It seems the legal matters between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are far from over.
Depp, 55, has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard, 32, according to court documents reportedly obtained by The Blast.
Depp took issue with a Dec. 2018 article Heard wrote for The Washington Post. “Ms. Heard purported to write from the perspective of ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse’ and claimed that she ‘felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out’ when she ‘spoke up against sexual violence,'” the documents state.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s legal team argues Heard’s domestic abuse claims were an “elaborate hoax.” Although Heard never named Depp in the 2018 piece, the actor’s attorneys argue the article “depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
“Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator,” the documents read, arguing Heard’s abuse claims were “conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos.”
Depp also suggests Heard’s op-ed is the reason he was dropped from Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
The actor’s claims against his ex-wife do not strictly pertain to Heard’s domestic abuse claims. Depp is also suggesting Heard was having an improper “relationship” with Elon Musk while Depp and Heard were still married.
“Unbeknownst to Mr. Depp, no later than one month after his marriage to Ms. Heard, she was spending time in a new relationship with Tesla and Space-X founder, Elon Musk,” the documents state. Musk allegedly had many “late night” visits to Depp’s residence.
Heard’s lawyer called Depp’s lawsuit “frivolous” and accused the actor of being “hell-bent on achieving self-destruction,” in a statement to ET Canada. “This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard,” her attorney Eric M. George said. “She will not be silenced.”
“Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behaviour,” George continued. “But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team.”
Depp and Heard tied the knot in 2015 and officially divorced two years later.