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One of Johnny Depp’s closest friends believes Amber Heard is “a sociopathic show pony” who is hell-bent on destroying the star.

Gina Deuters – who is the wife of Depp’s longtime business partner and assistant Stephen Deuters – had a front row seat to the actor’s tempestuous 15-month marriage with Heard, and alleges that he is the real victim amid their ongoing legal battle.

In her only interview since being forced to step down from the witness stand, Deuters exclusively told Page Six that she believes Heard thrives on drama.

“There was one thing Amber said at the wedding. She kind of leaned into me and said, ‘Do you and Stephen ever fight?’ I responded, ‘We sometimes have an argument,’ and she was like, ’No, Gina, like really fight?’ And it was kind of unnerving. [I thought], ‘Do you enjoy it?’” recalled Deuters, who has known Depp for nearly 20 years.

“I think there is a part of Amber that [believes] fighting is passion. It means there’s sparks, fireworks [in the relationship]. [Amber] is someone who is always used to getting what she wants. She is quite entitled and I think she made big demands in their divorce.”

Johnny Depp with his assistant and longtime business partner Stephen Deuters and his wife Gina on a red carpet.
Deuters, pictured here on a 2020 red carpet with Depp and husband Stephen, has known the actor for nearly 20 years.
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Echoing Depp’s allegations at trial, Deuters claimed, “When [Amber] was denied those demands, I feel she was like, ‘I am not going to get what I want so I am going to destroy you.’”

Deuters told us that her husband first called Heard “a sociopathic show pony” after he unwittingly became the mediator in Depp and Heard’s marriage in its final difficult days.

“My husband called her a sociopathic show pony, and he certainly doesn’t regret it,” she explained. “Stephen, at the end, was quite literally the mediator … no one else wanted to deal with Amber, and Stephen would be the only person she could talk to.”

Depp, 58, is currently in court and suing Heard, 36, over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote, in which she called herself a victim of sexual violence. While the actress didn’t mention Depp by name in the piece, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star claims it tarnished his reputation and career.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the premiere of their movie "The Rum Diary" in 2011.
Depp and Heard at the London premiere of their movie “The Rum Diary” in 2011. The former couple previously said they first got together while on the press tour for the film.
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Deuters recently took the stand in Depp’s defense but didn’t get the chance to give her full evidence to the jury in Virginia as her testimony was struck from the record.

She was ordered to leave the court on April 14 after Heard’s journalist pal Eve Barlow intervened and Deuters admitted to the judge that she had seen clips of the trial online.

Speaking to Page Six, Deuters described Depp’s time with Heard as “less of a relationship and more of an Amber invasion.”

“Instantly she started moving her friends into his properties,” she said. “It was quite shocking how she eventually isolated him from his family and friends … it definitely felt like we’d kind of lost him.”

Deuters told us she initially found Heard to be “cold” and was puzzled by her behavior.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard with their arms around each other at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Depp and Heard at the Grammys in February 2016. Heard filed for divorce just three months later, alleging she was a victim of domestic violence.
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“When they first got together, I would describe her as quite a ‘Stepford Wife.’ She would bake cookies and take his shoes off after work. It was all quite odd,” she recalled.

“Knowing Amber was this confident feminist, it was strange she was behaving quite subservient, like a nice little housewife-type role. [But] that was all in the beginning – that would change quite quickly.”

Back in 2015, Deuters and her husband helped arrange both weddings between Depp and Heard. The two tied the knot at Depp’s late mother Betty Sue’s home in Los Angeles, followed by a ceremony on his private island in the Bahamas in 2015.

“[Amber was] absolutely controlling … the whole getting married thing was rushed,” Deuters alleged. “It just happened all so quickly, to the point where honestly Johnny’s family weren’t notified and some of them couldn’t get down there in time.”

Of the Bahamas event, Deuters said it “very much felt” like a takeover.

“It was the Amber Heard party as opposed to their wedding. I remember her father doing a speech and he kind of motioned around the area [of the island], saying something like, ‘Look, honey, all this is yours now,’” she recalled. “My heart sank a little bit … were they more excited about all the wealth they married into, or was this about love?”

