All the Juicy Details From the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial
Unless you live under a rock, odds are you've heard about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's ongoing legal battle. From all the gripping details to the memes and conspiracy theories taking over the internet, there's a lot to dissect. Who is in the wrong here? What exactly happened? Was it the two Yorkshire terriers that did their dirty deeds in the bed?
So what has been going on? It all started when Amber Heard wrote an Op-Ed in The Washington Post. The Op-Ed discussed how she was being abused and nothing was happening. Following that, The Sun posted an article that called Depp a "wife-beater." Because of this, he sued The Sun in 2020, but he lost this case.
This case is a defamation case in which he's suing Amber Heard for $50 million. Johnny Depp has stated that he feels he has the "responsibility" to clear his name. On the other hand, Amber Heard is countering by suing for $100 million! It honestly seems like this thing keeps going on and on.
Overall, this case is beyond messy, and it's almost surreal seeing these two actors in court. After all, they've both been in blockbuster hits! Let's go over everything you need to know about this case of the decade...
It All Started with the Op-Ed
Amber Heard released an opinion piece, an Op-Ed, where she claimed she was a victim of physical and emotional abuse. During this piece, she described what he’d done without explicitly naming Depp as the abuser.
However, she stated how she represented domestic abuse “two years ago” which would be around the same time the divorce started between the two. This led to Depp being referred to as a “wife-beater” by The Sun, which was what the UK libel case was about.
The ACLU came out and said that the Washington Post Op-Ed was intended to promote Aquaman, which was set to release around the same time. Heard was also set to donate proceeds from promoting the movie, which she hadn’t done. She donated $1.3 million, but that was done so with Elon Musk’s help.
Depp Denied All of Heard’s Claims
Depp described his ex-wife’s allegations of abuse as “heinous and disturbing” and declared that “nothing of the kind ever happened.”
He said he felt compelled to file the defamation suit because "since I knew that there was no truth to [Heard's claims] whatsoever, I felt it my responsibility to stand up not only for myself in that instance, but stand up for my children. I wanted to clear my children of this horrid thing that they were having to read about their father, which was untrue."
In fact, the actor addressed his character around women beyond his clearly toxic marriage to Heard: “Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life.”
A Few A-List Actors Are Set to Testify
A whole slew of famous names are slated to take the stand during the highly publicized trial—including Jason Momoa, Elon Musk, James Franco, and Paul Bettany. And they're all on the list for very different reasons...
Depp sent Paul Bettany texts all the way back in 2013—before he and Heard married— that read “Let’s burn Amber!!! Let’s drown her before we burn her!!!” He then followed up those texts with an even darker one: “I will f**k her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she is dead.”
Although James Franco and Elon Musk originally appeared on Heard’s witness list (Heard testified that Franco “saw my face, and he said, ‘what the f**k’” after Depp allegedly threw a phone at her, while the doorman at Depp and Heard’s LA home provided a statement claiming Musk would “always visit when Mr. Depp was not at home” in 2015), rumor has it both men are refusing to take the stand. Jason Momoa is still set to testify, but he sent the internet into a tizzy when he followed Depp on Instagram during the first week of the trial.
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They’re Both Violent Toward Each Other
It’s been made very clear that they’ve both been very violent toward each other. A joint statement was released during their divorce that their relationship “was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”
The couple’s therapist, Lauren Anderson, discussed how they were abusive toward each other. She explained that Heard “gave as good as she got,” and that Heard told her “she felt she had to hit him back if he hit her so she always did.”
This was later confirmed by Travis McGivern, who is Depp’s security. He explained how Depp was leaving Penthouse 5 one evening, and both were abusing each other. Heard spit at Depp, threw Redbull cans at him, and punched him that evening. McGivern explained that night they were, “arguing like usual.”
The Mind Games are Intense
One of the strangest things, in this case, is the mind games. Amber Heard, in particular, began copying Johnny Depp’s outfits. For example, Depp wore a gray suit, and then Amber Heard wore a gray suit the next day.
That may have been a coincidence, but the next day got even worse. Depp wore a Gucci bee, which he attached to his tie. Then, Amber Heard wore a Gucci bee pin as well right after. This is a little too on the nose to ignore.
Finally, Amber Heard has been seen copying Johnny Depp’s hairstyle. He put his hair up in a ponytail, and Heard wore a ponytail the next day. Heard also put her hair up in the same way as one of the psychologists. Mind games or nah?
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They Addressed Those Text Messages…
When Heard’s lawyers cross-examined Depp’s childhood friend Isaac Baruch, they read his text exchanges with Depp. In one text from 2016, Depp said he “hoped that Amber’s rotting corpse is decomposing in the f**king trunk of a Honda Civic.”
Depp also clearly (but still allegedly) loves referring to Heard as the c-word. He texted Baruch, “That c*** ruined such a f***ing cool life we had for a while.” He also sent a text to Sir Elton John, where he referred to the actress as “a French extortionist c**t.”
