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A Detailed Look Into Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s Heated Relationship and Ongoing Court Case

The case between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been one of the most divisive topics in Hollywood to date. After only 15 months of marriage, the relationship was over and ever since then we’ve been exposed to a multitude of revealing facts about their tumultuous connection.

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But so much has been going on with their legal battles that it’s been pretty hard to keep up with everything that’s been disclosed. That’s why at Popular Everything, we bring you the low-down on everything that’s been happening in the case. You’ll have to be the judge on this one.

Amber Files For a Restraining Order

It all started back in May 2016, when Amber Heard filed for a restraining order against her actual husband, Johnny Depp. She provided photographic evidence in court of Johnny’s supposed domestic violence, and claimed that she was filing for the order due to his most recent “violent attack.”

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Her claim said that a few days prior, Johnny “became extremely angry” because he “began obsessing over something that wasn’t true.” According to Amber, it led him to throw his phone at Amber’s head, which bruised her cheek and eye area. Unfortunately, grabbing and hair pulling also ensued.

Tarnishing His Reputation

Amber was granted the restraining order she requested towards the end of May, but Johnny’s lawyers stepped in with this accusation. “Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.” According to Johnny, she was making her story up in order to get a nice chunk of his millions.

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Whatever Amber’s reasons were, she definitely didn’t hold back. She told the court: “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me. I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”

Can Amber Be Trusted?

Not long before their relationship fell apart, Amber was actually found guilty of having broken Australia’s biosecurity laws. She made a false customs declaration when bringing her and Johnny’s dogs into the country, as she didn’t first quarantine them.

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Illegally importing animals has a strict punishment of up to 10 years in prison, and she knowingly broke those laws. But Amber was spared any jail time whatsoever, and instead was forced to make a public apology video. Her recent brush with the law and easy penalty definitely affected how people saw her claims later on.

They Reach an Out of Court Settlement

By August, Johnny and Amber ended up reaching an out of court settlement after Amber was apparently asking for $50,000 in alimony. She withdrew her restraining order after accepting a $7 million settlement. But she made it clear that it wasn’t about the money for her, and ended up donating the lump sum to two charities.

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Amber’s public statement read: “As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves.”

That Joint Statement

Johnny and Amber also released a joint statement after news of the settlement broke. They stated that: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.” This sentence definitely left the public with more questions than answers.

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They continued: “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future.” While we didn’t know all the details, it seemed that Johnny and Amber had managed to find some peace with each other… But it didn’t last long.

The Divorce Settlement – Who Got What

A year after Amber had filed for a restraining order, the once-glamorous couple had gotten a divorce. So who walked away with what? Well, Amber got to keep their dogs (the ones who had been illegally undeclared in 2015.) She got to keep the “kids” so to speak.

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But Johnny got to keep all the properties around the world that were probably under his name to begin with. While Amber is a Hollywood actress, she has achieved only a fraction of the success and wealth that Johnny has in his long career.

They Agreed To Keep Shtum

According to The Hollywood Reporter, part of Johnny and Amber’s divorce settlement included a non-disparagment clause that prevented either of them from talking badly about each other, or their relationship. As two celebrities, it’s in their best interest not to have anything too scandalous be revealed.

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As we’ll come to see however, that didn’t really go as planned for Johnny. In fact, Amber believes Johnny was the first one to bad mouth about her. She claims that he damaged her reputation on several media outlets, claiming that she had been lying about the domestic violence abuse. She also claimed that it made her entitled to punitive damages.

Amber’s Infamous Words

In December 2018, Amber wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post. It would come to spark a bitter legal battle between Amber and Johnny for the alleged defamation, as Johnny claimed it suggested that he had been abusive during their marriage. As an “ambassador on women’s rights at the American Civil Liberties Union,” Amber wrote about how “men have the power – physically, socially and financially.”

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Amber also stated that “In every walk of life, women are confronting these men who are buoyed by social, economic and cultural power.” She wrote about her hopes for the future: “I want to ensure that women who come forward to talk about violence receive more support.” Through these words, Johnny saw her making an attack on his own reputation.

