Amber Heard is planning to testify Friday in court, when a judge will hear arguments on whether or not to extend Heard’s order of protection against Johnny Depp.
On May 27, several days after filing for divorce from Depp after 15 months of marriage, Heard obtained a temporary restraining order against her future ex-husband, alleging that he’d been abusive throughout their relationship.
And the story has been spiraling out of control ever since. Regardless of what did or did not happen behind closed doors, Heard’s been the one who’s gotten the brunt of the criticism on social media, with scores of Depp fans (or just Heard naysayers) lining up to accuse her of being a gold-digger, a liar and worse. At the same time, however, media outlets have published photographs of Heard’s face sporting injuries purported to be inflicted by Depp, and some of those closest to her—including her former longtime girlfriend, Tasya van Ree, and good friend iO Tillett Wright—have spoken out to lend their support.
In an essay for Refinery 29, Wright wrote about witnessing the toll that abuse was taking on Heard and calling 911 on her behalf “because she never would.”
Meanwhile, Depp’s exes and his 17-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, rallied to his defense; a friend of his published an essay accusing Heard of blackmail (Heard has since sued him for defamation); and his lawyer argued in her response to Heard’s TRO filing that the actress was looking for a quick financial resolution. The Pirates of the Caribbean star’s rep stated that Depp wouldn’t be responding to any of the “salacious false stories” swirling about his personal life and was hoping the “dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”All the while, Depp was in Europe playing with his band Hollywood Vampires and,according to People, he headed to his private island in the Bahamas last week to decompress.
“He wants to see his kids, but otherwise he isn’t looking forward to returning [to L.A.]. He doesn’t seem too worried about court though. He has an excellent lawyer who is taking care of things,” a source told the magazine.