Johnny Depp Is Reportedly Suing Amber Heard For Defamation

Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016 after claiming he was violent towards her.

Johnny Depp is reportedly suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation of character.

In December, Amber Heard wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, in which she recounted, in great detail, the alleged domestic abuse she frequently had to endure from her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Now, according to Variety, Johnny Depp has filed a lawsuit for defamation against her for $50 million.

The suit claims Heard “is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator,” and that her allegations were nothing more than an “elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity” for her career.

Depp’s attorneys also claim Heard had a romantic relationship with Tesla founder Elon Musk throughout the course of their marriage.

“This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard,” Heard’s attorney told Variety in a statement. “Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behaviour. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit.”

In her op-ed, Heard detailed how speaking out against Depp’s alleged physical and emotional abuse forced her to change phone numbers on a weekly basis, because she received frequent death threats.

“For months, I rarely left my apartment, and when I did, I was pursued by camera drones and photographers on foot, on motorcycles and in cars,” she explained.

Heard and Depp married in 2015 after meeting in 2011 on the set of The Rum Diary. Heard filed for divorce in 2016 after claiming Depp was violent towards her, and donated the $7 million settlement that resulted from the split to charity.