Amber Heard has slammed speculations that she was the one who released the video showing Johnny Depp apparently getting mad at her in a kitchen.
"I am not responsible for the release of the video,” Heard said in a statement to E! News on Saturday. “It was not what I wanted and I am doing what I can to force the media to take it off the internet.”
“I underestimated the toll that this difficult few months have taken on me, emotionally and physically, and the efforts made by the media to intimidate and discredit me,” the 30-year-old actress continued. "It is for that reason, and my desire to make the healthiest choice for myself, and hopefully for Johnny, that I am attempting to resolve this matter in the most private way possible.”
The video in question, which was obtained by TMZ, became available to the public on Friday. In it, Depp is seen shouting and slamming kitchen cabinets. The reason for his outburst, however, is unknown.
In an apparent attempt to ease the tension, Heard, who reportedly recorded the fight, is seen trying to calm Depp down by asking him what happened.
"Nothing happened this morning, you know that?" she tells him in the video. "I just woke up and you were so sweet and nice — we were not even fighting this morning. All I said was sorry."
While the “Danish Girl” actress didn't specify what she was apologizing for, her comments don't seem to settle the 53-year-old actor.
"You want to see crazy? I'll give you crazy," Depp yells in the video as he pours a glass of red wine. "Here's me — all your crazy."
Shortly thereafter, the Oscar-nominated actor saw Heard's video recording device and appeared to get it out of her hand. "Oh you got this going? Oh really…" he says before the video cuts off.
Sources close to Depp told TMZ that the video is "heavily edited,” adding that there are some portions of the tape where the actress can be "seen smiling and egging him on.” Insiders said that the video was a complete setup by Heard.
Although TMZ reported that the tape is specifically entered in an exhibit in Heard’s domestic violence case, it’s likely the tape would not be admissible in court.
According to People, California is one of the 12 states in the United States that requires all-party consent when recording conversations. Consent is implied if all participating parties were clearly notified of the recording, which is obviously not the case in the recently leaked video.
As for the exes’ forthcoming domestic violence hearing, a judge postponed the court date until Wednesday to give both parties more time to complete their depositions.