Most people have heard of the famous actor Johnny Depp, star of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the actress Amber Heard, best known for her appearance in Aquaman. The couple started dating toward the end of 2011 and Heard was spotted wearing an engagement ring in 2014.The two were married a year later; however, Heard filed for divorce in 2016 with accusations of abuse towards Depp. Heard stated that Depp was physically abusing her, usually while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Shortly after filing for divorce, Heard also filed for a restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband..
In March of 2019, Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard and sued her for 50 million dollars. Defamation occurs when someone makes a false statement about another, causing harm to their reputation. Over a year later, in August of 2020, Heard countersued Depp for 100 million dollars. They finally entered court on April 11th, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia.
The slandering of each other's names has caused Heard and Depp to be dropped from several acting roles. Heard was offered two million dollars to appear in Aquaman 2, which is scheduled to release in 2023. She testified that her role in the sequel was reduced and she is unsure if she will make an appearance in the movie. Heard also noted that she had to fight to keep her spot in the movie. Depp also lost his 22.5 million dollar Disney contract as Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp’s manager said that he was up to play the role again, but in an article published in The Sun Newspaper Heard quoted an op-ed in which she was calling herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”An op-ed is an denoting or printed on the page opposite the editorial page in a newspaper, devoted to the commentary feature articles, etc. The article was published in April 2021 after Heard’s allegations towards Depp were released. In the article, Depp was referred to as a “wife beater.” Depp sued The Sun publishers two months later; nevertheless, fans are still standing strong by his side.
Supporters for Depp and Heard have been waiting outside the courthouse for several weeks now. As the exes arrive, fans line up the streets in support of their given side. People have made signs that say “Stand with Amber '' or “Justice4Johnny” for moral support. As of late, social media has caused a rift in the public, with people picking sides and defending the two actors. Heard went on the stand Thursday, May 26th, and started crying because of the harassment and torment she has received over the trial.
Now that the trial has ended and they are in deliberation. Many supporters are just waiting to find out the result.
Update: The results are in. As of June 1st, the jury determined Heard and Depp both liable for deflation; the jury has awarded Depp 10 million compensatory damages and Heard 2 million.
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