Written by Melanie Burton, May 31, 2016

The bombshells just keep on coming in the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard divorce battle!

Comedian Doug Stanhope has come to the defense of Johnny, claiming that Amber had blackmailed the actor just before the alleged domestic dispute happened!

Once hearing Amber’s allegations against Johnny, and consequently seeing him get slammed on social media after Amber’s bruised face pics were released, Doug said he “knew it was bulls***t.”

In fact, he and his girlfriend Bingo were at Johnny’s house just before the fight happened, where Johnny reportedly revealed his concern about Amber to the pair.

Stanhope, Bingo, Johnny, Amber.

A photo posted by Bingo Bingaman (@bingobingaman) on

“He opened up in the most vulnerable of ways, that Amber was now going to leave him, threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms,” Doug wrote in his guest column for The Wrap. 

“Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it, including the manner in which he is now being vilified.”

Doug said it was then that he and Bingo decided to reveal their suspicions about Amber to Johnny. “We’d watched it build like this before they were married. We’d watched her manipulate and f**k with him for years.”

“We have watched Amber Heard f*** with him at his weakest, or watched him at his weakest from being f****d with for the entire time we’ve known him.”

“He still pronounced his love for Amber. But was presciently aware that she was going to pull off some kind of ruse to f*** him over.” And that was the night the police arrived at Johnny and Amber’s home after reports of a domestic dispute… Interesting!

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Amber’s bruise that she allegedly got from Johnny throwing an iPhone at her.

“Everything Johnny had told us that she’d been threatening had actually come to be. It blew up in the news, raced through the internet like a plague and blew up on Twitter. People are swarming with torches on social media.”

“Abusing women is b******t. Johnny doesn’t abuse anyone. And he told that day ahead of time that she’d pull some kind of s*** like this,” Doug said.

And that’s not the only one of Johnny’s friends who has jumped to his defense in the saga, with actor Paul Bettany also tweeting: “known Johnny Depp for years and through several relationships. He’s the sweetest, kindest, gentlest man that I’ve ever known. Just saying.”

Followed by: “All I’m saying – Domestic violence is a serious allegation. Trial by twitter is unhelpful. Let the facts come out before rushing to judgment.”

And of course Amber’s got something to say about it all, with her lawyer Peter Sample hitting back at the blackmail claims as “outrageous and defamatory.”

“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.”

This comes after Amber admitted that going public with the domestic assault allegations was a hard thing to do. A source told E! News: “This has been incredibly upsetting for Amber but she knows she is doing the right thing. It has been very traumatic for her to finally speak out, but she needs to do what she can to protect herself.”

Amber has been praised her for her “courage”, with one source saying: “She tried to hide what was really happening in the marriage from most of her friends because she wanted to believe that it would get better. That things would change. But ultimately they didn’t and so she had to do what she did to stop it. What she has done has taken a lot of courage.”

And if that wasn’t enough, apparently the dispute was all over Johnny’s dying mother Betty Sue!

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Johnny and his mum Betty Sue in 2004

Yep, Johnny’s two children reportedly didn’t want Amber at Betty’s bedside during her final days, which caused the heated bust-up between Amber and Johnny, resulting in the allegations that he hurled a phone at her face.

A source told The Sun: “Jack and Lily-Rose have never seen eye-to-eye with Amber but put up with her for their dad’s sake. But they were certain they didn’t want her at Betty Sue’s deathbed – and that caused huge friction.”

“Johnny told Amber but says she acted ‘like a petulant child’. That’s when things turned nasty and a huge row erupted.”

Wow, this could definitely be one of the most nastiest and spiteful splits in Hollywood history! Eeeek!

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