The newest chapter in Hollywood star Johnny Depp‘s authorized battle with ex-wife Amber Heard kicked off on Monday as a US defamation trial started over allegations Amber made about home abuse. Johnny has sued his ex-wife for $50 million, saying she defamed him when she penned a 2018 opinion piece within the Washington Post about being a survivor of home abuse. Also learn: Johnny Depp loses UK libel case over ‘wife beater’ article, court rules accusations were ‘substantially true’
While the op-ed in query by no means talked about the actor by identify, Johnny’s attorneys declare it was clear Amber was referencing him. They declare that the piece ended up damaging his movie profession and repute. Following allegations of home abuse, the actor was dropped from the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise, the place he had a starring function. Johnny had acted within the first two installments of the five-film collection however was changed by Mads Mikkelsen for the third film- Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Johnny has denied all allegations of abuse, saying in his lawsuit that his ex-wife’s claims had been an “elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Amber and advance her career.”
Both events have submitted lengthy lists of potential witnesses they may placed on the stand. Amber’s record contains her ex-boyfriend and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, who she texted about Johnny. Also on the record of potential witnesses is actor James Franco, who Amber testified within the London case inquired about bruises on her face following an alleged abusive incident with Johnny.
Johnny needs the Fairfax County jury to seek out that Amber knowingly made false claims. Amber, for her half, will argue that she is shielded, or “immune,” from legal responsibility as a result of her 2018 op-ed on home violence handled a matter of public concern. “I never named him. Rather, I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I continue to pay the price, but hopefully, when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny,” she mentioned in an announcement launched on social media on Saturday.
The American trial comes lower than two years after Johnny misplaced a libel case towards The Sun, a British tabloid that labeled him a “spouse beater.” A London High Court choose dominated he had repeatedly assaulted Heard and put her in worry for her life.
The two actors met whereas making The Rum Diary in 2011 and married 4 years later. Amber accused Johnny of home abuse after submitting for divorce in 2016. Their divorce was finalised in 2017.
Johnny started performing with minor roles in movies like Platoon within the Nineteen Eighties, earlier than starring within the TV collection 21 Jump Street (1987). He rose to fame with movies like Edward Scissorhands (1990), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), and Sleepy Hollow (1999). Eventually, he grew to become a family identify with the swashbuckling Disney franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, the place he performed the fan favorite character Jack Sparrow.
Amber, 35, made her debut within the 2005 slasher movie All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, earlier than gaining recognition with Pineapple Express and Never Back Down (each 2008). She is greatest recognized for her function as Mera within the DC Extended Universe movies Aquaman and Justice League.
Amber has introduced her personal libel declare towards her ex-husband, saying he smeared her by calling her a liar. Her counterclaim will probably be determined as a part of the trial, which may final for six weeks. She is in search of $100 million in damages from Johnny, in accordance with court docket papers.
(With inputs from Reuters)