"Deep vs Heard" is a docuseries recently released on Netflix, directed by Emma Cope. The series explores the social media trial case involving a formerly married Hollywood couple. Having just watched this series, I am utterly taken aback by its revelations.
It's astounding to witness how factors like fame, legal representation, fan support, media influence, and public opinion can contribute to bolstering an alleged abuser's position.
Johnny Depp's behaviour paints a picture of a troubled individual entangled in issues of violence, substance abuse, and erratic behaviour. His acknowledgment of substance use in court, along with his unsuccessful attempts at sobriety, shed light on a complex struggle that remains overshadowed.
Being a prominent Hollywood actor, Depp has garnered substantial support during this trial, including testimonies that seem biased and potentially false due to his influence over those involved, who are also financially tied to him.
It's disheartening to witness the unwavering support some women offer Depp. Particularly concerning are the graphic and disturbing text messages he reportedly sent to an actor friend, expressing violent and harmful sentiments towards his ex-wife. Such behaviour paints a picture of hatred rather than love.
Amber Heard, Depp's ex-wife, is presented as someone who emerged from an abusive childhood, as highlighted by a therapist's testimony during the trial. This past trauma potentially made her more susceptible to being part of a toxic relationship.
Overall, "Deep vs Heard" is a thought-provoking series that raises important questions about the dynamics of fame, power, and accountability within relationships and the legal system.
The signs of a toxic relationship are evident while watching the trial. It is astonishing how the jury could not take into account all the proof that there was against Depp and blamed Amber Heard for everything.
The docuseries I just saw even talks about both of them being abusers. Usually, the abuser is just one, and a woman is mistreated, beaten, or talked down to—the abuse is directed towards her, not towards a man who the woman is getting angry at for abusing her.
It is so obvious that everyone is trying to protect Depp in this matter. How can they not see that he is the real actor in this trial? He's acting all the way through, turning it into a real-life TV show for everyone to see. He's humiliating his ex-wife and making her look like the bad one.
I'm personally very sensitive to the subject of abuse, and I'm a defender of human rights, especially women's rights.
And to all the women out there protecting an abuser like Depp, they are like the women who fall in love with serial killers like Ted Bundy—as sick as these offenders.
People who abuse are often individuals with complex issues, frequently stemming from a history of abuse or exposure to a household affected by substance use—much like these two actors, who were once a married couple.
On one hand, I can empathize with Amber for loving someone who inflicts pain, yet she continues to love them, hoping for a change.
I am a survivor of abuse myself. This is the first time I am speaking about it publicly, and it took me 30 years to freely share my experience.
A person like Amber could not have fabricated the stories she recounted in court. Such horrifying tales couldn't emerge from a healthy mind. There is no mastermind orchestrating a money-driven scheme here. Depp clearly aimed to restore his reputation and emerge from this situation unscathed.
The case was settled, likely because Amber had limited choices, but I stand in solidarity with her. I wanted to express my opinion here, as others are currently doing.
I also wanted to voice my support sincerely. Amber never used the term "victim" during the trial, but that is the role individuals assume in these circumstances.
She loved him, possibly excessively, and struggled to report him at the right time. She aimed to safeguard him, nurturing the hope that he would eventually transform.
But guess what? Abusers rarely change unless we distance ourselves from their environment or relationships of abuse. It's the only way to halt it—to detach and move away.
Dear Amber, this article is dedicated to you. You may have lost a legal battle and chosen to settle to protect yourself, but believe me, someone out here believes in your truth. I certainly do. I wish there were more I could do than just pen this article to aid you and unequivocally express my support.
Those women who believe Depp is the abused party—what is amiss with you?
Dear Amber, you have not disappointed anyone. I admire your courage to take a stand and speak your truth. If people choose not to believe you, it's their issue!
But here's the truth: Men like Depp don't engage in such behaviour just once in their lives. Someday, someone will step forward and reveal the truth about this individual. And I genuinely hope that day comes soon, so the reality of this person surfaces.
One fact I know is that if an abuser strikes once, they are likely to strike again. Some individuals might be silenced and coerced to keep quiet, manipulated by their association with a certain "circle" of friends. Nevertheless, the truth will eventually emerge—I am sure of it! Amber, you will undoubtedly attain the justice you deserve.
The lid on the truth will inevitably lift sooner or later.