As a response to Amber Heard’s accusations of domestic abuse against the multi-awarded actor, Johnny Depp, he files a 50 million dollar lawsuit against his ex-wife that paints Depp as the victim of sexual abuse rather than the abuser.
The previously silent Depp has officially spoken out about his time married to Amber Heard. After being quiet in the wake of the abuse allegations thrown unto him, two years after his divorce, he filed a lawsuit against Heard in Virginia. The case shifts the narrative and paint Heard as the one who is domestically abusing Depp. In the lawsuit, Depp alleges Heard was regularly abusive, and he claims that the actress punched him in the face and injured his finger during heated arguments.
The Sweeney Todd star is now seeking for defamation damages from Amber Heard and has submitted some evidence that suggests that his ex-wife was the perpetrator of domestic violence, and not him. According to reports, the lawsuit includes over 80 surveillance videos, pictures, and 17 witness testimonies. Several of the witnesses named in the Pirate of Caribbean actor’s lawsuit are responding police officers. Depp’s lawyers argue that Heard leverages the allegations of domestic abuse to further her career – to the expense of Depp’s.
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.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT HEARD’S ALLEGATIONS?
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.
WHAT IS JOHNNY DEPP’S DEFENSE?
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.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
The multi-million dollar lawsuit is not subject of contention between the two parties. A judge will ultimately decide if Depp’s lawsuit has merit, but there is still no official court date that has been set to hear his case.