Model/actress Jaime King has urged fans not to view Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s nasty divorce as “entertainment”, because abuse allegations are simply “not funny”.
Heard moved to end her 15-month marriage to her The Rum Diary co-star on 23 May (16), and she went on to obtain a domestic violence restraining order against Depp, claiming he had attacked her with an iPhone during a fight two days before she filed for divorce.
The estranged couple’s troubles have continued to play out in the media, but Jaime is paying no attention to the tabloids, because the break-up and subsequent claims of abuse have made her “really emotional”.
The topic is particularly personal for Jaime, a women’s rights campaigner, as she starred alongside Depp as his daughter in 2001’s Blow, one of her early movie roles.
“Listen, I love Johnny Depp,” she tells UsMagazine.com. “One of my very first movies he played my father. I learned so much from him. I have so much respect for him. He is one of the most loving, kind, generous, attentive, brilliant men that I’ve ever met.”
Recalling the attention he paid to her scenes during the shoot, she says, “I would have scenes that he wasn’t even in and he wouldn’t even leave. He would just stay to watch. He would rehearse with me. There was so much that I learned from him. He was an incredible mentor. Being able to work with someone like that at the beginning of my career really taught me what it meant to be a true professional and a true artist.”
However, Jaime is also full of praise for Amber, branding her “an incredible bright light”, adding, “She’s a beautiful human being.”
The Sin City actress, a survivor of child abuse, finds it tough to digest the allegations of domestic violence, but she is annoyed the claims have become tabloid fodder for so many.
“Bottom line, what bothers me the most is that people are being hurt on both sides,” she explained. “It is a deeply painful situation and people are treating it as if it’s entertainment, and it’s not f**king funny. And it’s not entertaining.”
The mother-of two continued, “It’s all hearsay. It’s all he said, she said. Frankly, it’s not about sides because we cannot take sides in a situation that we’re not there for, bottom line. It’s about loving and supporting each person by saying, give them their privacy let them work it out. Also, bring awareness to any sort of domestic violence because no matter what happened or did not happen, that is really not important.”
The actress went public with her secret abuse past in February (16) after being moved by rape survivor Lady Gaga’s emotional Oscars performance of her track Til It Happens To You, from college rape documentary The Hunting Ground.