Johnny Depp’s Daughter Lily-Rose Responds to Abuse Claims
The daughter of Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, has defended her father amid allegations that he abused his wife, Amber Heard.
“My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know,” model and actress Lily-Rose said on Instagram over Memorial Day weekend. “He’s been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same.”
Lily-Rose—the 17-year-old daughter of Depp and French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis—also included a photo of her and her father from when she was a child.
It comes days after Heard, 30, accused Depp, 52, of throwing his iPhone at her face, leaving bruises her right eye. TMZ published a photo of her face on Friday, and after she left a courtroom Friday, apparent facial bruises were visible.
Lily-Rose posted another Instagram post, which wasn’t captioned. The photo appears to have been a screenshot of a People magazine report saying the Los Angeles Police Department investigated Heard’s domestic abuse claim against Depp on May 21, but they found no proof of a crime. It also includes quotes from an LAPD spokesman.
Heard and Depp have been married for 15 months. Days before the abuse allegations, Heard filed for divorce from Depp.
In a complaint filed with a Los Angeles court, Heard alleged, “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me.”
“Johnny has had a long-held and widely-acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse,” she added. “He has a short fuse.”
Depp filed a memorandum with the court, saying he rejected her claims of domestic violence.
“Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse,” the memorandum read.
On Tuesday, Heard’s lawyer, Peter Sample, issued a statement to TheWrap after comedian Doug Stanhope wrote a guest column, saying Heard was lying. Depp recently “opened up in the most vulnerable of ways” to Stanhope and his girlfriend, saying that “Amber was now going to leave him, threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms. Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it, including the manner in which he is now being vilified,” Stanhope wrote in the piece.
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TheWrap on Tuesday said it received Sample’s letter. He said that the “allegations against Ms. Heard are absolutely and unequivocally false.”
The blackmail claim “has no basis in reality and is nothing but the typical celebrity muckraking for profit,” Sample added.
“Sample demanded a retraction of the article, calling the claim defamatory and ‘outrageous,'” TheWrap said in its report. “TheWrap will respond to the letter through its legal counsel.”