Amber Heard has admitted that she “hit” Johnny Depp, threw pots and pans at him, and is quite audibly gaslighting the man in damning new audio obtained by the Daily Mail. And Depp’s fans want justice after she accused him of domestic abuse.
The audio was recorded during a therapy session from 2015, back when the pair were married. The session was recorded “consensually” on Heard’s phone, and during the two-hour conversation both actors admit they were physical with one another – Heard hit Depp, and Depp pushed her.
“I’m sorry that I didn’t, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched,” Heard says, seeming to explain a violent outburst from the night before.
You didn’t get punched. I’m sorry I hit you like this, but I did not punch you.
In later snippets, Heard tells Depp to “grow the f*ck up”, after he fled one night of abuse.
nah this is broke my heart. women can be abusers too and it needs to be spoken about more. men’s feelings are valid and men can be abused not just the abusers. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp pic.twitter.com/PWHttRbzUY
— B 💍📦 𝗉𝗋𝖾 𝗈𝗋𝖽𝖾𝗋 𝖼𝗁𝖺𝗇𝗀𝖾𝗌 𝗇𝗈𝗐 ッ (@Beccaelaine_) February 2, 2020
During the conversation, Depp tells Heard that he doesn’t want a divorce, but if there is physical violence, they have to separate.
“I love you. I do not want to leave you. … I just want peace. If things get physical, we have to separate. We have to be apart from one another. Whether it’s for a f***ing hour, or ten hours, or f**k a day, we must. There can be no physical violence towards each other,” he said.
All I’m saying is we need to take whatever time we need. You need. I need. To kind of let things settle for a bit so that we don’t f***ing kill each other or f***ing worse, you know, f***ing really kill each other of f***ing break up, or whatever.
Heard agrees about the violence, but tells Depp that she “can’t promise that it will all be perfect.”
I can’t promise you I won’t get physical again. God, I f***ing sometimes I get so mad I lose it. I can f***ing promise you I will do everything to change. I promise you.
Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, told the Daily Mail that the tapes “further expose and destroy her abuse hoax.” Whilst a spokesperson for Heard described the leak as “nothing more than the latest misogynistic effort at victim-blaming.”
It’s Been He-Said, She-Said For A While
This audio leak comes after years of back-and-forth accusations of violence and legal action between the two since their divorce in May 2016. They married in February 2015.
Both actors have filed allegations against one another, including graphic images of cuts, bruises, hair ripped from Heard’s head, and Depp’s severed finger.
Heard first filed for divorce, alleging Depp was verbally and physically abusive throughout their relationship, often whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Later, she released an op-ed in the Washington Post, describing herself as the victim of abuse. And though she never named Depp as the perpetrator, he claimed it was clear she was referencing him.
Depp responded by filing a $50 million defamation suit for the financial losses and impact the “elaborate hoax” had on his career – including being dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Fans Want #JusticeForJohnnyDepp
After hearing the audio, Depp’s fans started using the hashtag #JusticeforJohnnyDepp to air their grievances and support the Fantastic Beasts actor and condemn the Aquaman actress.
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And many critics argued that this story serves as another reason why society should challenge the double-standards placed on male victims of domestic violence.
— 𝙽 𝙸 𝙲 𝙾 𝙻 𝙴 (@all_in_bloom_) February 1, 2020
This is why men are afraid to come out about being abused, raped, etc. Johnny got fired and attacked relentlessly (along with his children for defending him). He has a ton of evidence he was abused. I need to know what the consequences for Amber will be. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp pic.twitter.com/rRIAOn3oZI
— Desteny Salinas (@salinas_desteny) February 1, 2020
I have been in recovery circles of many kinds and stories of men receiving abuse are far too common. Johnny Depp is sadly not an isolated case. No matter your gender you deserve to be safe from abuse be it emotional or physical. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp
— Jesse Zook Mann🧘🏻♂️ (@zookmann) February 2, 2020
I just listened to the two audio files, I’m gobsmacked that a woman would make false claims about ANY kind of abuse. This set us back years and it makes it that much harder to report real assaults and have people believe victims when things like this happen. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp
— Jacklyn Krol (@JacklynKrol) February 1, 2020
Well, they’re not wrong. But this situation certainly shows the complexities of domestic violence and how much grey area these cases can have. Let’s hope Johnny can get the peace that he wanted all along.
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