Johnny Wants His Reputation Back

You might imagine what came next. In the following year, Johnny sued Amber for defamation over The Washington Post article, asking for a whopping $50 million in punitive damages. He argued that Amber was conveying to the public that he had been abusive.

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Amber hadn’t named Johnny in the actual article, but she hadn’t planned on being sued for such a huge sum. She tried to get the suit dismissed and, in the end, managed to get the trial pushed back by several months. This allowed her and her lawyers to provide a stronger case for the future trial.

A Nest of Vipers

Johnny’s lawyers stated that “The op-ed [Amber’s article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.” They said that Amber’s “implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser is categorically and demonstrably false.” Johnny’s lawyers sure know how to fire back.

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In response however, Amber’s lawyers released this statement: “Johnny Depp physically and verbally abused Amber Heard. Since their divorce, Mr. Depp has continued to publically harass Ms. Heard, and attempted to gaslight the world by denying his abuse. It is long past time for Mr. Depp’s despicable conduct to end.” It was squaring up to be quite a fight between the former power couple.

Heard’s Scandalous Testimony

Heard had to bring out the big guns against such a costly and high-profile case. She described several instances of abuse at the hands of Johnny, even going so far as to call him “the monster.” She said that things started to get really bad a year into their relationship, to the extent that things got physical.

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And apparently, his substance abuse was what really triggered this desructive behavior. One particular incident occured in Australia while he was filming for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Amber said she was left “naked and barefoot, covered in alcohol and glass.”

Amber Hits Johnny

The ongoing legal battle reached a new point when phone recordings were released in January 2020. In them, Amber can be heard admitting to having actually gotten physical with Johnny. She says: “I’m sorry that I didn’t, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched.”

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Amber continues: “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.” It was pretty damning evidence against her. As an ambassador against domestic violence, it didn’t help her case or public image that she had admitted to being abusive.

Was It Self-Defense?

Amber strongly claimed that any physical violence on her behalf was done in an attempt of self-defense. In the same two-hour long phone conversation, she tells Johnny that if “You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn’t matter how friendly it is, it’s not cool.”

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Amber also says in the call: “I can’t promise you I won’t get physical again. God I f****** sometimes get so mad I lose it.” Whatever the case, her physical attacks towards him were used against her by Johnny’s big-shot lawyers. Johnny’s stance was clear enough: “Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator.”

Johnny Wasn’t Much Better

Johnny wasn’t getting away scott free, though. In this same recording, he was heard talking to Amber about what sounds like domestic abuse from both sides. “I left last night. Honestly, I swear to you because I just couldn’t take the idea of more physicality, more physical abuse on each other.”

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Johnny continued: “Because had we continued it, it would have gotten f****** bad.” Most chilling of all, he told Amber, “And baby, I told you this once. I’m scared to death we are a f****** crime scene right now.” Whoever it was who threw the first punch, it was clear that they had been in an incredibly toxic and destructive relationship.

Johnny Sues a Newspaper For Libel

By the time July 2020 had swung around, Johnny took News Group Newspapers (the group responsible for The Sun) to court over a different article. In it, they had referred to Johnny as a “wife beater,” which the Pirates Of The Caribbean star took serious issue with.

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As well as suing News Group Newspapers, he was also suing The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton for publishing a false statement that damaged his previously respectable reputation. And this case was about to open a whole other can of worms.

Life In Danger

Amber put forward some statements that definitely went against Johnny’s claims. She explained how there were severeal times in their marriage where she thought her life could be in danger: “[He] explicitly threatened to kill me many times, especially later in our relationship.”

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Amber relayed to the court: “some incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far.” This statement enforced that not only was Johnny Depp abusive, but possibly homicidal.

The Monster

Amber also claimed that Johnny had another side to him after he had been abusing drugs and alcohol, that he himself described as “the monster.” Allegedly, he had “a self-created third party” who was unpredictable. “I remember being afraid that Johnny might not know when to stop.”

