Opening arguments in the trial of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation suit against Amber Heard painted two very distinctly portraits of the actors and their short-lived marriage. March 2019 lawsuit over Heard’s late 2018 Washington Post op-ed on domestic violence where she referred to herself as an abuse survivor, Depp claimed that “Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator.”
It should be noted that Heard, who divorced from Depp amidst restraining orders and more in 2016, never mention her former husband by name in the op-ed. In the background of all this today in Virginia is Depp’s 2020 dramatic loss in his UK libel suit against Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun. The paper called the actor a ‘wife-beater” in print. A term a British judge said he saw ample evidence for in that trial on the other side of the Atlantic. Getting that matter into this trial is clearly one of the biggest priorities for the defense.
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