Warning: this article discusses graphic depictions of domestic abuse which may be distressing to some readers.
Johnny Depp has denied physical abusing Amber Heard on a plane – the story that sparked the infamous “wife-beater” headline in The Sun which had the ex-couple in court yesterday.
For those of you who don’t know, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been in and out of a messy court dispute against each other over alleged domestic violence for the past couple of years now. In yet another trial, Johnny Depp is suing The Sun for libel after they called him a “wife beater”, with the publication defending the headline as acceptable due to “overwhelming” evidence.
The Sun used quotes by Kathleen Kendall in their article. She was annoyed by this because they misquoted her and because she had heard several times that Amber was the abusive one pic.twitter.com/GXJx3gHxxL
— Grindelwald (@mderndarkwizard) July 8, 2020
With plot twists constantly turning the publics allegiance from one celeb to another, it’s been like watching a tennis match-train wreck hybrid. Basically, we’re getting whiplash from watching this dumpster fire.
There are plenty more wonderfully salacious stories on how crazy they both are. I get it. You support #JohnnyDepp & that’s cool. I think the two of them are bat-shit crazy. I don’t doubt though #AmberHeard is conniving, cunning & unstable
— Mark Garrison (@MarkGarrison1) July 8, 2020
Yesterday, at the beginning of what is expected to be a three-week court trial, Johnny Depp denied the infamous accusations that he abused Amber Heard on a plane.
Amber Heard alleged that while in a “blind rage” over cheating suspicions, Johnny Depp kicked her in the back and slapped her across the face, calling her a “go-getter slut and a whore.”
Depp denies this, saying he is not a violent person, “especially to women.” He then added that he may have passed out on the flight. That sounds a little dodgy to me, but we know Amber Heard is just as dodgy.
text used in court from Johnny Depp to his friend about Amber Heard.
“She’s gonna f*ckin kill me one day.” pic.twitter.com/VAk2iM2k3d
— 𝒍𝒖𝒍𝒖✿ | 𝒃𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 (@lovingrobinson) July 8, 2020
Heard’s lawyer Sasha Wass said that on the day after the flight, Depp sent Heard a text message which said: “I don’t know why or what happened but I will never do it again.”
When the court asked what Depp was apologising for, he said probably because he had said something “ugly” or to soothe her.
In new evidence supporting Amber Heard, an unsent email composed by her in June 2013 has been unearthed, written three years before she publicly accused Depp of abuse. In the email Heard talked about Depp physically hurting her and that she wasn’t sure if she was dealing with him, or an alter ego called “the monster” which was brought on by anger and jealousy and fuelled by drugs and alcohol.
Johnny Depp told the High Court he believes Amber Heard was plotting a #MeToo “hoax” during most of their relationship as an “insurance policy”.
He was responding to an unsent email she wrote in 2013 calling him ‘like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, saying she was scared of him at times
— Tristan Kirk (@kirkkorner) July 8, 2020
To give you a recap, there’s been accusations of abuse against both parties.
There is audio evidence of Amber Heard admitting that she has physically abused Johnny Depp, and that she gets “so mad” that she “loses it.” Basically, there’s physical proof that Amber Heard was a perpetrator of abuse herself.
However, this doesn’t mean that Depp was an angel – other damning text messages were read out in court too, including texts between Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany where he said “Let’s burn Amber.” Depp also said in the text message exchange, “Let’s drown her before we burn her. I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead.”
From the constant back-and-forth and he-said-she-said, it honestly looks like Heard and Depp are both problematic. Both have evidence that they were abused, and both have evidence that the other was an abuser.
Anytime someone brings up Amber Heard & Jonny Depp as a reason not to believe people who come forward it proves that they will never actually support the survivor
Why? Because the very case they base their doubt on wasn’t a lie it was just proven that both A & J were abusive
— H (@shipperofstuff) July 4, 2020
We just need to remember that evidence against one of these celebs doesn’t erase evidence against the other. We can’t assume that because one of them may be guilty, that the other must be innocent. It’s not that simple, and it’s not a black-and-white picture of domestic violence. Clearly both were behaving in some fucked up and unacceptable ways, and we need to make sure we don’t forget it.
Respect national hotline: 1800 737 732
Women’s Crisis Line: 1800 811 811
Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491
Lifeline (24-hour crisis line): 131 114
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Image Sources: Twitter @shipperofstuff, @kirkkorner, @lovingrobinson, @mderndarkwizard.