If the story sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve heard it before. Dueling exes Amber Heard and Johnny Depp continue to duke it on in the press, despite having settled their divorce in 2017.
The latest controversy erupted over Depp’s interview in British GQ. In it, he expressed frustration over being seen as an abuser. (Heard famously accused Depp of psychological and physical abuse.)
He added that the claims harmed his reputation, turning him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in the eyes of Hollywood. “I could feel people look at me differently, because of the accusations towards you. And then people start putting things in magazines: ‘He’s insane. He needs to take a sanity test…’ You know, ludicrous stuff.” He added, “Ultimately, the truth will come out in all of this…”
Heard’s team hit back, saying: “It is outrageous that GQ never spoke to any of the multiple witnesses to Mr. Depp’s physical abuse of Ms. Heard prior to publishing its article.” A rep added: “If GQ had done even a basic investigation into Mr. Depp’s claims, it would have quickly realized that his statements are entirely untrue. Mr. Depp has blatantly disregarded the parties’ confidentiality agreement and yet has refused to allow Ms. Heard to respond to his baseless allegations, despite repeated requests that she be allowed to do so. Mr. Depp is shamefully continuing his psychological abuse of Ms. Heard, who has attempted to put a very painful part of her life firmly in her past. One need only look at the physical evidence to draw the proper conclusion.”
On Thursday, his attorney told E! that Depp was “simply defending himself against Ms. Heard’s lingering false abuse accusations.”
Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman presseds on, claiming that he is in fact the abuse victim. “Next month, we will be submitting clear evidence of the violence committed serially against him by Ms. Heard and the serious injuries that he suffered. We will also submit overwhelming evidence that Ms. Heard faked the abuse allegations against Mr. Depp.”