Fans Claim Amber Heard Told Johnny Depp She'd Frame Him in Resurfaced Audio

Audio clips of resurfaced private conversations between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are being posted on social media with key context missing, which is misleading some people into thinking Heard "had a plan" to frame Depp.

The clips come from 2015 and 2016 when the couple were going through their divorce proceedings. The conversations contain tense and emotional exchanges between the two over the phone as they discuss whether they'll take their argument public and involve the courts.

A recent clip posted on Instagram suggests Heard is revealing her "plan" to frame Depp in the future. However, Newsweek sourced the full unedited audio conversation, which includes the context of the conversation and proves that the suggestion isn't true.

In the initial post by @thejdcase, which got thousands of views, Heard can be heard saying: "It is insanely cross-corroborated, than it is a plan [of] I'm going to put makeup on myself and take pictures throughout the years and just sit on it for years. That, while having this, like, this imaginary life run parallel to it. Do you understand? The pictures I have matched with text messages to my mom back and forth about it, you know? and text messages between say, Raquel and my mom or my dad or you know, between my two friends."

The clip, which has since been deleted, caused controversy online as many in the comment section were led to believe that Heard had planned to frame Depp. Newsweek reached out to the Instagram user to see why they had deleted the original post, but they were unavailable for comment. The whole clip was reposted onto YouTube by HatCHeTHaZ.

The audio is a small snippet taken from a larger 31-minute recorded conversation from May 2016, which was then published by the Daily Mail in 2020.

In the wider context of the specific clip published on social media, Heard discusses a number of incidents that wouldn't be examples of Heard throwing Depp "under the bus," but would instead be evidence that naturally falls in her favor.

Heard tears up as she describes having to explain to her publicist, Jodi Gottlieb, that she may have to cancel her James Corden appearance because of marks on her face. "In this case, which I will have, it will be criminal as well, because I cannot go on signing and file without filing a police statement first."

Heard continued, "And the only reason I haven't filed a police statement, which has been used against me by the way, every day. And the only reason I won't do it, I haven't done it is because I don't want to hurt you."

Depp replies to this by telling Heard he loves her and he doesn't want to hurt her either.

Twenty minutes into the conversation, audio from Heard is played when she said: "Tell people it was a fair fight and see what the jury and the judge thinks, tell the world, Johnny." This clip was played by Depp's defense in the ongoing trial.

Heard continued: "Tell them, I Johnny Depp, I am a victim too of domestic violence. You know, it's a fair fight and see how many people believe or sides with you."

This piece of audio has been used against Heard several times, but she once again goes on to suggest that she's not made those arguments publicly to protect Depp.

"I am not trying to attack you here. I'm just trying to point out the fact of why I said call 911. Because you had your hands on me after you threw a phone in my face. And it's gotten crazy in the past and I truly thought I need to stop this madness before I get hurt," said Heard. Immediately Depp counters with an exasperated: "Oh my god."

The majority of the audio was reposted by the YouTube user Incredibly Average in February 2020. While more context is given here, the creator of the video stops the testimony every now and then to weigh in and give his own opinion on the evidence, which often sides with Depp. The video has been viewed over 3 million times with viewers still finding the video and commenting on it today.

The Depp v. Heard defamation trial has been a major talking point online with resurfaced clips, images and stories coming up during the ongoing case. Depp has sued Heard for $50 million in loss of earnings after she wrote a 2018 op-ed stating she was the victim of domestic violence. Heard has counter-sued for $100 million.

The defamation trial will resume at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, May 16, and Newsweek will be sure to cover every breaking story from the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Virginia.

Newsweek has reached out to Amber Heard's representatives for comment.

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Audio clips of private conversations between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are being shared online. One YouTube user "Incredibly Average" (bottom right) posts the clips then gives their own take on their relationship. Jim Lo Scalzo / Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images / YouTube @Incredibly Average