Depp is suing Heard for defamation for an op-ed she penned for the Washington Post in 2018 on surviving domestic violence, despite the fact that she never mentioned Depp by name. Depp first filed the $50 million lawsuit in March 2019, claiming that his Hollywood career has been harmed by his portrayal as an abuser.
As he appeared in the US defamation trial against his former wife, “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp denied ever physically abusing Amber Heard. “There were arguments and things like that, but I never to the point of striking Miss Heard in any way,” Depp told the jurors in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court.
“I’ve never struck a lady in my life,” he explained. Heard’s “heinous and terrible” allegations of domestic abuse against Depp were “not based in any sort of fact” and came as a “total shock,” according to Depp.
One of Depp’s lawyers questioned why he had filed the defamation suit against his ex-wife. Depp remarked, “I thought it was my job to stand up not only for myself, but also for my children.” “I wanted to make sure my kids didn’t have to read anything about their father that wasn’t true.”
“It’s funny when you’re Cinderella one day and Quasimodo the next,” he continued. On the fifth day of the blockbuster defamation trial, Depp, 58, approached the testimony with his hair slicked back in a ponytail and dressed in a black suit, black shirt, and floral pattern tie.
After Heard, who turns 36 on Friday, penned a column for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she defined herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse,” Depp filed the defamation claim. Depp, whom she met on the shooting of “The Rum Diary” in 2009, sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.
Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, countersued, claiming “rampant physical violence and torture” at his hands. Depp accused Heard of attempting to “create positive PR for herself” ahead of the release of “Aquaman,” in which she starred.
Depp launched the defamation suit in the United States after losing a second libel suit in London in November 2020 against the tabloid The Sun for labelling him a “wife-beater.”
Heard’s lawyers claimed in opening statements that Depp turned into a “monster” during drug and alcohol-fueled binges and physically and sexually abused Heard. The claims have had a “devastating” impact on Depp’s Hollywood career, according to his lawyers.
He abandoned his position as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and was asked to leave the “Fantastic Beasts” series, which is based on J.K. Rowling’s book of the same name. Following testimony from Sean Bett, a member of Depp’s security detail, and Keenan Wyatt, who worked as a sound engineer on many of his films, Depp joined the witness stand.
Both individuals claimed that they had never witnessed Depp becoming violent in any way. “I’ve never witnessed Johnny abusing someone,” Wyatt stated. Bett claimed he once saw Heard hurl a “water bottle or a plastic cup” at Depp.
Depp filed his lawsuit in Virginia because the Post is published there, but he is not suing the paper. Defamation rules in Virginia are likewise thought to be more friendly to plaintiffs than those in California, where the two actors dwell. In 2016, Heard filed a restraining order against Depp, alleging that he had abused her. In 2017, their divorce was finally formalised.