Johnny Depp files defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard

Johnny Depp filed a lawsuit this week against Amber Heard accusing the actress of defamation and is seeking a reported $50 million in damages. The defamation claim alleges that Amber Heard centered an opinion article she wrote in The Washington Post on the premise that “Mr Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”

The lawsuit goes on to state that because of her allegations, Depp’s career suffered and he subsequently lost the role of Jack Sparrow in Disney’s lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

The op-ed in The Washington Post, dating back to December 2018 was also used to “boost Heard’s profile” prior to the premiere of the movie "Aquaman" which grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

Tesla founder Elon Musk is also mentioned in the lawsuit where it is claimed that he had been given access to their property on the night that Heard had gone public with her “battered face.” Heard had allegedly begun a relationship one month into her marriage with Depp according to People Magazine.

The lawsuit will seek compensatory and punitive damages and claims the alleged domestic violence that Amber Heard was subjected to is false. Back in 2016, Amber Heard accused Depp of domestic violence and he was ordered to stay away from her. His ex-wife, Vanessa Paradis wrote a public letter in response, defending the actor as a “sensitive, loving and loved person, and I believe with all my heart, that these recent allegations being made are outrageous.” Heard and Depp subsequently broke up and divorced in 2017.

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