Amber Heard looking emotional as she testifies in court in her defamation trial with Johnny Depp.
Heard gave an emotional testimony in court last week about her alleged abuse at the hands of Depp.
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“When you see a friend or a loved one move forward into a relationship that you personally don’t think is healthy for them, it is difficult because you can’t exactly stop it,” Deuters continued.

“It was quite heartbreaking over the years seeing him deteriorate physically and emotionally. Then at the very end he was very upset at the breakdown of his marriage. He suffered greatly through it.”

Deuters insisted to Page Six that she has never witnessed Depp act aggressively towards a woman, saying, “I have been with him when he was drinking, doing drugs and smoking weed, and his demeanor has not turned nasty at all. I’ve never seen him lose his temper.”

Describing the actor as a “treasured friend,” she continued, “By all means, their relationship was volatile, but I just know that Johnny wouldn’t hit a woman.

“I can sleep at night knowing I am supporting my friend. I absolutely feel he has been a victim of domestic abuse and he deserves justice.”

Johnny Depp testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on April 25, 2022.
“I just know that Johnny wouldn’t hit a woman,” Deuters said while speaking to Page Six.
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In previous testimony, Heard vividly described her alleged abuse at the hands of Depp. The actress sobbed as she described everything from Depp’s alleged threats to kill her to “cavity searches” and various sexual assault encounters.

Heard is expected to take the stand again on Monday for cross-examination. A spokesperson for the actress declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Depp has no regrets about the trial, according to Deuters.

“Yes, it’s like reopening old wounds. But the fight to clear his name is ultimately for his children, as painful and as ugly as it is,” she explained. “He is here [in the UK] at the moment, we saw him … and I can already see a weight has been lifted from his shoulders having given his testimony.”

She added, “Now I see why he wanted the cameras; so the public can hear him and others speak directly about their experiences. He has finally felt his voice has been heard and that means a lot to him.”


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NYC pastor explains how he became involved in subway shooting suspect’s surrender

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The politically-connected Brooklyn pastor who said he helped broker the surrender of the man charged with killing Goldman Sachs employee Daniel Enriquez also claims he planned to hand-deliver the suspect to his pal, Mayor Eric Adams, who was supposed to be waiting at the police precinct.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead explained the plan in a Wednesday night phone interview with The Post and said he did “what I needed to do” to “protect the community” from suspect Andrew Abdullah following the unprovoked Sunday shooting of Enriquez aboard a Q train in Manhattan.

Abdullah was ultimately arrested Tuesday outside of the Manhattan Legal Aid Society office after his family took him there instead of NYPD’s 5th Precinct Stationhouse in Chinatown, Whitehead said.

The Canarsie-based Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches bishop’s involvement in Abdullah’s arrest and his relationship to Adams had garnered controversy over the clergyman’s criminal past, and his stated role in the arrest was sharply denied by justice advocates involved.

Whitehead, 44, said Abdullah’s family are congregants of his with whom he has a close relationship, which grew more intimate following the death of a teenage family member.

“His aunt and his mom reached out to me yesterday morning and told me, ‘We don’t know what to do!,’ ” Whitehead said over the phone.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead arrives at the 5th Precinct to negotiate the surrender of murder suspect Andrew Abdullah Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Family members of suspect Andrew Abdullah reached out to Bishop Lamor Whitehead before his arrest.
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“His Aunt was crying and they needed me to help them through the process. They didn’t know what to do. I told them first of all, he needs to surrender.

“They spoke to him and said that they would call me back and then they called me and said, ‘We trust you Bishop. He’s going to surrender.’ I asked them if they had an attorney and they said they were working with legal aid.”

The bishop said he told the family to have them bring Abdullah, 25, to the precinct, but said the family was adamant that he speak to a lawyer first.

“She said she spoke to the detectives and they hadn’t worked it out yet. I said if you haven’t worked it out yet the detectives will be staking out your office!,” Whitehead recalled, before explaining how he then called Adams, with whom he had appeared at more than a dozen high-profile events in Brooklyn when the mayor was borough president.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead double parked his Rolls-Royce on his way to the 5th Precinct on Canal St.
Bishop Lamor Whitehead double parked his Rolls-Royce on his way to the 5th Precinct on Canal St.
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“Around 8:30 or 9 a.m., the first guy I called was the mayor,” Whitehead said.

