The legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard ended in victory for Depp in the first instance, but now it seems that he will go to the appeal process after Heard was ordered to pay her ex-husband $10 million for libel in the press. Now a close friend of the actor has lashed out at the actress in her book.
Comedian Doug Stanhope has been friends with Johnny Depp for years, including while he was married to actress Amber Heard. He seems to have an inside view on what that relationship was, which he writes about in his book No Encore for the Donkey. A segment of the book (reported by the Daily Mail) focuses on her meeting Depp shortly after her mother’s death. The extract reads:
“His wife, Amber Heard, seems to be teasing him againI suppose using the opportunity of his weakness to manipulate him even more, and harder“.
That’s certainly a strong opinion about Amber Heard and what she was like when she and Johnny Depp were still married. Doug Stanhope seemed to believe the Aquaman actress was trying to manipulate Depp during a period of mourning. Whether anyone from Heard’s team will respond to these statements remains to be seen.
Later, in the same segment of his new book, Doug Stanhope offered his perspective on the relationship between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, targeting the latter’s character. From his insider point of view:
“Amber seemed to have been playing the part of Johnny’s ever loving protector. The cruel dysfunction of this marriage is nothing you haven’t seen up close with your friends, if you haven’t suffered firsthand. Someone close to you, stuck in an abusive relationship, who will never admit that they are actually being abused or, if they do, will blame it on any other circumstance, or on themselves, and will continue to move on and get worse“.
Meanwhile, Heard fired his legal team and hired a whole new one in preparation for the appeals process.