Earlier this month, it was reported that Depp was suing his ex-wife for $50 million over her allegations of domestic abuse—allegations she addressed in a 2018 op-ed for the Washington Post. Depp's lawsuit referred to Heard's claims as nothing more than an "elaborate hoax," and presented evidence that suggested Depp was the one who endured physical abuse during the marriage—not the other way around.
"The op-ed depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her," the complaint reads. Though Heard's Washington Post piece didn't specifically name Depp, attorneys said the implications are "categorically and demonstrably false." The suit also states that Heard's abuse allegations "have been conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos."
The lawsuit refers to an alleged incident in which Heard threw a bottle of vodka at Depp, resulting in an injury that required hand surgery. The suit also accuses Heard of punching Depp as he was in bed, kicking him on numerous occasions, and even staging her own attacks.
"Unaware that members of Mr. Depp's security team (including an 18-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) were mere feet away, Ms. Heard falsely began yelling, 'Stop hitting me, Johnny,'" court documents state. "The interaction culminated with Ms. Heard making false allegations that Mr. Depp struck her with a cell phone, hit her and destroyed the penthouse. There were multiple eyewitnesses to this hoax."
Depp's legal team believes Heard fabricated her claims in an effort to propel her career as the #MeToo movement was in full swing.
"Ms. Heard also knew that her elaborate hoax worked: As a result of her false allegations against Mr. Depp, Ms. Heard became a darling of the #MeToo movement, was the first actress named a Human Rights Champion of the United Nations Human Rights Office, was appointed ambassador on women's rights at the American Civil Liberties Union, and was hired by L'Oreal Paris as its global spokesperson," the lawsuit states.
"This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard," Heard's attorney Eric M. George told Deadline about the defamation suit. "She will not be silenced."
George continued: "Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior [...] 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."
In wake of all this, some people have gone to social media to express their support for Depp.
as we continue to learn more about johnny depp/amber heard... i think now is a good time to remember that if heard did lie, she's the exception not the rule. most domestic violence reports are not fabricated. this is a fact.— Lena Blietz (@LenaBlietz) March 13, 2019
interesting how men seem so much angrier about this one instance of a woman *allegedly* lying than they are at the other men in this world who are actual abusers. and it should go without saying that, yes, i agree that domestic violence is unacceptable regardless of gender.— Lena Blietz (@LenaBlietz) March 13, 2019