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Amber explained: “Whenever he was using I worried for both of us,” adding that “He would become a totally different person, often delusional and violent.” His violence extended to throwing things at Amber, shoving her, and even pulling out clumps of her hair. They were very serious accusations to say the least.

Does Johnny Have Amnesia?

Amber’s written testimony went in on what she described as post-narcotic amnesia. She said that Johnny “often didn’t remember what he had done” due to the sheer amount of alcohol or drugs that he took, and noted that afterwards “it was as if it hadn’t happened for him.” Pictured below, Johnny has passed out during one of his binges.

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Amber revealed that she had been “terrified of the monster.” She said that “these things happened behind closed doors,” explaining why Johnny might seem like one person to people on the outside, but that he was completely different in a private setting. She saw that Johnny had “a unique ability to use his charisma to convey a certain impression of reality.”

Happy-Ish Beginnings

Johnny and Amber’s relationship started back in 2012 after meeting on the set of the movie The Rum Diary. They only came out as a couple publicly in 2014 at the 7th Annual Heaven Gala. It was only a few days later that they announced to the world their engagement.

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But Amber told the courts that a year after they first met she witnessed him abusing alchohol and drugs. Nonetheless, they continued in their relationship until their wedding in 2015. They were entangled in a passionate romance, but a terribly toxic and harmful one nonetheless.

Amber Opens Up About That Flight

One particular instance that Amber brought to court was in May 2014, when she and Johnny had taken a private plane. She said that Johnny had been verbally abusing her and throwing things, until things went horribly wrong. She revealed that Johnny kicked her in the back, after which she passed out on the bathroom floor.

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According to Amber’s testimony, it was due to Johnny having heavily drunk before the flight. She detailed how he apologized to her in a text message later on, claiming not to have remembered what he did. She also recieved a text from his assistant after the incident saying: “He’s a little lost boy. And needs all the help he can get.”

Three Days of Ecstasy

Johnny and Amber got married in February 2015 on the Pirates Of The Caribbean star’s own private island in the Bahamas. But the blissful honeymoon phase didn’t last long. Heard remembers hows only a month after tying the knot, he went on a three-day ecstasy bender.

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“Johnny told me that I had not explicitly forbidden him from taking ecstasy. The argument heated up, and Johnny pushed me, slapped me, and shoved me to the ground before I retreated to a locked bedroom,” Amber relayed. He had agreed to stay sober, but failed to carry it through.

Shocking Details Come To Light

Unfortunately, the rein of abuse didn’t end when Amber retreated to the bathroom during Johnny’s three-day bender. He continued to drink and be violent towards his new wife, which she laid out in a disturbing series of events. Amber claimed that Johnny threw her through a ping-pong table.

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It was definitely a shocking allegation that went against everything the public thought about him. Amber also claimed that he put her hands around her neck and wrote on the walls in blood and oil. Definitely not something that can be overlooked.

Amber’s Unsupportive Reception

In May 2016, after Johnny allegedly threw a phone at her “like a baseball pitcher,” Amber had resolved to end their marriage. After her restraining order became public information, Amber admitted to having received no support from the public: “People I have never met or spoken to threatened me with violence.”

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On top of that, Amber’s career was being negatively affected by all the publicity: “I lost a part for a movie in which I had already been cast.” According to Amber, the public turned her claims on to her. “People accused me of having abused Johnny. That simply is not true. I never attacked Johnny other than in self-defense.”

What Amber’s Scars Are Saying

The three-day bender that Johnny had shortly after their wedding apparently left her with scars on her arms and on her feet. She described how she was pushed into a ping pong table, and the healed-over scars from the incident still exist on her body today.

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Johnny’s lawyers accused Amber of having deliberately injured herself in order to obtain scars and use them against the actor. “These are scars of self-harm, straight and inflicted by you and certainly not Mr. Depp.” Amber strongly denied these claims: “I do not agree. I know they are.”

Amber’s Stylist Never Saw the Black Eye

Amber’s stylist, Samantha McMillen (pictured on the left) was brought in as a witness about the alleged black eye. Her testimony threw a spanner in the works, as Samantha claimed never to have seen any bruising on the face. She told the high court that she had spent “much of the afternoon and early evening” with Amber the day after it was alleged that Johnny had been physical.

