A support network for abused women and children has released a statement expressing its support for Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Mission NGO, a nonprofit group led by former Miss Italy Valeria Altobelli, released the statement on Friday, expressing “compassion for Johnny Depp at this wrong page in his personal history.”
It follows a growing chorus of support for Depp after the court heard disturbing evidence suggesting Heard physically assaulted him, including an audio tape of Heard admitting she hit him.
Heard has long accused Depp of being the aggressor in the relationship, allegations he says scuttled his acting career and led to his $50 million defamation lawsuit against the Aquaman actress.
Mission NGO, the support group for abused women led by former Miss Italy Valeria Altobelli (left), issued a statement on Friday supporting Johnny Depp (right)
Heard has long accused Depp of being the aggressor in the relationship, allegations which he says scuttled his acting career and led to his $50 million defamation lawsuit.
Altobelli, who founded Mission NGO with the support of other participants in the 2004 Miss World pageant in China, said in a statement that her group “gives no sex, no sex, no race, no color, no age to the concept of violence”.
“Women around the world are standing up against domestic violence, regardless of gender, age or race,” Altobelli said.
“Our mission is to educate men and women, regardless of gender, to continue to speak and live in the values of love, mutual understanding and sensitivity in order to prevent all kinds of violence, against women, against men, against children,” the beauty queen added.
“As women, we have compassion and we feel empathy not for THE star, THE talent, The actor but for a man, a father, a worker, ONE HUMAN,” Altobelli wrote, making reference to Depp.
“Mental health is something we need to care about to live in a positive environment where women and men can love and respect each other without any kind of abuse and violence,” she added.
In his lawsuit, Depp says a 2018 opinion piece Heard wrote in The Washington Post unfairly portrayed him as a domestic abuser and cost him a lucrative Hollywood career that included the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.
Depp testified that he never hit Heard and was abused by her.
Altobelli founded Mission NGO with the support of other participants in the Miss World 2004 pageant in China
But Heard’s lawyers say these denials lack credibility because he drank and used drugs frequently to the point of passing out.
On Thursday, the 19th day of the trial, lawyers for Heard presented the court with a previously recorded deposition from actress Ellen Barkin, who dated Depp in the 1990s and described him as controlling, jealous and angry.
During Barkin’s deposition, she said Depp was “always drinking or smoking a joint” or using other illegal drugs. She said she dated Depp for about three to five months and called the relationship more sexual than romantic.
Barkin co-starred with Depp in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” During filming, Barkin said Depp threw a bottle of wine in his direction as he was fighting with friends in a hotel room. However, she said she didn’t know why he threw the bottle away.
Heard’s attorneys argue that Depp’s career tailspin was the result of his own bad behavior – not Heard’s editorial.
They played testimonials that traced the actor’s rise and fall from ‘the biggest movie star in the world’ to a man who struggled with drugs, money and the ability to run for office. hour on film sets.
Tracey Jacobs, who was the actor’s agent for about 30 years, said Depp “showed up late to consistently shoot on pretty much every movie” during their final years together.
Describing her breakup with Depp, Barkin said there was a “big goodbye” and she never heard from Depp again.
Barkin, 68, said he met Depp around 1990 and developed a friendship that lasted 10 years, including starring together in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. She said the relationship turned sexual
Barkin said: “He’s just a jealous man, in control, where do you go, who do you go with. What did you do last night. I once had a scratch on my back that left him. ‘got very, very angry because he insisted it had just had sex with someone who wasn’t him’
“I was very honest with him and said, ‘You have to stop doing this, it hurts you,'” Jacobs said. “And it did.”
Jacobs said Depp was an extraordinary talent, but his behavior in the years before he was fired in 2016 became increasingly unprofessional, while his drug and alcohol use increased, Jacobs said.
“And it went around town as well,” Jacobs said. “I mean, people talk, it’s a small community. And that made people reluctant to use it.
Joel Mandel, Depp’s former business manager, testified in a previously recorded deposition that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies had “catapulted him to a whole new level of success.”
“That meant more employees,” Mandel said. “That meant buying additional property. … It meant a bigger and more expensive life.
Actor Johnny Depp arrives in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, May 19, 2022
Actor Amber Heard arrives in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, May 19, 2022
Things started to change around 2010, and it “became clear over time that there were problems with alcohol and drugs,” Mandel said. “And that translated into more erratic behavior, more stressful behavior, more times when it was difficult to engage in the kind of conversations I needed to do my job.”
At one point, Depp was spending about $100,000 a month on a doctor and staff to help him get sober, Mandel said.
At another, he was spending $300,000 a month on full-time staff, he said. And he said there were also times when Depp was spending thousands of dollars a month on prescription drugs.
“Spending levels had increased very, very, very significantly and required maintaining this incredibly high level of income,” Mandel said. “And when he dropped, the disconnection became untenable.”
Mandel said he became extremely worried about Depp’s finances in 2015, but Depp responded to those concerns angrily. He said the actor fired him in 2016.