Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Split: Stars Speak Out After Domestic Abuse Accusations

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors, but stars are speaking out publicly in the wake of Amber Heard getting a restraining order against Johnny Depp after claiming domestic abuse at the hands of her husband.

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Warner Brothers

Heard, 30, filed for divorce earlier this week and was granted a restraining order after appearing in a Los Angeles court on Friday, May 27.

“I am extremely afraid of Johnny and for my safety,” The Danish Girl star said in her declaration, and claimed that her husband of 15 months has a long “history of drug and alcohol abuse” and had assaulted her on her birthday.

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Since then, people have spoken out on both sides, with The Walking Dead star Laurie Holden tweeting on Friday, “I, for one, am going to see Johnny Depp’s new movie. His personal life is just that. Personal. No one knows the real truth so just zip it.”

Former Office star Rainn Wilson took a stand on Twitter, calling Cpt. Jack Sparrow (Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean character) a “wife beater,” and the hashtags #IStandWithAmber and #I’mWithAmber in support of the actress began trending.

Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany
Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany, who costarred with Depp, 52, in Transcendence, The Tourist and Mortdecai, tweeted on Saturday, May 28, that he has “known Johnny Depp for years and through several relationships,” adding, “He’s the sweetest, kindest, gentlest man that I’ve ever known. Just saying.”

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An hour later, after criticism from several commenters, Bettany tweeted, “All I’m saying-Domestic violence is a serious allegation. Trial by twitter is unhelpful. Let the facts come out before rushing to judgment.”

Andy Richter also waded into the debate on Saturday, tweeting, “One of the things you can pay a publicist to do is make your ex look bad in the press after you’ve been accused of abuse.”

Mickey Rourke, who costarred with Depp in 2003’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico, told TMZ on Friday that the actor “doesn’t seem like a very violent man to me.”

“He’s a very low-key guy,” Rourke added. “He’s always been really low key and a gentleman and not violent.”

Evan Rachel Wood and Amber Heard
Evan Rachel Wood and Amber Heard Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Timberland

And Evan Rachel Wood came to Heard’s defense on Friday, writing the word “Boom” as she retweeted a now-deleted message that stated, “Amber Heard’s sexuality is only relevant in that bi women are at far greater risk of experiencing intimate partner violence. Bisexuality however is not a reason for violence. It doesn’t mean Heard is somehow immoral or deserving of abuse.”

On Thursday, May 26, the actor’s rep told Us in a statement, “Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”

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