What is the case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard?
John Christopher Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard married in a civil ceremony in February 2015. Then in May 2016, Heard filed for divorce. She obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp. She mentioned in her court declaration that he had been verbally and physically abusing her. This went on throughout their relationship. He usually did all this while he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Though Depp refused to accept these claims. They got the divorce in January 2017.
The testaments of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s case are here!
Later, Heard dismissed the restraining order. They stated that their relationship was very passionate though volatile at times but it was love bound, in a joint statement. None of them has made false claims for financial gain. Depp paid a settlement of US$7 million to Heard. She pledged to donate it to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
Allegations on News Group Newspapers by Depp
In 2018, Depp put allegations in the UK against News Group Newspapers (NGN), publishers of The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater” in an April 2018 article. In July 2020, the case had a highly publicized trial. The court took both Depp and Heard several days for investigation. The High Court of Justice declared that 12 of the 14 incidents of violence started by Heard were true. The court considered all the claims made by Amber as correct. All these incidents impacted Heard’s career and activism public. The production company, Warner Bros asked Depp to resign from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, after this verdict.
Heard wrote an op-ed for the Depp’s defamation
In early 2019, Depp also sued Heard for defamation in Virginia. It was about an op-ed in which she wrote about abusive relationships, that The Washington Post published in December 2018. Depp claimed that Heard had been the abuser. All her allegations lead to the defamation of Depp. As a result of this, Disney had declined to cast him in future projects. In August 2020, Heard countersued Depp. This time the claim by Heard was that Depp organized a harassment campaign via Twitter and through online petitions. She claims that he did this to move her out of the Aquaman and L’Oreal.
Leaking confidential information
In October 2020, the judge in the case dismissed Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman. This was because he leaked some confidential information that was under a protective order to the media. There were claims that Heard didn’t donate the settlement she got to the charity. In August 2021, a New York judge said that the ACLU must disclose documents related to her charity pledge to the organization. In April 2022, the trial in the Depp v Heard case began Fairfax County, Virginia.
The court played some of their audio recordings in which they had heated arguments. Depp also claimed about defending himself physically at times about Heard’s statement talking about an incident in which Heard said he injured her nose. Depp said that this happened when his head was connected to Heard’s forehead when he was trying to stop her.
1. What incident did Depp narrate about physical abuse by Heard?
Depp testified that it was shattered glass that severed his finger in 2015 after Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him. He sought medical care but said in court that he told others at the time that he injured his finger by slamming it into a door.
2. What was Depp’s statement about the actions followed by his injury?
Depp was also asked about his actions following his injury, including when he used his injured finger to write on the walls with a mixture of his blood and paint. Depp confirmed in court that he had done so.
3. What was Depp’s reply regarding the text messages shown in the court?
Depp testified he was “embarrassed” by the messages read in court and said he uses “dark humor” at times to express himself. Other text messages were shared in which Depp discussed his drug use and alcohol use with friends like actor Paul Bettany and musician Marilyn Manson.
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