HOLLYWOOD – A number of Johnny Depp’s friends and family have come out in defense of the Pirates of the Caribbean star, saying that he never abused them.

Following the domestic violence allegations by his soon to be ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s friends and family are circling the wagons. His daughter Lily Rose Depp took to Instagram to defend her father and attack Heard, and former partner Vanessa Paradis has also gone on record saying that Depp is ‘the sweetest, gentlest man’. And colleagues and friends including Paul Bettany have also voiced their support via social media: Depp was the ‘sweetest, kindest, gentlest man’. Of course, all of this could be true and the trial by twitter and tabloid currently going on is repellent, but it is taking place via both sides. Comedian and Depp supporter Doug Stanhope went so far as to write a guest column for The Wrap claiming that Heard was blackmailing Depp, and working on ‘some ruse to f*ck him over’.

God knows. I wasn’t there. But  neither were any of these other people. And a lot of what they are saying is irrelevant. It’s perfectly possible for a human being to be multi-faceted. Someone who violently abuses their spouse can be ‘gentle and sweet’ to their daughters and friends and colleagues, ex-girlfriends and comedian pals. The monster of popular imagination doesn’t square with the facts. Abusive behavior might be confined to one person. That person might not necessarily be an angel – after all, who is? But the media’s attacks on Heard have brought out a whole series of accusations, bringing into play Heard’s bi-sexuality to suggest it was that which sent Depp into a jealous rage. An explanation which begins to sound dangerously like a justification.

Again I don’t know what happened. I don’t know Johnny Depp or Amber Heard. (I did send off a rash tweet when this whole thing kicked off so mea culpa for that). However, there is a chance this is not going to remain a mystery. There will be an investigation and according to Heard’s version of events there were witnesses to some of the behavior. But in the meantime it might be an idea to try to keep the noise down. Who am I kidding though? Right?