In 2015 28-year-old actress Amber Heard married 51-year-old actor Johnny Depp. In May of 2016 Heard filed for divorce and then filed a domestic violence restraining order against Depp. The media went crazy and a campaign to #CancelDepp ensued, accusing him of being a domestic abuser and for a time costing him work.
Fast forward to 2020 and everything has changed. Depp has now filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard which alleges she lied about his physical abuse against him and that she, in fact, was the abuser.
Since that lawsuit was filed, audio has emerged with seems to confirm that Heard’s accusations against Depp were untrue and that Depp’s accusations of abuse against Heard are instead the truth.
In a 2016 deposition audio was played, which has only now been released. In that audio Amber Heard appears to admit to hitting Johnny Depp in the head with the door, according to The Daily Mail.
In the tape the Daily Mail claims Depp can be heard saying, “I then stood up, I don’t even know if I said, I mean, I might’ve said like, what the f**k, you know, whatever. Cause I’d just been hit in the head with a f**king corner of the door… And then I stood up and then you f**king clock me.”
Heard then says of the punch to husband’s jaw, “I just reacted and I’m sorry. It’s below me.”
Amber Heard’s attorneys claim the audio “misrepresents what actually happened.”
Additional audio was leaked previously. Reports say that during the course of the audio she also can be heard taunting Depp and threatening to “get physical” with him again.
Johnny Depp’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Amber Heard
Johnny Depp has filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard in which he alleges, “She hit, punched and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.”
According to Yahoo News the courts have initially sided with Depp and refused to grant Amber Heard’s motion to dismiss the case. Fairfax County Chief Judge Bruce White has ruled that three of the four statements made in Amber Heard’s op-ed written against Depp were actionable under libel laws.
This doesn’t mean the case is over, merely that it will now actually go to trial. In response, Amber Heard’s team issued the following statement…
“Today’s decision leaves it to a jury to decide the meaning of Ms. Heard’s op-ed and the truth of what she said. As we have said all along, the courts have strong mechanisms in place for determining the truth. Here, we remain confident that Ms. Heard will prevail at trial when the jury is presented with evidence on the question that the Court identified — namely, whether ‘Ms. Heard was abused by Mr. Depp.“
The case has called in several witnesses. Most recently in March of 2020 they’ve taken statements from Johnny Depp’s estate manager Tara Roberts, who says she witnessed this altercation between Depp and Heard while they were still married in 2015…
“I saw Amber lunge at Johnny, clawing, tugging and aggressively pulling him. He continued to stand there yelling at her to stop and leave him alone. When he stepped back to leave, her onslaught would start again. During this entire incident, I never saw Johnny hit Amber, or push her back, nor did he physically react to the attacks… Also present on the island during this late 2015 visit was Johnny’s son, daughter, and his daughter’s friend. Johnny’s children did witness the aftermath of the night before as I got them that morning, explained to them what had happened, and took them to their father.”— Tara Roberts Declaration
In the court documents, Roberts says that after the fight, Johnny had a huge gash on his nose.
Court documents from the lawsuit are reported to further allege that Heard even went so far as to defecate on Johnny Depp’s bed. The documents say, “Among other violent acts, Ms. Heard punched me repeatedly in the face as I lay in bed reading after the party, leaving me with an egg-shaped swelling under my left eye,” As evidence of this claim the documents are reported by Meaww to include a photo of Depp’s bruised face.
The official documents are then reported to add, “Heard or one of her friends defecated in my bed as some sort of a sick prank before they left for Coachella together.”
The same source that told ScreenGeek WB didn’t care about the allegations against Amber Heard has more information on the lawsuit. That source alleges “there’s much more to these allegations than what’s been revealed so far,” and that this is why Heard hasn’t settled with Depp. That source further alleges, “Amber still has incredibly damaging evidence against Johnny Depp.”
Elon Musk Involved With Amber Heard
Telsa mogul Elon Musk has now been dragged into Johnny Depp’s defamation case against Amber Heard. Surveillance tape of Musk and Heard together in the garage of Depp’s building has been submitted as evidence. Reportedly, in the video Heard is wearing a swimsuit and the two can be seen “getting cozy” in the elevator.
