If Amber Heard won't publicly speak out about Johnny Depp, her friend will

Jun 8, 2016 at 3:32 p.m. ET
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Amber Heard may not be divulging too many details about the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her estranged husband, Johnny Depp. But that doesn't mean her friends are staying silent, too.

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iO Tillett Wright, a longtime friend of both Heard and Depp, penned an emotional essay for Refinery 29, claiming she saw the damage done to Heard when Depp allegedly abused her.

"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. We all loved him, but especially, especially her, and she wanted to believe that the behavior wasn't going to last," Wright wrote.

She continued, "The reports of violence started with a kick on a private plane, then it was shoves and the occasional punch, until finally, in December, she described an all-out assault and she woke up with her pillow covered in blood. I know this because I went to their house. I saw the pillow with my own eyes. I saw the busted lip and the clumps of hair on the floor. I got the phone call immediately after it happened, her screaming and crying, a stoic woman reduced to sobs."

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Heard recently obtained a restraining order against Depp, alleging domestic abuse. The two are going through a public divorce that gets nastier almost by the day, and Heard's accusations have been met with claims that she's seeking attention or a larger divorce settlement, something else that Wright addressed in her piece.

"We say domestic violence is bad, we condemn it," she wrote. "But as a culture, we create the most fertile breeding ground for it to thrive. The cycle of abuse is perpetuated by every person who asserts that the victim more likely punched themselves rather than addressing the very real evidence of violence in front of them. The culture of victim-blaming is the very thing that protects abusers' ability to get away with this kind of behavior. 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."

She then turned attention to the journalists covering the story.

"I’m looking at every journalist, every editor, every person who puts a comment on an article pointing an uneducated finger. You are the lynch mob. You are a deafening chorus. Your searching for an explanation for why he would have hit her sends the clear message that there CAN be a reason why someone hits their spouse."

Read Wright's entire essay here.

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