Yesterday, TMZ pulled out a police report from 2009 that showed that Amber Heard was put into handcuffs and arrested for allegedly getting violent on her then-girlfriend Tasya van Ree at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Amber was accused of grabbing and hitting Tasya’s arm. The prosecutors dropped the case and the reason they gave is that Tasya and Amber live in California. Because TMZ’s story made the rounds and many tricks screamed, “See! Amber is a crazy mess who probably beat the poor, little innocent scarf rack called Johnny Depp too,” Tasya slid into Amber’s corner and released a statement to Variety.
Tasya says that the situation was turned into something it wasn’t and she feels like they were treated differently because they were in a gayelle relationship:
“In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a power position. I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes toward us which later appeared to be homophobic when they found out we were domestic partners and not just ‘friends.’ Charges were quickly dropped and she was released moments later. It’s disheartening that Amber’s integrity and story are being questioned yet again. Amber is a brilliant, honest and beautiful woman and I have the utmost respect for her. We shared 5 wonderful years together and remain close to this day.”
Amber’s friend iO Tillett Wright, which sounds like the name of Apple’s new operating system, also defended her and spit at the media for victim-blaming in a long essay that was posted on Refinery29 today. iO is the one who called 911 for Amber on that Saturday night when Johnny Depp allegedly threw an iPhone at her face. iO writes that she was also very close to Johnny and even lived in his house for a year. She says she’s always known him to be a gentle soul with a “temper and a dark side,” but she didn’t think he’d ever be the kind who’d get all Sleeping With The Enemy on his wife until she saw the aftermath of his alleged rage.
iO says that she saw many of Amber’s injuries, and one time she went to their house and saw clumps of hair on the floor and a bloody pillow. You can read iO’s entire essay here, but below is a piece of what she wrote about the night she called 911:
“That’s why, when it happened again, when I was on the phone with both of them and heard it drop, heard him say, ‘What if I pulled your hair back?’ and her scream for my help, I wondered like so many times before if I should break the code of silence that surrounds celebrities and invite the police into the situation, and in a split second decided that, yes, I was going to. Because I realized that as long as I was protecting the abuser from consequences, I was enabling the abuse and I could no longer partake. I had to stand up for my friend, and for what I believe in my gut to be the code of conduct by which human beings have to behave with each other.
What iO says is the complete opposite of what that comedian and Johnny’s friend Doug Stanhope said he witnessed and was told. Amber is suing Doug for the things he said.
And Benicio Del Toro decided it would be a good idea to give his thoughts about this mess. Benicio, who worked with Johnny on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, seems to know about as much as we do, but he piped in anyway. The NYDN asked him about it and he said this:
“What I know, there’s a lot of trouble from the girl that sounds a little manipulative. It sounds a little bit like there’s something really twisted about that girl … but I don’t know the specifics. 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. He was there with her and they were fine.”
Yes, because I’m sure Johnny would get into a fight with Amber at an Oscar dinner in front of everyone…
I bet that the publicist of any actor who has ever worked with Johnny Depp is going to start keeping a roll of duct on them. Anytime their client is asked about this situation, they’re going to rip off a piece and cover up that trick’s mouth while shuffling them away. Benicio should’ve just said, “Um, I don’t know the specifics. Next question! Next question! Ask me about how I put a baby in Kimbo Stewart. That’s still weird, right?”