The assault allegations caused for a major media backlash, with the 52-year-old star's ex and baby mama, Vanessa Paradis
, condemning the allegations
as "outrageous." The actor's long-time friend Doug Stanhope
, also fueled the fire, calling Amber's claims an act of blackmail
. On June 3, Heard filed a defamation lawsuit against Stanhope, insisting his claims were false and caused "tremendous harm."