Johnny Depp ‘launches $50 million defamation action’ against ex-wife Amber Heard

:: Peoples Time Online ::

Johnny Depp has reportedly launched a defamation action, seeking $50 million damages, from his ex-wife Amber Heard, claiming her accusations that he was abusive were an “elaborate hoax” according to reports.

A representative for Heard immediately responded to the latest twist in the saga, telling People magazine the defamation action amounted to “groundless and vile harassment” of the actress.

Depp’s defamation claim is reported to be related to an article Heard wrote for the Washington Post in December titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”

She did not name Depp in the article but his lawyers claimed the piece “depends on the central premise that Ms Heard was a domestic abuse victim, and that Mr Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her,” according to legal documents seen by People magazine.

Heard and Depp’s messy divorce was finalised in January 2017 and the actress alleged that he had been physically abusive towards her during their relationship. Depp denied the claims.

In his defamation claim Depp, 55, is said to accuse Heard, 32, star of Aquaman, of making “false allegations” against him to “advance her career”.

In court papers seen by People magazine he claimed “87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos” helped to “conclusively refute” the abuse allegations.

The claim added: “Ms Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator.”

Depp claimed he had to have his finger surgically re-attached after Heard allegedly threw a vodka bottle at him.

The actor also argued the publication of the Washington Post article led to him being dropped from his lucrative role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, while Heard became a “darling of the #MeToo movement” and was “hired by L’Oreal Paris as its global spokesperson”.

In a statement Heard’s representative told People: “This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced.

“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 and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr Depp and his legal team.”

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