Amber's friend iO Tillet Wright wrote a harrowing, heartbreaking article on why he called 911 that infamous night.
*** tw : graphic descriptions of abuse ***
he talks about how he was Depp's friend too & how hard it was for him to come to terms with the fact that someone who'd been so kind to him was also an abuser, but couldn't witness the continued physical abuse and subsequent psychological destruction of Amber & knew he had to finally stand up for her, because alone she never would.
some excerpts :
"I called 911 because she never would. Because every time it happened, her first thought was about protecting him. Because every time it happened, the sweet, loving man we all cared for so much would come back with apologies, profuse, swearing up and down that he understood how bad what he had done was, and swearing never to do it again."
"I witnessed firsthand the absolutely baffling mental pretzel that an abused person puts themselves into, trying to balance the desire to protect their aggressor, with the knowledge that their swollen face is unacceptable. I listened as she cycled through things she could've possibly done to provoke him, or how she could've made him upset enough to do this."
"Right now, every battered woman in the world is watching this media circus, internalizing the message that when they come forward for help, when they break the cycle, they will be called a gold digger, a cheater, and be accused of having faked it all for attention."
full article here, VERY MUCH worth reading. thanks to moulinette for finding & sharing it.