The trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard was very public and very humiliating for both sides. The former spouses fought back with allegations of physical, emotional and substance abuse, lousy parenting, bed pooping, intrigue and manipulation. Ultimately, the jury ruled in Depp’s favour, but Heard continues to fight the verdict.
Fans and friends of the actors are also divided, as are the bickering exes, who tweet publicly speaking out against their choice of enemy. The court of public opinion appears to have largely sided with Depp, who emerged from the legal controversy fairly unscathed. Heard? Not as much. Industry experts predict her career will take a significant hit, and she’ll struggle to shake the stink of the process. “Depp is on a different level when it comes to celebrity,” public relations expert Evan Nierman told Insider. “Amber Heard, on the other hand, was practically an unknown until this process, so this was hardly the introduction she would have liked to continue her career.”
Meanwhile, the list of celebs who can’t stand Heard grows longer by the day. According to The Independent, the #TeamDepp A-listers include Javier Bardem, Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, Penélope Cruz and Vanessa Paradis. Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan has spoken out against Heard with his views. “I’m watching this process and it’s a cautionary tale about believing in cops ***,” he claimed on The Joe Rogan Experience, adding that he thinks Heard is “crazy.” Now another close friend of Depp’s is giving his unfiltered opinion.
Dough Stanhope doesn’t hold back as he slams Amber Heard
In 2016, Doug Stanhope wrote an op-ed for The Wrap alleging that Amber Heard blackmailed Johnny Depp. The comedian claimed she threatened to “publicly lie about him” if he didn’t pay. According to TMZ, Heard sued Stanhope for defamation but dropped the lawsuit three months later. “Amber is moving on, getting back to work and living a normal, happy life,” her rep said.
Meanwhile, Stanhope definitely hasn’t moved on. He claimed Heard took the opportunity to start “fucking.” [Depp’s] Head back” when his mother died. “I suppose to take this opportunity of his weakness to manipulate him even more and harder,” Stanhope claimed in his book, “No Encore for the Donkey” (via Daily Mail). He said their marriage was toxic and claimed Depp was the real victim and suffered in silence: “Someone close to you and in an abusive relationship who will never admit they are actually being abused,” Stanhope wrote.
Benicio Del Torro also told the Daily News that Heard came across as “manipulative.” The Guardian notes that domestic violence activists “fear public mockery of Heard” which could discourage other women from reporting abuse. The newspaper cited “tired familiar tropes” such as female victims who are money-hungry, manipulative and the “crazy ex,” while the accused abuser is perceived as “too nice” to abuse or assault their partner. “Those are all characteristics of abusers — that they can love you, that they’re incredibly charming,” said Ruth Davison, CEO of the charity.