“He said, ‘All right, this young man is alleged to have committed a heinous crime.’ He said he would support me in whatever had to happen for this young man to surrender. He trusted what I had put in place.

“I told him the family was going to meet with him, with the mayor, at the 5th Precinct and he said to keep him updated,” Whitehead said.

Word soon got out among police brass about the surrender and the bishop said he was “inundated” with calls from chiefs, commissioners and detectives.

Andrew Abdullah, 25, turned himself in at the 5th Precinct in Chinatown after negotiating his surrender through a Brooklyn pastor
Andrew Abdullah allegedly shot and killed Goldman Sachs employee Daniel Enriquez in a random subway attack.
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“The plan was, he was walking in with me and I was going to turn him over to the mayor. The mayor was going to be at the 5th Precinct, because that’s what I set up with the mayor,” Whitehead explained.

“I was against them going to the attorney’s office,” Whitehead said. “They needed to come to the precinct to surrender but I left to go to the attorney’s office. I waited with the aunt and the grandmother and when I went to greet his mother, Abdullah got out of the car and the marshals bum-rushed.”

Whitehead’s account of the arrest was echoed by the Legal Aid Society.

“Before Andrew Abdullah could voluntarily surrender himself to the local precinct, he was needlessly ambushed out front of our Manhattan trial office by City Marshals, denied of his opportunity to first consult with counsel,” lawyers said in a statement. 

Suspect Andrew Abdullah’s mother speaks out while her son surrendered to authorities at the NYPD's 5th Precinct Stationhouse.
Suspect Andrew Abdullah’s mother speaks out while her son surrendered to authorities at the NYPD’s 5th Precinct Stationhouse.
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Whitehead said he then again called his “mentor” Adams, who offered his profusive praise, according to the pastor.

“I called the mayor and let him know that he was in custody. He said ‘thank you. You protected our city. You did something tremendous. Nobody knows what this kid could have done to somebody else. You made it happen.’ “

Whitehead, who was ordained ten years after being busted for a $2 billion identity theft scam for which he served five years in state prison, said his relationship with Adams is based on community service.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead and Eric Adams
Bishop Lamor Whitehead looked up to Mayor Eric Adams as a “mentor” when he was Brooklyn Borough President.
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“I teach financial literacy to the youths and the community. I do turkey give backs on the holidays, on Christmas and Thanksgiving. A lot of donations, homeless shelters, food and clothing donations, gang prevention, peace walks,” Whitehead said.

“He’s my mentor. We’ve done a lot of work in Brooklyn when he was the Brooklyn borough president. He helped me out a lot.

“My father was Arthur Miller, he inspired Eric to start the 100 Black Officers In Law Enforcement. He was strangled by 16 police officers in 1978. He was the first I can’t breathe, before Eric Gardner”

The flashy minister also shot back at critics who “crucified” the “man of the cloth” for his designer threads and luxury vehicle, which were on full display Sunday.

“I was dressed for the day. I was going to do work for myself and my entrepreneurship but I got the call to help my community. What was I supposed to say? I should go home and change so that they can identify me as a bishop?” he asked.

“It was in my heart to help the city, New York city. So I went with what I had on! I had a Fendi jacket on.”

It’s not the first time Whitehead’s extravagance has raised eyebrows. In 2016, The Post reported he was spotted driving around Brooklyn in a Maserati and a Bentley — despite owing $261,000 for an outstanding 2009 court judgment over an unpaid personal loan.

A Legal Aid Society spokesperson threw cold water on the entire premise of Whitehead’s claims about his involvement with the arrest of Abdullah, who was being held without bail for allegedly randomly killing Enriquez, 48, while he was riding the Q train over the Manhattan Bridge on his way to brunch.

Goldman Sachs employee Daniel Enriquez was riding on a Manhattan-bound Q train before he was shot and killed by suspect Andrew Abdullah.
Goldman Sachs employee Daniel Enriquez was riding on a Manhattan-bound Q train before he was shot and killed by suspect Andrew Abdullah.

