Johnny Depp Allegedly . . .

Johnny Depp Allegedly . . .
Amber Heard, left, and Johnny Depp arrive at the premiere of Depp's film "Black Mass," at the London film festival 2014

It's the issue on everyone's feed but the real issue seems to have been overlooked



By Maán Jalal

Published: Tue 31 May 2016, 1:04 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Jun 2016, 5:33 PM

Johnny Depp is a woman beater. That's what we're reading online, so that's what we are supposed to believe, right?
There are some crucial words that people are not using when discussing the state of Johnny Depp and his soon to be ex-wife Amber Heard's separation. So let's try and re-write our first sentence. Johnny Depp is apparently, allegedly, supposedly, a woman beater.
Once word got out, fans took to social media to either defend the eccentric actor or shame him. What do we think? The jury is still out. But here's a fact - No one knows what happens in a marriage except for husband and wife. And even then, perception can be a funny thing.
Johnny Depp has been married once before, was engaged three times and was involved in long-term relationships with actress Winona Ryder and super model Kate Moss. None of them have come forward to support Amber's claims. In fact, his first wife Lori Anne Allison along with Vanessa Paradis (mother of his two children) have both spoken out against the claims of Johnny's violent nature.
Another fact we know is that Johnny and Amber met on the set of The Rum Diaries (when he was still involved with Paradis). Before they got together many people didn't know who the 30-year-old blond beauty was - her acting career was lukewarm. Also, if you didn't know, there is a 22-year age gap between them and they don't have a pre-nup (stupid move Johnny). Most recently comedian Doug Stanhope, who was present just before the alleged attack on Heard, claims that Depp confided in him that Heard was planning on leaving him and was "threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn't agree to her terms."
It would also be too easy for us to point to the fact that after filing for divorce from Depp, Heard decided to file for a restraining at the same time his latest movie Alice Through The Looking Glass was released. A funny coincidence that only seems to happen in Hollywood. Gold digger? Actress looking for the come up? Maybe, supposedly, allegedly. Who knows. It's not looking good for Heard is it?
Then again, Depp recently lost his mother, has had a few movie flops and has lately been looking, for a lack of a better phrase, worse for wear. Age? Substance abuse? Stress? Maybe, supposedly, allegedly. Who knows.
The hashtag #ImWithAmber has gained massive popularity over the last few days with people calling for a boycott Depp's concerts with his band The Hollywood Vampires and for Alice through the Looking Glass. A boycott is always a stupid idea. Really just stupid. However the film has already suffered thanks to this PR nightmare, which isn't fair to the amazing talent tied up in the movie such as Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and the late great Alan Rickman. We can't help but ask the question why does the public feel the need to take such a strong stance on an issue that is still unraveling, where the facts are far from clear?
It's not a far-fetched idea that, perhaps, maybe there were a number of fights that got heated between the couple who have had their share of stress throughout their 15-month marriage, from drunken appearances to that whole dog debacle in Australia. Perhaps they both hit each other? Maybe, supposedly, allegedly. Who knows.
It's hard to take sides when a story is still unfolding. And truthfully we shouldn't be taking sides at all when both sides are losing. Amber Heard's controversial claims against Johnny Depp should get us to have a much more important conversation on how we treat those claiming to be abused, their alleged abusers, and coverage in the media. First step, let's not make any assumptions and let's not boycott movies.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at the premiere of The Danish Girl during the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at the premiere of The Danish Girl during the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard spoke in a videotaped apology after pleading guilty to providing a false immigration document amid allegations when Heard smuggled the couple's dogs to Australia.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard spoke in a videotaped apology after pleading guilty to providing a false immigration document amid allegations when Heard smuggled the couple's dogs to Australia.

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