He plays good guys and bad guys with ease on screen, but Johnny Depp’s real-life character has always been consistently painted as uber-cool and super-charming – a rock star who happened to be a movie star instead – until now, that is. 

In the latest twist to his divorce proceedings with Magic Mike actress Amber Heard, the iconic Johnny Depp is now being characterised as an violent spouse with a “substance abuse” problem. 

Stating in a sworn declaration that, “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” Amber Heard filed for a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Johnny Depp, which was granted to the actress by the Los Angeles courts last week. 

Amber showed up for the court proceedings with a visible bruise on her face, and also submitted photographs of her bruised face as evidence supporting her claims.



Meanwhile, the actor has not responded to Amber’s claims except to issue this statement: “”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. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”

Amber and Johnny had been married only 15 months before divorce proceedings began. 

Meanwhile, Vanessa Paradis, who was married to Johnny Depp for 14 years, stepped forward in defense of her former husband. In a letter obtained by the website TMZ, she reportedly states:

“He is a sensitive, loving and loved person, and I believe with all my heart, that these recent allegations being made are outrageous. In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.”

Other friends and family coming to Johnny’s defense include his daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, who shared pictures of her father on her personal Instagram. American comic Doug Stanhope, who claims to have been at Johnny’s house the afternoon before the alleged assault on Amber Heard took place, has also openly accused the actress of manipulating and blackmailing her former husband

“He still pronounced his love for Amber but was presciently aware that she was going to pull off some kind of ruse to f— him over,” wrote Doug. “He hadn’t slept in days with anxiety. You’d call him a paranoid if you didn’t know better. But he knew better and he was right. As he finally felt like he could sleep, we left him. From what we now read in the news, later that night the police were called to his house for a domestic dispute. Finding no criminal act had occurred and no signs of physical abuse, the police left. Everything Johnny had told us that she’d been threatening had actually come to be. It blew up in the news, raced through the Internet like a plague and blew up on Twitter like it was the McMartin child abuse scandal. People are swarming with torches on social media.” 

Truth or lies, it’s all a big ugly mess to us. Can’t everyone just “consciously uncouple” the way Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin did? 🙁

Text: Kit Chua
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