Heard filed for divorce from Depp on May 23, 2016, and also secured a restraining order against the Academy Award-nominated actor. She said that Depp had physically assaulted her during their relationship and that he had done so most of the time while under the influence of narcotics or alcohol.
She claimed that, at the time of filing for divorce, an incident had occurred in which Depp hurled his phone at her, causing her to suffer a damaged face as a result of it. According to People, a police official stated that an inquiry into the domestic incident radio call revealed that no crime had occurred.
Heard, through his representatives, said that Depp was “attempting to gain a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.” Depp, through his representatives, disputed the allegations.
Heard wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post in which she discussed the treatment of women who are victims of domestic violence.
The following is what Heard said in the op-ed: “I became a public figure reflecting domestic abuse, and I experienced the full power of our culture’s fury toward women who speak up.”
Depp’s name was never mentioned.
Johnny Depp Amber Heard Trial Summary
The defamation trial in Virginia between stars Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has devolved into a bloody struggle for the truth about their relationship, with both sides accusing the other of frequent domestic abuse during an undoubtedly difficult marriage.
According to reports, Depp sued News Group Newspapers, the publisher of the newspaper The Sun, in 2018 over a story in which they called him a “wife abuser,” a reference to Depp and Heard’s past marriage. Depp sued the publisher and executive editor Dan Wootton of The Sun for libel.
Ryder and Paradis both issued statements defending Depp.
“The thought that he is an enormously aggressive guy is the polar opposite of the Johnny I knew and loved,” Ryder wrote. I am unable to comprehend these charges.”
Meanwhile, Paradis said that Heard’s allegations “are nothing like the actual Johnny I knew, and based on my many years of personal experience, I can affirm he was never aggressive or abusive toward me.”
The three-week trial began in early July. Depp claimed that Heard urinated in his bed and struck him, an allegation that Heard disputes. Besides having extramarital affairs with James Franco and Elon Musk, Depp has accused Heard of having extramarital affairs with other celebrities, which she vigorously denies.
Meanwhile, Heard has accused Depp of physical abuse and of hurling a phone at her face, which she claims left her bruised. Additionally, Hear stated that Depp threatened to murder her multiple times.
On November 2, the court ruled against Johnny Depp in the libel case against him.
Judge Mr. Justice Nicol concluded three months after the blockbuster trial began that The Sun was correct in reporting that Depp was abusive toward ex-wife Amber Heard.
Nicol based his decision on 14 distinct events provided by The Sun’s lawyers to warrant labeling Depp a “wife-beater.”
Following the decision, a representative for The Sun stated: “For over two decades, The Sun has stood up and battled for domestic violence victims. Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced, and we appreciate the judge’s deliberation and Amber Heard’s fortitude in testifying in court.”
Heard’s lawyer in the United States stated in a statement obtained by the BBC: “For those of us there at the London High Court trial, this decision and judgment come as no surprise. We will shortly be presenting much more voluminous evidence in the United States.
“We are committed to seeking justice in the United States Court for Amber Heard and upholding her right to free expression.”
Johnny Depp has categorically disputed any allegations that he was abusive toward Heard, and his lawyers stated in a statement released shortly after the ruling: “This decision is as bizarre as it is perplexing.”
“Most troubling is the judge’s reliance on Amber Heard’s testimony, and his subsequent disregard for a mountain of counter-evidence from police officers, medical practitioners, her own former assistant, other unassailable witnesses, and an array of documentary evidence that completely refuted the allegations, point by point.
“All of this went unnoticed. Mr. Depp’s failure to appeal this judgment is ludicrous. Meanwhile, we hope that, in contrast to this decision, ongoing libel procedures in America are fair, with both parties disclosing all relevant information rather than one side selectively cherry-picking which facts can and cannot be relied upon.”
Depp has also filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard in the United States over a Washington Post post she wrote on her experience as a victim of domestic violence. While Depp is not specifically mentioned in Heard’s post, his legal team maintains that the article is strongly implied to be about him.