Amber Heard's Friend iO Tillet Wright Defends Her Claims Against Johnny Depp
While most of us are still reeling from Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's unexpected split and Heard's claims of domestic abuse, new details are continuing to emerge. And now, the latest comes from one of Heard's closest friends — someone who claims they were there to witness the alleged iPhone fight that is supposed to have happened just days before she filed for divorce. On Monday, iO Tillet Wright defended Heard through a series of tweets that explain what Wright claims to know about the situation and what they witnessed that night. Wright's claims have made this alleged situation much scarier, if they are true. Bustle has reached out to Heard and Depp's representatives regarding the claims of domestic abuse, but has not heard back, however, in addition to seeing support from Depp's daughter, Lily-Rose Depp; his ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis; and his friend, Doug Stanhope, Depp's lawyer released the following statement in response to Heard filing a restraining order back on May 27:
Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.
Wright — who you may know as the co-host of MTV's Suspect — was also named in the papers Heard filed asking for a restraining order against Depp. During Depp & Heard's alleged fight on May 21, Wright claims to have been on the phone, listening to what happened, and that allegedly Wright later called 911 at Heard's request. In the tweets about the scandal, not only does Wright defend Heard and promise to testify on her behalf in court, but Wright also reveals what they saw and heard firsthand.
Wright's tweets said:
BULLSH*T. I've had enough. I saw the bruises. Many times. And the fat lip. And the cut head. How much evidence does a woman need to present?! She has photos, texts, witnesses, and filed a restraining order. But no...a neighbor asked a doorman and talked to TMZ and THAT is headline news and serves as "evidence"?! Dear neighbor - SHAME ON YOU. This culture of victim blaming makes me sick. I'm a witness. I'm here. I'm standing up. I can't take any more of this witch hunt. I was on the f*cking phone when he hit her. I HEARD HER SCREAM. I will testify. Here and in court. Under oath. WHAT ELSE DOES A WOMAN NEED?
These tweets line up with what Heard said in her statement about what allegedly happened that night.
But veracity of the claims in these tweets aside, Wright does have a point. It's hard to deny that we do still have a culture of victim blaming, and it's unfortunate that a woman who claims she's been abused doesn't immediately get the support she needs before she's questioned or believed to be lying. Heard must be going through a lot right now, and the legions of fans claiming that she's lying can't make it easier. Plus, seeing Heard's voice stifled isn't going to help other women who claim to have been abused have the courage to speak up. In that way, Wright's tweets have the potential to make a huge difference.
So many people have come forward to defend Depp since the news broke, some of them celebrities he's friends with or have worked with in the past, so it's good to see that on the other side of the allegations, Heard has support as well.
Though he has not specifically commented on Heard's allegations of domestic abuse, Depp made the following statement about his divorce being made public, as originally released to The Hollywood Reporter:
Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.