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Who is iO Tillett Wright and How is he Related to Amber Heard?

On the 17th day of the fierce defamation trial between Johnny and Amber, O Tillett Wright said he overheard the altercation between Depp and his ex-wife. Remember Johnny accused Amber and her friend of defecating in the actor’s bed. iO Tillett Wright is that friend. Read on to know more about him.

Who is iO Tillett Wright?

iO Tillett Wright is an American author, photographer, TV and podcast host, and activist. He grew up in New York City with his mother, Rebecca wright, a poet and actress. iO completed his studies at Brockwood Park School in England, UK. Wright is openly transgender and documented his struggles in his memoir “Darling Days”.

iO’s Writing Career

iO Wright founded the street art magazine “Overspray” and served as its editor-in-chief until 2009. At the age of 22, he became a featured columnist for “T Magazine” where he has two regular blogs. Wright has also written three books, which include:

  • Darling Days, A Memoir was released on September 27, 2016, by Ecco Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.
  • Self Evident Truths: 10,000 Portraits of Queer America, has been published on September 15, 2020, by Prestel.
  • Oasis: Modern Desert Homes Around The World, has been published in November 2020, by Clarkson Potter.

iO as a Speaker

In 2012, Wright delivered a talk at TEDxWomen in Washington, DC, called Fifty Shades Of Gay, discussing sexuality and gender as a spectrum. The talk has been viewed over 3 million times. Wright has given keynote lectures at Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, Nike, Postmates, The Atlantic summit, and countless others.

A Brilliant Photographer

Wright is a self-taught photographer, whose first camera was a Pentax KX. Wright’s photographs appeared on the cover of The New York Times magazine in August 2010, marking the beginning of his public photography career.

On September 22, 2010, Wright opened Breedings, his first solo show of photographs, at Fuse Gallery in Manhattan. In August 2011, Wright debuted Camila, his second solo show, and Act Like You’re Fine, a group show he curated at Tokyo’s Vacant Gallery.

Since 2010, Wright has been working on a project called Self Evident Truths that examines Americans, asking them whether they are “other than straight”, and photographing respondents who self-evaluate themselves to be “anything other than 100% straight”.

Wright has photographed more than 10,000 people in the whole United States. In 2020, a monograph, called “Self Evident Truths: 10,000 Portraits of Queer America” that includes all ten thousand images, has been published by Prestel, with a foreword by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

A Television Personality, Actor and Podcaster

In 2016, Wright began co-hosting the MTV show Suspect with Nev Schulman. In 2017, he was a co-host with Max Joseph, on MTV’s TV show, Catfish: The TV Show Season 6 Episode 6. As an actor, he appeared in several films like Sex and the City and Holy New York.

In 2019, iO produced and hosted “The Ballad of Billy Balls”, a true crime investigation of the murder of the love of his mother’s life. In 2020, the show was optioned by Touchstone for development into a television mini-series.

Presently, Wright hosts the first five episodes of New York Magazine’s flagship investigative features podcast “Cover Story”. The first episode of “Power Trip”, which is the Season of the podcast, released in November 2021.

iO owns a website which states, “iO’s life purpose is encouraging people to be real about how they enjoy living and to get psyched about it. He has more than 78,00 followers on Instagram, and his bio reads: “Story Man, Black Lives Matter.”

How is iO Wright related to Heard?

iO Wright is believed to be Amber Heard’s friend, well as she describes him. The two have been photographed together several times over the past decade. Their “so-called friendship” finds its roots 10 years back. They first met in 2011 through a mutual friend.

iO’s Testimony, Is it Another “S*** Prank”?

As per iO, Johnny has been abusive towards Amber Heard and in his recent testimony, the 36-year-old author testified that he called the police after overhearing what sounded like a violent altercation years ago between Amber and her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

iO’s name came up in the light due to the infamous faecal matter incident. Johnny alleged Amber and her friend had both “shit on his pillow”. The taped deposition from March 2022, reflects a phone call between Heard and iO on May 21, 2016, which was played on the 16th day of the defamation trial.

He further testified that Heard texted him, asking to talk. When Wright called her, she put him on speakerphone and said Depp was accusing them of defecating in his bed. Wright said he started to laugh in response but soon realized Depp wasn’t joking.

iO said in his testimony that, “I could hear him walk away from the phone,” Wright said. “He came clomping back down the stairs and I heard like a [punches hand] noise and then the phone dropped and he said to her, ‘Oh? Do you think I hit you? Do you think I fucking hit you?

He added, “Johnny said, what if I peel your fucking hair back?’ And then I heard the phone drop again and then I heard her scream.” Wright said he called Heard’s next-door friend Raquel Pennington and then 911 in New York, even though Heard and Depp were in Los Angeles.

Wright also revealed that he met Heard through a mutual friend in 2011. He also photographed her for his campaign. iO revealed that Amber and Depp became close friends with him from 2013 to 2015 and he even lived on Depp’s property for a year.

iO stated that when Depp was sober, he was “kind, generous and loyal”, but when he was drunk, he could be “incredibly mean or vicious”. Wight also testified that Johnny called mean words to Amber and called him “misogynistic and cruel.”

iO also stated that Johnny was a threat to Amber since their wedding. As the trial moves ahead, Amber is being cross-examined. The final arguments will be wrapped up on May 27th. Do you think iO’s testimony is credible or is he just trying to play another prank, this time with the court, eh!

I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.


  1. All of Amber’s former friends are losers and freeloaders – always ready to make a buck off someone else and live off someone else’s largesse. I am sure all these so-called ‘friends’ were told they would get a piece of the pie when she wins (good luck with that) so more than happy to lie.

  2. I think iO is a total grifting asshole. Wants some of that sweet sweet $100M Amber promised him. Thinks he’s gonna Make His Mark In A Big Big Way with some of her cash. Just a stinking grifter all the way.

  3. This guy is the epidime of a human parasite. Absolutely disgusting. And an obvious liar, just like his dear little partner in crime. 10 to 1, that sht pile on the pillow came out of his AZZ.


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