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Samantha admitted seeing Amber “in good light, at close range, wearing no makeup and said that “could see clearly that Ms. Heard did not have any visible marks, bruises, cuts, or injuries.” Samantha also claims Amber said to her that day “can you believe I just did that show with two black eyes?” but didn’t see any damage on the actress’s face whatsoever.

Winona Ryder Provides a Testimony

Actress Winona Ryder was Johnny’s high profile girlfriend back in the nineties. They were the “it” couple who got engaged after only five months of dating. She was brought forward to give a testimony about her relationship with Johnny. “I knew Johnny very well years ago. We were together as a couple for four years, and I counted him as my best friend, and as close to me as family,” Winona told the high court.

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She continued: ” I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him. The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations. He was never, never violent towards me.”

Winona Felt Safe With Johnny

Winona continued to defend Johnny’s reputation: “He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen. I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man – an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him.”

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Winona rounded up her statment by saying: “I do not want to call anyone a liar but from my experience of Johnny, it is impossible to believe that such horrific allegations are true. I find it extremely upsetting, knowing him as I do.” Although she wasn’t calling Amber an outright liar, she was providing a strong case against Amber’s claims.

The Mother of His Children Comes Forward

The person with the most experience by Johnny’s side was his ex-wife and mother to his children, former model Vanessa Paradis. They had been together from 1998 – 2012, during which she had “known Johnny to be a kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father.”

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Vanessa claimed: “On movie sets the actors, directors and entire crews adore him because he is humble and respectful to everyone, as well as being one of the best actors we’ve seen.” It was clear that Vanessa was taking a stronger stance against Amber’s claims than Winona.

Vanessa Puts Up a Fight

Ex-wife Vanessa continued to tell the high court that what Amber was accusing Johnny of was “nothing like the true Johnny I have known.” She continued: “And from my personal experience of many years, I can say he was never violent or abusive to me.”

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Finally, Vanessa gave her own opinion as someone watching the court case from the sidelines. “I have seen that these outrageous statements have been really distressing, and also caused damage to his career because unfortunately people have gone on believing these false facts,” she declared.

Did the Dog Do It?

One of the most shocking allegations to come to light was the moment Johnny discovered that feces had been left in his bed. After a party, Johnny found the excrement and believed it to belong to Amber. She strongly denied this, claiming that it actually belonged to Johnny’s Yorkshire terrier dog, Boo.

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Johnny said: “It was not left by a three or four-pound dog. I was convinced that it was either Ms. Heard herself or one of her cohorts involved in leaving human feces on the bed.” They had been arguing around the time of the incident, and Johnny thought it was Amber’s way of “getting back” at him.

Johnny Makes Up His Mind

After the bed incident, Johnny claims to have come to a conclusion about their relationship. “I wanted nothing to do with her,” he admitted, having decided to divorce the actress then and there. Shortly after, he sent Amber a text message that read: “all my love and regrets … I wish you nothing but good.”

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Johnny continued: “That is what I felt. I didn’t think there needed to be any poison at the time, because the bad part was over, which was the relationship, and now we just had to finish it.” That being said, it was Amber who actually filed for divorce from Johnny back in May 2016.

What Happened To Johnny’s Finger

Something a lot of people didn’t see coming was Johnny’s accusation that Amber was actually the abusive one in the relationship. He claimed his finger had been severed after Amber threw a glass vodka bottle at him, and he provided grisly pictures to prove the injury had occured.

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Johnny’s former personal assistant, Stephen Deuters, was brought forward as a witness. He told the high court that “he [Johnny] had sustained his injury when Ms Heard had thrown a bottle at him which smashed on his hand”.

Allegations Are Mirrored Back At Amber

On top of the incident with his finger, Johnny claimed that her allegations about him actually “mirrored” her behavior towards him. He claimed that she gave him “haymaker” punches to his face, which forced him to “lock her arms” in self defense. He asserted that he had not been actively violent.