While being cross-examined, Depp claimed the harsh language found in his text messages was nothing more than a “reflection of his dark humor.” He went on: “If you’re writing, there is no set place that you have to stay in, you can travel.” he said. “And sometimes pain has to be dealt with with humor—and sometimes dark, very dark humor.”
Later, Even More Texts Were Released…
The jury was shown a pre-recorded deposition from Dr. David Kipper, who treated Depp’s opioid addiction in May 2014. During this, Kipper was asked about any texts he’d received from Depp, and he explained there was one where he repeatedly referenced heard as “full of sh*t as a Christmas Goose.”
The text went on to read, “‘I’m done. NO MORE!!!! Constant insults released from a malicious evil and vindictive c*nt!!!!! You know what’s far more hurtful than her venomous and degrading educational ranting??? Her hideously and purposely hurtful tirades and her god*mn shocking treatment of the man she was meant to love above all.”
Depp got even more in-depth, “Here’s the real deal mate…her obsession with herself is far more important. She is so f*cking ambitious!!!! She’s so desperate for success and fame. That’s probably why I was acquired, mate. She has hammered me with what a sad old man has been I am.”
Heard Allegedly Admitted to Hitting Depp
Amber Heard has submitted plenty of video evidence against Depp, displaying his violent episodes. During one video—and it's important to point out that she never got his consent before filming him—he’s shown slamming cabinet doors, kicking furniture, throwing things, and hurting himself while shouting curse words. Depp was very clearly drunk during this video.
The jury also heard a video where Depp threatened to cut himself with a knife after finding out that Heard was recording allegedly without Depp’s consent.
During one of these recordings, Heard also admitted to hitting Depp. She’s heard saying, “You didn’t get punched. You got hit. I’m sorry I hit you like this, I didn’t punch you. I did not f*cking deck you. I f*cking was hitting you.” She then called Depp a “f*cking baby” and that he should “grow the f*ck up.”
Amber Heard’s Personality Disorder
Dr. Shannon Curry, a clinical and forensic psychologist hired by Depp, went in-depth about Amber Heard. She explained how Heard shows signs of borderline personality disorders. She testified that the code type for Heard’s personality disorder is “three and six.”
When asked about the characteristics of these codes, Dr. Curry explained, “so a 3 & 6 code type – a lot of that anger is expressed in that code type. There can be actually a lot of cruelty…Actually, when you see this code type, you want to if you can, follow up with subordinates, coworkers, people who may have observed their behavior more closely. “
She continued saying, “The 3 & 6 code type is very concerned with their image. Very attention-seeking. Very prone to externalizing blame to a point where it’s unclear whether they can even admit to themselves that they do have responsibility in certain areas. A lot of suppressed and denied anger, but the anger is very present and will explode out and a lot of issues in their close relationships.”
The Real Reason Everyone’s Calling Her Amber Turd
According to Depp’s testimony, after an explosive fight (which he cites as the moment he decided to end the marriage), he left to stay at another one of his houses. He knew Heard would be flying out to Coachella, so he planned to return home to gather his things—but stopped when his housekeeper sent him a photo…
“It was a photograph of our bed,” Depp said. “On my side of the bed was human fecal matter. So, I understood why it wasn’t a good time to go down there. My initial response was, I mean, I laughed. It was so outside, it was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh.”
While Heard claims Depp’s two dogs were responsible for the mess, Depp maintained that “the dogs are teacup Yorkies. They weigh about four pounds each…I mean, I lived with those dogs for many years and so did Hilda Vargas [Depp’s housekeeper], she’s a woman who’s been with me for 30 plus years from the very beginning. She was the one who photographed it. It was clear, she knew the dogs as well as I did. That did not come from a dog, it just didn’t.”
The Three-Day “Hostage” Situation According to Heard…
Let’s go over the infamous three-day hostage situation. This all happened in Australia in 2015 and was when Depp’s finger became injured. During this trip, Amber Heard stated that Depp jammed her against the bar, hurled bottles at her, and “dragged her across the floor on the broken bottles.” She also said he punched her, kicked her, and said he was going to “f*cking kill her.”
The first way Heard stated his finger was injured was because he’d punched the wall. The second time was the infamous phone breaking – when he’d noticed her recording and threw the phone so hard it came back and busted his finger.
The third time she changed her story, she stated she woke up and noticed the injury, meaning she had no idea how it happened. Finally, she said he cut it off himself with a knife during one of his drunken states. Regardless, following the finger injury, Depp began to scrawl all over the walls with his bleeding finger, writing awful messages.
The “Hostage” Situation from Depp’s Point of View…
Depp claims none of that happened. He states that he didn’t abuse her at all, and instead, his finger was severed by Heard. During the Australia trip, he was drinking. Heard was angry about this, so she threw one of his bottles. He grabbed another, which she promptly threw. This one came in contact with his finger, smashing it against the marble bar.
He stated, “the tip of my finger had been severed, and I was looking directly at my bone sticking out.” This was later corroborated by Dr. Kipper, during a call where he said Heard “shattered the bone.” In addition to this, the ER statements also agreed it wasn’t cut, but injured from a “crushing mechanism.”
