Musician Alice Cooper defended his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp from allegations of abuse from his ex-wife and Aquaman star Amber Heard.
As we previously reported, Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in a defamation lawsuit. Cooper, who was promoting the Hollywood Vampires upcoming tour defended Depp in an interview with Billboard.
Cooper notes that Depp has actually written a number of songs regarding the abuse charges from Heard that they will be playing on their upcoming tour. “It’s really interesting because it’s not your normal hard rock,” Cooper says about the music. He continues, “It goes places I wouldn’t normally go, and that’s kind of what I like about it.” He adds, “I’m spewing his venom on this album, which is kind of good.”
Cooper then defends Depp calling the allegations against him “bull.”
“All the stuff you heard last year about Johnny, 99 percent was just bull. I’ve never seen him look better in my life. I’ve never seen him happier. I’ve never heard him play better, and the way the press would have it is he’s a total destruction and ready to die. Totally not true.”
Cooper’s defense of Depp comes after new uncovered photos reveal Depp with a black eye following an encounter with Heard in 2016.
The Blast uncovered the photo detailing it shows Depp’s injurties after Heard allegedly punched him twice in the face.
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The Blast notes that Depp accused Heard of attacking him in a libel lawsuit against a U.K. newspaper. The attack reportedly occurred on April 21, 2016 the night of Amber Heard’s 30th birthday dinner. While Depp was reading in bed, he claims Heard got “aggressive and violent, punching him twice in the face.”
Depp’s career has reportedly suffered from the allegations made against him. The actor was dropped from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in December of last year. Producer Sean Bailey confirmed Depp’s departure in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter when he was asked if the franchise could survive without Depp.
“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”
Depp was also reportedly dropped The Invisible Man reboot according to The Wrap.
However, Depp would be defended by J.K. Rowling for his inclusion in the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts. Rowling would state, “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”
What do you make of Alice Cooper’s defense of Johnny Depp? What do you make of this new photo showing Depp with a black eye?