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Johnny provided photos of bruising on his face from around the time of the incident. He did however admit to headbutting Amber one time at their Los Angeles home, but maintained that it had been an accident that occured during one particular argument between the couple.

Cheating With James Franco

Johnny had more in store for Amber. He told the high court that she had been engaged in extramarital affairs during their marriage, one of which was with actor James Franco. Amber and Franco had starred opposite eachother in the crime-thriller The Adderall Diaries back in 2015.

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Johnny admitted to feeling uncomfortable about Amber and James working with each other for a film. Amber played James’ character’s romantic interest, so suffice to say they had to get pretty close on set. And Johnny believed they carried that chemistry through to the bedroom.

Was Amber Being Manipulative?

According to Johnny, he had good reason to be jealous – not least of all because of what Amber had told him about the Pineapple Express actor. “She told me many things that were very, very negative about Mr. Franco, and that he had tried to kiss her and made sexual advances towards her,” Johnny revealed.

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He explains how his jealous feelings grew as her initial uncomfortable feelings about James started to go away. “It provoked me to become jealous because… it shocked me that she was suddenly so friendly and happy with him,” Johnny admitted to the high courts. Amber denied that anything romantic happened between her and her costar.

Cheating With Elon Musk

Johnny wasn’t just convinced that James Franco had been sleeping with his wife. He also believed business magnate and Tesla CEO Elon Musk was busy having an affair with Amber behind his back. They did start dating after Amber filed for divorce from Johnny, but it was previously believed that they had started seeing each other after the fallout of their marriage.

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According to Amber, her and the Tesla CEO shared a “beautiful friendship” filled with “intellectual curiosity, ideas, and conversation, a shared love for science.” But while she defends having cheated with Elon during her marriage, Johnny believes their affair started as early as 2015.

Revealing Text Messages

Private text messages between Amber and Elon were read out to the court. The day after Johnny allegedly threw his phone at her in 2016, she confided in Elon about wanting a restraining order against her husband. Elon offered to arrange for her his own 24/7 private security.

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His messages read: “The offer would stand, even if you never wanted to see me again… anyway, sorry for being an idiot. The radio silence hurts a lot. It only matters because I really like you.” It didn’t help when Johnny and Amber’s apartment concierge told the courts that he had seen Elon visit Amber “when Mr. Depp was in Australia.”

A Cigarette Burn

As if it couldn’t get any worse, Johnny accused Amber of having put out a cigarette on his cheek. Allegedly, she burned his face with the butt of the cigarette and naturally left a mark. In a photo of Johnny streched out in the hospital as he awaits treatment for his severed finger, his lawyers allege the cigarette burn could be seen.

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Amber denied the allegation, with her attorney describing the claim as “absurd, offensive and categorically untrue.” He continued to tell the court: “This photograph proves nothing – apart from the fact that Johnny Depp is desperate to throw out any outlandish allegation to deflect attention from his physical and ongoing psychological abuse of Amber Heard.”

Amber Never Asked For This

With all the damaging accusations thrown her way by Johnny and his legal team, Amber’s spokesperson released a statement to the public about what she’d have to gain from lying. “Amber never asked for these proceedings to take place. Amber obtained a domestic violence restraining order against Depp back in 2016 and has tried to move on with her life.”

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The statement continued: “It is Johnny Depp who brought these proceedings against a British newspaper and has dragged her to the UK courts to give evidence on some of the most distressing moments of her life.” If true, it would paint Johnny out to be incredibly selfish.

Abusing Drugs Since Childhood

Part of Johnny’s defense against his excessive drinking and narcotics use relied on Johnny’s own testimony about his early life. He told the high court that he began using drugs at the tender age of 11. He said he started “at a young age, when it was not a particularly stable or secure or safe home life.”

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Apparently, this behavior was learned from Johnny’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer. She would ask young Johnny to “go and get her nerve pills,” which he understood “were calming her nerves, so I brought her her nerve pills and I took one and that began [Johnny’s drug use].”

