Johnny Depp has served subpoenas to Elon Musk and ex-wife Amber Heard in the $50 million defamation case he has filed against the actress.
Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard last month, March, for maligning his image by allegedly falsely accusing him of domestic violence. His lawsuit also claims that Heard violated the non-disclosure agreement they signed during their divorce proceedings. Heard wrote an op-ed in Washington Post in December 2018 detailing her alleged domestic abuse at the hands of Depp when they were married. However Heard never mentions Depp by name in the op-ed.
“We have now issued subpoenas to Amber Heard, her hoax assisting friends, Elon Musk and other witnesses to explain the avalanche of video, audio, photographic and testimonial evidence with which we intend to confront them,” Depp’s attorney told a news outlet in a statement on Friday, April 12.
However, sources close to the SpaceX founder Elon Musk claim that he is yet to receive any formal summons.
As we reported before, in her piece for The Washington Post, Heard said she “faced our culture’s wrath”after her abuse came out in public. She also said she had lost a role in a film, was dropped by a major fashion brand and witnessed “how institutions protect men accused of abuse”.
In his lawsuit, Depp also mentioned that Heard is not the victim of abuse rather she is the perpetrator of the abuse. The suit goes on to mention that Heard’s accusations were a part of her ‘scheme to generate positive publicity’ before the release of ‘Aquaman’.
Depp and Heard had met on the sets of their critically panned film ‘The Rum Diary’ in 2011 and eventually got married in 2015. Heard then filed for divorce in 2016 alleging that Depp had been violent towards her. She had also released a couple of photographs on social media where she was seemingly battered owing to Depp’s abuse.
Depp was then ordered by the court to ‘stay away from her’.
However, Heard’s lawyers claim that Depp’s violence and subsequent defamation lawsuit against Heard is merely his fixation. “The root of Johnny’s violence against Amber, and now his defamation lawsuit against Amber, is his fixation, his jealousy and obsessive control and his need to exert ownership over her body,” a source close to the ex-couple told Page Six.
“It is clear from Amber’s declaration that Johnny thought she was f**king Billy Bob Thornton, James Franco. Johnny’s lawsuit accuses her of cheating with Elon Musk, so now Depp wants to drag Elon into court.”
In her counter that she filed in the court, Heard claims that Depp would “become a totally different person, often delusional and violent” when he was under the influence of drugs.
“We called that version of Johnny, ‘the Monster,’” Heard said.
Amber Heard and Elon Musk
In his lawsuit, Depp also claims that Heard and Musk were having an affair while he was still married to Heard.
Depp also claimed 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.
This fact has been denied by both Heard and Musk.
In a previous report by Bitneni, Depp claimed that Musk used to visit her (Heard), in the middle of the night, when he was out-of-town, shooting for movies.
The ‘Aquaman’ actor and the Tesla CEO were first spotted together in 2016 in a Miami Beach hotel around two months after the ‘London Fields’ star had filed for divorce from Depp.
When questioned about the development, a source insisted, “She has been friends with Elon for four years.”
In August 2016, it was revealed the Tesla co-founder had been trying to get in touch with Heard for years. The news of their relationship was confirmed when the two were finally photographed together in Australia holding hands for the first time in April 2017.
The both had split up just after a few months together but gotten back again later in 2018. However, it was not meant to be as they went their separate ways just a month later.
About Johnny Depp’s lawsuit
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.
Johnny Depp was one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood, with his films grossing a total of $8 billion worldwide and $3.2 billion in the US alone. The vast majority of his $650 million earnings are from his involvement in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise.
As Bitneni previously reported, Depp is currently embroiled in an ugly legal battle with his former managers Joel and Robert Mandel of TMG Management after losing the majority of his $650 million fortune. In a lawsuit filed in January 2017, Depp claims his money is gone due to the ‘negligence and fraud’ by his former managers. However, the managers blame it on Depp’s $2 million per month spending habit.
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