Johnny & Am­ber’s DI­VORCE FROM HELL

It’s one of the nas­ti­est di­vorces in Hol­ly­wood his­tory as Am­ber Heard goes af­ter Johnny Depp — and his mil­lions

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The scene she paints is a chill­ing one. In court doc­u­ments, Am­ber Heard claims that on May 21, af­ter a month apart, her hus­band, Johnny Depp, re­turned to their down­town LA pent­house “ine­bri­ated and high.” But af­ter sit­ting down to talk about the death of his beloved mother, who’d died one day ear­lier, “his de­meanor changed dra­mat­i­cally.” Johnny grew an­gry, Am­ber al­leges, “and he wound up his arm like a base­ball pitcher and threw [a] cell­phone at me, strik­ing my cheek and eye with great force.” Then, af­ter pulling her hair and taunt­ing her, she says, Johnny picked up a mag­num-size bot­tle of wine from which he’d been drink­ing and “started swing­ing it around, smash­ing ev­ery­thing he could.”

That shocking im­agery is just the tip of the ice­berg. In Touch has learned ex­clu­sive details of the toxic mar­riage — and ex­plo­sive di­vorce — of Am­ber, 30, and Johnny, 52, and it’s worse than any­one knows. The A-list duo lived in a house of hor­rors plagued by vi­o­lent fights and hard par­ty­ing. “Both Johnny and Am­ber were do­ing co­caine dur­ing their mar­riage,” a Johnny in­sider ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “But Am­ber was, by far, more into coke than Johnny. She has a bad drug prob­lem. They’d both do coke and she’d hit him over and over again. The mar­riage was a mess.” The sur­prise split quickly turned into one of the ugli­est in Hol­ly­wood his­tory, with al­le­ga­tions of abuse, black­mail and se­cret videos fly­ing back and forth while Am­ber sets her sights on Johnny’s $400M for­tune since they didn’t have a prenup. “She’s go­ing af­ter his money. If that leaves him broke, that’s on him,” says an in­sider close to the ac­tress. “Johnny earned a lot dur­ing their mar­riage. His deal for Alice Through the Look­ing Glass paid him over $60 mil­lion. Why should Am­ber walk away from that? Johnny has a lot to lose — in­clud­ing his rep­u­ta­tion.”

The re­strain­ing or­der Am­ber sought four days af­ter she filed for di­vorce is full of hor­ri­fy­ing claims about the for­mer heart­throb. But sources close to Johnny con­tra­dict Am­ber’s ac­count of what hap­pened through­out their tu­mul­tuous mar­riage. “Johnny never hit her,” in­sists one Johnny in­sider. “In fact, she went crazy on him. She beat the s--- out of him. Even the night she claimed he beat her or threw some­thing at her, she was scream­ing, ‘Stop hit­ting me,’ and his se­cu­rity guard was right there and saw that Johnny was 20 feet away from Am­ber while she was scream­ing that. That’s how ma­nip­u­la­tive she is. She is go­ing to be proven to be a to­tal liar be­fore this is over. She’s the big­gest liar ever.”

In a stun­ning twist, Johnny’s friend, comic Doug Stan­hope, says the ac­tor was be­ing black­mailed by Am­ber. Stan­hope calls the ac­tress a “demon” who ma­nip­u­lated Johnny for years. “Bingo [Stan­hope’s girl­friend] and I were at Johnny’s house for most of that Satur­day un­til just be­fore the al­leged as­sault. We as­sumed ini­tially that his dour mood was be­cause of his mother’s death the day be­fore. But he opened up in the most vul­ner­a­ble of ways that it was not only his mother, but that Am­ber was now go­ing to leave him, threat­en­ing to lie about him pub­licly in any and ev­ery pos­si­ble du­plic­i­tous way if he didn’t agree to her terms. Black­mail is what I would imag­ine other peo­ple might [call] it … Johnny doesn’t abuse any­one. And he told me that day ahead of time that she’d pull some kind of s--- like this.”

The bomb­shells keep com­ing. Am­ber has ac­cused Johnny of be­ing both ver­bally and phys­i­cally abu­sive “dur­ing the en­tirety of our re­la­tion­ship,” say­ing, “I truly feared that my life was in dan­ger.” But the Johnny in­sider says that be­fore it’s all over, Johnny’s side will prove that Am­ber faked the in­juries she

claims he in­flicted on her. In ad­di­tion, the in­sider ex­clu­sively tells In Touch that emails will sur­face re­gard­ing Am­ber’s le­gal prob­lems over­seas; she was charged with smuggling their dogs into Aus­tralia in May 2015 but avoided jail af­ter apol­o­giz­ing, with help from Johnny, in a video that went vi­ral. “Ev­ery­one will see what she did,” the Johnny in­sider says. “There are emails that are very damn­ing against Am­ber. Her vi­o­lence against Johnny will be ex­posed as well.”

Am­ber has her own se­cret weapon, ac­cord­ing to a source close to her: “She is

in pos­ses­sion of a video­tape of Johnny hav­ing an epic melt­down. If this video were to be re­leased, it would ruin his ca­reer.”

