Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are in the midst of a hotly debated divorce, with each side offering different versions of what happened during their marriage. Adding his own views to the situation, Depp’s pal Doug Stanhope penned an essay that alleged Amber blackmailed Johnny. Heard responded with a defamation suit.
Now, in an appearance on the Howard Stern Show Monday, Stanhope has responded to Stern’s request to dish more about his essay and allegations against Heard, reported People.
“I put it on my website, the title was: ‘At A Loss For Words…’ whatever it was,” he explained. “The Wrap got it as an exclusive or however that worked and said ‘Amber Heard is Blackmailing Johnny Depp This is How I Know.’ I didn’t write that f****** title.”
Although Johnny did not request that Stanhope write the document, Depp followed up with a note of appreciation, according to the comedian. The two have been friends since 2013.
“I had no contact with [Johnny] until he texted me after that went out,” added Depp’s pal. “He said ‘Hey, thanks for being honest.’ “
Addressing the situation, the attorney for Amber argued that the article is “part of a coordinated effort.” The attorney also slammed the “very hurtful statements.”
Because of the lawsuit, Stanhope was cautious about adding new ammunition to the current charges.
“Anything I say they can twist my words. It’s such a b******* suit.”
Moreover, he countered the lawsuit by contending that Heard won’t get much from him in terms of financial gains.
“That’s the funniest idea,” proclaimed the comedian. “The idea of some Hollywood supermodel lady winning all of my s***, she would be locking the doors driving down my street.”
During his appearance on the radio show, Stanhope also revealed that he visited Depp on the same day (May 21) that Heard claims she was hit with a cell phone by Johnny while they argued. When he visited Johnny, the comedian claims the actor predicted that Amber would make claims against him, noted Us Weekly.
“I visited him that day,” recalled Depp’s friend. “He was alluding to the fact that she was going to do something like this. She didn’t come out until a week later that that happened. But it happened that night, and he was alluding to she’s going to do something like this.”
In her defamation lawsuit, Heard revealed she believes that the essay was part of a plot to divert the focus on her allegations that Johnny abused her during their marriage.
“Defendants engaged in this scheme to try to divert public attention away from the true facts regarding Depp which caused their marriage to fail, namely, that Depp repeatedly abused Heard throughout their marriage, at times to the point of her fearing for her life.”
Stanhope insisted in his article that Johnny had confessed that Amber had developed a plan to exit their relationship and “blackmail” Depp.
“[Johnny] opened up… that Amber was now going to leave him, threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms. Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it,” he alleged.
While suing the comedian, Heard also shared new details of the abuse she alleges occurred during her marriage to Johnny, reported People.
During one violent episode, Amber claims that Johnny “nearly suffocated her.” Her attorney revealed that she will donate the “maximum… jury award” that she is seeking to an Arizona domestic violence charity.
“Depp has hit and kicked Heard on numerous occasions, has thrown objects at her, at one point suffocated her to the point where she feared for her life,” revealed Amber.
On each occasion, Heard went back to Depp, always hopeful that he would stop abusing her. But that optimistic dream turned into a nightmare.
“Within months, the cycle of substance abuse and violence repeated.”
Amber also alleges that Depp is a drug addict and alcoholic, claiming that Johnny abused her when he “relapsed into a cycle of substance abuse.”
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