Johnny Depp's pal Doug Stanhope says Amber Heard used his mother's death to 'F**k with his head'
'The cruel dysfunction in this marriage was nothing that you haven't seen up close with your own friends,' the stand-up comedian added
Johnny Depp’s friend Doug Stanhope has called out Amber Heard while referring to her as someone who “seemed to be f**king with his head”. In his book, ‘No Encore for the Donkey’, he mentioned the time when the ‘Edward Scissorhands’ star lost his mother to an illness in 2016, days before Heard submitted papers for divorce.
The stand-up comedian wrote, “His wife, Amber Heard, seemed to be f**king with his head again, I assume using this opportunity of his weakness to manipulate him even more, and harder. Amber seemed to have played the part of Johnny's ever-doting placater. The cruel dysfunction in this marriage was nothing that you haven't seen up close with your own friends, it you haven't suffered through it yourself.”
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“Someone close to you, stuck in an abusive relationship, who will never concede that they are actually being abused or if they do, they will blame it on any other circumstance, or themselves, and keep deeper and for worse,” Stanhope noted.
The 55-year-old political activist also asserted that it was “almost inconceivable to think that Johnny Depp, or anyone that famous, could be trapped in this kind of abyss of the heart,” before adding, “That someone of his stature would have to be tap dancing on the hour to avoid the s**t and vitriol of a relentlessly scheming and belittling opportunist - was at minimum disheartening.”
However, it was not the first time Stanhope has used such strong words against the ‘Aquaman’ actress. In 2016, he wrote an op-ed after Heard accused Depp of physically abusing her. In the op-ed for The Wrap, he claimed, “My girlfriend, Bingo, and I have known Johnny Depp for a few years now. We have watched Amber Heard f— with him at his weakest — or watched him at his weakest from being f—ed with — for the entire time we’ve known him.”
Stanhope went on to explain, “And we didn’t say s—. Because he’s Johnny Depp. And we didn’t want to be thrown out of the circle for saying that The Emperor was being Stripped of His Clothes,” before stating how Depp told him Heard “was now going to leave him, threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms. Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it, including the manner in which he is now being vilified.”
“Bingo and I together, and then separately, told him how much we were aware of this manipulative a–hole, how his closest circle had all agreed on this since the day we met and that we all feared that telling him outright might alienate us all,” he added.
At the time, ‘The Rum Diary’ actress had filed a defamation suit against Stanhope in Arizona as she insisted that the essay was “completely false and defamatory”. But eventually, she dropped the case as her representatives said that “Amber is moving on, getting back to work and leading a normal, happy life.”
Stanhope has mentioned the lawsuit in his book as well while describing it as "much comedy fodder as drama”. He also said that “the more I learned about it and contemplated it, the more desperately I wanted the lawsuit to happen!”