Johnny Depp’s longtime friend Marilyn Manson has commented on the recently concluded divorce between the actor and his now ex-wife Amber Heard.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Manson said that Depp was “crucified” by Heard in the media.
“Johnny is one of the nicest people that I know — to the extent where it’s almost heartbreaking how kind he is to his friends, and everyone around him. I know that he was completely crucified — unjustly,” said Manson, who is a godfather to Depp’s daughter Lily Rose, whom the actor shared with former girlfriend Vanessa Paradis.
Five days after filing for divorce in May, Heard obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, stating in her court declaration — as per Entertainment Tonight — that “during the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive” to her.
The 30-year-old actress said that the latest incident of domestic violence occurred on May 21. To prove her claims, she provided statements from her and Depp’s mutual friend iO Tillett Wright and their neighbor Raquel Pennington. The “Danish Girl” actress also included photos of her battered face in her court declaration as evidence.
On June 1, People also published photographs of Heard’s injuries from an alleged earlier incident of domestic violence.
Despite all these claims, Manson said that he would stand by Depp on anything. “It’s hard to say when you talk about your friends,” the rocker said. “Of course I think that all of it was bullshit, and I think that he is a great person. I wouldn’t agree with any of it if someone were to put me on the stand and ask me what I know, or what I’ve witnessed.”
“As my friend, I know that he’s handling it the best he can and he’s a great dad, too,” Manson added of the “Edward Scissorhands” actor, who also shared son John “Jack” Christopher with Paradis. “It fills me with joy to see his kids grow up and be so smart, and so hilarious.”
Depp and Heard’s divorce was settled earlier this month, with Heard receiving $7 million and dismissing the restraining order against Depp. After reaching the settlement, the exes issued a joint statement, saying that that their “relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
Heard donated the entire proceeds from the divorce to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.