Just when you thought that this situation couldn’t get anymore complicated . . . it did.
The same day Johnny Depp‘s ex and daughter stood by the actor, comedian Doug Stanhope did the same — this time in a long, shocking, guest column that claims Amber Heard‘s domestic abuse claims are actually blackmail, and that he has known for some time that she wasn’t good for him. Read his entire column below.
In an exclusive guest column for The Wrap, the comedian claimed that he and his girlfriend, Bingo, had watched Amber and Johnny “manipulate and f–k with him for years,” as did their other friends — however, no one spoke out “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.”
He also spoke about the night of May 21:
Bingo and I were at Johnny’s house for most of that Saturday until just before the alleged assault. We assumed initially that his dour mood was because of his mother’s death the day before. But he opened up in the most vulnerable of ways that it was not only his mother, but that Amber 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.
We stopped not saying s—.
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.
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He continued by saying that Johnny didn’t get upset, but instead thanked them all and ” seemed dumbstruck.”
“He still pronounced his love for Amber but was presciently aware that she was going to pull off some kind of ruse to f–k him over,” he wrote. “He hadn’t slept in days with anxiety. You’d call him a paranoid if you didn’t know better. But he knew better and he was right. As he finally felt like he could sleep, we left him.”
Of course, as Amber claimed in court, that was the night Johnny allegedly threw an iPhone at her face and smashed her things.
Doug added he was nervous to defend him, afraid he’d come across as a “latterday Kato Kaelin,” name-dropping to get ahead in his career, but that he realized he had to stand up for his friend.
“Abusing women is bullsh-t. Johnny doesn’t abuse anyone. And he told me that day ahead of time that she’d pull some kind of sh-t like this,” he wrote. “Johnny Depp got used, manipulated, set up and made to look like an a–hole. And he saw it coming and didn’t or couldn’t do anything to stop it. He may never talk to me again for saying it but I’d never forgive myself for not coming to his defense out of fear or ego. I stand up for my friends and I tell the f–king truth.”