The divorce proceedings turned defamation suit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been a long-fought battle. Beginning in 2016 with Heard’s allegations of abuse against Depp, the issue has evolved into Depp calling himself a victim of an “elaborate hoax” being played for Heard’s benefit. A recent development has pushed Depp’s supporters to storm social media in his defense and have the hashtag “Justice for Johnny Depp” trend.
An audio recording given to Daily Mail reveals the dynamics of the now-divorced couple. The recording is supposed to be an informal ‘therapy session’ between the two and contains mentions of physical violence and anger management problems.
A section of the audio recording which people are particularly interested in is when Heard seemingly admits to hitting Depp. Daily Mail‘s transcript is as follows:
AH: I didn’t punch you. I didn’t punch you, by the way.
JD: You punched me.
AH: I’m sorry that I didn’t, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched.
JD: Don’t tell me what it feels like to be punched!
AH: I know, you’ve been in a lot of fights, been around a long time. I know, I know. Yeah.
JD: No! When you have a f**king closed fist.
AH: You didn’t get punched. You got hit. I’m sorry I hit you like this. But I did not punch you. I did not f**king deck you. I f**king was hitting you.
JD: You can’t deck me.
AH: 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.
The rest of the audio recording details the two attempting to resolve their conflict. There are also mentions of other instances of violence between the two.
Heard’s spokeswoman called the leaking of the tape ‘vindictive’ and an attempt to victim-blame her client.
“Anyone familiar with the dynamics of domestic abuse would immediately recognize what is really going on here. Throughout the extended tape recording that Johnny Depp vindictively turned over to the press, Ms. Heard repeatedly attempts to placate Mr. Depp, ignore his accusations, and force him to acknowledge what was really happening in their relationship,” the spokeswoman said.
“For Mr. Depp, who lived and lives in an echo chamber of his own making, to try to twist this private conversation to suggest either that he didn’t abuse Ms. Heard or that she somehow ‘deserved it’ is nothing more than the latest misogynistic effort at victim-blaming.”
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