The recent divorce announcement between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard took a seriously disturbing turn last Friday when it became apparent that domestic violence allegedly committed by Depp was the root cause of their breakup.
A LA County judge apparently felt the evidence was credible enough to grant Heard a temporary restraining order against Depp. According to court filings, Depp is alleged to have consistently physically and emotionally abused Heard during the entirety of their year-and-a-half long marriage.
According to Heard’s testimony, things reached the breaking point in April, when Depp’s alcohol and drug consumption combined with his short temper to create a ticking time bomb. On April 21st, Depp no-showed his wife’s birthday party, finally making an appearance while under the influence of drugs and wine. They reportedly got into some sort of heated argument, likely due to him showing up after the party had ended with a wine bottle welded to his hand, with Depp throwing a temper tantrum and becoming physically violent towards Heard.
After Heard threw him out of their home, Depp stayed away until May 21st, when he returned feigning peace. According to Heard’s testimony, midway through their conversation, Depp became unglued and started becoming aggressive and violent again. In response, Heard dialed a friend to get help. Depp became furious and allegedly slugged Heard in the right eye with her cell phone before smashing it and several of her other personal belongings.
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Heard filed for divorce two days later. I can’t say that I blame her. For some bizarre reason only known to the judge in charge of the hearing, Heard’s request that Depp be ordered to undergo anger management and substance abuse counseling was denied despite it being apparent that even that he is in desperate need for both. I suppose then they believe that Heard slammed into a door, or used makeup then. Not helping is that the LAPD claim there is no credible evidence of abuse, as if we can trust the notoriously crooked and starstruck LAPD.
Of course, Depp is in full denial about being a drunken, perpetually stoned woman-beating creep. His legal team is doing everything possible to slander Heard as an opportunist who only wants money, especially since Heard has requested $50,000 a month in spousal support until she marries again.
What is even more disturbing than Depp’s behavior is how the masses have instantly jumped to his defense despite the overwhelming evidence of heinous spousal abuse. Just a random sampling of some of the comments made by these armchair defense attorneys include some disgusting claims as:
1) Depp couldn’t possibly have punched her in the right eye because he’s left handed.
2) This is what happens when a man marries a lesbian. (Note: Heard is openly bisexual and was in a long term relationship with a woman prior to hooking up with Depp.)
4) That bruise was caused simply by running into a door.
4) She’s desperate for money and fame.
5) He’s such a talented actor.
6) We’re forced to blindly accept a woman’s claims, lest we be called sexist.
7) She’s a trailer park trash scam artist!
8) She showed up at the courthouse looking like she was Mother Theresa. With that look, who could think she was anything but innocent!
9) She’s spinning the story into something it wasn’t.
10) She is able-bodied and works for a living and did throughout that short union so for her to go rooting in his bank account is gold digging plain and simple.
11) He was deep in grief over losing his mother.
12) He’s so dreamy. She just can’t appreciate what she has!
So in other words, according to these peons, Heard is solely to blame for this entire scenario, while the guy who has a history of violent behavior towards women and has battled drug and alcohol abuse gets off scot free. It’s yet another example of the disturbing pattern of blaming the woman whenever a domestic violence dispute emerges.
Let’s debunk some of these disgusting remarks before we go any further. To claim that it is impossible for a left-handed person to hit someone in the right eye is beyond idiotic. Targets do not discriminate when it comes to receiving blows. The same goes for the running into the door excuse that is the most popular excuse given by domestic violence victims too scared to tell the truth for fear of being killed by their abusers.
Heard’s sexual orientation doesn’t excuse for one minute what Depp did to her. The same goes for his supposed skills as an actor. Using Heard’s bisexuality against her is just a convenient excuse for those who hate and fear the LGBTQ community to engage in what they like to do best. Acting brilliance doesn’t excuse deplorable behavior against an individual’s spouse.
As for claims she’s desperate for fame and money, with a $9 million personal net worth and instant name recognition, I dare say that Heard already has plenty of both as is. I believe her request for spousal support is an attempt to hold him accountable for his actions, which is something Depp has managed to evade with every single one of his broken relationships to date.
In her divorce filing, Heard also made mention that Depp has prevented her from accepting several plum acting roles in a bid to control her. The pro-Depp contingent have leapt upon this as proof that she’s lying, but a quick look at Heard’s credits on the Internet Movie Database reveal that she may be telling the truth. In the 15 months since marrying Depp, she only has two completed films and is currently filming another. She had appeared in five 2015 theatrical releases, but those were all filmed before her marriage to Depp. A mere three movies for an actress who was very prolific and in-demand in the years BEFORE marrying Depp is definitely a sign that something was amiss.
As far as the idea of being forced to believe Heard’s claims because she is a woman and to oppose her would brand one a sexist, I say it is truly sexist to use such an excuse to discredit a clearly battered woman. So are the childish insults that Heard dressed up like a saint or that she’s trailer park trash.
Depp’s legal team has been pulling every trick in the book in an attempt to discredit Heard. Well, of course they would. Would you expect them to admit he’s a booze swilling, dope taking woman beating creep? Their official statement to the press states that:
“Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life.”
So they’re using the length of the marriage and the loss of Depp’s mother as convenient excuses. No surprise there. Nor will it shock you that his legal team is alleged to have leaked an item to the tabloids that alleges that Heard was having an affair with model/actress Cara Delevigne. It’s awfully convenient since Delevigne is an openly bisexual actress who is a close friend of Heard’s and a favorite target of the mass media. Naturally, the news media have swallowed this unproven tripe with relish.
I have no stomach for anyone who makes excuses to justify abhorrent behavior such as domestic violence. There is absolutely no excuse or circumstance that justifies and excuses domestic violence. I have no respect whatsoever for any man who beats a woman unprovoked. In fact, I have no respect for any spouse of either gender that abuses the other.
I believe the primary reason why so many have leapt to Depp’s defense is something I call the starstruck factor. People often become so starstruck by a person’s charisma, talent or cachet in Hollywood that they are willing to overlook a creep’s flaws. How else to explain why the cinema world still fawns over director Roman Polanski, despite the fact he is an unrepentant rapist who raped a 13-year old girl four decades ago?
Despite being the box office equivalent of fugu (the Japanese blowfish that is extremely toxic when poorly prepared), Depp still commands respect and acclaim as a brilliant actor who is a colossal hunk. You’ll hear about how dreamy he is. I guess some people haven’t realized that even dreamboats can become nightmares.
When I see a woman who is visibly bruised and clearly distraught, I believe her when she says she was physically abused. I believe Heard, not the so-called brilliant heartthrob actor. This is a woman in deep physical and emotional pain. The fact that so many are blindly defending Depp is yet another sign of how far we have devolved as an enlightened society.