JUSTICE – Johnny Depp, victim of domestic violence? It is among these features that the 58-year-old Hollywood actor presented himself during the defamation lawsuit he filed against his ex-wife Amber Heard, an extraordinary and widely publicized lawsuit that has been pending in Fairfax, the United States, since the middle of last year. was fed. -April.
the star of pirates of the caribbean said it again: he never raised his hand to the latter, with whom he was married for 15 months from 2015 to 2017. This does not think the 36-year-old actress who, after the complaint of her ex-husband, accused him of defamation. To her he is “a monster”.
It’s not the first time the two exes have gone to court, nor has their private lives made headlines. Like their divorce, an earlier lawsuit started by Johnny Depp against the British daily The sun had exposed many sordid details of their previous altercations in 2020.
This second act is very well attended, especially because the cast of witnesses is worthy of the big Hollywood films: billionaire Elon Musk, actors James Franco and Paul Bettany, actress Ellen Barkin… The trial will be broadcast on television and will last several weeks .
Where are we today? Why does the case arouse so much interest? Le HuffPost invites you to come back point by point on what you need to know to better understand this trial.
Johnny Depp, 58, and Amber Heard, 36, met on the set of the film rum express in 2009. Only in 2012 they officially appeared together. He was separated from his ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis. She, from her ex-partner, photographer Tasya van Ree. They get married a few years later. Amber Heard filed for divorce in May 2016.
What happened? Rumors about the reasons for their divorce are circulating. In the papers she filed for the divorce, Amber Heard testifies “to a serious incident that occurred in December 2015 where” [elle a] really scared of [sa] life”. When the divorce proceedings begin in court, and under the eye of the tabloids, the actress is seen with bruises on her face. Johnny Depp is said to have thrown an iPhone in her face during an argument a few days earlier, according to one complaint filed by Amber Heard, as reported by the magazine the cut†
The actor denies all allegations. An agreement was finally reached in the summer of 2016. “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times fleeting, but always bound by love,” they have stated publicly. Amber Heard has withdrawn her complaint. As for Johnny Depp, he paid him seven million dollars. An amount that the actress then donated to associations. That didn’t end the lawsuit.
Where did this new lawsuit come from?
The trial, which has been held near Washington since mid-April, stems from a 2018 column published in the Washington Post and in which Amber Heard described herself as a “victim of domestic violence,” bullied by society after coming out of silence two years earlier. The actress did not quote Johnny Depp at any point, but the events narrated suggested she was referring to him.
After the publication of this forum, the actor decided to file a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, demanding $50 million in damages. “The platform, which implicitly accuses Johnny Depp of being an abusive husband, is categorically false” and aims to “generate positive publicity” around Amber Heard, his defense argued. It is in the state of Virginia, value Washington Post was printed and where the legal framework is more favorable to defamation complaints than in California, the home of the two stars, where he filed his complaint.
The actress then counterattacked and in turn filed a complaint as defamation for $100 million. “The senseless complaint filed by Johnny Depp against Amber Heard extends the abuse and harassment” he inflicted on her during their marriage, the same complaint said.
The precedent in London
Strangely enough, this scenario resembles the one that took place in London in 2020. Except Johnny Depp had sued the tabloid publisher at the time The sun after an article portraying him as an abusive husband. To prove his good faith, the tabloid had called his ex-wife to the bar. She had described a dozen attacks that she believed were committed by a husband who had turned into a “monster” through his overuse of drugs.
At the helm, he admitted to drinking too much drugs and alcohol, but claimed to never put his hand on a woman, supported by the written testimony of his ex-companions Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder. The British judiciary ultimately ruled in favor of the tabloid, as “the vast majority of the alleged attacks had been proven”.
Many sordid details then came to light. During the trial, the American actor specifically accused his wife of pooping on the marital bed in 2016. He would have taken pictures to keep up with this ‘joke’ in bad taste. Amber Heard admitted to punching the actor in an incident in 2015 to prevent him from pushing his sister, Whitney Henriquez, down the stairs. Several contacts, including one with actor James Franco and another with Tesla boss Elon Musk, have also been accused of him.
The new process brings new controversies to light. In particular, after several days of interrogation, we learned the existence of messages Johnny Depp sent to friends in 2013 in which he wrote that he wanted to “burn” Amber and “kiss by his burned corpse, to make sure that ‘she was dead. ‘.
Johnny Depp downplayed the cruelty of these comments by speaking of “misunderstanding”. “It’s just irreverent and abstract humor,” the Hollywood star explained. It’s a Monty Python reference.” His legal team has largely disputed the relevance of private messages exchanged between the actor and his family members that the defense tried to add as evidence on file.
A week earlier, the actor complained that he had lost everything, that Amber Heard had changed his life and his reputation forever. He claimed to have lost “whatever the outcome of the trial”. According to him, the media coverage of this alleged violence has brought an end to his career. “It wasn’t long before Disney decided to pull me out of the saga Pirates of the Caribbean”, he denounced. Another example: Fantastic Beastsfranchise in which he was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen.
As for Amber Heard, she usually remains impassive while listening to the testimonials, but seemed upset during the showing of a video she filmed at the time without her husband’s knowledge, who we see violently slamming kitchen cabinet doors before pouring himself a large glass of wine. . The process continues. Also the spread of their alleged mutual violence.
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