It looks like the personal life of Johnny Depp is a gift that keeps on giving. It seems like his off-screen shenanigans have now overshadowed the actor’s 35-year long career. His personal life has so affected his professional life that he is all but forgotten for his acting prowess.
Case-in-point his new lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation. Even though he filed the case earlier this month, new developments in the case are now making headlines. Here is what we know about it so far:
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had met on the sets on their 2011 film The Rum Diary and got married in 2015. However, after less than a year’s marriage, Heard filed for divorce claiming that she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Heard filed for divorce in 2016 and also posted pictures of her alleged abuse on social media. Their relationship since has been acrimonious at best with both parties taking potshots at the other.
Even though Depp denied all of Heard’s accusations publicly, their divorce was settled out of court. Depp allegedly paid Heard $7 million as a part of the settlement. Heard then donated the entire amount to a domestic abuse help center.
However, a part of the divorce agreement was a non-disclosure agreement that prohibited both parties from talking about their marriage.
In December 2018, Heard however penned down an op-ed for Washington Post highlighting her experience with domestic abuse. In the op-ed, she never explicitly named Depp but insinuated his being the perpetrator of the violence.
Now Depp has filed a countersuit against Amber Heard, two years after they divorced in 2017.
What are the details of the $50 million countersuits?
In a countersuit that Depp has filed for defamation against Heard, he claims that he was the victim in their marriage.
All legal documents about Depp’s countersuit have now been made accessible to the public. In his lawsuit, he has claimed that Heard’s op-ed was a violation of her non-disclosure agreement. As mentioned before, Heard had never explicitly named Depp in her op-ed.
Depp now claims that Heard’s accusations were part of a larger plot to gain attention in the wake of the #MeToo movement. He also claims that she did so to further her career. He says that a sympathy wave helped her land her role as Mera in DC Universe flagship superhero film, Aquaman.
Depp has submitted as many as 87 surveillance videos that prove it was Heard who was the perpetrator of abuse. These videos are a part of the evidence presented by Depp for his $50 million countersuits on Heard.
He claims that she was the one who abused him on several occasions. Including one when she hurled a bottle of vodka at him. Depp claims that the bottle hit his hand and shattered his right middle finger. His lawyers argue that he had to get reconstructive surgery after the attack.
He also alleges that she got physical during her other confrontations, many of which included punching and kicking.
Heard’s attorneys said: “This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced.”
Her attorney, Eric M. George, said: “Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Depp and his legal team.”
A little background on the case
As Bitneni previously reported, Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard for defamation and breach of her non-disclosure agreement.
In her op-ed, Heard claimed that she had lost a role in a film, and was dropped by a major fashion brand. She also said that she had witnessed “how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”
“The op-ed depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her,” Depp’s lawyers had alleged.
His lawyers also cited an incident to prove Depp’s innocence. “Unaware that members of Depp’s security team were mere feet away, Heard falsely began yelling, ‘Stop hitting me, Johnny.’ The interaction culminated with Heard making false allegations that Depp struck her with a cell phone, hit her and destroyed the penthouse. There were multiple eyewitnesses to this hoax.”
After Heard released photos of her seemingly battered self on social media, a judge ordered Depp to ‘stay away from her.’
In response, Depp claimed that Heard’s much-publicized affair with Tesla founder Elon Musk began a month after they married. He said that Musk was present in the house a day before her so-called ‘abused’ images appeared on social media whereas he was not in the vicinity of the house.
He also claimed that Musk used to visit her, in the middle of the night, when he was out-of-town, shooting for movies.
Musk and his legal team have refrained from commenting on the issue to date — not even a squeak on Twitter.
In the lawsuit, Depp claims that he lost out on the lucrative role of Jack Sparrow because of Heard’s accusations.
Where both parties stand now, career-wise
Depp made headlines in 2018 when a June article in Rolling Stone magazine provided a harsh reality check to the star. The report took a view on his life filled with drinking, lawsuits, and apathy for a failed marriage.
He also allegedly blew close to $650 million that he accumulated throughout his career. While he claims that this was because mismanagement by his managers, they say it is because of his $2 million per month compulsive spending.
Apart from his lawsuit on his ex-wife, Depp has also sued his former managers Joel and Robert Mandel of TMG Management. Depp claims his money is gone due to the ‘negligence and fraud’ by his former managers.
When Warner Bros. announced that Aquaman 2 would be released soon, there was no mention of Heard’s return. Ever since Depp’s lawsuit was filed, Heard’s presence in a lot of future projects is doubtful.
Heard was last seen on the big screen in the super-successful DC superhero film Aquaman. Depp, on the other hand, was last seen in a blink-and-miss movie, City of Lies, that released in 2018.