Almost three years after news of the breakdown of Johnny Depp’s marriage to Amber Heard, the Pirates of the Carribean star is now suing his ex-wife and “Aquaman” star for $50 million for defamation.
“Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator,” says the suit in reaction to an op-ed the actress penned for The Washington Post in mid-December last year.
“ I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse,” Heard said. “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change” entitled Post piece, which never actually mentioned Depp by name but clearly didn’t have to – at least not for this lawsuit.
“Mr Depp never abused Ms Heard, the compensatory damages and punitive damages seeking complaint from the actor goes on to say. “Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016,” it adds in reference to the claims that Heard made in the couple’s short-lived union.
“This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard,” the actress’ attorney Eric M. George told Deadline. “She will not be silenced.”
“Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behaviour, the Browne George Ross LLP partner added.