Real Reason This MCU Star Testified Against Amber Heard

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The MCU star Paul Bettany is a living example of a strong friendship. The bond between Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp has been so strong that, the former has been standing up for his friend even after the atrocious acts he put his ex-wife Amber Heard through. There has been enough commotion about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s case in the tabloid since 2020. Actors and actresses like Paul Bettany have been taking sides of both parties. Here is a recap of the tussle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard before their marriage ended
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard before their marriage ended

Insiders to Johnny Depp’s Court case

It all began in May 2016, Amber Heard arrived at a Los Angeles court seeking a restraining order against her then-husband, Hollywood start Johnny Depp. According to Amber Depp had violently attacked her and in a fit of rage had thrown a phone at her face with extreme force. She also put charges of domestic violence based on other violent incidents. She said she had endured “excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse” and “angry hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults from the actor. However, Depp rubbished it all. But in the end, the restraining order was granted and soon their marriage was over.

Actor Johnny Depp in the court hearing
Actor Johnny Depp in the court hearing

After four years…

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard came face-to-face with each other after four years. This time it wasn’t for Amber, but it was for action against British publication, The Sun that accused Johnny Depp as the “Wife Beater” in an article written by Dan Wootton in April 2018.


It was not just the fans and the media who had their eyes and ears hooked to the case. The Lawyers were in a fix that if Johnny Depp won this case it would impact women who come forward with claims of domestic violence.

Though Johnny Depp received all the love and cheers from his fans each day, his behavior and lifestyle were also under the microscope. This resulted in a judge ruling that The Sun’s allegations were “substantially true.”

Enter Paul Bettany: The Paul Bettany connection

Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp’s friendship has been a lesser-known friendship to Hollywood fans.  The MCU star’s and Johnny Depp’s friendship took the spotlight in February 2020, during a court hearing for Depp’s libel action lawsuit against The Sun.


Their friendship began when the duo met on the sets of Depp’s 2010 romantic drama, The Tourist. The MCU star narrates to the Toronto Sun, “I looked at [Depp] and he looked at me, and we haven’t stopped laughing since.” His depiction of their meet-cute sounds an awful lot like the beginnings of a rom-com, as Bettany recalled to the outlet, “Johnny and I met across a crowded room, and I just had a feeling we would be lifelong friends.”


Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp Bromancing
MCU Star Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp Bromancing

The MCU star stood by Johnny Depp throughout the court hearing where their text messages about killing Amber Heard were read aloud… It was nasty and disturbing. However, like a true friend, Paul Bettany has been defending his friend in the best way possible. According to People, back in 2016, when the first round of allegations surfaced from Heard, he tweeted, ” that he’s known his pal “for years and through several relationships,” and that Depp was “the sweetest, kindest, gentlest man that I’ve ever known.”


Such tightly bound friendships are rare to find in the real world. Johnny Depp has admitted having done drugs and alcohol with Paul Bettany in the past. Whatsoever, this friendship is bizarre since a friend is defending another friend’s wrongdoings instead of correcting him.


Written by Nilanjana Chatterjee

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