iO Tillett Wright, a writer and TV host, slammed a TMZ story raising questions about Heard’s reported injuries in a series of tweets on Monday. “Bulls**t. I’ve had enough,” Wright wrote. “I saw the bruises. Many times. And the fat lip. And the cut head.”
“How much evidence does a woman need to present?!” Wright continued. “She has photos, texts, witnesses, and filed a restraining order… This culture of victim blaming makes me sick. I’m a witness. I’m here. I’m standing up. I can’t take any more of this witch hunt.”
Heard claims in court documents that on May 21 she and Depp got into a heated altercation that turned violent, resulting in him inflicting a bruise near her eye caused by Depp throwing a cell phone at her face.
"I was on the f***ing phone when he hit her,” Wright posted on Monday. "I HEARD HER SCREAM. I will testify. Here and in court. Under oath. WHAT ELSE DOES A WOMAN NEED?”
According to Heard’s request for a temporary restraining order, which was granted on May 27, she and Depp were having a "peaceful conversation" about the death of Depp's mother when he allegedly "began obsessing about something that was untrue and his demeanor changed dramatically.” They called Wright, who according to court documents then called 911 at the request of Heard, who was yelling in the background.
"Johnny then grabbed the cell phone, wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher and threw the cell phone at me striking my cheek and eye with great force," Heard claims in the documents. "He then forcibly pulled back my hair as I attempted to stand from the sofa ... Johnny continued screaming at me, pulling my hair, striking me and violently grabbing my face.”
The LAPD later told ET that the NYPD received a third-party call that Heard was involved in a domestic dispute. When the LAPD responded to the incident, however, the department said they found no evidence of a crime. Heard claimed it was only a verbal dispute at the time. She did not mention Depp's name, nor was he present when police arrived to the scene, according to the LAPD.
Depp's divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, claims in court documents that Heard is "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."