Mission NGO defends Johnny Depp amid Amber Heard allegations

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Mission NGO defends Johnny Depp amid Amber Heard allegations

A woman abuse group on Friday voiced their support for Johnny Depp – joining a growing chorus of the actor’s friends and co-stars who have defended him amid claims he physically and sexually abused ex Amber Heard.

Mission NGO, a non-profit organization that fights violence against women and children worldwide, expressed “sympathy” for the 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor.

“As women, as mothers, we have a duty and a responsibility to educate our sons and daughters … without gender discrimination, to prevent violence,” Valeria Altobelli, the group’s president, said in a statement.

“[It is with] deep respect for victims of domestic violence that we must reiterate…our sympathy for Johnny Depp on this bad page in his personal history.”

The group did not elaborate on Friday or immediately returned a request for comment.

The statement came a day after music producer Bruce Witkin testified that Depp used drugs and alcohol to cope with emotional pain. Depp has previously testified that his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, physically and mentally abused him.

Also on Thursday, singer Courtney Love and actress Eva Green defended Depp as a caring person — despite Heard’s testimony that he threatened to kill her and once broke her nose in jealous anger.

Love posted a video on Twitter describing how Depp saved her from a drug overdose at a nightclub in the ’90s and was sweet to her daughter Frances Bean.

Mission NGO argued Johnny Depp needed compassion during a
Mission NGO argued Johnny Depp needed compassion during a “bad side of his personal history”.
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Actors Johnny Depp (L) and Eva Green attend the European Premiere of
Actress Eva Green reckons Johnny Depp will win the defamation case with his “good name and beautiful heart”.
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“I don’t really want to judge publicly, but I just want to tell you that Johnny resuscitated me in 1995 when I overdosed outside the Viper Room with Sal. Johnny, when I was on crack and Frances was putting up with social workers, he wrote her a four-page letter that she never showed me on her 13th birthday. He didn’t really know me,” she said.

Green, meanwhile, said she had no doubt Depp would “emerge victorious” from the trial.

“I have no doubt that Johnny will be revealed to the world with his good name and beautiful heart, and life will be better than ever for him and his family,” said Green, who starred in the 2012 fantasy series ” Dark Shadows” played. ‘ wrote on Instagram.

Actress Amber Heard reacts in the courtroom of Fairfax County Circuit Court during a libel trial against her by her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, on May 5, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
Amber Heard has accused Johnny Depp of assaulting her during their honeymoon in 2015 and on other occasions.
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Other female celebrities – including Sia, Wynona Ryder, Helena Bonham and Penélope Cruz – spoke out for Depp during his defamation trial in the UK in 2020.

“The notion that he’s an incredibly violent person is the furthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved,” Ryder, a former girlfriend of Depp, said in 2020. “He was never, never violent towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anyone I have seen.”

Cruz added, “I’ve seen Johnny in so many situations and he’s always kind to everyone around me. He’s one of the most generous people I know,” she said.

Actress Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom of the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on Monday, May 16, 2022.
Heard previously stated in an opinion piece published in The Washington Post in 2018 that she was a “public figure who advocates domestic violence.”
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Musician Sia also tweeted in defense of Depp at the time, writing: “Just showing my public support for Johnny Depp.

“I mean, I’d love to clean him up and stop the jewelry, but he’s clearly the victim after hearing those tapes.”

In the UK case, Depp sued the publisher of Britain’s Sun over a headline calling him a “wife beater” and lost.

MISSION is a non-profit organization that supports women and children worldwide, defending their rights and protecting them from physical, sexual and psychological abuse through education and activism.
Mission NGO insists that people ‘without gender difference’ need to be educated about domestic violence.
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Valeria Altobelli attends the red carpet ahead of Johnny Depp's master class during the 19th Alice Nella Città 2021 at Auditorium della Conciliazione on October 17, 2021 in Rome, Italy.
Valeria Altobelli is President of Mission NGO for Victims of Domestic Violence.
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Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for alleging in a Washington Post op-ed that she was a victim of domestic violence.

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