Numerous government officials told us weeks ago to get inside our houses and stay there until the COVID-19 curve could be flattened. And some people have been using their quarantine time to channel their inner Marie Kondo and clean up years worth of shit. It sounds like someone working on Johnny Depp’s defamation case against Amber Heard has had the same motivation. The Daily Mail says that a 911 call from the night of a fight between Johnny and Amber has recently been dug out of a legal file after four years in storage. And now we all get to listen to that call, because The Daily Mail got their hands on it and have posted it for all to hear.
We learned last year that Johnny and Amber’s trial would be delayed until at least August of 2020, and it’s safe to assume that coronavirus will probably postpone it further. But just because they’re on a break, doesn’t mean the messiness gets a break too. We recently got to listen to a piece of audio evidence, in which Amber admits to attacking Johnny. Now we have an anonymous phone call to the authorities regarding Johnny getting violent.
Johnny is suing Amber to the tune of $50 million for alleging that he was abusive during their marriage. Amber has always maintained that Johnny left her face full of bruises and her soul emotionally damaged. Johnny is adamant that any violence that went down during their marriage was a two-way street, with Amber being just as awful.
Amber filed for divorce on May 22, 2016. A few days later, TMZ posted pictures of Amber with bruises on her face, and it was revealed she had filed for a restraining order against Johnny. The 911 call in question was placed on Saturday, May 21st at around 8:30 pm, the evening before Amber filed for divorce. At the beginning of the call, we learn that the call was placed by an anonymous person from the lobby of Johnny and Amber’s downtown Los Angeles apartment building. The caller wouldn’t give 911 dispatch any specifics; they would only say that a “man” was hurting “a woman,” and that they did not witness any violence, but that they knew it was happening. When asked if the man assaulting the woman was a boyfriend, the caller would only answer that “it could be.” When pressed, the caller said that yes, it was her boyfriend. Eventually the caller said their friend was named Amber, but refused to give anything else.
"NEW: Audio of TIMESTAMPED 911 call from May 21, 2016 CONFIRMS Amber Heard’s claim that Depp flew into rage and hurled a cell phone at her face.” #wearewithyouamberheard #JusticeForAmberHeard pic.twitter.com/vao7kDhEOB
— Amber Heard Italia Fans (@AmberHeardIT) April 27, 2020
The caller wanted to remain anonymous, but we know who it is because he wrote an essay about it two weeks after it happened. The caller on the other end of the 911 call is Amber’s friend, iO Tillett Wright.
Johnny’s team has previously tried to argue that iO’s 911 call is proof that Amber faked her domestic abuse claims. According to Johnny’s lawyers, Amber was on the phone with iO at 8:30 pm that Saturday, and that iO waited to call 911 until 10 pm. Thus proving that Amber wasn’t really in any danger. Except The Daily Mail says the time stamp on the 911 call is exactly 8:27:27 pm. So essentially, Amber could have been on the phone with iO, telling him to call 911, which iO did immediately after hanging up Amber’s call.
Amber’s legal team tells The Daily Mail that the call, as well as the time stamp, vindicate Amber’s story of domestic violence. Johnny’s lawyers of course are calling bullshit on it all. Johnny’s legal team claims the voice on the 911 call isn’t iO’s voice, despite iO’s claim that he was the one who placed the call. They suggest that the call was actually made by a friend of Amber’s named Raquel Pennington.
To make a confusing mess even more confusing, iO’s lawyer tells The Daily Mail that iO placed the call from New York. The call was allegedly made at 11:16 pm (New York Time), and that the time stamp isn’t accurate, because it doesn’t take into account the time it took for the NYPD to hand off the 911 information to the LAPD. iO then called a friend in Los Angeles and asked them to place a second call, just to make sure Amber was covered. iO’s lawyer doesn’t say if the call was made to Raquel.
This phone call is going to be played over and over again when Johnny and Amber return to court, whenever that may be. And I’d be willing to bet it’s only going to get messier. Because that’s the ongoing theme of this trial. I’m sure Johnny can’t wait to ask: “I was her husband at the time, and the 911 caller says Amber was being attacked by her boyfriend. Boyfriend? So I guess we should be talking to James Franco then?”