“As far as the pastor, he has no affiliation with the family. He has no affiliation with the legal team and the statements he has made claiming on behalf of the family are untrue,” the society told The Post.

Mayor Adams had previously publicly referred to Whitehead as “my good friend and good brother,” but his office was much more guarded in response to The Post’s inquiry’s about the bishop’s account of Tuesday’s arrest.

“There is a murderer off the street and New Yorkers should be thankful to the NYPD for apprehending this dangerous individual,” spokesman Fabien Levy said.

“As the mayor said yesterday, this is an active case in front of the DA and we’re not going to say anything more that could possibly impede a trial and conviction.”


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Naomi Campbell supports Kate Moss after Johnny Depp testimony

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Naomi Campbell will always have Kate Moss’ back.

The model took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to praise her pal for taking the witness stand on behalf of Johnny Depp and his ongoing legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard.

“YES WAGON TELL IT !! @ katemossagency,” Campbell, 52, wrote, using the nickname she has used for Moss, 48, for years.

Campbell’s words were accompanied by a screengrab of an article recapping Moss’ statements in court, in which the model denied Heard’s claim that Depp pushed her down a flight of stairs during their ’90s romance. 

As previously reported, Moss was called as a rebuttal witness for Depp, 58, in his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, 36. The trial is now in its sixth and final week in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

Kate Moss appearing virtually in court to offer testimony for Johnny Depp
Moss, who dated Depp in the ’90s, appeared in court virtually as a rebuttal witness for the actor.
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“He never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs,” Moss said over video from Gloucester, England. 

Moss told jurors that she fell down a flight of stairs and injured herself during a rainy night in Jamaica at the GoldenEye Resort. 

“Johnny had left the room before I did, and there had been a rainstorm. And as I left the room, I slid down the stairs and hurt my back,” she testified. 

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Depp is nearing the end of his $50 million defamation trial with ex-wife Heard.
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“I screamed because I didn’t know what happened to me and I was in pain. And [Depp] came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”

Depp’s attorney Ben Chew then asked Moss, “Did Mr. Depp push you in any way down the stairs?”

She asserted, “No.” 

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“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012.
“Johnny did for a bit.”
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Moss was 20 and Depp was 31 when they dated from 1994 until 1997. Following their split, the actor moved on with now-ex Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis, 49, share kids Lily-Rose, 22, and Jack, 20. 

Though Moss once described her breakup with Depp as a “nightmare,” she has remained resolutely supportive of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. 

“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012. “Johnny did for a bit.” 


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Ari Emanuel to marry Sarah Staudinger in St. Tropez this weekend

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Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel will seal his latest deal this weekend.

Sources confirmed to Page Six that Emanuel — the hard-charging inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold character on the HBO hit “Entourage” — will tie the knot with designer Sarah Staudinger in a star-studded ceremony in St. Tropez, France.

Conveniently, the nuptials will coincide with the end of the nearby Cannes Film Festival.

Insiders told Page Six that guests are already headed to the wedding location for the upcoming festivities.

While the guest list currently remains under wraps, Emanuel is known to rep A-list names including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Christian Bale, Whoopi Goldberg, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Larry David and Joaquin Phoenix. He also previously represented Donald Trump in his “Apprentice” days.

On the family side, his brothers are former mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel.

The couple got engaged last May, we exclusively reported.
The couple got engaged last May, Page Six exclusively reported.
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Meanwhile, Staudinger’s fashion line, Staud, has celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Lizzo, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie.

Page Six exclusively revealed last May that Emanuel and Staudinger got engaged. They started dating in 2018, after he and his first wife, Sarah Addington, filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. They reportedly separated in 2014, and have three kids together.

Emanuel, 61, and Staudinger, 33, broke up in 2020, then reconciled around the start of 2021. He popped the question after his company, Endeavor, debuted on the stock market, a source told us at the time.

The wedding will coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
The wedding will coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
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The Brentwood, Calif., home he shared with Addington went on the market last year for $25.9 million, while he bought a 2-acre Beverly Hills estate for $27.5 million in October 2020.

A rep did not comment.

The Wrap was first to report on the Emanuel wedding.


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