Amber Heard: Johnny Depp Was a Monster
The ugly divorce between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard was settled long ago, but the brutal abuse allegations still weigh on the minds of fans.
Now, new and lengthy court documents have come to light from their 2016 depositions.
These papers shed new light on Amber and Depp’s claims.
The Hollywood Reporter got a hold of some transcripts from Amber Heard’s 2016 deposition.
2016 was when Amber and Johnny divorced, and when the world learned of Depp’s years of alleged domestic violence.
Though the accusations became public, along with upsetting testimony from eyewitnesses, much was kept under wraps during the divorce.
Amber and Depp compromised by releasing a joint statement, affirming that neither of them intended to hurt the other, and that neither of them lied.
Even when text messages surfaced appearing to show that Depp’s team knew about the alleged abuse, the exes largely moved on.
But now, through these court documents, we know more.
“Johnny and I refer to his other personality, the part of him that is present when he beats me up,” Amber said in her 2016 deposition.
“We call that the monster,” Amber revealed. “And have called [that] the monster for years.”
The total length of the deposition was 471 pages.
Amber admitted: “I was petrified of the monster.”
Within the deposition, Amber recalls an incident in which Depp, then her husband, allegedly attacked her.
She describes him hurling her phone at her “as hard as he could,” striking her in the face.
Amber says that he grabbed her by her hair during this alleged explosion of violence, prompting her to scream out for help.
She recalled that, during the incident, Depp “broke a lot of glass things that left glass on the floor.”
In addition to the shards of glass, she described the room being littered with silver candlesticks and a lamp.
Though this is far from the first story of Depp trashing a room, this story is far more alarming.
Amber Heard’s testimony is not the only voice within the deposition.
There was testimony from the Los Angeles Police Department officers who responded to the incident.
Raquel Pennington, Amber’s close friend, revealed in testimony that she had been in the adjacent apartment.
She testified that she had come to Amber’s penthouse at her request, where Amber told her that she had been hit in the face with a phone.
Raquel testifies to having witnessed Depp swing around a bottle and knock items off of countertops, and to have heard him yelling.
She says that it was only Depp’s security’s arrival that diffused the situation, as they convinced him to leave.
She also says that she had taken “dozens” of photos of Amber’s bruises over the years.
As you may recall, there was a great deal of backlash over Johnny Depp’s casting in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
So much so that some lifelong Harry Potter fans boycotted the film, and some took to calling it “The Crimes of Johnny Depp.”
Depp was clearly and openly frustrated that people insisted upon bringing up the serious accusations of domestic violence against him.
Some believe that this is why, in September of 2018, Johnny Depp suddenly made accusations of his own against his ex-wife.
He claimed that Amber had punched him in the face, twice.
Within the 2016 deposition, Amber was asked if she had ever been violent towards Depp.
In 2016, when Amber Heard was asked if she had ever struck, slapped, or thrown an object at Depp, she answered.
She said that she “did her best” to defend herself against her larger, stronger husband during his alleged violent outbursts.
Domestic violence, particularly during a divorce, can be a complicated issue.
Some victims may defend themselves. Some abusers may accuse their victims of having started it all.
With celebrities, waters are further muddied simply because one star’s fans may be more outspoken than another’s.
As any of us who’ve viewed any comments sections have discovered to our chagrin, Depp retains many fans who are his ardent defenders.
If none of the evidence made public so far has changed their mind, it seems unlikely that anything in this deposition will