Aquaman actress Amber Heard requested a judge to dismiss Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against her after she detailed violent abuse by Depp. Depp, who is Heard’s ex-husband, filed the lawsuit after Heard described herself as a victim of domestic violence in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post late last year.
In documents obtained by Page Six, Heard states, “About a year into our relationship, I began to witness Johnny abusing drugs and alcohol … On some occasions, when Johnny simultaneously used both illegal narcotics and prescription medications I have had to get him medical attention. Whenever he was using, I worried for both of us. He would become a totally different person, often delusional and violent. We called that version of Johnny, ‘the Monster.'”
Heard would continue, ““Johnny often would not remember his delusional and violent conduct after he came out of his drunk or medicated states. … Because I loved Johnny, I had believed his multiple promises that he could and would get better. I was wrong.”
She goes on to detail an incident on a flight from Boston to LA in May 2014. Heard and Depp were not married until February 2015.
“On the flight, Johnny ordered the flight attendants to give him an oxygen tank, and drank heavily. Johnny’s handlers told me that he was upset that I was filming a movie with a romantic scene with James Franco the day before. Soon, Johnny began to throw objects at me. Instead of reacting to his behavior, I simply moved seats. That didn’t stop him. He provocatively pushed a chair at me as I walked by, yelled at me, and taunted me by yelling out the name ‘James Franco.”
“At some point, I stood up, and Johnny kicked me in the back, causing me to fall over. Johnny threw his boot at me while I was on the ground. Johnny continued to scream obscenities until he went into the plane bathroom and passed out locked in the bathroom for the remainder of the flight.”
Heard would recall another incident in March 2015, just a month after their wedding.
“Johnny told me that I had not explicitly forbidden him from taking ecstasy. The argument heated up, and Johnny pushed me, slapped me, and shoved me to the ground before I retreated to a locked bedroom.”
She indicates she then went downstairs the following morning.
“I went downstairs to find that Johnny was still awake, and that he had stayed up all night, having taken about eight MDMA pills. He was also drinking again. We got into a fight that Johnny made physical, and I barricaded myself in one of the rooms. That didn’t stop Johnny from busting through the door of the room I was in. By nightfall, Johnny had hit me multiple times, shoved and pushed me to the ground, choked me, and spit in my face. Johnny then handed me a liquor bottle that he was drinking from, and asked me, ‘What are you going to do?’ I threw the bottle on the floor. Johnny responded by starting to throw cans and unopened glass bottles at me. . .”
“That night, Johnny shoved me into a ping pong table that collapsed underneath me. Johnny threw bottles through the window panels of a glass door, breaking two panes, and leaving glass everywhere. Johnny then grabbed me, gripping my body and nightgown. He tore the nightgown off, and at some point, I was naked and barefoot, covered in alcohol and glass.
Johnny grabbed me by my hair and choked me against the refrigerator in the kitchen. I tried to stand myself up but I was sliding around the glass-strewn floor and countertop. Johnny threw me away from him, and I tried to run away as Johnny continued to throw objects and alcohol at me.”
“In one of the most horrific and scariest moments of this three-day ordeal, Johnny grabbed me by the neck and collarbone and slammed me against the countertop. I struggled to stand up as he strangled me, but my arms and feet kept slipping and sliding on to the spilled alcohol and were dragged against the broken glass on the countertop and floor, which repeatedly slashed my feet and arms. Scared for my life, I told Johnny, ‘You are hurting me and cutting me.’ Johnny ignored me, continuing to hit me with the back of one closed hand, and slamming a hard plastic phone against a wall with his other until it was smashed into smithereens. While he was smashing the phone, Johnny severely injured his finger, cutting off the tip of it. . . . Once I was able to get away, I barricaded myself in an upstairs bedroom.
On the third day of Johnny staying awake without sleeping, I came downstairs to find numerous messages Johnny had written to me around the house, on the walls and on my clothes, written in a combination of oil paint and the blood from his broken and severed finger. Johnny also urinated all over the house.”
Heard indicated she had “a busted lip, a swollen nose, and cuts all over my body . . . to this day, I still have scars on my arms and feet from this incident.”
In a separate incident in March 2015, Heard does admit to punching Depp, but in defense of her sister:
“He began to destroy personal property all over the house, including my belongings in my closet. . . . Johnny lunged to hit me, Whitney placed herself between us. Johnny turned his attention to Whitney, who was standing on the top of a flight of stairs, and moved on her. Acting in defense of my sister, as I was scared for her physical safety, I punched Johnny in the face to draw his attention away from her. That was the only time I ever hit Johnny.”
Heard would provide a deposition from their divorce which read, “He was about to push my sister down the stairs . . . I acted defensively [for] her life.”
She would go on to recount a number of other violent incidents with Depp.
She would address the claims in Depp’s lawsuit, “People accused me of having abused Johnny. That simply is not true. I never attacked Johnny other than in self-defense (and in defense of my little sister). I have never physically abused anyone. I know what that does to people.”
Heard would continue:
“Instead, I have attempted to promote good in the world and to advocate an end to domestic violence. I have sought to use my public persona to speak out on an issue that was extremely meaningful to me and millions of other women and men every year. I have spoken out about violence in public, but I have always avoided specifically referencing Johnny, or recounting his violence against me, not only because I wanted to move past that phase of my life but also because I was constrained by the terms of a strict confidentiality agreement that Johnny had insisted upon as part of our divorce settlement.”
Heard’s lawyer Eric George also stated, “Johnny Depp physically and verbally abused Amber Heard.” He added, “Since their divorce, Mr. Depp has continued to publically harass Ms. Heard, and attempted to gaslight the world by denying his abuse. It is long past time for Mr. Depp’s despicable conduct to end.”
In a previous statement George commented on Depp’s lawsuit, “his frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior.”
Johnny Depp’s lawsuit claims that “Mr. Depp’s reputation and career were devastated when Ms. Heard first accused him of domestic violence on May 27, 2016.” The lawsuit states that “Ms. Heard published her op-ed with actual malice. She knew that Mr. Depp did not abuse her and that the domestic allegations that she made against him in 2016 were false.” The lawsuit claims Heard is the one who abused Mr. Depp and it details multiple acts of violence that she allegedly committed against Johnny Depp including shattering “the bones in the tip of Mr. Depp’s right middle finger almost completely cutting it off.” It also accuses Heard of throwing glass vodka bottles and other projectiles at him. In fact, the lawsuit claims it was Heard who kicked and punched Johnny Depp.
A leaked photo provided by The Blast also showed Depp with a black eye allegedly from Heard’s abuse.
A petition has been signed by over 17,000 people to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 due to Depp’s allegations against her. Heard played Mera in Aquaman and Justice League.
Not only is Depp suing Heard, but he is also involved in a $30 million lawsuit against his former legal team.
What do you make of Amber Heard’s allegations against Johnny Depp? Who do you believe Johnny Depp or Amber Heard?