More People Take Sides in the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard Saga

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce will power the gossip blogs and papers for many months to come. This isn’t some Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale cheating nanny story. Everyone laughed at the Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow uncoupling. It seemed inevitable that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner would separate. Depp and Heard though is reaching nuclear levels.

For some reason, people are very, very divided on this divorce. Especially the allegations of domestic abuse. That incident where Depp allegedly hurled a cellphone at Heard’s face. There’s also witnesses to the abuse and video taken by Heard of one of his beatings.

On the other hand, you have tons of people siding with Depp. His ex-girlfriend and ex-wife have come out in support.

Now, comedian Doug Stanhope, one of Depp’s longtime friends, wrote a huge essay in The Wrap that basically paints Heard as a scheming, conniving wretch dead set on blackmailing Depp. The whole essay is an amazing read.

Stanhope says that him and Depp’s circle of friends knew Heard was no good for him the moment they met her. Throughout the marriage, Heard was evil.

We’d watched it build like this since before they were married. We’d watched her manipulate and f— with him for years. We didn’t say a word. To each other, yes, but never to him.

When your friend is in an awful, abusive relationship — man or woman — and you risk weighing in that their counterpart is a demon, you know the odds are they will jump right back into the fire and then dump you from their life for being honest.

When a bunch of people feel the same way about somebody, perhaps there opinions are accurate. Yet, it could be a hive mind of Heard-hating friends. If you read the essay, and you should, Stanhope keeps bringing up a low-key fear of being thrown out of Depp’s circle. That’s a little odd to say the least. Must be a Hollywood thing.

My girlfriend, Bingo, and I have known Johnny Depp for a few years now. We have watched Amber Heard f— with him at his weakest — or watched him at his weakest from being f—ed with — for the entire time we’ve known him.

And we didn’t say s—.

Because he’s Johnny Depp.

And we didn’t want to be thrown out of the circle for saying that The Emperor was being Stripped of His Clothes.

Again, Stanhope, a supposed friend, can’t bring himself to speak up. All because he doesn’t want to be “thrown out of the circle?” Oook.

When it come to the cellphone incident, Stanhope says he was there just before the alleged assault happened. That’s when Depp “opened up” to Stanhope and intimated how Heard planned to divorce him and how he saw Heard playing spinning this in the media.

Bingo and I were at Johnny’s house for most of that Saturday until just before the alleged assault. We assumed initially that his dour mood was because of his mother’s death the day before. But he opened up in the most vulnerable of ways that it was not only his mother, but that Amber was now going to leave him, threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms. Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it, including the manner in which he is now being vilified.

At the end of the essay, Stanhope calls out Heard:

Johnny Depp got used, manipulated, set up and made to look like an a–hole. And he saw it coming and didn’t or couldn’t do anything to stop it.

He may never talk to me again for saying it but I’d never forgive myself for not coming to his defense out of fear or ego.

I stand up for my friends and I tell the f—ing truth.

But what IS the truth?

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