Johnny Depp Was Blackmailed by Amber Heard

Acdg. to Johnny's friend Doug Stanhope

Comedian Doug Stanhope is a friend of Johnny Depp and has written an op-ed for The Wrap defending the actor:

ON JOHNNY & AMBER'S RELATIONSHIP: "We’d watched it build like this since before they were married. We’d watched her manipulate and f— with him for years. We have watched Amber Heard f— with him at his weakest — or watched him at his weakest from being f—ed with — for the entire time we’ve known him."

AMBER'S ALLEGED PLAN: "Bingo 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 put it, including the manner in which he is now being vilified."

JONHNNY'S REACTION: "He still pronounced his love for Amber but was presciently aware that she was going to pull off some kind of ruse to f— him over. He hadn’t slept in days with anxiety. You’d call him a paranoid if you didn’t know better."

WHY HE CAME FORWARD: "I realized not saying s— to defend him is a far worse crime of ego; to leave a friend hanging so you don’t look like a suck-up. I — and the “we” that were there — aren’t suck-ups or apologists. We were witnesses. I didn’t jump into the fray because I was weak; it was because I didn’t want to look like a name-dropper. I’ll name-drop now. Johnny Depp is my friend."

BOTTOMLINE: "Johnny doesn’t abuse anyone. And he told me that day ahead of time that she’d pull some kind of s— like this. Johnny 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."