Along with the tape this accusation was filed with the court…
“Only one calendar month after Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard were married—while Mr. Depp was out of the country, filming in March 2015—Eastern Columbia Building personnel testified that Ms. Heard received Musk ‘late at night’ at Mr. Depp’s penthouse… Specifically, Ms. Heard asked staff at the Eastern Columbia Building to give her ‘friend Elon’ access to the building’s parking garage and the penthouse elevator ‘late at night,’ and they testified that they did so. Building staff would then see Ms. Heard’s ‘friend Elon’ leaving the building the next morning.“
Did Amber Heard Cut Off Johnny Depp’s Finger?
One of the claims made by Johnny Depp in court documents is that his then wife Amber Heard severed his finger when she threw a Vodka bottle at him. However new evidence casts some doubt on that claim.
In recent court documents uncovered by Page Six, texts from Johnny Depp to his doctor have him saying the following…
“I cut the top of my middle finger off… What should I do!?? Except, of course, go to a hospital…. I’m so embarrassed for jumping into anything with her… F**K THE WORLD!!! JD.”
And then twelve days later he texted the following…
“Thank you for everything. I have chopped off my left middle finger as a reminder that I should never cut my finger off again!! I love you, brother. Johnny.”
Javier Bardem is married to Penelope Cruz so when she sided with Johnny Depp it was assumed Bardem was siding with him too. Now he’s made it official by filing court documents in which he makes an official statement.
Here’s what Bardem says about Johnny Depp according to The Blast: “I love Johnny. He has always been a true gentleman and an extremely generous and caring friend to my family and myself… I’ve had the gift of working with him twice and have experienced his respectful attitude towards every single member of the crew alongside his unique and hilarious sense of humor. I stand by Johnny because I have always seen and felt a true caring and loving man in him … an extraordinary and unique artist who has listened to anyone who needed his help.“
Many of Johnny Depp’s famous friends are now being called in to testify in his defense, as the defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard drags on. The latest on the witness stand is Penelope Cruz.
Cruz and Depp starred in several movies together, including most famously the acclaimed 2001 movie Blow and more recently Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Cruz has now filed an official declaration with the court on behalf of Johnny Depp in which she says the following: “Many years have passed and I have not only made 3 movies with him, but I also count on him as a great friend… I’ve always been impressed by his kindness, his brilliant mind, his talent, and his peculiar sense of humor.”
The legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has now sucked in actor Paul Bettany. Back in 2016 when Amber Heard first levelled accusations at Johnny Depp, Bettany was one of the few people to stand up for him. Depp and Bettany are friends, so now that’s being used against Bettany.
According to Page Six, text messages that Johnny Depp sent to his friend Paul Bettany were read aloud during pre-trial hearings in Depp’s lawsuit against Heard. They read as follows…
“I’m gonna properly stop the booze thing, darling… Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA, this past Sunday…Ugly, mate. No food for days…powders…half a bottle of whiskey, a thousand red bull and vodkas, pills, 2 bottles of Champers on plane and what do you get..??? An angry, aggro Injun in a f–kin’ blackout, screaming obscenities and insulting any f–k who got near…I’m done. I am admittedly too f–ked in the head to spray my rage at the one I love…For little reason, as well I’m too old to be that guy But, pills are fine!!!“–Johnny Depp Text Sent to Paul Bettany
The texts are being used by Amber Heard’s legal team to prove that Johnny Depp physically abused her. The heart of Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard is that he says she falsely claimed he abused her, while in fact she was the one abusing him.
The rapid increase in attention to the battle between Amber Heard is due at least in part to #JusticeForJohnnyDepp trending on Twitter and increased media coverage as a result.
Using the hashtag fans have pushed to have Amber fired from her various gigs. As justification for getting her fired, they’ve claimed that Johnny Depp lost work, particularly in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, as a result of Amber Heard’s accusations against him. One problem: That may not be true.
ScreenGeek claims to have a source who tells them that Johnny Depp was never fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Their source says, “Johnny Depp was actually never officially dropped from Disney’s next Pirates of the Caribbean film… Disney was just looking to go in a different direction for a potential reboot and there never was any confirmation that the allegations cost him the role.“
It’s true that there was never an official statement from Disney on the matter. However it is also true that Johnny Depp suddenly started getting less work around the time Amber Heard’s accusations against him broke out. It could be a coincidence, but maybe not.
Still it does seem like the fan community should be SURE before they start to use something like that as justification to ruin someone’s life. On the other hand, there’s probably no good justification for using mob justice to ruin anyone’s life and we’re all probably better off letting the courts handle it.
