While the media and most of Hollywood were quick to write-off actor Johnny Depp after his ex-wife, Amber Heard, issued explosive accusations of domestic violence, some in the glitterati have made public statements in support of the actor.
Depp has sued Heard for more than $50 million dollars, claiming the actress defamed him in a Washington Post op-ed describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. The actress has countersued for $100 million.
From ex-lovers to comedians, here are ten celebrities who have offered public support to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor.
Comedian and actor Bill Burr said last week that Depp is “f***ing destroying” in his defamation trial against Heard, adding that the actor might be owed public apologies from people who “trashed him,” if the case continues on to show Heard as “lying.”
“I heard he is absolutely destroying her,” Burr said on his Monday Morning Podcast, adding, “from what I’ve seen, the guy is f***ing destroying this woman for lying.”
“I’m wondering, all these people who just accepted her lies, if they’re gonna apologize somehow, because they publicly trashed him,” the “Mandalorian” actor continued. “It’d be nice if they then publicly apologized and said, ‘maybe next time we won’t jump to conclusions.’”
Actress Winona Ryder, an ex-girlfriend of Depp, released a statement following accusations by Heard, emphasizing that Depp was never violent with her and that she, essentially, finds the allegations to be unbelievable.
“I am aware of the violence allegations that have been made publicly for the last few years by Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard. The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations,” Ryder said in a statement reported by The Guardian in 2020.
“He was never, never violent towards me,” she said. “He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen. I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man – an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him.”
“I do not want to call anyone a liar but from my experience of Johnny, it is impossible to believe that such horrific allegations are true. I find it extremely upsetting knowing him as I do,” the “Beetlejuice” actress added.
French singer Vanessa Paradis, the mother of Depp’s two children and former partner of 14 years, has publicly called Heard’s accusations “false facts.”
“Through all of these years I’ve known Johnny to be a kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person,” the singer said, as reported by The Guardian.
“On movie sets the actors, directors and entire crew adore him because he is so humble and respectful to everyone as well as being one of the best actors we’ve seen,” Paradis said. “I have seen that these outrageous statements have been really distressing and also caused damage to his career because unfortunately people have gone on believing these false facts.”
Actress Penélope Cruz, who has starred opposite Depp in numerous films, released a statement praising Depp as a person.
“I met Johnny when I was 19 years old,” Cruz said, according to Meaww. “He was in Madrid and Pedro Almodovar introduced him to me. The only sentences I knew how to say in English at that time were, ‘how are you’ and ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp’. Many years have passed and I have not only made 3 movies with him, but I also count on him as a great friend. I’ve always been impressed by his kindness, his brilliant mind, his talent, and his peculiar sense of humor. I’ve seen Johnny in so many situations and he is always kind to everyone around. He is one of the most generous people I know.”
The singer known as Sia (full name Sia Kate Isobelle Furler) seemed to turn her support toward Depp in 2020 after audio recordings revealed Heard admitting to physically assaulting Depp.
“Just showing my public support for Johnny Depp,” the singer tweeted on October 16, 2020. “I mean, I’d love him to get clean and stop with the jewellery, but he is clearly the victim after hearing those tapes.”
The tweet, however, is no longer available on Twitter.
Leading podcast host Joe Rogan has made it clear he’s on the side of Depp over “crazy lady” Heard.
In April, Rogan called Heard a “crazy lady” and categorized her accusations as “not true,” according to the New York Post.
“I’m watching this trial, and, like, it’s a cautionary tale about believing in bulls***, forming a narrative in your head like, ‘We’re rebels together,’” he said.
“The only good thing is everybody knows now … there’s something wrong with [Heard],” Rogan said.
“This is a big win for Johnny Depp,” the host said of the defamation trial. “And a big loss for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean!’ … You got rid of the best f***ing pirate you ever had! For a crazy lady!”
Following the Heard accusations, author J.K. Rowling made a public statement supporting Depp as a cast member of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.
“Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling said, according to Looper. “I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.”
Depp ultimately resigned from the franchise in 2020.
Rowling has seemingly maintained her support of Depp, as she has continued to not say anything negative about the actor.
Actor Javier Bardem, husband to Penelope Cruz and former Depp co-star, publicly defended Depp even before the defamation trial against Heard started.
“I love Johnny. He has always been a true gentleman and an extremely generous and caring friend to my family and myself,” Javier wrote in his statement, as reported by JustJared. “On top of that, I’ve had the gift of working with him twice and have experienced his respectful attitude towards every single member of the crew alongside his unique and hilarious sense of humor. I stand by Johnny because I have always seen and felt a true caring and loving man in him… an extraordinary and unique artist who has listened to anyone who needed his help.”
“I not only love Johnny but respect him deeply and I thank him for being the free and careless little boy he is in his art and the mature and loving man he is in the lives of others, always there when we need him,” the Oscar-winning actor continued.
“I love Johnny because he is a good human being, trapped in the lies and manipulations of toxic beings and yet smiling and loving us all in spite of it,” he added. “How? Through his music, through his acting, through his silence. This means a lot. Thank you, Johnny. Millions of others like me love you deeply.”
In 2020, Sharon Osbourne did not immediately take Heard’s side over the allegations. Instead, she claimed both parties were equally responsible for the apparent toxicity.
“It takes two to tango, and I think that they had a very vulnerable relationship. I think they’re both as bad as each other,” she said on an episode of “The Talk.” “She gave him as good as she got — it wasn’t just like a little mouse in the corner being battered. She gave him back, and I think that they were both drinking.”
The Daily Wire’s Candace Owens has been vocal about how she feels about “liar” and “abuser” Amber Heard.
“Amber Heard is at fault … It has been absolutely ridiculous to see what that woman was allowed to do because she just flew under the radar of the MeToo movement,” Owens said on an episode of “Candace,” calling Heard a “liar from day one.”
Owens added that Heard is the definition of “toxic femininity.”
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