Joyce Maynard, Salinger Memoirist, On Johnny Depp/Amber Heard Trial – Deadline

In an essay for, creator Joyce Maynard has revealed her fascination with the just-concluded defamation path of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Her stunning conclusion: somebody abused Heard. Just not Depp.

Maynard is aware of about tempestuous relationships. She launched a 1998 memoir, At Home within the World, detailing her abusive live-in state of affairs with iconic Catcher within the Rye creator J.D. Salinger. She was villified for writing in regards to the notoriously non-public Salinger, and accused of attempting to vengefully destroy him, a lot as Heard was portrayed.

Given that background, Maynard got here into the trial protection together with her personal prejudices. She wrote that the net abuse of Heard “confirm the deeply entrenched misogyny in our culture and the zeal with which it continues to shame women.”

However, her preliminary impressions modified after extensively watching the authorized proceedings.

“Here’s an alternative view,” Maynard wrote in her essay. “Maybe yesterday’s verdict served to differentiate true claims of partner violence from defamatory allegations. The jury’s decision affirms that domestic violence takes many forms, and that as much as it has been women who stand in greatest jeopardy of being its victims, a woman may also be the instigator or aggressor. For a woman, there may be no deadlier or more effective way of committing violence against a man than to call him out as an abuser.”

Depp deserved cancellation if he actually did the issues Heard accused him of doing. But, Maynard allowed, “If, as the jury concluded, Heard fabricated her story, then she took a lot more from him than some big-budget movie roles and a fingertip.”

Soon, Depp’s demeanor and solutions to questions “caused me to question my initial assumptions,” Maynard wrote.

“Depp delivered his testimony in a thoughtful, sober tone of voice that displayed humility and self-awareness and owned up to his many failings,” Maynard wrote. “No such acknowledgement could be found in the testimony of Amber Heard.”

While permitting that Depp is an actor, Maynard was not satisfied by Heard’s demeanor or solutions. “Throughout the trial, she struck me—as she evidently did the jury—as a woman not so much recounting actual events as playing a role.”

Maynard concluded, ”I’d be prepared to wager that any individual abused Amber Heard. Just not the person she wrote about in The Washington Post.”

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