Friend says star be­lieved ‘abuse’ would stop

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Ac­tress Am­ber Heard thought Johnny Depp would “change”.

The star - who al­leges the Pi­rates of the Caribbean ac­tor ver­bally and phys­i­cally abused her dur­ing their 15-month mar­riage - re­port­edly chose not to leave him sooner as she be­lieved time and time again that it would be the “last time” he’d do any­thing.

A close friend of Am­ber’s said: “[Dur­ing one ar­gu­ment, she] thought she was go­ing to die. She didn’t leave him ear­lier, be­cause, as with most do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases, these things start small - you be­lieve the per­son will change. They’ll cry and plead and say this is the last time.”

The pal went on to claim that Johnny, 52, or­gan­ised for his for­mer part­ner Vanessa Par­adis and his daugh­ter Lily-Rose Depp to go on the record to de­fend him. The source added to the New York Post’s Page Six col­umn: “It’s so trans­par­ent. He’s do­ing all he can to dis­credit Am­ber by get­ting oth­ers to go on the record.

“It’s shock­ing that he would do this, when there are ac­tual wit­nesses and photos to prove his abuse to­wards Am­ber.”

The 30-year-old ac­tress has been granted a re­strain­ing or­der against Johnny af­ter she claimed she is “liv­ing in fear” of him.

In a state­ment handed to the court, Am­ber wrote: “Dur­ing the en­tirety of our re­la­tion­ship, Johnny has been ver­bally and phys­i­cally abu­sive to me. I en­dured ex­ces­sive emo­tional, ver­bal and phys­i­cal abuse from Johnny, which has in­cluded an­gry, hos­tile, hu­mil­i­at­ing and threat­en­ing as­saults to me.”

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