The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard saga has been going on for what seems like forever now and doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. With the two still embroiled in seemingly never-ending legal battles, which have had ramifications on their professional careers (more for one than the other), we will likely be talking about these two and the fallout from their ill-fated relationship for years to come. The latest dust-up (via ScreenDaily) came when Johnny Depp had a recent press conference interrupted by a Heard fan playing an audio recording of the actress talking about Depp in a recent legal hearing. What a mess.
Johnny Depp was talking to reporters at the San Sebastian Film Festival last week where he was receiving the Donostia Award. The latter is given for lifetime achievement in the filmmaking industry. During the presser, someone began playing a recording of Amber Heard speaking about Johnny Depp. The recording was taken from the legal proceedings in 2020 that saw Johnny Depp suing the British tabloid The Sun for defamation and libel. The publication had referred to Johnny Depp as a “wife-beater” and the latter took the matter to open court. Forced to defend their position, The Sun mounted evidence, with Amber Heard at the center, that their assertion was accurate. In the end, The Sun won the case.
The recording played at the Johnny Depp press conference was of Amber Heard speaking about the couple’s short-lived marriage. Part of the recording had Amber Heard saying, “It has been incredibly painful to relive the break-up of my relationship, to have my motives, my truth questioned and the most traumatic and intimate details of my life with Johnny shared in court …” It was cut off, and according to the reporting, it isn’t clear who actually played the audio message.
The San Sebastian Donostia Award for Johnny Depp has not been without its controversy. There were a number in the industry who questioned the reasoning and timing behind choosing Depp as the recipient at this point in time. The details which emerged from The Sun trial were embarrassing and disturbing, and the fallout of the verdict had a dramatic effect on Depp’s career. He was subsequently removed from upcoming roles in both the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot as well as a larger role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Amber Heard meanwhile, faced no such industry backlash. Rumors that she would lose her role as Queen Mera in the DC Extended Universe were unfounded and she’s currently in production on the Aquaman sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
And the legal issues for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard aren’t over yet. Depp has filed another stateside lawsuit, this time in Virginia, against the Washington Post for an op-ed piece penned by Heard about her time married to Depp. He is seeking upwards of $50 million dollars and there is some chance this case gets ugly as well. Heard and her team has asked for LAPD records surrounding a domestic disturbance call and the details of that incident could get ugly as well.
This next case for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is set to hit the courts on April 11, 2022, and should just continue to have the two embroiled in a mess that’s been ongoing for years now.