One of Johnny Depp’s closest friends thinks Amber Heard is “a sociopathic show pony” who is bent on destroying the star.
Gina Deuters – who is the wife of Depp’s business partner and longtime assistant Stephen Deuters – had a ringside seat in the actor’s tumultuous 15-month marriage to Heard, and alleges he is the real victim in the middle. of their ongoing legal battle.
In her only interview since being forced off the witness stand, Deuters exclusively told Page Six that she thinks Heard is feeding on drama.
“There’s one thing Amber said at the wedding. She kind of leaned over to me and said, ‘Are you and Stephen arguing yet?’ I said, “We fight sometimes,” and she was like, “No, Gina, like really fighting?” And it was kind of annoying. [I thought]’Do you like it?’ “recalls Deuters, who has known Depp for almost 20 years.
“I think there’s a part of Amber that [believes] fighting is a passion. That means there’s sparks, fireworks [in the relationship]. [Amber] is someone who is always used to getting what she wants. She has every right and I think she made big demands during their divorce.
Echoing Depp’s allegations during the trial, Deuters claimed: “When [Amber] was denied these requests, I feel like she was like, “I’m not going to get what I want, so I’m going to destroy you.”
Deuters tells us her husband first called Heard “a sociopathic show pony” after he unwittingly became the mediator in Depp and Heard’s marriage in his difficult final days.
“My husband called her a sociopathic show pony, and he certainly doesn’t regret it,” she explained. “Stephen, in the end, was literally the mediator… no one else wanted to deal with Amber, and Stephen would be the only person she could talk to.”
Depp, 58, is currently in court suing Heard, 36, over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote in which she called herself a victim of sexual violence. Although the actress didn’t mention Depp’s name in the piece, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star says it has tarnished her reputation and her career.
Deuters recently spoke in Depp’s defense but was not given the opportunity to give his full testimony to the jury in Virginia because his testimony was stricken from the record.
She was ordered out of court on April 14 after Heard’s journalist friend Eve Barlow intervened and Deuters admitted to the judge that she had seen clips of the trial online.
Speaking to Page Six, Deuters described Depp’s time with Heard as “less of a relationship and more of an invasion of Amber.”
“Instantly she started moving her friends around her properties,” she said. “It was quite shocking to see how she ultimately isolated him from his family and friends…it really felt like we kind of lost him.”
Deuters told us she initially found Heard “cold” and was intrigued by his behavior.
“When they first met, I would describe her as a ‘Stepford wife’. She was baking cookies and taking her shoes off after work. It was all pretty weird,” she recalled.
“Knowing that Amber was this confident feminist, it was odd that she behaved quite submissively, like a nice little housewife role. [But] it was at the very beginning – it was going to change quite quickly.
In 2015, Deuters and her husband helped arrange both weddings between Depp and Heard. The two married at the home of Depp’s late mother, Betty Sue, in Los Angeles, followed by a ceremony on her private island in the Bahamas in 2015.
“[Amber was] absolutely controlling … the whole wedding was rushed,” Deuters alleged. “It happened so fast that honestly Johnny’s family was not notified and some of them couldn’t make it in time.”
Of the event in the Bahamas, Deuters said it “looked a lot like” a takeover.
“It was Amber Heard’s party as opposed to their wedding. I remember her dad making a speech and he kind of waved around the area [of the island], saying something like, ‘Look, honey, this is all yours now,'” she recalled. “My heart sank a little…were they more excited about all the wealth they got married in, or was it all about love?”
“When you see a friend or loved one enter into a relationship that you personally don’t think is healthy for them, it’s hard because you can’t exactly stop it,” Deuters continued.
“It was quite heartbreaking over the years to see him deteriorate physically and emotionally. Then, at the very end, he was very upset by the breakdown of his marriage. He suffered a lot from it.”
Deuters insisted to Page Six that she had never seen Depp act aggressively towards a woman, saying, “I was with him when he was drinking, doing drugs and smoking weed, and his behavior hasn’t turned mean at all. I never saw him lose his temper.
Describing the actor as a “valuable friend,” she continued, “Obviously their relationship was rocky, but I just know Johnny wouldn’t hit a woman.
“I can sleep at night knowing that I’m supporting my friend. I absolutely believe he’s been a victim of domestic abuse and deserves justice.
In previous testimony, Heard vividly described his alleged abuse by Depp. The actress sobbed as she described everything from Depp’s alleged threats to kill her to “cavity searches” and various sexual assault encounters.
Heard is expected to return to the stand on Monday for cross-examination. A spokesperson for the actress declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Depp has no regrets about the lawsuit, according to Deuters.
“Yes, it’s like reopening old wounds. But the fight to clear her name is ultimately for her children, however painful and ugly it is,” she explained. “He’s there [in the UK] in this moment we have seen him… and I can already see that a weight has been lifted from his shoulders after giving his testimony.
She added: “Now I understand why he wanted the cameras; so the public could hear him and others speak directly about their experiences. He finally felt his voice was heard and that means a lot to him.