It’s about millions
Depp has sued Heard, to whom he was married between 2015 and 2017, for $50 million in damages. The reason is an article by Heard for the newspaper “Washington Post” from the end of 2018, in which the 35-year-old described herself as a victim of domestic violence. The actress did not name her ex-husband. However, Depp argues that he is implicitly accused of domestic violence, especially since Heard had publicly accused him of a physical assault in 2016.
The actress, known from films such as “Aquaman” and “The Danish Girl”, has responded with a counterclaim against Depp. She is demanding $100 million in damages. Numerous witnesses will testify at the trial in Fairfax, Virginia, which started last week.
The stakes are high for Depp. Last year he was in court in London with a lawsuit against the tabloid Sun suffer a defeat. It was about an article alleging that Depp physically abused Heard. After a week-long trial with fierce allegations, the lawsuit was dismissed. The majority of the allegations mentioned in the newspaper turned out to be true, the judges had determined in their verdict. Heard was “the victim of sustained and multiple attacks.”
In the process in London, Depp and his ex-wife, 23 years his junior, had made the most bitter allegations. For weeks, they revealed details in court that one would rather never have heard of. Feces on the bedspread, blood-soaked messages on the mirror and a severed fingertip were just a few of them.
The ongoing process is also expected to last several weeks. In addition to Depp and Heard, other prominent witnesses are expected, including Tesla boss Elon Musk and the actors Paul Bettany and James Franco. Since last week, the actors’ assistants, a doctor, a marriage counselor, Depp’s sister and friends have had their say.
Serious allegations against Johnny Depp
Heard’s attorney, Benjamin Rottenborn, promised evidence that would expose Depp as an alcohol and drug addict. The actor also used sexual violence, he said at the start. In the process, the jury will hear “appalling” descriptions. Heard will speak about it personally.
But first, Depp has the floor. In response to questions from his lawyers on Tuesday, he described a difficult childhood in Kentucky with fears of his mother’s frequent outbursts of violence and beatings. Even as a teenager he tried drugs to escape this reality. Later, after an injury while filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011), he was addicted to opioid painkillers for years. Heard’s account of his alleged “drug abuse” was completely exaggerated, Depp emphasized.
The actor opened up about his first meeting with Heard for the joint filming of the movie “The Rum Diary” (2011) and the beginning of their romance. “She was too good to be true,” Depp said. “She was thoughtful, she was loving, she was smart, she was kind, she was funny, she was understanding. We had a lot in common.” But that didn’t last long. Heard has become a different person.
Court cameras also broadcast the public mud fight in front of the jury. Embarrassing insights into private life move into the limelight. He was rather shy and reserved, said Depp on Tuesday. This process is regrettable for everyone involved. But he is doing “the right thing” to restore his reputation.