Johnny Depp Defended By Ex-Wife Who Slams Amber Heard

Johnny Depp's ex-wife Lori Allison is speaking out against Amber Heard and calling her "she who must not be named."

By Chris Snellgrove | Updated

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When you hear someone mention “Johnny Depp’s wife,” chances are that you’ll think about Amber Heard, the Aquaman actor who came out the loser in the recent high-profile defamation trial. However, even before Depp starred in Nightmare On Elm Street, he was married to Lori Allison, and she recently spoke up to both support her former husband and slam Heard in a rather epic takedown. As reported by The New York Post, Allison described Heard by saying, “What she did was absolutely horrific, and if there were things that I could do to her that were legal, I would do them!”

Those are strong words from Johnny Depp’s first wife, and some might think that she is only slamming Amber Heard because she spent many years married to the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. However, the two got married in 1983 and divorced two years later, citing that they had “irreconcilable differences” they simply couldn’t overcome. In other words, she was only with Depp for a short period of time, but he still impressed her enough with the quality of his character that Allison didn’t hesitate to take Depp’s side over Heard’s.

One of the funnier things about Lori Allison’s comments about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is that she likes to refer to the younger woman using coded Harry Potter terms. When discussing this matter on the “Popcorned Planet” podcast, she kept referring to Heard as “she who shall not be named.” While this might have just been a tongue-in-cheek way of not repeatedly saying Heard’s name, it’s funny to think that Johnny Depp’s first wife thinks that his second wife is just as evil as Voldemort, the scourge of the Wizarding World.

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Interestingly, even as Allison defended Johnny Depp and slammed Amber Heard, she was upfront about the fact that most of what she knew about the other women basically came from secondhand information. Allison said that she previously ran into Heard when she attended parties at Depp’s house (further proof she is still on good terms with her ex-husband) and that she first thought Heard was “nice” and “gorgeous,” going so far as to rhetorically ask “what’s not to love?” But as more details came out about Heard, especially during the defamation trial, Allison said, “It just broke my heart that somebody could do that to him” and that, at times, she would “walk around crying because I was terrified for him.”

Of course, some cynical fans can’t help but think that Lori Allison is profiting in some way by continuing to support Johnny Depp and drag Amber Heard long after the trial has ended. Even though Depp emerged victorious from the trial, he may still encounter difficulties in getting high-profile Hollywood roles, especially after Disney dropped him from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise last year. Having an ex-wife prominently defend him and vilify Heard might help Depp secure future work and might help ensure the judge doesn’t throw out the verdict at Heard’s request, so Allison might very well be getting some money under the table.

Ultimately, while Allison’s comments are insightful and understanding, they do make us wonder if the extremely public drama surrounding Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will ever come to an end. At this point, fans of the respective actors just want to know if Depp is going to return to Pirates of the Caribbean and if Heard is going to play a very prominent role in Aquaman 2. And depending on how Hollywood executives view the tainted reputation of Heard now that the trial is over, they may stop casting “she who must not be named” in major projects altogether.