Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial: In our last article, we told you that fresh documents have been discovered. That could give us another round of the famous Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial.
The high-profile, shocking trial will now return to television in the upcoming season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC.
The cast is reportedly filming an upcoming episode in New York City. It appears to be a recreation of the Heard-Depp trial, according to recent set photos.
Det. Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, can also be seen leaving a courtroom with Julia Goldani Telles’s female celebrity.
The two are surrounded by a sizable group of supporters, some of whom are holding banners that read “Team Austin,” “Team Kelsey,” and “I Stand with Austin,” while others are cheering for both Austin and Kelsey (presumably her ex).
In addition, there are still several mysteries surrounding the forthcoming episodes’ plot. When Law & Order: SVU’s 24th season premieres in September, viewers will be able to watch the episode.
How It All Began
If you are new to the Johnny Depp – Amber Heard Gist, here is a summary of the trial and how it all began.
Johnny Depp, the protagonist in the movie “Pirate of the Caribbean” and Amber Heard who was a cast In the movie “Aquaman” met on set, where they were both filming for the movie “The Rum Diary” in 2009.
Although their relationship bloomed between the end of 2011 and early 2012, they got engaged In January 2014, and in February 2015, they got married on Depp’s private island in the Bahamas.
A year after their marriage, on May 23, 2016, Amber Heard filed for a divorce and got a temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp.
In Depp’s response to that, he replied that she was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse”.
In Amber Heard’s testimony, she accused him of constant abuse, verbally and physically during their time of relationship, especially when he is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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The divorce received a lot of publicity, with images of Heard’s alleged injuries being published by the media in August 2016. A settlement was reached by the two parties and in January 2017, the divorce was finalized.
The restraining order was withdrawn by Heard and in a joint statement with Depp. She opened up and said that their relationship was “intensely passionate and periodically volatile, but always bound by love”.
Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. “There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
Depp paid a divorce settlement of a whopping $7 million to Heard. She pledged to donate the money to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Included in the settlement was a non-disclosure agreement to prevent either party from discussing their relationship in public.
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The Defamation Articles
The Sun, a British tabloid published an article in April 2018, calling Depp a “wife-Beater”. The said article provoked him to file a lawsuit against the tabloid in June 2018.
In December, Heard wrote a piece to a ghost-written Washington Post op-ed. In it, she included her name but did not include Mr Depp’s name.
An excerpt from the post carried her exact words when she said: “Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”
When Mr Depp read about it, he sued Ms Heard for defamation in March 2019 over the article.
The judge overseeing the case in November 2020, took sides with The Sun. He upheld 12 out of the 14 alleged assaults made by Mr Depp against Ms Heard. He further said that the great majority of alleged assaults had been proven to be the civil standard.
How It Went Down This Year
In April 2022, a fresh trial for defamation was filed by Mr Depp against Ms Heard for libel and is seeking for $50 million($70 million) settlement and Ms Heard is also countersuing Mr Depp for $US100 million ($140 million).
Mr Depp, in his testimony, testified that he has never lifted his finger on Ms Heard or any other woman. He went further to disclose that Ms Heard was the one who abused him instead.
There were different accounts that exposed one of their fight in 2015 in Australia where Mr Depp was on set, filming for the fifth season of the movie; Pirates of the Caribbean.
Mr Depp revealed that Ms Heard threw a vodka bottle that almost damaged the top of his middle finger. In his testimony, he said he used the blood from the injury to write on the wall.
Ms Heard vehemently denied injuring Mr Depp and told the jury Mr Depp assaulted her sexually that night by inserting a bottle inside her vagina.
In one of the Sessions, photos of Ms Heard was shown to the Court and In those photos were visible scars on her arm and a swelling around her eyes.
It was later discovered that those Images were taken around the same time when no physical injury was found on her as shown in the photo though Ms Heard denied editing the photos to show the bruises.
Mr Depp also testified that there was a time feaces was found on their bed in 2016 and Ms Heard allegedly told the security guard that it was a horrible practical joke gone wrong. Ms Heard denied having anything to with the incident and said one of their dogs was responsible for it.
Audio recordings were released in one of the court session and In the recording, Ms Heard admitted to hitting Mr Depp, but not to punching him.
Text messages were also read in which Mr Depp called Ms Heard a “filthy whore” and also said he wanted her dead.
A clinical and forensic psychologist who was hired by Mr Depp’s legal team affirmed to Ms Heard having borderline histrionic personality disorders but not to having post-traumatic stress disorder.
Another clinical and forensic psychologist countered the first psychologist saying Ms Heard actually have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of alleged “intimate partner violence” caused by Mr Depp.
Mr Depp also in one of his testimonies disclosed he has lost movie roles he considered as lucrative as a result of the recent allegations by Ms Heard of him being a Wife-Beater.
But some witnesses refuted his claims saying Mr Depp’s career was already on a steady decline due to his own doing even before the Washington Post article was published.
A psychiatrist who also was a witness for Ms Heard said Mr Depp’s behaviour can be likened to consistent narcissism.
One of the judges denied a motion from Mr Depp’s attorneys to dismiss a countersuit by Ms Heard against him.
The jury presiding over the defamation case brought by Johnny Depp against Amber Heard has been resolved. Though Heard claimed their judgement was a mistrial and should be reconsidered.
The court has ordered Amber Heard to pay the sum of $10.35 million in damages to Johnny Depp. The court also ordered Depp to pay the sum of $2 million to Heard. And this for some articles written by his publicist in The Daily Mail about her.