This is incredibly heavy.
The photographer explained why he called the cops after the 30-year-old’s alleged altercation with the Pirates of the Caribbean star on Saturday, May 21, saying:
“I called 911 because she never would. Because every time it happened, her first thought was about protecting him. Because every time it happened, the sweet, loving man we all cared for so much would come back with apologies, profuse, swearing up and down that he understood how bad what he had done was, and swearing never to do it again. We all loved him, but especially, especially her, and she wanted to believe that the behavior wasn’t going to last.”
But he also recalled a reportedly super scary situation from this past December, most likely the “severe incident” mentioned in court docs that had Miz Heard fearing her life was in danger:
“She described an all-out assault and she woke up with her pillow covered in blood. I know this because I went to their house. I saw the pillow with my own eyes. I saw the busted lip and the clumps of hair on the floor. I got the phone call immediately after it happened, her screaming and crying, a stoic woman reduced to sobs.”
Whoa. How heartbreaking.
But the interesting thing about iO’s poignant post is that he also discussed the close relationship he had with Johnny. He describes the movie star as someone he “once referred to as a brother,” explained that they laughed at reports that suggested he was straining the celeb’s relationship with Amber, and even admitted he is the guy “who I have credited with saving my own life.”
The activist also added that the Kentucky native had invited iO to live in his home for a year while he recovered from his “darkest hour.”
The 30-year-old — who had teamed up with the star’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, for a photo campaign where she came out as sexually fluid — explained that he even struggled to see the scary side of his friend’s husband:
“I knew him to be soft and gentle, with a temper and a dark side, but a golden heart. I didn’t want to believe it either, until I saw the wreckage.”
And even though they were close, the blonde confessed that he had to hold Johnny accountable for his alleged actions, describing more details about his alleged beatings:
“When you call someone your brother, you also commit to calling them out when they are wrong. As she, shaking and crying, described this 195-pound man throwing the full weight of his body into head-butting his 120-pound wife in the face in a fit of rage, I found that an unforgivable line in my heart had been crossed.”
He also included how Amber would recall the chilling details of that horrifying incident:
“I sat and listened, my own heart aching because I had so much care for the tender, generous man inside of all this rage, and yet…the bottom, unequivocal line is, nothing she ever could have said or done deserves what she describes as him dragging her up the stairs by the hair, punching her in the back of the head, choking her until she almost passed out, and smashing his forehead into her nose until it almost broke.”
But the photog says his longtime friend attempted to bounce back from the alleged attack, even though she was traumatized by it:
“I watched a woman with a broken spirit go on national television the next night, covered in makeup, smiling through a bloody lip, who nearly jumped out of her seat when someone casually put a hand on her shoulder because she didn’t know what was coming.”
iO explained he eventually had to do his part to break the vicious cycle, which is why he dialed 911 last month:
“That’s why, when it happened again, when I was on the phone with both of them and heard it drop, heard him say, ‘What if I pulled your hair back?’ and her scream for my help, I wondered like so many times before if I should break the code of silence that surrounds celebrities and invite the police into the situation, and in a split second decided that, yes, I was going to.”
He also continued to call out those who have accused Amber of lying about the allegations:
“The cycle of abuse is perpetuated by every person who asserts that the victim more likely punched themselves rather than addressing the very real evidence of violence in front of them. The culture of victim-blaming is the very thing that protects abusers’ ability to get away with this kind of behavior.”
And the powerful personality stressed that people can’t make excuses for such horrible acts:
“Whether we loved him or not has nothing to do with it. When it comes to violence, ‘love’ is no longer part of the equation.”
You can read iO’s entire post HERE.