Fans Campaign To Get Amber Heard Fired From Aquaman 2
Fans are excited about Aquaman 2, but not everyone is excited about Amber Heard’s return in the sequel. Since she’s been surrounded by rumors of domestic abuse a petition to have her fired from the franchise has been gaining steam online.
The petition to have Amber Heard fired from Aquaman 2 set a goal of reaching 300,000 signatures and as of February 13, 2020 it met that goal. They have now upped their goal to 500,000.
After a long silence a source which claims to be “close to the situation” has gone on the record with ScreenGeek regarding what Warner Bros. Pictures, the studio responsible for Aquaman 2, thinks of this situation. Their source tells them that not only does WB not“care about the allegations made” not care about the allegations against Amber, they also do not “have interest in social media“.
As justification for the uproar against Heard, the petition lists accusations of domestic abuse from Heard against actor Johnny Depp and others…
“As Amber Heard is a known and proven domestic abuser, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment should and must remove Heard from their Aquaman 2 film project. They must not ignore the suffering of Heard’s victims, and must not glamorize a domestic abuser. “– –Petition to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2
The $50 million dollar lawsuit filed by Depp against Heard details alleged incidents of domestic abuse perpetrated by the Aquaman actress. The petition also references a reported 2009 incident in which Heard is alleged to have been arrested for abusing a previous partner.
The latest word is that due to all the backlash against Amber Heard, Warner Bros. may now be considering replacing her in Aquaman 2. Scoopers claim several execs at the studio are discussing recasting the role of Mera, Aquaman’s love interest. This was the part Amber Heard played in the first Aquaman film.
No decision has been made by Warner Bros. yet, we’re just starting to hear that they’re discussing Heard’s Aquaman 2 involvement.
- Go in-depth on Aquaman 2 with Aquaman 2: All We Know About The Sequel
Petition To Remove Amber Heard As L’Oreal Spokesperson
Amber Heard has a job as a model and spokesperson for the makeup brand L’Oreal. She’s stunningly beautiful and a name, which makes her perfectly qualified for the job. But some crusaders, unwilling to wait for the courts to sort things out, want her fired.
As of this writing both petitions have been online for less than a week and only a few hundred signatures away from reaching their initial goals. If this grows as quickly as the petition to get Heard fired from Aquaman 2, L’Oreal may be forced to respond.
A source “close to the situation” however, has gone on record with ScreenGeek and tells them there’s no chance L’Oreal drops Amber. In fact they say, “L’Oreal runs Amber Heard’s social media pages and are very fond of her.“
Amber Heard Responds To Accusations
With the court case between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp ongoing, documentation of statements issued by the couple to the court have begun to emerge. According to Meaww in a declaration to dismiss the case Amber Heard admits to getting physical with Johnny Depp by hitting him once, but only in defense of her sister.
The declaration claims the incident happened on March of 2015. In it, Heard claims Depp was about to attack her sister and the declaration says, “After becoming enraged he began to destroy personal property all over the house, including my belongings in my closet. My sister Whitney was there, so when Johnny lunged to hit me, Whitney placed herself between us. Johnny turned his attention to Whitney, who was standing on the top of a flight of stairs, and moved on her. Acting in defense of my sister, as I was scared of her physical safety, I punched Johnny in the face to draw his attention away from her. That was the only time I ever hit Johnny. At that point, house security intervened and separated us.”
Heard also testified in court, insisting under oath that she never abused her husband. There she said, “People accused me of having abused Johnny. That simply is not true. I never attacked Johnny other than in self-defense (and in defense of my little sister). I have never physically abused anyone. I know what that does to people…”
The level attention being focused on Heard also prompted a response from her team. While Amber Heard herself has not responded directly to the anger of fans, her lawyer Roberta Kaplan issued this response on her behalf: “The fact that a woman fights or talks back does not mean that she has not been the subject of repeated domestic violence and abuse… it’s a myth to say, as Mr Depp apparently is implying, that if Ms Heard slapped him, then she can’t also be a victim. That is just not true.”
Johnny Depp’s Response
Johnny Depp’s lawyer has in turn issued this response, directly focused on the leaked audio tapes revealing conversations between Heard and Depp (you can hear those below): “The first confessional tape she made reveals a conversation any real abuse victim will recognize all too well… It exposes that Ms Heard perpetrated serial violence against Mr Depp, and then concocted an elaborate abuse hoax to cover it up. Ms Heard gives a motive for her violence: Mr Depp was always trying to ‘split’ to escape her abuse.”