Amber Heard says she hopes she can ‘move on’ before Johnny Depp defamation case
The “Aquaman” actress shared the post on her Instagram, where she also thanked her followers and wrote that she hopes Depp can move on as well.
Amber Heard says she hopes she and Johnny Depp can move on after their dueling defamation cases days before their trial begins on April 11.
The Aquaman star posted a statement on his Instagram on Saturday announcing his intention to “go offline for the next few weeks” ahead of court proceedings, which will take place in Fairfax County, Virginia.
“Johnny is suing me for an op-ed I wrote in the Washington Post, in which I recounted my experience of abuse and domestic violence,” her statement began about her case against her ex-husband, as well as her own case against Heard. “I never named him, rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I continue to pay this price, but I hope that when this case is over, I can move on and Johnny too.”
The actress followed up with the statement, writing that she has “always harbored a love for Johnny” and that living the details of their former life together in the public eye “brings me great pain.”
“At this time, I acknowledge the continued support that I have been blessed to receive throughout these years, and in the weeks to come, I will be leaning on it more than ever,” she concluded.
In 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post titled, “I spoke out against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. This must change. In the article, she describes a history of being abused from a young age and being bullied and sexually assaulted “by the time I was college age,” pointing to a culture in Hollywood and the beyond that has protected male abusers and calls for action to change. In the play, she recalls previous statements she has made about domestic violence, although she does not name Depp in the play.
In March 2019, Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard over the article, with the lawsuit stating that while Depp was not explicitly named, it would be clear that Heard was referring to him in the article. ‘article. The claim indicates that Heard’s play damaged both his film career and his reputation as a public figure, and caused him to lose roles.
In August 2020, in response to his libel lawsuit, Heard counter-sued Depp for $100 million. Heard argued her ex-husband retaliated, deployed social media bots against her and led an effort to tarnish her career – interfering with endorsements and acting gigs – over the statement she made. in the editorial. Following a public statement by Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, who called Heard’s statement “false” and a “sexual violence hoax”, Heard added libel counterclaims.
The case was due to take place ahead of Depp’s libel trial in the UK against British tabloid The Sun over their portrayal of the actor as a ‘wife-beater’, but has faced numerous delays. Sun’s defamation case found in a November 2020 decision that Heard’s claims that he was assaulted were “substantially true”, before Depp appealed in December 2020. In March 2021, two judges from the UK Court of Appeal said the actor could not challenge the High Court’s decision. his libel suit against the publication dismissed, according to the Associated Press.
Following the November decision, Warner Bros. cut ties with Depp, replacing him in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Almost a year later, in August 2021, Depp said he was being boycotted by Hollywood and later that the cancel culture had gotten “so out of control now that I can promise you no one is safe” when it appeared at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Heard asked that Depp’s US libel suit against her be dismissed following the UK judgment, but a court in Virginia ruled that the two cases and statements were “intrinsically different”. Depp also sought immunity over statements made about Heard, but a judge ruled he would still have to face counterclaims.
In 2015, Heard, then 23, married Depp, 46, and Heard filed for divorce in May 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in 2017