Multi-awarded actor Johnny Depp filed a $50 million defamation charge against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who has accused him of domestic abuse; accusations that Depp said have damaged his career.
The announcement of the multi-million dollar lawsuit was announced by different media outlets including Deadline and People. It was first reported by The Blast, Friday.
The lawsuit came after an interview Heard gave to Washington Post Op-ed where he accused Depp of beating her in his home in Los Angeles. The claims were dismissed by Edward Scissorhands actor saying that it was a false accusation that has drastically damaged the star’s blooming career, the lawsuit alleges.
“This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard,” Heard’s lawyers said in a statement to Business Insider. “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.”
In December 2018, Heard described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in an interview with Washington Post Op-ed, where she spoke against sexual violence and the #MeToo campaign. In 2016, Heard’s lawyers said she “suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse” by Depp.
The said statement was a response to a guest column for The Wrap by Johnny Depp’s close friend, Doug Stanhope, who accused Heard of Blackmailing the actor.
“I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out, “ is the specific statement of Heard in question in the multi-million dollar lawsuit by Depp.
While Heard never refers to Depp by name in the piece, the lawsuit said: “the op-ed’s clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser is categorically and demonstrably false.”
In 2016, Amber Heard filed domestic abuse charges against Johnny Depp and less than a week later, she was granted by the court with a temporary restraining order against Depp “until another hearing is held.”
During her first court appearance, Heard entered the courtroom with a black eye alleging Depp to be the attacker. According to her lawyer, Samantha Spector, they have submitted pieces of evidence that Depp indeed is beating her, including photos of her body post the alleged attack as well as a video of one of the beatings.
In sworn testimony, Amber Heard told the court that Johnny Depp threw her cellphone at her, hitting her cheek and eye during the said fight. She added that Depp pulled her hair and punched her repeatedly.
“During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” Heard wrote in the declaration. “I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”
She accused that Depp was high and drunk when the incident happened one Saturday night in May 2016. She also revealed that the same abuse – in a similar state – was perpetrated by Depp in April 2016, when Johnny pushed her to the floor.
“I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally,” Heard wrote. She also submitted a declaration from a friend who said she took a photo of Heard’s bruised face shortly after Depp left their home.
Amidst the testimony given by the side of Amber Heard, investigators revealed that law enforcement officers who responded during the night in question found no evidence of an assault after a domestic dispute call they received. They also claimed that Heard said that she would not press any criminal charges against Depp.
The lawsuit said the 2016 allegations are “false” and “an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career.”
Depp alleged in the lawsuit that the accusations damaged his career and that he was dropped from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise after the op-ed was published.
The two met on the set of their movie, The Rum Diary in 2009 and later married in 2015. Fifteen months after their wedding, Heard filed a divorce against Depp for ‘irreconcilable differences’ in May 2016 and was finalized on January 2017. /apr