Over the past few weeks we’ve heard accounts of Johnny Depp’s “good character” from family, friends and former lovers seemingly desperate to convince us of his innocence against claims of abuse from soon-to-be ex-wife Amber Heard.
Until now, Heard’s friends have seemed less willing to publicly discuss the couple’s relationship (or perhaps people have been less willing to listen) but now several have begun to speak out, including photographer iO Tillett Wright, who has penned a blistering blog post defending the actress.
According to Wright, a close friend of both Heard and Depp, the abuse was so profound she eventually called 911.
“I called 911 because she never would,” she wrote for Refinery 29.
“Because every time it happened, her first thought was about protecting him. Because every time it happened, the sweet, loving man we all cared for so much would come back with apologies, profuse, swearing up and down that he understood how bad what he had done was, and swearing never to do it again.”
Wright says the reports of violence began with a kick on a private plane but soon began to escalate from pushing to punching to an eventual all-out assault, after which Heard woke up “with her pillow covered in blood”.
“I know this because I went to their house,” Wright says.
“I saw the pillow with my own eyes. I saw the busted lip and the clumps of hair on the floor. I got the phone call immediately after it happened, her screaming and crying, a stoic woman reduced to sobs. ”
She goes on to describe her own heartbreak over Depp’s alleged actions and the “baffling mental pretzel” Heard would get herself into trying to balance “the desire to protect [her] aggressor, with the knowledge that their swollen face is unacceptable.”
“We all loved him, but especially, especially her, and she wanted to believe that the behaviour wasn’t going to last,” she says.