Am­ber de­clined to file a po­lice re­port af­ter cops re­sponded to a 911 call made by a friend on May 21. She didn’t tell the cops who came to her home that Johnny smashed her face with an iphone. She said she’d had a sim­ple ar­gu­ment with “my hus­band,” and LA po­lice have re­vealed that re­spond­ing of­fi­cers saw “no ev­i­dence of any crime.” In ad­di­tion, a photo of Am­ber — who was smil­ing as strands of hair par­tially cov­ered her right eye and cheek — that was taken at pal Amanda de Cadenet’s birth­day bar­be­cue the day af­ter the al­ter­ca­tion with Johnny was deleted from In­sta­gram in the wake of her at­tack al­le­ga­tions.

At least three of his exes have come to Johnny’s de­fense. First wife Lori Anne Al­li­son, 58, re­port­edly told friends she doesn’t think Johnny’s ca­pa­ble of that kind of bru­tal­ity. For­mer part­ner Vanessa Par­adis, 43, the mother of his kids, Lily-rose, 17, and Jack, 14, penned a note brand­ing Am­ber’s claims “out­ra­geous” (see side­bar). And on May 29, Johnny’s ex-girl­friend Sher­i­lyn Fenn, 51, ex­clu­sively told In Touch that “Johnny was not ever abu­sive to me in any way. He was deeply sen­si­tive, lov­ing and kind. Only maybe abu­sive to him­self as we all can be from time to time. But never to me. Or any­one,” she ex­plained, adding, “If he did it, he needs some help. If she is ly­ing, in any way, then she does.”

Re­ports have emerged that Johnny feared Am­ber, who’s openly bi­sex­ual, had been hav­ing a les­bian af­fair. But that’s not what caused the split, says the Johnny in­sider, who in­sists, “Johnny found out some­thing hor­ri­ble Am­ber had done in the mar­riage and that trig­gered the breakup.” Still, jeal­ousy did haunt the cou­ple for years. “Am­ber’s [pre­vi­ous] ro­man­tic in­volve­ment with women was al­ways a very sen­si­tive is­sue with Johnny,” ex­plains the source close to Am­ber. “He’d openly get an­gry at Am­ber if he thought she was flirt­ing with other women. They’d fight, re­sult­ing in John- ny check­ing into the Chateau Mar­mont [in LA] where he wouldn’t leave his bun­ga­low for days. Even­tu­ally, she’d show up, there would be a lot of yelling and then it would set­tle down.”

Johnny and Am­ber’s re­la­tion­ship has al­ways been in­tense. Af­ter co-star­ring with Am­ber in 2011’s The Rum Diary, Johnny broke up with Vanessa. Am­ber split from her photographer girl­friend Tasya Van Ree, 40, and they moved in to­gether in 2012. They mar­ried in LA on Feb. 3, 2015, and later held a cel­e­bra­tion on his pri­vate is­land, Lit­tle Hall’s Pond Cay, in the Ba­hamas. (The 45-acre is­land could be­come part of the di­vorce set­tle­ment.) “It has been a very un­healthy, volatile re­la­tion­ship from the very be­gin­ning,” says the source close to Am­ber. “Johnny be­came ab­so­lutely ob­sessed with Am­ber — she made him feel very young and hot.”

But their mar­riage started to break down not long af­ter their fairy-tale wed­ding. “They were barely talk­ing,” says a Johnny and Am­ber in­sider. “Their work sched­ules were hec­tic and they were bick­er­ing.” Adds the Am­ber in­sider, “Am­ber told friends she was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to save the re­la­tion­ship and had gone to a mar­riage coun­selor, which ab­so­lutely in­fu­ri­ated Johnny, who’s no­to­ri­ously reclu­sive.” Adds a friend of Am­ber’s: “She loved the idea of be­ing mar­ried to Johnny, but the nov­elty wore off fast. Am­ber would tell her friends that Johnny smokes so many cig­a­rettes that brown nico­tine drips from his teeth. She didn’t want to even kiss him. And when he’d drink and smoke, he’d go into his own world and pay no at­ten­tion to her.”

A judge will hear new ar­gu­ments con­cern­ing Am­ber’s re­strain­ing or­der against Johnny on June 17. Mean­while, Am­ber’s been meet­ing with her le­gal team in LA and spend­ing time with friends while Johnny’s been do­ing char­ity work and per­form­ing with his band, Hol­ly­wood Vam­pires, in Europe. But sources pre­dict things will get even worse as Am­ber makes a play for his for­tune. “One thing’s for cer­tain: Johnny and Am­ber had one of the most twisted mar­riages you could ever imag­ine,” says the Am­ber in­sider. “No one is go­ing to come out of this di­vorce un­scathed.” ◼

ALL-OUT WAR

Am­ber, sport­ing bruises, went to an LA court on May 27 to get a re­strain­ing or­der against Johnny. “He vi­o­lently shoved me to the floor,” she claims of their May 21 fight.

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