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Newfound sympathy for Johnny Depp after tape unveiling

by Betül Duru - Staff Writer
Wed, Feb 19th 2020 12:00 pm
A leaked conversation has turned the tables of public opinion on the tumultuous marriage of the couple after a recording of Heard admitting to assaulting Depp was released. Photo Credit: @TIFF_NET via Twitter
A leaked conversation has turned the tables of public opinion on the tumultuous marriage of the couple after a recording of Heard admitting to assaulting Depp was released. Photo Credit: @TIFF_NET via Twitter

On Sunday, Feb. 1, an audio recording of Amber Heard admitting she physically abused Johnny Depp was leaked. During their divorce trial, Heard accused Depp of physical abuse but the recording shows something different. The hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp started on twitter to show support for the actor. 

The audio was leaked to Daily Mail and Adam Wladman, Depp’s lawyer confirmed that it was a real conversation from 2015, according to USA Today. The recording is an hourlong conversation of Heard trying to convince Depp that she didn’t do anything. 

“I didn’t punch you, by the way,” Heard interjected in GlobalNews. “I’m sorry that I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap but I was hitting you. It was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched … I don’t know what the motion of my actual hand was, but you’re fine. I did not hurt you, I did not punch you; I was hitting you.”

As the conversation proceeds Amber Heard belittles Johnny Depp for him leaving the scene before they were over fighting “‘You’re a f------- baby. You’re such a baby,’ Heard says,” according to USA Today. Johnny Depp answers this by saying “I left last night. Honestly, I swear to you because I just couldn’t take the idea of more physicality, more physical abuse on each other," an exasperated Depp pleads in the recording.

According to Depp’s lawyer Heard recorded their conversation. After the recordings leaked neither Heard nor her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan acknowledged the leaked recordings. 

“‘The fact that a woman fights or talks back does not mean that she has not been the subject of repeated domestic violence and abuse,” the statement read, according to USA Today. “It’s a myth to say, as Mr. Depp apparently is implying, that if Ms. Heard slapped him, then she can’t also be a victim. That is just not true.” 

Many twitter users came forward and apologized to Depp, stating that they didn’t know any better when they accused him of abuse. 

“So damn scary. even with the handwritten letter by vanessa paradis, no one believe him. i am so sorry johnny, i am one of the idiots who believe you would do the thing that amber claimed you do. #JohnnyDeppIsInnocent #JusticeForJohnnyDepp,”

said @bookclasm on Twitter.

Another twitter user showcased her disgust towards Heard being a human rights ambassador whilst being an abuser. 

“Can you imagine that all this time Amber Heard has been running around being an actual human rights ambassador, all while there were actual audio tapes of her admitting to abuse and shamelessly gaslighting Johnny Depp. The nerve. THE NERVE#JusticeForJohnnyDepp,” said @truthhurts06. 

When Heard showed evidence of the abuse she was going through people were ready to believe Depp was a horrible man. Although his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, who was together with him for 14 years said that he had never done anything like this to her or their kids, no one believed her. 

“I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous, in all the years I have known Johnny he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years,” according to TMZ. 

After the abuse allegations his daughter, Lily-Rose Depp also came forward and denied him being abusive toward Amber Heard. 

“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,” said the 17-year-old in a caption alongside a picture of the teenager as a baby with her father

After everything rose to the surface Depp fans opened a Change.org petition for the actor to get back his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. So far there are 75,502 people who have signed it. 

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