Back in May Amber Heard went to court seeking a restraining order against then-husband Johnny Depp who she said had been violent towards her many times. Now, three months later, the former couple have reached a surprising divorce agreement.
Heard dismissed the domestic violence restraining order petition against Depp and will receive $7 million from the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. The most surprising part is they released a joint statement.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” it reads.
“Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains,” and “There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm.”
Finally, it ends with: “Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.”
There’s so much subtext to the statement and problematic language. “Intensely passionate and at times volatile” seems to glorify domestic violence and dignify Depp’s behaviour as something that comes from love. But “neither party has made false accusations” does seem to imply that Depp, in a way, is admitting to the violence.
We don’t blame Heard for wanting to reach an agreement – the media has been accusing her of lying for various reasons and she has to work within the parameters of a broken justice system – but by dismissing the case with prejudice she’s committed to never re-filing.
We’re hoping the next step will be a tell-all interview in which Heard can publicly share her side of the story. That is, unless Depp’s team negotiated a non-disclosure agreement.