The ongoing defamation trial between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard is getting murkier with each passing day. With this trial, their future careers and reputation are at stake.
The ongoing lawsuit will be in the court of public opinion and the court of law. Both of these elements will decide the winning side. The ongoing battle is expected to close on May 27.
Amber Heard Hired a Private Investigator to find something against Johnny Depp in 2020
In 2020, Amber Heard was in news due to her scandal involving Elon Musk. According to Johnny Depp’s testimony, Amber Heard cheated on him with Musk even when they were married in 2015.
Not much after that, Heard had hired a private investigator to find out anything dirty about her ex-husband. The investigator was Paul Barresi, a pornstar who turned Hollywood fixer told that he was hired by Amber Heard’s lawyer as they thought of him as the right man to do the job. Calling it a volatile relationship, he stated Amber was emotionally spent, battered and tormented.
Paul explained that he was asked to find out anything bad about Depp from his past life. But he couldn’t find anyone who had a bad word to say against Depp, even after interviewing over 100 people across the US and Europe who had worked with Depp on films dating back 30 years.
He told, “I went to the US, France, Italy, Britain, everywhere that Johnny Depp roamed, everywhere he walked, I couldn’t find one instance, or at least an admitted one, where he was physically abusive to a woman, smacked or beaten around, he’s like an angel. Not one who said a deprecating thing.”
Major Developments in the lawsuit of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
With Depp and Heard’s ongoing trial, there were accusations of abuse and violence from both sides. These allegations harmed their careers and brought a lot of bad press for them. He filed a lawsuit claiming 50 million dollars in the US against Amber Heard for an op-ed that she penned for the Washington Post. This piece was about abusive relationships in 2018 and was titled: “Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” Though the article did not have Depp’s name [directly], the actor claimed that it hurt his career. The trial for the said lawsuit started in April 2022.
“When the allegations were made, were rapidly circling the globe, telling people I was a drunken, cocaine-fueled menace who beat women – suddenly in my 50s – it’s over,” Johnny Depp said.
“I lost then,” he added. “No matter the outcome of this trial, I will carry this for the rest of my days.“