In the recording, Depp and Heard are having an argument when Heard says, “I can’t promise that I won’t get physical again. … I sometimes get so mad, I lose it.”
Both Depp and Heard have accused the other of domestic violence. Court filings show Heard’s own evidence, including photos of the alleged abuse–allegations that Depp has denied.
In a $50 million lawsuit Depp filed against Heard, the actor says his career has suffered as a result of her accusations against him.
In the audio recording of a heated fight between the two, Heard denies that she punched the actor saying, “I’m sorry I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you. I was not punching you.”
Depp responds by saying, “don’t tell me what it feels like to be punched.”
“I’m sorry that I hit you like this, but I did not punch you,” Heard reiterates. “I did not hurt you. I did not punch you. I was hitting you. … I did start a physical fight.”
In 2017, news of the couple’s divorce made headlines when Heard accused Depp of domestic violence. But now, some of Depp’s fans who have stood by him are feeling vindicated and weighing in on Twitter with trending hashtags #JusticeForJohnnyDepp and #AmberHeardIsAnAbuser.
“Listening to the full audio of amber and johnny makes my stomach hurt you can hear how terrified he is of her and how careful he uses his words trying desperately to not piss her off. the pain in his voice is so upsetting,” Twitter user @sallymisaa said.
Another user highlighted how men often keep quiet on the issue.
“Men for many reasons are often keeping quiet, not speaking up, not talking when they need support, not sharing their problems, not highlighting issues in society and protecting the unprotectable for a sense of loyalty or pride. That needs to change,” Twitter user @MAMentoring wrote.
Men for many reasons are often keeping quiet, not speaking up, not talking when they need support, not sharing their problems , not highlighting issues in society and protecting the unprotectable for a sense of loyalty or pride. That needs to change #JusticeForJohnnyDepp pic.twitter.com/RzB4mDGvtB
— Matt Andrews (@MAMentoring) February 2, 2020
TV producer Jesse Zook Mann echoed the sentiment.
“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,” Mann tweeted.
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 Mann (@zookmann) February 2, 2020
Many users expressed anger at Heard for allegedly ruining Depp’s career, one even saying, “Can you imagine abusing someone and then purposely ruining their reputation by saying they abused you? Can you imagine getting them in legal trouble? Can you imagine being Amber Heard?”
Although fans have overwhelmingly taken to Depp’s defense, even hoping for him to be recast in future Disney Pirates of the Caribbean projects, some Twitter users have started using the much less popular hashtag, #JusticeForAmberHeard.
“Read all the documentation. They were toxic as fuck for each other. He was terrifying. She was absolutely awful. Sick as fuck together. Worst couple ever. Neither one was a Saint,” Twitter user @orphaned_annie wrote, along with both the #JusticeForAmberHeard and #JusticeForJohnnyDepp hashtags.
Depp and Heard began their relationship in 2011 and later got married in 2015 before starting the divorce process in 2016. The two became officially divorced in January 2017.
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H/T News Week