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Benicio Del Toro should never make assumptions about an abuse victim ever again

Leah Prinzivalli writes about pop culture, beauty and health and has interviewed some of your favorite reality stars. She has been published in VICE, Reductress, The Toast, The Frisky, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat, l...

Benicio Del Toro's comments are exactly why domestic abuse goes underreported

Benicio Del Toro has some thoughts about Amber Heard's abuse allegations against Johnny Depp. Why is Del Toro qualified to weigh in on anyone's personal life, let alone a case of domestic abuse, you ask? Great question.

Del Toro co-starred with Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998. Although it's been 18 years — long enough for a newborn to earn the right to vote — Del Toro apparently feels confident that he knows Depp well enough to comment.

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As the New York Daily News reports, despite having little information, Del Toro went ahead and praised Depp while slamming Heard. "What I know, there’s a lot of trouble from the girl that sounds a little manipulative,” he said. "It sounds a little bit like there’s something really twisted about that girl... but I don’t know the specifics."

Depp, Del Toro said, is "a nice guy, very caring, very smart" — so it follows there's no way he would abuse his wife behind closed doors. Does this man have no concept of how abuse happens?

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“It seems the fact that his mom passed away and she filed for divorce two days later and then she wants money and she's saying she got hit, it’s almost like, wait, I saw them not too long ago. Maybe it was January, a dinner for the Oscars or something like that,” said Del Toro. “He was there with her and they were fine.” What about after that Oscar dinner, when the cameras went away? What about the photos of Heard's bruises? What about her friend who tweeted, "I HEARD HER SCREAM"? Let's start paying attention to Heard's side of the story, and stop giving Depp a pass just because he has famous friends to speak up for him.

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