Rock music legend Alice Cooper has spoken out in defense of his bandmate, Johnny Depp, amid the detrimental allegations of abuse made by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Now, these allegations began just months after their 2015 marriage.
Johnny reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of "smashing bottles and windows" during a heated argument with his wife.
For the next year, various reports of abuse between the pair continued to surface...
via: GettySo it came as no shock when Amber filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their "I do"s.
At first, the divorce seemed unsuspicious...
via: GettyWith many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited "irreconcilable differences" while filing the divorce petition.
But, only a few months into their separation...
via: GettyAmber filed a restraining order against Johnny, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
It was a big allegation to make...
via: GettySo people were confused when Amber retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.
But this didn't stop the world from turning against Johnny.
via: GettyAmber had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.
She claimed that this would happen every time he'd lose his temper...
via: GettyAnd that he would frequently lash out at her, both verbally and physically.
Pictures of her bruised face also emerged...
via: GettyIn which she claimed was a result of him throwing his phone at her.
And, in 2018, the actress penned an article for The Washington Post where she opened up about her experience with domestic abuse and violence.
via: GettyThough she didn't explicitly name Johnny in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out."
There was an outpour of support for Amber...
via: GettyWho was even made the American Civil Liberties Union's "Ambassador for Women's Issues".
And, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him...
via: GettyJohnny found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.
Fewer and fewer directors were hiring Johnny for roles...
And he was subsequently dropped from both his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
But then, there was a sudden twist in the tale.
via: GettyLast year, Johnny filed a $50-million defamation case against Amber and presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
Shockingly, the actor alleged that he was the victim all along.
via: GettyJohnny's defamation lawsuit read: “The op-ed [Amber's article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her."
The lawsuit also states that all of Amber's claims were "categorically and demonstrably false"...
via: GettyAnd listed down incidents of Amber’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.
The allegations are difficult to read.
"She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me," his lawsuit read.
And, to tarnish the actress' reputation and credibility even further...
via: Getty ImagesAudio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Johnny.
As per the audio clip, she could also be heard taunting him...
via: Getty"You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn't matter how friendly it is, it's not cool," Amber can be heard saying.
As the evidence against Heard has slowly stacked up, more and more people have been speaking out in defense of Johnny.
daily reminder: johnny depp is innocent https://t.co/pO0T0fOVM3— maría (@maría)1620751682.0
Many have even labeled him as an "abuse survivor", and have slammed his treatment as sexist.
Personal friends of the actor have also been speaking out...
His ex-girlfriends, included.
Last year, Winona Ryder, who dated the actor for 3 years in the 1990s, said she was "absolutely shocked, confused and upset" by the allegations against him, adding in her statement, provided in advance of the trial:
"The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved."
via: Getty"I cannot wrap my head around these accusations. He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen. I do not want to call anyone a liar but from my experience of Johnny, it is impossible to believe that such horrific allegations are true. I find it extremely upsetting, knowing him as I do."
Depp's ex-wife, Vanessa Paradis, voiced Ryder's shock over the accusations.
via: Getty"On movie sets the actors, directors and entire crews adore him because he is humble and respectful to everyone, as well as being one of the best actors we've seen."
And as for the latest person to speak out in Johnny's defense?
Well, it's none other than the rock music icon, Alice Cooper.
The musician, who performs in the rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires with Johnny, recently described the actor as "one of the sweetest people I've ever met in my life."
In a recent interview with Page Six, he explained:
"He is the most harmless human being I've ever met, so I'm not buying into all of the other stories because I know him and everybody else who knows him knows that."
"The thing that surprises people the most about Johnny is - other than that he will sit and talk to you for an hour even if he doesn't know you - is that he's a great guitar player," Alice continued.
"He's doing work right now with Jeff Beck. You don't play with Jeff Beck unless you're a hell of a guitar player. Johnny is a surprisingly good guitar player. He was a guitar player before he was an actor."
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