Amber and Johnny Saga: All you need to know
If you have no idea what has happened in the last 7 weeks or so concerning this couple, I do not blame you. There’s so much going on in the world and a divorce case between two celebrities should be the least of your worries. While that is true, I personally think that this is an eye-opener.
Over time, domestic abuse has been more attached to women and children than it has been to men. One of the reasons may be that society finds it easier to believe a woman and a child than they would a man who has been abused. It’s like, “You’re a man! There’s no way you can possibly be abused by a woman”. As a result, men would rather suffer in silence than deal with society’s dismissal. Johnny Depp, however, chose to break the yoke.
Depp faced his fears and showed the world just how abusive and manipulative his estranged spouse, Amber Heard was and is. He not only told his side of the story but he also allowed it to be televised and boy, was that the best decision he made.
To give a backstory Amber and Johnny met on set while filming The Rum Diary in 2011. They began dating in early 2012 and got married in 2015. 15 months later, they got divorced and Heard was given 7 million dollars in a settlement which she declared she was going to donate to charity.
The reason for divorce was initially a result of irreconcilable differences but was later regarded as one of domestic violence according to Amber who filed for it. She proceeded to release an OP-ED via The Washington Post sharing “her” experience of abuse while priding herself as an ambassador on women’s rights at the American Civil Liberties Union.
This would be the breaking point for Johnny as the OP-ED implied that he was an abusive ex thus costing him his job and reputation. The Sun Newspaper went ahead to call him a wife-beater. It didn’t sit well with Johnny so he proceeded to sue the newspaper and not only lost the case but also his bid to appeal the case in the UK.
With no choice left, he went ahead to sue Amber for defamation requesting 50 million dollars to be paid in damages. The trial started and the lies were exposed. Depp’s exes defended him. He had never laid a hand on a woman — at least none of them experienced that. However, it wasn’t the same for Amber as she was arrested for assaulting her ex sometime in 2009.
It was also revealed that she had defecated on Johnny’s side of the bed after an argument. But that wasn’t all! She was heard abusing and admitting to starting physical fights with Johnny in an audio recording that was played live in court.
“I didn’t punch you. I’m sorry I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap. I was hitting you, it was not punching you.” She was also quoted saying, “Tell the world, Johnny, tell them, Johnny Depp, I, Johnny Depp, a man, I’m a victim too of domestic violence,” before challenging him to “see how many people believe or side with you.”
Add to that, it was discovered that she did not fulfill her promise to donate the money to charity– after claiming she had done so earlier. From then on, it went downhill for her as it became clear who the abusive truly was. She made her lawyers seem incompetent as they struggled to cover up her many lies. In all honesty, I do not think her lawyers aren’t equal to the task as some think, it’s difficult to defend someone who lies as often as she breathes.
I also believe that her lawyers had no idea what they had gotten themselves into until they got to court and saw the shreds of evidence against her. In my opinion, even the best lawyers would not win this case if they had someone like Amber as a client. Though the verdict isn’t yet out, it is highly unlikely she’ll win. But let’s leave that for the jury to decide.
Lesson to learn from the Amber and Johnny Saga
- Anyone can be a victim of violence: I find it disappointing that some people are still defending Amber despite the facts that were presented. It’s sad because it shows that there are those who would rather pick sides with the woman whether or not she is a victim. This is wrong. Violence of any form must be frowned upon regardless of gender.
- Before you judge, verify: It’s easy to run with a narrative simply because it’s out there. In doing so sometimes, one might be upholding and defending a lie. For instance, when Amber released the OP-ED, the world turned against Johnny in an instant without knowing the full story. It took a televised trial to realize he was indeed the victim.
- The Truth sets free: It is easier to lie but it’s better to say the truth. Johnny Depp acknowledged and owned his shortcomings (drug and alcohol abuse) and stuck to the truth. Heard, on the other hand, held on to her lies despite being caught red-handed. It was such a cringe-worthy occurrence.
- It’s never too late to start over: No matter what one has faced in life, it’s never too late to have a fresh start. This goes for both Depp and Heard. Johnny seems to be moving on as he’s currently facing his musical ambitions alongside his acting career but it doesn’t seem so for Amber. However, the future may be bright if she humbles herself, seeks help, and chooses to become a better person.
There’s no denying that the step Johnny has taken will open doors for men to be vocal as it concerns domestic violence. It’s been one hell of a trial– one full of many emotions: cringe, laughter, shock, amusement, and what have you. Memes have been born and they’ve been so hilarious. But I think the best part of the Amber and Johnny Saga is the fact that it has opened society’s eyes to the fact that men aren’t immune to violence.
What did you think about the case? Who do you think will win?
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