What started off as a trial around a defamation lawsuit with $50 mil in damages, is now one of the biggest trials, involving actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. This case is currently ongoing, as off April 28, 2022 and will likely go on for months. As the case continues, the public is given a look into Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s alleged abusive relationship.
Beginning April 2022, the trial for Depp’s defamation case against Heard was heard in Virginia. Today, May 2, 2022, the trial has entered its fourth week. While the trial continues, there have been numerous events during the trial that shocked the public.
The two had divorced back in 2016, but continued to battle in court over an op-ed that Amber Heard had filed back in 2018 in which she stated to be in an abusive relationship, but never stated with who. It is believed by many that Heard had released this op-ed in hopes to bring more attention to the new “Aquaman” movie.
Depp’s attorney had claimed that Heard’s op-ed had "falsely and unfairly characterized Mr. Depp as a villain — a man who would violently abuse women," This caused Depp to be dropped from both “Fantastic Beasts” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” (which he could possibly be permanently kicked from). In 2019, Depp sued Heard for $50 million for defamation. In attempts to get her case dismissed, Heard was unsuccessful. Her $100 million opposing lawsuit is still ongoing. In 2020, Depp brought the publisher of The Sun (a British news outlet) to court over an article that was published in 2018 which claimed Depp was violent to Heard. That same year, audio recordings were released in which Amber Heard “admits” to hitting Johnny Depp; saying quote “I'm sorry that I didn't ... hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you're not punched. 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."
The courtroom was left perplexed April 27, 2022 at witness, Alejandro Romero, the front desk attendant at Depp and Heard’s former Los Angeles apartment. A pre-recorded video showed Romero vaping while driving as he gave his testament. Courtroom videos show Depp giggling as Romero’s testimony is given, in which Depp is seen breaking out into laughter as Romero describes an interaction he had with Heard. She had asked Romero to check the door for scratches after she claimed that an intruder broke into her apartment, to which Romero replied, “There’s scratches four inches above the floor on your door. That was a dog trying to get into your unit.”
During Depps trial, several photos of him were shown with bruises and markings on his face. Depp had claimed Heard “roundhouse punched” him, which resulted in a bruise under his eye. Depp also claimed that he had thought Heard had injured her foot during an altercation saying, “she kicked the bathroom door into my head…And I was completely taken aback by such a corrosive horrific move,” when talking about an argument that broke out between the former couple. A video that Heard had recorded was also shown of Depp pouring out a bottle of wine saying, “Want to see crazy, I'll give you [explicit] crazy. I got your crazy. All you're crazy." When Heard’s attorney had asked Depp if he believed that he was violent in that clip, Depp responded by saying Heard illegally recorded him and added, “I did assault a couple cabinets but I did not touch Ms. Heard.” Another audio clip was played on the last day of Depp’s testimony of Heard saying, “Tell them, I, Johnny Depp, I’m a victim of domestic abuse and see how many people believe or side with you.” When asked by his lawyer if he identified as a victim of domestic abuse Depp replied, “Yes, I am.”
Amber Heard has now testified for the second time in this trial. During Heard’s testimony, she explains as to why she documents volatile moments (recordings, photos, etc. of Depp while he was under the influence) saying, “He wouldn't remember, or he would deny it…There was no one to back me up. So I started to take pictures to say, 'Look, this is happening.'" Heard claimed that Depp had been enabled because no one would step in during altercations, including an altercation on a private plane where Depp allegedly kicked her in the back. Heard is expected to continue her witness testimony on May 16.
As this is the fifteenth day of the trail, there has not been much movement in this trial. This trial is expected to go on for six weeks, in which we will see the outcome of the Depp v. Heard trial.