Amber Heard reveals that she and Johnny Depp had a nickname for his 'abusive alter ego'
More than two and a half years ago, in May 2016, Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, claiming that her husband had been "verbally and physically abusive" towards her during their relationship. Heard was eventually awarded $7 million from the divorce, all of which she gave away to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.
Shortly after the separation, she and Depp released a joint statement saying that their "relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."
Now, as part of 471-page deposition transcript obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, it has been revealed that the actor couple had a nickname for Depp's abusive "alter ego".
Back in August 2016, Heard revealed to Blair Berk, a top Hollywood attorney employed by Depp, that "Johnny and I refer to his other personality, the part of him that is present when he beats me up — we call that the monster and have called [that] the monster for many years."
She then added, "I was petrified of the monster."
These statements to Berk, along with a number of other documents, have been released as part of a defamation lawsuit filed by Depp. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor is suing The Sun newspaper after they published an article in April last year with the headline, "How can J.K. Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?" The Sun maintains that no defamation took place, and is using Heard's statements to back up their description of the Depp.
The article refers, of course, to Depp's casting as Grindlewald in the latest Fantastic Beasts film. When his role was announced, JK Rowling received a lot of criticism for going along with the casting decision. This prompted her to release a statement on the matter, in which she said: "Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies."
This, in turn, urged Heard to speak up on the matter, and re-issue a statement that she and Depp had agreed to make following their divorce, part of which said that, "Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity."
Heard accused Rowling of taking lines out of context, and that, just because she wished her ex-husband the best for the future, the abuse still happened, and so the actor should not have been given the part.
Other statements obtained by THR reveal that Depp was frequently abusive towards his wife, but Depp maintains that he was not violent. The lawsuit against The Sun is ongoing.