Anna Nolan: You may not like how she did it but Amber Heard's managed to show up Johnny Depp
Published 16/08/2016 | 07:32
Up until a few days ago, the world only had Amber Heard's word that Johnny Depp was an aggressive guy.
Her descriptions of his behaviour were believed by some and absolutely slammed by others, including friends and his ex-partner.
Both Johnny and Amber's PR people could put out what they wanted in order to defend their client. She said this. He said that. We had to choose what team we were on - team Captain Jack or team ex-lesbian who married the world's most gorgeous actor (at one time).
But that has all changed, due to a video that appeared a few days ago.
Amber secretly filmed Johnny at their home and, dear oh dear, Johnny's in a pickle.
I wasn't going to watch the footage released to showbiz website TMZ, but I decided I would as I thought it would be lame enough. Actually, it's quite frightening.
Amber carefully placed her laptop or phone on a counter in the kitchen. Johnny is seen pacing around the room. He slams the kitchen cupboards and kicks the lower cupboard doors. He is mad as hell.
Then he goes on to pour a very large glass of red wine. Like, a really large glass of wine. I should know, I love large glasses of wine. But this was probably a pint of wine. He says to her "you wanna see crazy?".
She asks him questions like if he drank the whole bottle that morning. (It's seemingly the morning time when this filming takes place).
Then it gets scary. He discovers that she is secretly filming him. He grabs the laptop/phone and smashes it on the ground.
He is undoubtedly in an aggressive mood and if I had been in that kitchen I would have been scared.
But is it fair that Amber secretly filmed Johnny? What exactly was her motivation?
We have heard secret recordings in the past, most famously Mel Gibson's now infamous racist, anti Semitic, sexist rants. His ex, Oksana Grigorieva, released his offensive outbursts and boy, did he suffer as a result.
I can't even repeat what he said on the phone, they are such incredibly offensive statements. But, obviously, Oksana was used to hearing the bile and knew to record them.
The same goes for Amber. People are saying that she set up Johnny, that she is "winding him up", leading him to say terrible things or react badly.
Johnny's wife must have seen this sort of behaviour more than once.
Another bizarre story (from Amber's camp, I'd imagine) emerged yesterday - Johnny sliced off his fingertip in a rage, dipped it in black paint and daubed actor Billy Bob Thornton's name across a bathroom mirror as he was convinced Amber was having an affair with him.
If I was her I'd set him up too. Why should she have to accept her husband behaving like some crazy drunk, kicking kitchen cupboards.
What's the joy of being married to someone who is pouring at least a pint of red wine in a glass and saying in a threatening manner "You wanna see crazy"?
Amber knew that the world wouldn't believe that the seemingly meek and mild- mannered Johnny had huge issues.
However, this tape, although unlikely to be allowed in the divorce proceedings, has shown what she has had to deal with.
Like Johnny in his silly hat and sunglasses, it ain't pretty.