Johnny Depp's Famous Friends and Exes Come to His Defense Amid Domestic Violence Claims
Many of Johnny Depp’s closest friends and family are rushing to the actor’s defense in the wake of domestic violence accusations made by estranged wife Amber Heard.
His 17-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, wrote on Instagram: “My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know, he's been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same.”
Depp's ex-wife, Vanessa Paradis, called him “sensitive, loving and loved person,” in a handwritten letter.
Comedian Doug Stanhope is a close friend of Depp. He wrote on TheWrap.com that Depp is the one being abused. Stanhope claimed: "Amber was 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."
He added: "Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it."
Heard got a restraining order against Depp Friday, claiming domestic abuse — the same day his new movie, Alice through the Looking Glass, opened for the big holiday weekend.
The movie bombed at the box office, taking in just $27 million. Hollywood insiders say the ugly domestic abuse accusations against him didn't help.
Heard’s best friend, a yoga instructor named Raquel Pennington, has filed papers in court claiming that Depp’s wife called her hysterically on May 21 — the night of the alleged attack — begging for help.
“When I opened the door, I saw Amber by the couch, covering her head with her arms and hands, as Johnny was loudly screaming at her,” she said.
Depp has denied all allegations of domestic violence.