As for the messages written on the wall, he agreed that he began to use his blood as paint. He said he said he “started” to write about the “lies that I had caught [Heard] in on the walls.”
Makeup Company Milani Did Not Ask to Be Part of This Narrative
This is where things really get crazy—we’re talking TikTok-conspiracy-theory crazy. Heard’s lawyers claim she used Milani’s All-in-One Correcting Kit to cover her alleged injuries—they even went so far as to say she kept it “in her purse at all times.”
However, the makeup company released a TikTok video stating that that specific product wasn’t released until 2017—one year after Heard sought a domestic violence restraining order against him and filed for divorce.
And that’s not all! TikToker Nuha (devotedly.yours) delivered the makeup “evidence” to Depp’s lawyers via email and followed up with a trip to the courthouse to ensure they were privy to the information!
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Heard Weaponized Depp’s Children
As we’ve mentioned before, Amber Heard has weaponized Depp’s relationship with his children. She’d say things like, “I hope to god Jack’s stepfather teaches him more about being a man,” and things like that.
Lily-Rose, Depp’s oldest child, wrote a letter to the court describing the relationship between Heard and her father. She stated how she didn’t appreciate the way Heard treated her father.
Depp’s relationship with his children became nonexistent by the end of the pair’s relationship. The children didn’t agree with the marriage, and Lily-Rose refused to attend the wedding.
Those Around the Pair Testified…
Several people have testified that the pair were abusive toward each other, including those who worked in the buildings where their penthouses were. Isaac Baruch, Depp’s childhood friend, stated that Depp allowed him to live rent-free in their L.A. penthouse while he focused on his art.
He stated that Heard’s claims were a “malicious lie,” and he’d never witnessed any violence between the two. That being said, he also said that both sides are exhausted from the fighting. During his emotional testimony, he stated he wanted each side to take responsibility and heal.
Alejandro Romero worked the front desk of the East Colombia building, and he often saw Heard and Depp. He was asked whether he saw Heard with bruises and he admitted he had not. This was the same testimony where Romero began smoking and driving away, making him an instant star. The judge admitted she’d never seen a testimony like that before.
Depp Compared the Abuse to His Childhood
During his testimony where Depp was on the stand pretty much all day, we all learned about his childhood. Depp spoke about his late mother, Betty Sue Palmer, who he described as “violent” and “cruel” toward him. He also admitted to being physically abused by her.
Depp also explained that his substance abuse wasn’t “for the party effect,” but rather to “numb the things inside” from the trauma he experienced.”
Along with that, he compared his childhood abuse with the abuse from Amber Heard. Depp explained how he would hide from Heard just like he did when his mother went on a rampage. This was his attempt to deescalate the situation as she followed him from room to room, something Depp’s nurse Debbie Lloyd attested was true.
Johnny Depp’s Drug and Alcohol Use
A lot of focus has been placed on Depp’s drug use. It’s something he’s had problems with in the past, so it was naturally an issue in the relationship – something several witnesses have testified about. Travis McGivern (Depp’s Security) was asked what drugs he saw Depp use, and he admitted marijuana and cocaine.
We’ve also all seen the videos of Depp drinking, drunk, and slamming things around the house. Along the way, he called Amber Heard every name under the sun. During the attorney, he also found his alcohol use somewhat comedic when an attorney asked about him drinking a “mega-pint.”
Depp’s personal nurse also went over how the couple took a trip to the Bahamas to give Depp the chance to detox from Roxicodone, an addiction he’d developed during the relationship. This was when Amber Heard took the infamous ice cream photo. Depp claimed he was just tired during the photo.
Depp’s Work Has Been Affected…
We well know that Depp has been released from all of his contracts including Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean – a movie he’s starred in since 2003. After being fired, he testified, “I would be a real simpleton to not think that there was an effect on my career based on Ms. Heard’s words, whether they mentioned my name or not.”
Because Depp feels let down by Disney, he testified that he wouldn’t return to Disney. Rottenborn asked, “If Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct?”
Depp responded, “That is true Mr. Rottenborn.” It seems like Depp is 120% done with Disney. The only company that’s stuck with Depp through all this is Dior Sauvage, who he’s been with since 2015. It was testified by Jack Whigham that getting Depp work after the Op-Ed was impossible. This is a big reason the case has been brought to the courts.
Heard's Work Hasn’t Been Affected…
On the other hand, Amber Heard hasn’t lost much at all. Amber Heard is set to appear in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Many fans are demanding that she be removed from the movie, and some have even gone so far as to sign a petition to remove her.
The petition to have her fired from Aquaman 2 has soared to over 2.7 million signatures, but the director has stated they refuse to fire her. They’ve stated they don’t want to succumb to Twitter rages, but we all know it’s far beyond that.
An insider has stated that Heard hasn’t been removed from the film, but her screen time has been drastically cut. According to this insider, she’ll only appear for 10 minutes, but this hasn’t been confirmed just yet.