Johnny Depp has filed a $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Heard published an op-ed in the Washington Post in December 2018, shortly before the release of Aquaman, where she portrayed Hera. In the article, she writes about how she’s faced our “culture’s wrath” over her decision to speak up against domestic violence. Depp is now suing for defamation of character and claiming that her accusations are all part of an “elaborate hoax” on the actress’ part in order to generate “positive publicity” and to “advance her career.”
Despite the fact that she never mentions the Pirates of the Caribbean star by name, the lawsuit maintains that her perspective piece “depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
Moreover, the document also suggests that it was not Depp who was the abuser but Heard, claiming” Ms. Heard violently abused Mr. Depp, just as she was caught and arrested for violently abusing her former domestic partner.” Depp’s lawsuit maintains his declarations of innocence by stating that Heard threw a liquor bottle at him which resulted in an injury to his hand which required surgery, whereas her claims that he hit her and threw a phone at her face have been “conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos.”
According to the documents, the Aquaman star’s alleged “elaborate hoax” worked and her “her false allegations against Mr. Depp” resulted in a number of professional opportunities for her including becoming the first actress to be named a Human Rights Champion of the United Nations Human Rights Office, being appointed as ambassador on women’s rights at the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as L’Oreal Paris’s global spokesperson.
On the other hand, the lawsuit continues, Depp faced losses because of the Washington Post piece, as he was dismissed from his part in Pirates of the Carribean only days after it came out. So now, he is suing her for defamation and asking for $50 million in damages.
A statement issued by Heard’s lawyer, Eric M. George, reads: “This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team.”
Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman later responded with the following statement: “‘They want to silence Amber Heard’ doesn’t sound like a denial by Ms. Heard of Mr. Depp’s 40-page, evidence-packed complaint. We hardly intend to silence Ms. Heard—to the contrary, we intend to subpoena and compel evidence from her, her three hoax-assisting friends, and Elon Musk. We look forward to holding the overwhelming video, photographic and eyewitness evidence we finally possess up against Amber Heard’s (so far silent) attempts to explain the inexplicable.”
Depp and Heard got married in 2015 after meeting on the set of Rum Diary. Heard filed for divorced after less than a year in 2016, as well as for a restraining order against the actor, claiming he had physically assaulted her. Heard was given $7 million in a divorce settlement, a portion of which she gave to charity, and the two signed non-disclosure agreements and issued a joint statement claiming: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain.”