After 12 hours, the court jury of Fairfax in Virginia reached verdict in libel suit of Johnny Depp against ex-wife Amber Heard. The jury will also rule on the $ 100 million counter-claim the actress filed against Depp. Judgments should be read at 3pm local time, 9pm in Italy.
The lawsuit, which began on April 11, was brought by the plaintiff against his ex-wife asking for compensation of $ 50 million, claiming that he was discredited when the woman described herself in the press as “a representative public figure. of domestic abuse “. The woman in the courtroom testified that Depp physically and sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions. Heard said she was vilified when Depp’s lawyer called her allegations of abusing her a hoax.
Johnny Depp will not be present as he is still in Great Britain where he played with yesterday Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall in London. “Due to work commitments made before the trial, he will not physically be in court, but will log in to watch the outcome of the dispute from the UK,” a source close to the plaintiff said.
“His absence shows what his priorities are. Johnny plays guitar in Britain while Amber awaits a verdict in Virginia. Depp takes his cynicism and lack of seriousness on tour,” said a spokesperson for Amber Heard.
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by Giovanni Gagliardi
A flash wedding
The marriage between the two actors lasted just 15 months, between 2015 and 2017. Their relationship was retraced with all its (many, too many) gruesome backstories.
It was the ex-husband who sued for defamation the star of Aquaman. But, beyond the amount requested by the former ‘Pirate of the Caribbean’, what the actor is looking for is a rehabilitation against Hollywood that ousted him. Against, Heard asks for $ 100 million, claiming her ex-husband’s allegations ruined her career too.
From set to real life
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in 2009 on the set of The Rum Diarya film released in theaters in 2011. He played the part of a penniless journalist he met Chenaultthe character of Heardand began a relationship with her behind her boyfriend’s back.
It is not known exactly when the two began dating, but some legal documents indicate the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. In June of the same year, it was learned that the actor’s story had ended with Vanessa ParadisFrench actress to whom he had been linked for 14 years and with whom he had two children.
A wedding two ceremonies
In April 2014, Amber Heard displayed an engagement ring during an interview with ET, saying it was “exciting” to wear it. The wedding was celebrated in February 2015 in two different locations. Initially the couple opted for a private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles. They then decided to get married again in the Bahamas.
A seven million dollar divorce
Their union has been described as one of the shortest among those of the stars. TO May 2016 Heard in fact filed for divorce. Around this time she also started talking about the possibility that Depp was abusive because Heard showed up in court with a bruise and said that her husband had caused it, throwing a phone at her. As requested by the woman, a restraining order was then issued against the actor to keep him at a distance.
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Depp had denied the allegations. The actress turned around during the divorce proceedings from which she obtained a settlement of seven million dollars which was, she says, then donated to charity to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. During the ongoing trial, however, she had to admit that she did not, despite the fact that she had previously stated the opposite under oath too.
At that time, Johnny Depp’s ex-partner and daughter, Lily Rose, took a stand to defend the actor from the accusations of domestic violence: “I believe with all my heart that these recent accusations being made to him are outrageous”, he wrote Vanessa Paradis. “My dad is the sweetest person I know, he has been a wonderful dad to me and my little brother and anyone who knows him will say the same,” added Lily Rose. And Depp’s first wife too, Lori Anne Allisonwith whom he was married from 1983 to 1985, had defended him via the Tmz website.
Depp and Heard also issued a joint note that their relationship had been “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always full of love” and that neither party had made false accusations for economic purposes.
In 2017, the divorce proceedings were terminated and a clause was included in the final agreement that, among other things, prohibited both of them from speaking negatively about the marriage. The peace, however, did not last long.
The article in the Washington Post
In 2018 Amber Heard wrote the article on Washington Postwhich is now in the center of the lawsuit for defamation brought by Depp against the woman. In the text, the actress never mentioned her ex-husband, but wrote: “Two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of the anger of society towards women who do not remain silent. and they talk “. For that article, Depp asks his ex-wife for $ 50 million, claiming that he was vilified and, as a result, that his acting career was ruined.
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The Sun’s allegations
Also in 2018, on the British tabloid Sun, Depp was also described as a “man who beats his wife”. Definition was at the center of a new cause.
The shocking photos
During the trial, among other things, Amber Heard and her lawyers showed a photo of Depp’s “breakfast”: four ready-made strips of cocaine, shredded with a credit card. A pint of whiskey and Red Bull. The metal box for drugs. Then another snapshot taken by the actress, in which Johnny seems to have collapsed to the ground, apparently after a cocktail of drugs and hard alcohol. In short, according to Heard, Depp was “a man often totally out of control”.
The lawsuit closed on November 2, 2020, with a ruling in favor of the newspaper and, therefore, totally unfavorable to Depp. In the hours immediately after the sentence on social media, the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp became a trending topic.
The ex-wife had not wanted to comment on the sentence but, as reported by the Daily Mailhe had organized a party with relatives and friends with balloons, gadgets and a huge inflatable bottle of champagne.
The dismissal from Fantastic Beasts
The actor tried to appeal, but the request was denied. In the same period it was removed from the cast of the saga Fantastic Beasts. He was chosen in place of him Mads Mikkelsen.
One last chance
Based on that ruling, Heard’s lawyers they had tried to avoid the retrial but failed. As he had pointed out Variety, these new hearings represent another opportunity for the plaintiff to dismiss allegations of abuse and to determine who is telling the truth in the couple. In recent years, Heard has also been described as a person with violent attitudes.
According to as reported by TMZ in 2016, Heard was stopped and arrested for having raised her hands on the then partner, the photographer Tasya van Ree. It was September 14, 2009, the two were at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and during a fight the actress would have yanked and hit her girlfriend, who would then turn to an agent. For this Amber Heard was arrested and charged with domestic violence. Mugshot of ritual and order to be presented in court the next day. The prosecution did not proceed and the judge warned her that, in the event of a repeat offense within the next two years, the case would be reopened.
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