Amber Encouraged His Addiction

Johnny also blamed Amber for his relapses back into abusing drink and drugs. The court documents revealed that he understood he was recovering from addiction during “significant parts” of his and Amber’s short-lived marriage. But that in hindsight, she wasn’t helping him get better.

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According to Johnny, she was actually encouraging his relapses back to depending on substances “instead of supporting my sobriety.” Johnny claimed he was “not in any way embarrassed” to admit his addictions, while being adamant that he did not “undertake violence against anyone” while under influence.

The Court Reaches a Verdict

Finally, after an onslaught of allegations from both sides, the high court had reached their final verdict. On November 2nd 2020, the court ruled that The Sun newspaper was not out of place for calling Johnny a “wife beater.” Suing the newspaper for libel had not been successful for the actor.

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The judge specified: “Taking all the evidence together, I accept that she [Amber] was the victim of sustained and multiple assaults by Mr Depp in Australia.” The Judge continued: “I accept her evidence of the nature of the assaults he committed against her. They must have been terrifying.”

“A Sign of the Depth of His Rage”

The judge explained how a particular incident left her with reasonable doubt that Johnny was voilent in his relationship. “It is a sign of the depth of his rage that he admitted scrawling graffiti in blood from his injured finger,” the judge asserted. It’s definitely a sign that he was unstable.

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The judge added: “And then, when that was insufficient, dipping his badly injured finger in paint and continuing to write messages and other things.” With all things considered, the judge felt that The Sun newspaper was not out of place for using such strong language.

Undeserved Praise

As you can imagine, The Sun was adamant that the ruling had been correct. A spokesperson for the paper released a statement that said: “The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over 20 years. Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced.”

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“We thank the judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court,” they declared. While many people in the public had differeing opinions still, a large proportion of people found the newspaper’s statement to be insincere and hypocritical.

Amber’s Final Word… For Now

Naturally, Amber was ecstatic that the court had ruled in her favor. Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, one of Amber’s counsel, released a statement saying: “For those of us present for the London High Court trial, this decision and Judgment are not a surprise.” She followed this up with what to expect in the future.

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Elaine continued: “Very soon, we will be presenting even more voluminous evidence in the U.S. We are committed to obtaining Justice for Amber Heard in the U.S. Court and defending Ms. Heard’s Right to Free Speech.” Despite the court ruling, it was clear that Amber wasn’t finished just yet.

Johnny’s Lawyers Refuse the Ruling

Not only is Amber planning to fight more in the future, but Johnny’s lawyers made it clear that this wasn’t the end for him. His lawyers told the public that they found the ruling “as perverse as it is bewildering,” and promised they would be following up with an appeal.

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Johnny’s representatives said: “Most troubling is the judge’s reliance on the testimony of Amber Heard, and corresponding disregard of the mountain of counter-evidence from police officers, medical practitioners, her own former assistant, other unchallenged witnesses and an array of documentary evidence which completely undermined the allegations, point by point.”

Jack Sparrow Reacts

Johnny’s claim had been dismissed, his reputation worsened, and hundreds of thousands of dollars had been spent. It was a crushing defeat, for which he released this statement: “The surreal judgment of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth, and I confirm that I plan to appeal.”

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Despite the judge’s ruling, Johnny managed to maintain a strong and devoted fan base all around the world. Many still bellieve him to be innocent of the domestic abuse crimes, and support him in his efforts to try and prove his innocence.

Harry Potter Franchise Drops Johnny

It was only four days after the ruling when Warner Bros. Entertainment decided to drop Johnny from his up-and-coming role in Fantastic Beasts 3. He played the important part of Grindewald in the Harry Potter universe. Officially, he was asked to resign, but he didn’t have a choice in the matter.

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He told the public: “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false.”

A King Has Fallen

Johnny summed up his motivation to repeal the court’s ruling in one sentence: “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.” Warner Bros. Entertainment confirmed that he had in fact been dropped. “‘Fantastic Beasts 3′ is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast.”

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They continued: “Johnny Depp will depart the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date.” It didn’t take them long to recast the part of Grindelwald. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen was confirmed to be taking over the role of the enigmatic wizard.