Writing about the abuse claims against Johnny Depp is always a nightmare. Every single time. Thanks to his obsessive fans who refuse to entertain even the slightest acceptance of Depp’s guilt, several writers on this site and across the internet have had to shut down their DMs and steer clear of Twitter whenever they dare to weigh in on the be-scarfed douchebag and his alleged penchant for drunkenly beating his wife.
This phenomenon was never more evident than earlier this month when #JusticeForJohnnyDepp became a trending hashtag after the Daily Mail published a recording between Depp and Amber Heard, where she admits to hitting him during one of their frequent spats. Via Newsweek:
In the clip the couple are heard discussing numerous arguments and Heard admits to “hitting” Depp and pelting him with pots and pans during one violent altercation.
“It’s not true. It’s not true. I’m not the one who throws pots and whatever the f***ing else at me,” Depp replied after Heard claimed he took her for granted.
Later, Heard denied punching Depp but conceded she had hit him.
“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,” she said.
“I don’t know what the motion of my actual hand was, but you’re fine, I did not hurt you, I did not punch you, I was hitting you.”
Obviously, this conversation doesn’t look great for Heard. But instead of considering the harsh truth that a toxic relationship breeds toxic actions — or in more blunt terms, a struck woman will start to strike back — Depp stans immediately jumped to the conclusion that the actor is a pure, innocent dove and clearly the victim of false, malicious lies. What a slam dunk they thought they had!
Fast forward to this morning, where text messages between Depp and Paul Bettany were read aloud in court as part of Depp’s libel suit against The Sun. They’re, uh, not great. From Page Six:
Depp, who attended the hearing, was in the room as his texts to Bettany were read aloud.
He allegedly wrote on Nov. 6, 2013, “Let’s burn Amber,” the court heard.
The court was told he allegedly texted Bettany again that day to say, “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f-k her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.”
Adorable! What’s notable is that these texts are from less than a year into Heard and Depp’s relationship. In another set of texts, Depp openly admits to Bettany that he’s been on a drinking binge and popping pills like crazy.
The court also heard further texts allegedly sent by Depp to Bettany in May 2014, which read: “I’m gonna properly stop the booze thing, darling… Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA, this past Sunday… Ugly, mate.
“No food for days… powders… half a bottle of whiskey, a thousand red bull and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of Champers on plane and what do you get..???
“An angry, aggro Injun in a f-kin’ blackout, screaming obscenities and insulting any f-k who got near… I’m done.
“I am admittedly too f-ked in the head to spray my rage at the one I love…For little reason, as well I’m too old to be that guy But, pills are fine!!!”
Depp’s lawyers latched on that last part as proof that Depp would never hurt Heard. However, Heard’s accusations of abuse have always revolved around the exact drinking and substance abuse that Depp just documented in a neat little paper trail. Heard has always maintained that his binges made him violent and delusional.
Like the time he allegedly assaulted her on a private jet:
“On the flight, Johnny ordered the flight attendants to give him an oxygen tank, and drank heavily. Johnny’s handlers told me that he was upset that I was filming a movie with a romantic scene with James Franco the day before. At some point, I stood up, and Johnny kicked me in the back, causing me to fall over. Johnny threw his boot at me while I was on the ground. Johnny continued to scream obscenities until he went into the plane bathroom and passed out, locked in the bathroom for the remainder of the flight.”
Depp allegedly apologized in a later text message, writing, “Once again, I find myself in a place of shame and regret. Of course, I am sorry. I really don’t know why or what happened. But I will never do it again.”
Or the time Depp went on a three-day MDMA bender in Australia:
“Johnny told me that I had not explicitly forbidden him from taking ecstasy. The argument heated up, and Johnny pushed me, slapped me, and shoved me to the ground before I retreated to a locked bedroom.”
The next morning, “I went downstairs to find that Johnny was still awake, and that he had stayed up all night, having taken about eight MDMA pills. He was also drinking again. We got into a fight that Johnny made physical, and I barricaded myself in one of the rooms. That didn’t stop Johnny from busting through the door of the room I was in. By nightfall, Johnny had hit me multiple times, shoved and pushed me to the ground, choked me, and spit in my face.”
“That night, Johnny shoved me into a ping pong table that collapsed underneath me. Johnny threw bottles through the window panels of a glass door, breaking two panes, and leaving glass everywhere. Johnny then grabbed me, gripping my body and nightgown. He tore the nightgown off, and at some point, I was naked and barefoot, covered in alcohol and glass.”
Do I need to go on? As for Bettany, Roxana helpfully recalled that he was a very public defender, and sure enough, there’s always a tweet. (Screencapped before Bettany’s publicist and/or Marvel finish birthing kittens and have it deleted.)
Cool and normal thing to say about your bro who’s accused of domestic abuse while you’re sitting on texts where he wants to — *checks notes* — drown, burn, and then rape his dead girlfriend’s corpse. Nice job, Disney’s Vision.
On a legal note, here is Johnny Depp’s version of events, again, via Page Six:
“One person, one side, is lying, and one is not,” Sherborne said. “Obviously, we say that it is Ms. Heard (who is lying), Mr. Depp is 100% clear about that.”
Sherborne claimed that Heard was not a victim but the “aggressor” in the couple’s relationship, which ended in May 2016.
Yeah, OK, pal.
(H/T Norman D. Golden II)
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