TJudgment in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard is ongoing in Virginia.
Depp sued Heard in March 2019, alleging a column Heard wrote in The Washington Post on domestic violence was defamatory and sought $50 million in damages. Heard filed a $100 million lawsuit.
Proceedings began with jury selection on April 11, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Heard’s witnesses are expected to include James Franco and Elon Musk.
Here’s a timeline of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship, breakup, and court battles, from when they started dating until their last trial:
2012: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard start dating
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are believed to have started dating that year, after Depp split from his longtime partner, French actress Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis have two children: a daughter named Lily-Rose and a son named Jack.
It is believed that Heard and Depp met on the set of the 2011 film. The Rum Diaryin which they both starred.
March 2014: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard get engaged
Johnny Depp confirms that he and Amber Heard are engaged, after a few months of speculation. “The fact that I’m wearing a girl ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway,” he says while promoting the film. transcendence. “Not very subtle.”
February 2015: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard get married
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp get married. According People magazine, they had two ceremonies: the first at Depp’s house in Los Angeles, and the second at Depp’s private island in the Bahamas.
May 2016: Amber Heard files for divorce
Amber Heard files for divorce from Johnny Depp, citing irreconcilable differences. That same month, a judge grants Heard a restraining order against Depp for allegations of domestic violence on her part.
In an affidavit, Heard alleges that Depp threw a cellphone at her during a fight, that it hit her in the eye and cheek, and that he yelled at her, hit her, violently grabbed her face and pulled her hair. According to the Associated Press, she presents the court with a picture of her bruised face when applying for the restraining order.
Heard is seen with “a bruise on her right cheek below her eye,” according to the AP, during a court hearing.
“Throughout our relationship, Johnny was verbally and physically abusive to me,” Heard writes in the file. “I suffered excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults on me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”
She also writes, “I live in fear that Johnny will come back to (our house) unannounced to terrify me, physically and emotionally.”
Depp has denied the domestic abuse allegations. His lawyers claimed in a 2016 court document that Heard was “trying to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.”
The LAPD said in May 2016 that officers responding to a domestic incident radio call on the 21st of that month found “no evidence of any crime”. Heard’s legal team has since subpoenaed the LAPD in connection with that same call as part of the ongoing defamation lawsuit against Heard and Depp.
August 2016: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settle their divorce
After months of litigation, Depp and Heard come to terms with their divorce.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and sometimes volatile, but always bound by love,” the two said in a joint statement at the time. “Neither party has made false allegations for financial gain. There was never any intention of physical or emotional harm.”
Heard promises to donate Depp’s $7 million to the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. (In August 2021, a New York judge partially granted a petition by Depp to determine whether donations had been made.)
January 2017: Divorce is made official
Depp and Heard formally finalize their divorce.
“We are all pleased to leave this unpleasant chapter in the lives of Depp and his family behind us,” Depp’s attorney Laura Wasser wrote in a statement. “Having your request to enter the dissolution judgment granted today made a particularly happy Friday the 13th.”
Heard’s attorney told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H Moor that his client “would be very happy to move on with her life.”
June 2018: Johnny Depp is sued The sun title
On June 1, 2018, Depp sues News Group Newspapers, a company that publishes The sunfor alleged libel over an article published in the tabloid newspaper in April of that year, with the headline: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts movie?”
Depp would eventually lose the case.
December 2018: Amber Heard publishes an editorial
On December 18, 2018, Amber Heard publishes an opinion piece in The Washington Post titled: “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
In it, she writes in part: “Like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted in college. But I kept silent – I didn’t expect the filing of grievances to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.
“Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger at the women who speak out.”
Depp is not mentioned by name in the editorial. The editorial would later become the basis of the $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by Depp naming Heard as a defendant.
March 2019: Johnny Depp sues Amber Heard
Depp files $50 million lawsuit against Heard, claiming she defamed him Washington Post editorial.
“The editorial relied on the core premise that Heard was a victim of domestic abuse and that Depp committed domestic violence against her,” the complaint alleges in part, calling the domestic abuse allegation “categorically and demonstrably false.”
July 2020: Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against The sun goes to trial
The trial begins on July 7, 2020 in London. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at the Supreme Court, with Heard scheduled to testify in support of The sun.
Depp’s lawyers argue that he is seeking “revenge,” not money, and Depp himself denies the allegations of domestic abuse. A spokesperson for Heard says vanity fair Heard “never asked for these processes to be carried out” and “tried to move on with his life”.
The trial lasts three weeks, with explosive allegations emerging as part of the evidence and testimony. The process ends at the end of July.
August 2020: Amber Heard contests
Heard files a $100 million lawsuit against Depp in response to her defamation lawsuit, accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing her own lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
In the suit, Heard asks the court to grant his immunity from Depp’s claim and asks for compensatory damages of “no more than $100 million”, specifying that this is “double the amount Depp claimed against Heard”.
November 2020: Johnny Depp loses his smear battle against The sun
The court rules in favor The sun in the defamation process. Judge Andrew Nicol said the defendants proved their allegations against Depp to be “substantially true,” the Associated Press reported at the time.
“I have found that the vast majority of the alleged assaults on Ms. Heard by Mr. Depp were proven in civil law,” the judge writes in a ruling.
A lawyer for Depp calls the trial “so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Depp not to appeal this decision.”
March 2021: Johnny Depp is denied permission to appeal loss in The sun case
Two appeals court judges rule against granting Depp permission to appeal the judge’s decision in his defamation lawsuit against The sun.
According to the AP, Judges James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill ruled that the original hearing was “full and fair” and the judge’s rulings “have not been found to be vitiated by any error of approach or error of law.”
Dingemans and Underhill found that “the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason why it should be heard.”
“It is clear from reading the judgment as a whole that the judge based his conclusions in each of the incidents on his extremely detailed review of the evidence specific to each incident,” they said.
“In such an approach, there was little need or space for the judge to give weight to any overall assessment of Heard’s credibility.”
April 11, 2022: Defamation case goes to trial in Virginia
The trial in Depp’s defamation case against Heard began on April 11, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. (The Washington Postin which Heard’s editorial was published, has printing facilities in the state.)
Heard’s witnesses are expected to include James Franco and Elon Musk, who are listed as potential witnesses who can participate via video link.
Depp suffered a significant setback before the trial began when the judge in the case, Penney Azcarate of Virginia, discovered that Heard could argue that his editorial deals with a matter of public interest.
According to the AP, Depp’s legal team tried to argue that Heard should not rely on Virginia’s anti-SLAPP legislation. Anti-SLAPP laws, which stand for Anti-Strategic Action Against Public Participation, are designed to protect people from being prosecuted when they speak out on matters of public interest.
Judge Azcarate ruled that Heard could, in fact, invoke Virginia’s anti-SLAPP legislation in her defense and argue to the jury that it should apply to her editorial.