Comedian Doug Stanhope Defends Johnny Depp, Says His Friend Is Being Blackmailed And Manipulated By Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are going through a divorce, and as most divorces go, it has gotten ugly. Last week, Heard accused Depp of assaulting her and giving her a shiner. She got a restraining order against Depp after court documents stated the Hollywood actor was “verbally and physically abusive.” Now Depp’s friends, including comedian Doug Stanhope, are telling a completely different story.

Stanhope, a veteran stand-up comic, has come to Depp’s side by writing a scathing article in The Wrap attacking Heard’s character and intentions.

It’s almost 4 a.m. and I can’t sleep. Not even dozing off. Today, a friend of mine was pilloried in the press for domestic violence. Coupled with a picture of his wife with a bruise, he was murdered on social media.

I watched it happen and I didn’t say a f—ing word.

Even though I knew it was bulls—.

We’d watched it build like this since before they were married. We’d watched her manipulate and f— with him for years. We didn’t say a word. To each other, yes, but never to him.

Stanhope continues.

My girlfriend, Bingo, and I have known Johnny Depp for a few years now. We have watched Amber Heard f— with him at his weakest — or watched him at his weakest from being f—ed with — for the entire time we’ve known him.

And we didn’t say s—.

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.

Stanhope talks about hanging out with Depp right before the alleged attack.

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.

Despite all of these ill feelings towards Heard, Depp “still pronounced his love for Amber but was presciently aware that she was going to pull off some kind of ruse to f— him over.”

Stanhope ends the article by vehemently defending Depp.

But any one of my friends will tell you I always call them out on bulls—. Abusing women is bulls—. Johnny doesn’t abuse anyone. And he told me that day ahead of time that she’d pull some kind of s— like this.

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—ing truth.

You can read the entire The Wrap article by Stanhope here.

Depp’s daughter, 17-year-old Lily-Rose Depp, also defended her father against the allegations of physical abuse by posted this on her Instagram.

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