Winona Ryder & Johnny Depp were our favorite 90’s sweethearts, but was it an abusive relationship? We never know what happens behind cameras and allegations from Amber Heard, Depp’s former wife, leave a lot of scenarios running in our heads. However, the truth is both sides of this story always leave the feeling of uncertainty, perhaps testimony from Winona Ryder could make things clearer.
Heard & Depp were divorced in 2016 due to Heard’s testimony on being violated by him, yet, they met again in court four years after under Johnny Depp’s will. This trial occurred after the British newspaper The Sun referred to Depp as a “wife-beater”. In the U.K., if you write something defamatory the concern follows the accused to prove it’s true.
Yet, this infernal ex-couple is trending again due to the start of their official trial on 11th April 2022, which is by the way being televised. It’s estimated for the trial to last around six weeks, and personalities like Jason Momoa, Elon Musk, and James Franco will be testifying. But what’s Winona Ryder’s posture on this situation, could her testimony change anything?
Ryder & Depp’s love story
Winona Ryder & Johnny Depp officially met on the set of Edward Scissorhands, a movie directed by Tim Burton back in 1989. They had an instant connection and by 1990 they were already engaged, however, the relationship broke off in 1993. Even though Johnny Depp was married to Lori Allison and had dated several women before Winona, there really is something special between these two.
Even though their romantic relationship lasted a few years, both Ryder & Depp have remained friends and are supportive of each other. In fact, when Ryder got asked about Depp’s allegations she said: “He was never ever violent towards me. He was never ever abusive towards me”. Ryder also mentioned never having seen Depp being violent or abusive towards someone else.
Nevertheless, Ryder isn’t the only one testifying in favor of Depp. Vanessa Paradis who’s the mother of Depp’s children has also defended him by saying she’s aware of the allegations but: “This is nothing like the true Johnny I have known.”
However, this last testimony could be questioned, because Paradis could get economically affected if Depp’s net worth got damaged, which it has. Only from the very first trial in 2016, when Heard declared being physically & emotionally abused by Depp, she obtained $7 million dollars from him.
However, let’s assume at least Ryder’s testimony is sincere. The truth is the story between Heard & Depp has several arguable situations on both sides and it seems like they have both harmed each other. Also, it’s just sad to think that they have spent more time in court than they did marry, which was fifteen months. Yet, would this be just another Hollywood divorce or could it actually affect both of them?
Is this the end for Depp?
We can’t deny Depp has his character, he even has admitted having “his demons”, yet, we all have them. This trial has tremendously affected Depp economically, but would it be the end of his career forever? While Ryder is about to release the fourth season of Stranger Things in summer 2022, Depp might start digging the grave of his acting career.
In 2018, Heard wrote an article for the Washington Post during the boom of Me Too, where she declared being a victim of domestic abuse from Depp. Well, actually Heard never mentioned Depp’s name, yet, everyone understood it was directed to him. The actress also mentioned that institutions never set boundaries or consequences for men. By 2019, Disney took Depp out of the franchise.
No matter if Heard’s allegations are true or false, this trouble has already cost Depp one of his biggest projects which was Pirates of the Caribbean. In less than two months, we’ll be more certain if Depp will ever star again besides his televised divorce.
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