Johnny Depp’s Friend Doug Stanhope: Amber Heard Is “Blackmailing” Him

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By Andrew Shuster |

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Johnny Depp’s friend, stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope, claims that not only is Amber Heard lying about the actor allegedly abusing her, but that Depp himself knew she planned to “blackmail” him and “couldn’t do anything to stop it.”

As Gossip Cop reported, Heard filed for divorce earlier this week after 15 months of marriage, and on Friday, the actress obtained a temporary restraining order after accusing Depp of having been verbally and physically abusive throughout their relationship. Depp’s team has vehemently denied the domestic violence allegations, and say Heard is merely trying to get a “premature” financial settlement.

On Sunday, Stanhope wrote a column for The Wrap detailing what he allegedly witnessed go on behind-the-scenes of Depp and Heard’s volatile relationship. Referring to himself and others in Depp’s inner circle, Stanhope writes, “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.”

The comedian noted, “When your friend is in an awful, abusive relationship — man or woman — and you risk weighing in that their counterpart is a demon, you know the odds are they will jump right back into the fire and then dump you from their life for being honest.” Stanhope further claims that over the past few years, he “watched Amber Heard f*** with him at his weakest — or watched him at his weakest from being f***ed with.”

Stanhope goes on to reveal he was at Depp’s house last Saturday, just hours before the police were called to the home for a domestic dispute. The comic claims that before the incident occurred, Depp had confided in him that Heard was “threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms.”

The comedian adds that Depp had been “aware that [Heard] was going to pull off some kind of ruse to f*** him over,” and “he hadn’t slept in days with anxiety,” prior to the allegations coming out. Stanhope insists “Johnny doesn’t abuse anyone,” further claiming, “He told me that day ahead of time that she’d pull some kind of s**t like this.” The comedian concludes that 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.”


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