Johnny Depp and Amber Heard court battle: What you need to know

Here’s a refresher on what you should know.

Depp and Amber met on the set of “The Rum Diary” in 2009, married in 2015 and were mired in a contentious separation for months, with misconduct charges filed by both parties.

In 2016, Heard alleged that Depp injured his face after throwing a phone at him in his Los Angeles home. Depp denied the allegation and was not charged with any crime.

The couple settled their divorce months later, releasing a joint statement that read in part: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound together by love.”
In December 2018, Heard wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post titled “I spoke out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change” in which she wrote that she “became a public figure who It represented domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women speaking out.”

“Friends and advisers told me I would never work as an actress again, that I would be blacklisted. They attached a movie to me to recast my role,” Heard wrote. “I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me.”

Depp’s name is not mentioned in the article.


The following year, Depp filed a $50 million libel lawsuit against Heard.

His lawsuit alleges, though the actor is not named, “the op-ed was clearly about (and was consistently characterized by other media as being about) the alleged victimization of Ms. Heard after she publicly accused her ex-husband, Johnny Depp ( Mr. Depp), of domestic abuse in 2016, when he appeared in court with an apparently battered face and obtained a temporary restraining order against Mr. Depp on May 27, 2016.”

Depp’s lawsuit also alleges that Heard’s allegations caused him financial losses, including exclusion from future “Pirates of the Caribbean” films after he directed the franchise for 15 years.

Over the years, he has maintained his innocence in abusing Heard and in 2021 he complained in an interview with The Sun that Hollywood is boycotting him.

“A man, an actor in an unpleasant and complicated situation, for the last few years?” he said, “But, you know, I’m moving to where I need to go to do all of that… To get things out there.”

Heard’s response to the presentation

In 2019, the actress tried to have the lawsuit dismissed.

In an affidavit obtained by CNN and included in Heard’s motion to dismiss the case against her, she alleged that a year into their relationship, she began witnessing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star abusing drugs. and booze.

“Every time he was using it, I worried about both of them,” Heard stated in the filing. “He would become a totally different person, often delusional and violent. We call that version of Johnny, ‘the Monster’. “

Court documents detail multiple cases of alleged abuse in which Heard claims Depp hit her, threw bottles, yelled at her, pushed Heard, pulled out clumps of her hair and at one point strangled her.

In response to the accusations, Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, told CNN: “A hoax confronted with the reality of the evidence requires new lies to sustain itself.”

The motion to dismiss was denied.

Heard filed a $100 million defamation countersuit against Depp in 2020 that is ongoing.

The last

Over the weekend, Heard posted a note about the upcoming trial on her verified social media accounts, writing “I never named [Depp]Rather, I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I’m still paying that price, but I hope that when this case is over, I can move on and so can Johnny.”

“I have always held a love for Johnny and it pains me to have to relive the details of our past life together in front of the world,” she wrote. “At this time, I acknowledge the continued support I have been fortunate to receive over the years, and in the coming weeks I will lean on him more than ever.”

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