Back in 2016, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had a very public divorce after being married for 18 months. The divorce was heavily reported on by news outlets all over the world as Heard had accused Depp of alleged domestic violence towards her. Heard had showed the court photos of bruises on her face which she had allegedly sustained during physical altercations with the Pirates of The Caribbean star. The divorce was resolved in January 2017 with both parties claiming that their, “relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.” Depp paid Heard a settlement that amounted to US$7 million, which Heard then donated to a children’s charity.
Fast forward to February 2020 and the tables have certainly turned.
Depp is currently suing Heard for US$50 million on the grounds of defamation. This was in reference to an op-ed Heard wrote for the Washington Post at the end of 2018 titled, “Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence—and faced our culture’s wrath. Time has to change.” The article she wrote painted their marriage to be one that was emotionally and physically abusive towards her, though Depp was not explicitly mentioned in the article itself.
Depp has denied these claims and is now accusing Heard of reputedly being the real perpetrator of physical violence during their marriage. The actor stated that on one occasion she threw a bottle of vodka at him, resulting in the top of his finger sustaining a huge gash. In his lawsuit, it stated that Amber Heard, “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”
Heard has denied Depp’s claims with her legal representative claiming that Depp is attempting to “silence her”.
On 2 February, new information regarding the Depp and Heard’s marriage came to light. The Daily Mail published audio from a taped therapy session that allegedly occured in 2015 between Depp and Heard. In the tape, Heard admitted to hitting Depp, saying to him, “I don’t know what the motion of my actual hand was, but you’re fine, I did not hurt you, I did not punch you, I was hitting you.”
In response, Depp suggested that they take some time for themselves and away from one another as he feared that their relationship was becoming increasing violent. Sounding audibly distressed, Heard replied, “I can’t promise that it will all be perfect. I can’t promise you I won’t get physical again. God, I f*cking… sometimes I get so mad I lose it.” “I love you and I want you to be my wife,” Depp said in response, “And I wanna be a good husband. If I haven’t been, I’ll do everything I can to find out how to be a good husband.”
Since the release of the audio tapes, the hashtag, #JusticeForJohnnyDepp trended worldwide. It was rumoured and mentioned in Depp’s defamation lawsuit that Heard’s article had negatively impacted Depp’s reputation in Hollywood and resulted in the actor losing his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow. A petition at Change.org was created to remove Amber Heard from her role as Mera in DC’s Aquaman 2. As of writing this article, over 191,000 people have signed the petition.