‘Justice for Johnny Depp’: Fans defend movie star on Twitter after ex-wife Amber Heard seemingly admits to abuse on tape
Fans of movie star Johnny Depp have demanded their idol’s name be cleared, after his ex-wife Amber Heard apparently admitted to hitting and throwing objects at him in a leaked audio tape. Heard has accused Depp of domestic abuse.
In an audio confession leaked to the Daily Mail, Heard admits to hitting Depp with pans, pots and vases. The conversation took place during a therapy session in 2015, as the tinseltown pair attempted to save their tumultuous marriage.
“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 tells Depp, attempting to explain a violent outburst the night before.Also on rt.com Is Keanu Reeves refusing to touch people in photos because of #MeToo? Should we as well?
During the two-hour conversation, Heard - an advocate for women’s rights and domestic violence survivors - tells Depp to “grow the f*ck up” and “just because I’ve thrown pots and pans does not mean you cannot come and knock on my door.”
Depp recounts at least three physical fights in the preceding months, and tells Heard that if the violence continues, “we have to be apart from one another...so that we don't f*cking kill each other or f*cking worse, you know, f*cking really kill each other or f*cking break up or whatever.”
After ridiculing Depp for leaving their house when several arguments broke out, Heard tells the ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ actor “I can't promise you I won't get physical again. God I f*cking sometimes I get so mad I lose it.”
Depp and Heard’s marriage was the stuff of Hollywood cliches. Wedded in 2015, the pair separated a year later, with Heard obtaining a restraining order along with a divorce. Though the pair finalized their split with a joint statement declaring “there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” the acrimony continued, with Heard penning a Washington Post op-ed in 2018 detailing her experience as a domestic abuse victim.Also on rt.com Internet loses its mind over ‘racist’ Dior perfume ad featuring Johnny Depp & Native American dancer
Though Depp is not explicitly named in the piece, he has since sued Heard for defamation, with the $50 million case postponed until this August. Both Heard and Depp have filed allegations of each other’s supposed abuse as part of the case, including graphic pictures of cuts, bruises, and in Heard’s case, hair supposedly ripped from her head.
For fans of Depp, the tape vindicated their idol. The hashtag ‘JusticeForJohnnyDepp’ trended on Twitter on Saturday, as supporters lent Depp their sympathy. “I hope those who instantly assumed Johnny Depp was guilty and made public comments to that effect are feeling fairly shit about all this now,” British comedian Jonathan Pie tweeted.
Johnny Depp wasn’t canceled in my book. We all heard the rumors and saw his finger and the pictures from last year and didn’t want to jump to conclusions when all the evidence was to the contrary. But now we have audio to prove what was happening. #JusticeForJohnnyDepppic.twitter.com/nMC9QzDozZ— DASH KENNEDY WILLIAMS (@Dash) 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
I hope those who instantly assumed Johnny Depp was guilty and made public comments to that effect are feeling fairly shit about all this now. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp— Jonathan Pie (@JonathanPieNews) February 2, 2020
Before it was postponed, the defamation trial was due to get underway on Monday. The timing of the audio leak indicates that it was revealed by Depp’s team to sway public opinion ahead of the trial.
Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, told the Daily Mail that “these tapes containing Amber Heard's chilling confessions of violence further expose and destroy her abuse hoax.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Heard described the leak as “nothing more than the latest misogynistic effort at victim-blaming.”
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