, he is a sensitive, loving and loved person, and I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous,” Paradis wrote. “In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.”
While the Golden Globe Award winner gets backed up by his close pals and former partners, The Danish Girl star also got the support of her friends, including iO Tillett Wright. The 30-year-old photographer claimed that she was on the phone talking to Heard when her hubby allegedly threw the phone at his wife and started hurting her.
The gender activist is a good friend of the couple, but she was forced to call 911 when she found out that Johnny attacked Amber again. Wright released an article on Refinery29, explaining why she reported the domestic violence. According to iO Tillett, the physical abuse has been happening for months, and it all started with a kick on a private plane followed by occasional shoves and punches.
The New York-born writer claimed that she did not only do it for Heard, but also for her partner, because she wanted to correct him. The Magic Mike XXL actress allegedly wanted to protect her husband — that’s why she didn’t report the abuse, but her friend thinks that this has to end.
“I realized that as long as I was protecting the abuser from consequences, I was enabling the abuse and I could no longer partake,” Wright wrote. “I had to stand up for my friend, and for what I believe in my gut to be the code of conduct by which human beings have to behave with each other.”
What really happened between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is still a mystery because both parties have a different story. Even people close to the couple have their own version of why the two got a divorce.
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