In spite of the old celebrity-related adage that “any press is good press,” apparently movie star Amber Heard doesn’t agree. We’re in the beginning of week 4 of the televised proceedings of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, and apparently the latter has had enough. Heard’s legal team is expected to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit today.
The report comes courtesy of Deadline, who says they’ve been assured the motion is almost certain to fail. However, this isn’t a desperation move on the part of Amber Heard, nor is it a product of her or her legal team’s impatience. Heard’s lawyers, Deadline says, are well aware the motion will likely fail. An unnamed legal source told the outlet that “Old Dominion” statutes essentially require defense lawyers to file such a motion as soon as the plaintiff’s case comes to a conclusion. The motion is expected to be put forth on Tuesday, when Depp’s lawyers are planning to wrap up their case.
Regardless, Amber Heard certainly has plenty of reasons to want to make this case go away. With her ex-husband’s career already on life support, she has a lot more to lose beyond the $50 million Depp is suing for. A lot of the ugliest parts of their two year marriage have been put on display as a result of the televised case, and while it hasn’t made either of them look particularly good, the testimony about Amber Heard has proven shockingly damning. Contrary to claims that she was only a victim of abuse in their marriage, the couple’s former therapist claimed the pair took part in “mutual abuse.” At the same time, when it comes to physical abuse, there seems to be even more credible evidence pointing toward Heard abusing Depp than the other way around. As reported by People, Depp’s security guard has testified he witnessed Heard punch her now ex-husband in the face on at least one occasion. Meanwhile LAPD officers testified they saw no evidence of physical abuse on Heard in response to a domestic violence call in 2016, in spite of Heard’s claims.
More damning testimony against Amber Heard related not to her behavior during her marriage to Depp, but afterwards. Members of the ACLU testified that the 2018 Washington Post op-ed that prompted Depp’s lawsuit was ghost-written by the ACLU and that its publishing was timed to coincide with the release of Aquaman, in which Heard had the starring role of Mera. The ACLU also said that in spite of of Heard’s pledge to donate half of her $7 million divorce settlement to the ACLU — $3.5 million — to date the organization has only received $1.3 million. They further say that $100,00 of that $1.3 million came directly from Johnny Depp, while they believe that $500,000 came from Elon Musk.
As a result, the fan campaigns against Amber Heard are stronger than ever, and fans may not be the only ones siding with Depp. A couple of weeks ago people watching celebrity social media took note that Jason Momoa — who has been Heard’s co-star in three films to date, including the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom — began following Johnny Depp on Instagram.