The high-profile divorce between Hollywood leading man Johnny Depp and his wife of under two years, actress Amber Heard, has come to a close, yet friends of both parties continue to share opinions about the explosive events that took place between late May, when Heard filed for divorce, and last month’s settlement.
Upon filing, Amber alleged that she was the victim of ongoing domestic abuse at the hands of Depp, while providing pictures showing the beauty with a black eye to the court and images of smashed wine bottles and glasses. Additionally, Amber spoke of the incident that occurred on the evening of May 21, when a reportedly intoxicated Depp terrorized her.
The Daily Beast recounts Heard’s words in a statement submitted upon filing for divorce on May 27.
“I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”
Johnny Depp fervently denied the allegations of abuse and domestic violence and his lawyer spoke on the star’s behalf stating that he believed Amber was merely after a chunk of his $400 million fortune earned from decades as an A-list actor. However, further evidence and claims of violence emerged, including a video of Depp shown irate in the couple’s kitchen and a story claiming that Johnny cut off the tip of his finger in an argument with Amber. The anger was reportedly brought on when Depp believed that Heard was engaging in an affair with actor Billy Bob Thornton.
Friends of both stars spoke as witnesses. Marilyn Manson came to the defense of longtime pal Johnny in a statement to the Daily Beast, sharing that Johnny is “like a brother” to him and reminding that he is the godfather to Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose. Manson went on to state that he believed his friend was “crucified” by Heard in the press. The publication relays the full statement by Manson in regards to his support for Johnny Depp.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 3, 2016
” Johnny is one of the nicest people that I know—to the extent where it’s almost heartbreaking how kind he is to his friends, and everyone around him. I know that he was completely crucified—unjustly. I would stand by him on anything. As my friend, I know that he’s handling it the best he can and he’s a great Dad, too. It fills me with joy to see his kids grow up and be so smart, and so hilarious. We played a show together not too long ago. It’s hard to say when you talk about your friends. Of course I think that all of it was bullshit, and I think that he is a great person. I wouldn’t agree with any of it if someone were to put me on the stand and ask me what I know, or what I’ve witnessed.”
Johnny and Amber recently settled their divorce following a joint statement within which claims of abuse were instead spoken of as an”intensely passionate” relationship and a “volatile” union that was “bound by love.”
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
The former couple also came to a financial settlement which required that Johnny Depp pays Amber Heard $7 million of his fortune. Heard dismissed the restraining order against Depp and shared that she intended to give every cent paid by Depp to charity.
Although the settlement was reached, a bit of a dispute occurred when Depp decided to send the money directly to the charities on Heard’s behalf. The actress’ lawyers then stated that Johnny owes $14 million because they believed he was attempting to get a charitable tax cut by sending the money directly, as Deadline reports.
— LAist (@LAist) August 26, 2016
Amber released a statement in regard to what role money played in the divorce from Johnny Depp.
“[M]oney played no role for me personally [in the divorce] and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves.”
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