Johnny Depp has sued his former wife, Amber Heard, alleging that she defamed him in an article she wrote. In the article, she said, “I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.” Depp’s lawsuit says he “never abused Ms. Heard” and the claims are “part of an elaborate hoax” to advance his ex-wife’s career.
“This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard,” said Heard’s attorney. “Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team,” variety.com reports.
Variety says that Depp and Heard divorced in 2016 after Heard said she suffered from domestic violence. The 7 million dollar settlement she received was donated to charity. Depp is no stranger to litigation having recently sued one of his managers and former lawyer for various reasons.
On the other hand, Depp claims, that Heard has “became a darling of the #metoo movement, was the first actress named a Human Rights Champion of the United Nations Human Rights Office, was appointed ambassador on women’s rights at the American Civil Liberties Union and was hired by L’Oreal Paris as its global spokesperson,” eonline.com reports.
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Depp’s legal team claims that police officers who responded to the domestic abuse claims will support his claims that he is innocent of wrongdoing. The lawyers said they plan to present “overwhelming video, photographic and eyewitness evidence” that would clear Depp’s name.
It is unclear as to what evidence Heard has to support her claims. However, in many cases of this type, there will be physical evidence in the form of medical reports or pictures. Heard brought a photo that depicted her with a bruised face in the 2016 abuse claim. Depp was ordered by the court to have no contact with Heard after that.
Undoubtedly, additional information will surface in this case. For now, it is too early to cast blame.