T.The trial in Johnny Depp’s libel suit against Amber Heard is currently underway in Virginia.
Depp sued Heard in March 2019, backing a column in which Heard had written The Washington Post on domestic violence was defamatory and was asking for $ 50 million in damages. Heard filed a $ 100 million counter suit.
The proceedings began with the selection of the jury 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, separation, and court battles, from when they are said to have started dating until the 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 actor Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis have two children: a daughter named Lily-Rose and a son named Jack.
Heard and Depp are believed to have 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 couple of months of speculation. “The fact that you’re wearing a girl’s ring on your finger is probably a dead giveaway,” he says as he promotes the film Transcendence. “Not very subtle.”
February 2015: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard get married
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp get married. According to People magazine, they had two ceremonies: the first at Depp’s home in Los Angeles and the second on 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. Later that month, a judge grants Heard a restraining order against Depp for her domestic violence allegations.
In an affidavit, Heard claims that Depp threw a cellphone at her during an argument, hit her in the eye and cheek, and yelled at her, beat her, grabbed her violently in the face, and hit her in the face. pulled hair. According to the Associated Press, she presents to the court a photo of her bruised face when she requests the restraining order.
Heard is seen with “a bruise on his right cheek under the eye,” according to the AP, during a court appearance.
“Throughout our entire relationship, Johnny was verbally and physically abusive towards me,” Heard writes in the filing. “I have been subjected to excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”
He also writes: “I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) without warning to terrify me, physically and emotionally.”
Depp denied the domestic abuse allegations. His lawyers said in a court document in 2016 that Heard was “trying to get a premature financial settlement by accusing them of abuse.”
LAPD said in May 2016 that police officers who responded to a radio call for domestic incidents on the 21st of that month found “no evidence of any crime.” Heard’s legal team has since sued the LAPD in connection with that same call as part of the ongoing libel court case against Heard and Depp.
August 2016: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard resolve their divorce
After months of controversial proceedings, Depp and Heard reach an agreement in their divorce.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times unstable, but always linked by love,” the two say in a joint statement at the time. “Neither party has made false accusations for profit. There has never been any intent of physical or emotional harm. “
Heard agrees to donate $ 7 million from Depp to the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. (In August 2021, a New York judge partially granted Depp’s petition to determine if any donations had been made.)
January 2017: Divorce is official
Depp and Heard formally finalize their divorce.
“We are all delighted to leave this unfortunate chapter in the life of Mr. Depp and his family behind us,” writes Depp’s attorney Laura Wasser in a statement. “Having granted today his request for registration in the dissolution judgment made this Friday the 13th particularly lucky”.
Heard’s attorney told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H Moor that his client “would be very happy to get on with his life.”
June 2018: Johnny Depp sues The sun title
On June 1, 2018, Depp sues News Group Newspapers, the company it publishes The sunfor alleged defamation of an article published in the tabloid in April of that year, with the headline: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘really happy’ in casting his wife who beats 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 editorial The Washington Post titled: “I have spoken out against sexual violence and I have faced the wrath of our culture. This has to change. “
In it, he writes in part: “Like many women, I had been sexually harassed and assaulted when I was college age. But I kept quiet: I didn’t expect filing a complaint to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.
“Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women expressing themselves.”
Depp is not mentioned by name in the editorial. The editorial would later become the basis of Depp’s $ 50 million defamation suit that named Heard as a defendant.
March 2019: Johnny Depp sues Amber Heard
Depp files a $ 50 million lawsuit against Heard, claiming she slandered him in her Washington Post editorial.
“The editorial depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a victim of domestic abuse and that Mr. Depp had perpetrated domestic violence against her,” argues in part the complaint, calling the domestic abuse claim “categorically and demonstrably false. “.
July 2020: lawsuit by Johnny Depp against The sun goes to trial
The trial opens on 7 July 2020 in London. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard both arrive at the High Court of Justice, with Heard scheduled to testify in support The sun.
Depp’s attorneys claim he is looking for “claim”, not money, and Depp himself denies the domestic abuse allegations. A spokesperson for Heard says so Vanity Fair He heard “he never asked for this process to take place” and “tried to get on with his life.”
The trial lasts for three weeks, with explosive allegations emerging as part of the evidence and testimony. The procedure ends at the end of July.
August 2020: Amber Heard strikes back
Heard files a $ 100 million counterclaim against Depp in response to her libel suit, accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing her own lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.
In the filing, Heard asks the court to grant her immunity from Depp’s complaint and claims damages of “no more than $ 100 million”, specifying that it is “double the amount that Mr. Depp claimed against. Mrs. Heard “.
November 2020: Johnny Depp loses his battle for defamation The sun
The court ruled in favor The sun in the libel suit. Judge Andrew Nicol said the defendants proved their allegations against Depp were “substantially true,” the Associated Press reported at the time.
“I found that the vast majority of Ms. Heard’s alleged assaults by Mr. Depp were proven to civilian standards,” the judge wrote in a ruling.
A Depp attorney calls the sentence “so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr. Depp not to appeal this decision.”
March 2021: Johnny Depp is denied permission to appeal the loss The sun Case
Two appeals court judges plead against granting Depp permission to appeal the judge’s decision in his libel case The sun.
According to the AP, Judges James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill ruled that the original hearing was “full and fair” and that the judge’s rulings “were not even proven to be vitiated by any error of approach or error of law.”
Dingemans and Underhill noted that “the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there are no other compelling reasons to be heard.”
“It is clear from a reading of the ruling as a whole that the judge based his conclusions on each of the incidents on his highly detailed review of the specific evidence for each incident,” they said.
“In such an approach there was no need or space for the judge to give weight to any general assessment of Ms. Heard’s credibility.”
April 11, 2022: trial for libel in Virginia
The trial in Depp’s libel case against Heard began on April 11, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. (The Washington Postwhere 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 attend via video link.
Depp suffered a significant setback before the trial began when the judge on the case, Virginia Judge Penney Azcarate, found that Heard could argue that his editorial deals with a matter of public concern.
According to the AP, Depp’s legal team had tried to argue that Heard shouldn’t have been able to rely on Virginia’s anti-SLAPP legislation. Anti-SLAPP laws, which stand for anti-strategic legal action against public participation, are designed to protect people from being sued when expressing themselves on matters of public interest.
Judge Azcarate ruled that Heard could, in fact, invoke Virginia’s anti-SLAPP legislation in his defense and argue to the jury that it should apply to his editorial.