By: Rachel Jordan
After a long and strenuous case, Johnny Depp won his defamation suit Wednesday against his former wife Amber Heard. The case revolved around the op-ed in the Washington Post stating that Depp had abused Heard over the course of their relationship referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” While the essay didn’t mention Depp by name, it was around this time Heard first accused Depp of these allegations.
Reaching its verdict on June 1, 2022, the case was first heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va. back in April of 2022.
Heard filed for divorce about a year after their 2015 wedding. A week later, in May 2016, she accused Depp of domestic abuse and was granted a temporary restraining order against her husband. The two issued a joint statement shortly after saying, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times 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.”
At the beginning of their relationship, Depp stated that Heard was, “attentive”, “loving”, “kind”, and “understanding” — it wasn’t until later Depp deviated from certain behavior patterns she has established. In one of the instances, Depp stated that Heard threw a vodka bottle during one of their altercations that resulted in the severing of Depp’s middle finger but, in her testimony, Heard alleged that Depp injured his own finger by smashing a telephone against the wall.
Back in 2016 when the news broke that Heard had been granted a temporary restraining order against Depp, he said he felt a responsibility to clear his name. Depp testified that he had never struck Heard, or any other woman, and stated that Heard initiated angry tirades and “demeaning name-calling” that would eventually escalate into a physical altercation.