Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro was asked this week about his friend Johnny Depp being accused of domestic abuse by his estranged wife Amber Heard.
“What I know, there’s a lot of trouble from the girl that sounds a little manipulative,” the Oscar winner told the Daily News’ [email protected] Tuesday at an event sponsored by Heineken. “It sounds a little bit like there’s something really twisted about that girl ... but I don’t know the specifics.”
But Del Toro called his “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” co-star “a nice guy, very caring, very smart” — and seemed wary of the circumstances around Heard’s abuse claims. “It seems the fact that his mom passed away and she filed for divorce two days later and then she wants money and she's saying she got hit, it’s almost like, wait, I saw them not too long ago. Maybe it was January, a dinner for the Oscars or something like that,” Del Toro told [email protected] “He was there with her and they were fine.”
Benicio describing Amber as “manipulative” is consistent with Doug Stanhope’s claims in his essay for The Wrap that she’s blackmailing Johnny. Only Benicio won an Oscar. So that must mean what he has to say is even more believable. You know, while he’s at an event sponsored by beer, discussing a friend he saw a few months ago but he’s not entirely sure exactly when, with an actual drinking problem. This makes total sense and, why don’t we all go home now because Benicio has just decided it for everyone, end of story.
Or, you know, you could consider the account of someone who was quite close to both Amber and Johnny and who was on the phone with Amber the night Johnny allegedly assaulted her. iO Tillett Wright, not an Oscar winner, wrote about why she called 911 on Johnny for Refinery29. iO credits Johnny for helping her through dark times. She loves him as a brother. And she calls him out as her brother for kicking Amber, yanking her by the hair, smashing his face into hers, and trying to smother her with a pillow. She also calls out those who are doubting Amber’s accusations, despite having submitted as evidence photos, texts, and witness statements. But, again, the fact is, iO’s never won an Oscar. She has, however, done a TED Talk. Does that count?