Last year we watched the deterioration of the marriage between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. As the divorce played out, we also saw a disturbing pattern emerge — and it continues even now.
Photographs of Heard’s face, battered and bruised, are difficult to erase from memory. Photographs of her swollen eye socket, released as she filed a domestic violence restraining order against her husband in May, 2016, keep popping up behind our eyelids when we see Depp performing, or promoting the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
The video of Depp, taken by Heard, as he rants and smashes the doors of kitchen cupboards also stays with you. You can feel 30-year-old’s fear as she places the camera discreetly. You can hear the force in Depp’s voice as he yells at her: “You want to see crazy?”. You watch the screen shake and go black after he discovers the camera is rolling.
Heard was granted the restraining order on May 27. Two days later, a close friend of Depp's, Doug Stanhope, wrote a column for The Wrap accusing her of blackmail.
Heard retracted her request for spousal support in June, after she was labelled "financially motivated". She told the court her request was "being used against her to distract and divert the public away from the very serious real issue of domestic violence."
In August, the pair reached a divorce settlement and Heard pledged to donate $7 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, which works to stop violence against women, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
Depp planned to pay the charities directly, instead of going through Heard, giving himself a hefty tax deduction.
Do you see the pattern? You will now.
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In December Heard filed a Request for Order, claiming Depp hadn't paid the first or second installments of the divorce settlement. She also denied his request for $100,000 in court sanctions.
Now, Depp's team of lawyers has released a statement claiming she's doing it all for attention.
"Her [Request for Order] is entirely unnecessary under the law and suggests a last-ditch effort to garner media attention and somehow further her public persona by virtue of proximity to Johnny Depp," the response from Depp's lawyers states.