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Johnny Depp V Amber Heard: How The Judge Ruled In All 14 Abuse Allegations

It’s not always we see such an earth-shattering controversy in Hollywood. We mean sure there are tons of those all around the movie making industry. But the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard fiasco takes a special place in our heart. Mostly because it involves one of the greatest actors of all time in a dirty scandal that blew up right on Hollywood’s face. Heard has been rated as one of the sexiest actors in the industry. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard used to be inseparable. What happened behind closed doors turned the entire industry upside down. Things got ugly after Heard accused Depp of physical abuse and subsequent court rulings went in the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s favor.

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The tumultuous marriage of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp was rather short-lived. But it created a world of controversies, something we are still not able to wrap our heads around. In the recent most court ruling, Judge Andre Nicol ruled against Johnny Depp in his lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid newspaper The Sun. Nicol ruled that Depp was at fault for 12 of the 14 allegations, claiming that it was right of The Sun to refer to him as “Wife-Beater”. The two allegations that were dismissed included a text message conversation where Depp referred to himself as a “Fucking Savage”. Nicol stated that did not amount to assault. The other dismissed allegation was about Johnny Depp throwing a wine decanter at Amber Heard during a 2015 Thanksgiving party.

Here’s how the rest of the 12 court rulings went against Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp In 2013

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In the year 2013, Johnny Depp altered the tattoo he got for Winona Ryder. He changed it from “Winona Forever” to “Wino Forever”. When Heard mocked the tattoo, Johnny Depp allegedly lost his cool and pinned her to the ground in an act of aggression. Depp would blame the “Monster” in him that came out after he dabbled in drugs and alcohol for the situation. Heard was assaulted two more times when he was high on magic mushrooms and alcohol, blaming the “Monster” personality in him for his rage.

Johnny Depp In 2014

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Amber Heard accused Depp of kicking her in the back, leading to visible injuries. Depp claimed it was just a “playful tap”. Judge Andrew Nicol decided it was more than just sport. The same year saw Depp push Heard violently numerous times when the actor was going through his pain-killer detoxing procedure.


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Heard claimed Johnny Depp attacked her while they were attending a movie premiere. Depp claimed his children, who were attending the premiere with him, would have deterred him from doing so. Judge Nicol did not believe Johnny Depp’s version of events, claiming his children are not a strong enough deterrent. In another ruling, Depp claimed Amber Heard sliced the tip of his finger with a glass shard. Nicol ruled that Heard only did so to defend herself and her sister, who Heard claimed was pushed down a flight of stairs by Depp. Nicol also ruled in favor of Heard for abusing her the night before she appeared in The Late Night Show With James Corden in December 2015.


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The final year of court ruling in the Depp V Heard lawsuit saw Nicol examining allegations of Depp’s assault on her during her 30th birthday. Nicol found Amber Heard’s claims of Depp choking her again and again to be believable. Johnny Depp‘s claims of Heard defecating on his bed were found to be false. There was one final case of assault by Johnny Depp on Amber Heard before the couple called it quits.

These were Judge Andrew Nicol’s final words before the verdict:

“There is evidence which I find compelling of witnesses who saw Ms Heard with injuries to her face and who took photographs of these.”

Source: The Guardian

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Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.