Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Video Showing Abusive Johnny Depp

It has been nearly three months since Amber Heard first claimed she was abused by Johnny Depp. Finally, a shocking video appears to prove her claims. But why didn't we just listen to her in the first place?

Over the weekend, TMZ released video footage of Johnny Depp verbally abusing and physically intimidating his wife, Amber Heard.

The 53-year-old actor appears to be drunk as he violently rampages through their home, smashing glasses and kicking cabinets while threatening the 30-year-old actress.

As he fills a large glass of wine, he says to her: "If you want to see crazy, I'll give you f**king crazy."

The disturbing video shocked many, who, despite first learning of Johnny's abusive tendencies months ago, weren't ready to see their beloved idol in such a damning light.

But it shouldn't shock you.

In May this year, Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp.

A few days later, she filed a restraining order against Johnny, alleging he physically abused her. She provided images of her bruised face. The court granted her request.

Since then, Johnny's family and friends, including ex-partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, came out in his defence.

Johnny's fans were also quick to slam the actress who dared say an ill word about the popular actor.

Unfortunately, very few showed the same support for Amber who was alternatively branded a gold digger for seeking a portion of Johnny's considerable wealth. 

Her detractors still weren't appeased when she withdrew her request for spousal support in June, stating her request  was being "used against me to distract and divert the public away from the very serious, real issue of domestic violence."

Sadly, Amber is a very public example of society's willingness to sweep abuse claims under the rug. She's living proof of a culture that is astoundingly keen to protect the reputation of rich men over the safety of vulnerable women.

Did it really take video evidence for people to believe a 30-year-old woman was in an abusive relationship with her 53-year-old husband? 

Are we really surprised considering the known prevalence of violence against women, especially in the home? (In America, nearly half - 48 per cent - of all women reported psychological aggression by an intimate partner. One in three American women reported intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In Australia, that figure is 1 in 4.)

Yet, even with statistics, photo evidence and court documents all in favour of the victim's claims, why is it so hard for some to believe Johnny Depp may not be the stand-up guy we thought he was?

Trigger warning: This video may be distressing to some viewers.

Sadly, those campaigning against Amber are still hard at work. (They claim the leaked video was edited, even though it appears more likely to be one continuous shot.)

Amber has since made the following statement:

"I am not responsible for the release of the video. It was not what I wanted and I am doing what I can to force the media to take it off the internet. I underestimated the toll that this difficult few months have taken on me, emotionally and physically, and the efforts made by the media to intimidate and discredit me. It is for that reason, and my desire to make the healthiest choice for myself, and hopefully for Johnny, that I am attempting to resolve this matter in the most private way possible."

We only hope those who continue to attempt to "intimidate" and "discredit" victims of domestic violence take a long hard look at the facts.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call 1800 RESPECT or visit the 1800 RESPECT website for assistance. If it is an emergency, call 000.

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Posted by Funda5Report
Yeah, it's always our fault for goadng men to react violently towards women and it"s always us saying sorry. Well done Amber let the Truth prevail and take a stand for all of us who have survived! Don't be ashamed of Johnny's behaviour that is his shame and let it be known that intimate violence is not to be tolerated under any circumstances. I for one applaud the release of the video. You are not to blame for his aggression towards you, let him take ownership of that one! Good luck and God bless you for taking the right course of action! Stand tall and stand proud on behalf of all of us who tolerated it for far too long!