Johnny Depp's fans support him despite 'burn Amber' texts: 'He wasn't threatening, he was venting to a friend'
Despite a series of violent texts that Johnny Depp allegedly sent to his friend years back, including ones where he expressed a desire to drown his ex-wife, Amber Heard, and burn her before having sex with her corpse, the actor's fans rallied in support behind him.
On Wednesday, February 26, a series of texts that the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star allegedly sent his actor friend Paul Bettany were read out loud in court during a preliminary hearing in his libel suit against British newspaper, The Sun, over a 2018 article that alleged Depp had been abusive to Heard. The texts in question date back to 2013, when Depp had not yet gotten married to his then-girlfriend Heard.
Depp wrote to Bettany on November 6, 2013, saying, “Let’s burn Amber." In a separate text sent on the same day, he wrote: "Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f**k her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.”
The Sun's lawyers also submitted a tirade of violent texts that Depp allegedly sent to Bettany in May 2014. “I’m gonna properly stop the booze thing, darling… Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA, this past Sunday…Ugly, mate. No food for days…powders…half a bottle of whiskey, a thousand red bull and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of Champers on plane and what do you get..???" the content of some of those texts read.
Even after the content of the texts went public, social media users refused to blame the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor reasoning that mere texts did not prove that he ever lay a finger on Heard. It also fell short when compared to the audiotapes leaked earlier this month, in which Heard admitted to physically assaulting her ex-husband, fans explained.
“He wasn't ‘threatening’, he was venting to his friend,” one netizen wrote on Twitter defending Depp, while another commented, “I swear. People are wild. I feel like if someone went through every text and email for the last decade, that they'd find something sh**ty from EVERYONE. His may have been more graphic, but the idea is the same. ‘I’m going to f**king kill them!’ is so commonly said to a friend."
A third said: “Got nothing to say about her actual admission of abuse though? He can fantasize all day, but if there’s no proof he tried to act on it, it means nothing. She however full on admitted she beats him,” another netizen commented.
Heard started dating Depp in 2012 and got married to him on February 3, 2015. The actress filed for divorce from Depp on May 23, 2016, and obtained a temporary restraining order against him, stating in court that he had been "verbally and physically abusive" throughout their relationship.
In response, Depp's lawyers alleged she was "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse." They settled on August 16, 2016, and their divorce was finalized in January 2017. Depp has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex wife.