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  • Is it time to reward Johnny Depp?

    Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are facing each other in a televised trial that has captured the attention of half the world. It is, for many, the celebrity trial of the decade and some have even compared it to that of OJ Simpson. However, there is a lot of confusion around the case, all due to social networks that act as lawyers and prosecutors and that confront the fans who defend Johnny Depp against the “lying demon” of his ex-wife and those who, under a strange feminist label, they defend Depp as a victim, without trial or anything, of gender violence. Both positions are quite wrong, basically because none of that is what is being judged, if not various accusations of defamation.

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    This is the timeline of the case:

    Note: This article does not include certain personal recordings that circulate on social networks of both, beyond the obvious privacy that should be applied to them, because they are self-interested leaks and, often, manipulated without any context, or false.

    Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard: The Divorce

    Amber Heard and Johnny Depp began their relationship in 2012 after meeting on Diary of a seducer. They got married in 2015 and it was Heard who filed for divorce in May 2016, just 15 months later. In the divorce petition, she accused the actor of hitting her and a restraining order was granted.

    In the lawsuit, Heard stated the following:

    I endured excessive emotional, verbal, and physical abuse from Johnny, including angry, hostile, humiliating, and threatening assaults whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.

    Depp denied it. Shortly after, Heard withdrew the restraining order and sealed a millionaire agreement with Depp to begin an amicable process. That’s when the joint statement came:

    Our relationship was intensely passionate and sometimes volatile, but always loving. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intention of physical or emotional harm.

    In January 2017 the divorce came.

    Johnny Depp Vs Amber Heard: The ‘Me Too’ Article and Disney’s Firing

    Although everything seemed to have been left in another somewhat crazy breakup in Hollywood solved with a statement, the MeToo arrived. It was in December 2018 when Amber Heard wrote an article in The Washington Post in which she defined herself as “a public figure who represents domestic abuse.” In addition, she assured that after the complaint she lost a role and a contract with a fashion brand. Although she did not name Johnny Depp in the article, everyone understood that she was referring to the abuse she described in her divorce restraining order petition, which she later withdrew. In the same article, after denouncing the pressures and losses she suffered from her denunciation, she stated that she “had the rare advantage of seeing in real time how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”

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    In December 2019, after a year of uncertainty surrounding the saga of Pirates of the CaribbeanDisney would have decided to stop being one of those “institutions” and fired Johnny Depp from the franchise. And he announced that Margot Robbie would take control of the franchise, giving freshness and, obviously, a feminine character (we’ll see if feminist) to it. But even this is not clear: in the first days of the trial, Heard’s defense has highlighted that Depp was fired from Disney for repeated misbehavior, as would be shown by a document that collects several complaints against the actor and in which it is not includes the article published by Heard in Washington Post.

    Johnny Depp Vs Amber Heard: defamation lawsuits

    After silencing the first allegation of abuse with a settlement, Depp responded to the situation created by the December 18, 2019 article with a defamation lawsuit in March 2020. Johnny Depp asked his ex-wife for $50 million by cataloging the allegations. of it as “demonstrably false”. He also accused her in the lawsuit of doing it to further her career through victim image. He even ends up saying that “she was the perpetrator.” This is the first time that Depp is the one who accuses, somewhat veiled, Heard of abuse. The actor, in addition, pointed directly to Disney when arguing in the millionaire application of the lawsuit what he had lost by ceasing to be Jack Sparrow. In July of that same year the claim was admitted.

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    The actress responded with a countersuit of 100 million on September 2, stating more or less the same as Depp but in reverse. That it was she who had lost jobs and money and that the actor was behind the smear campaign and pressure on social networks to be fired, among other things, from the saga aquaman. In the same argument:

    This series of false and defamatory accusations against Ms. Heard is an attempt to ruin her life and career, simply because she was a victim of domestic abuse and violence at the hands of Mr. Depp.

    Johnny Depp Vs Amber Heard: The Sun and Fantastic Beasts

    Although the former couple would have to wait almost two years for the trial to arrive around both lawsuits, they had a previous one with third parties a few days later. That same September 2020, both had to face each other in a trial in London that pitted the actor against the newspaper. Sun, where he was described as a “wife beater”. Depp lost the case against the newspaper. The judge noted that the sentence was “substantially true.” Although this statement can be understood as a defense to freedom of expression and the credibility that can and should also be given to Heard’s accusations, the trial did not prove such mistreatment, only that it was not unreasonable for a newspaper to based on the accusations against him. Johnny Depp and his lawyers announced that they would appeal the “puzzling” resolution.

    However, this ruling made Warner join Disney and also decide to dispense with Johnny Depp as Grindewald in the saga of fantastic animals. After all, if this trial showed anything, it is that Heard’s accusations are not so easy to refute by Depp’s defense.

    Johnny Depp Vs Amber Heard: The True Trial

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    Beyond the confrontation with Sun and the restraining order that Heard withdrew shortly after her divorce, it has not been until now that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have begun to face each other in court. In the United States, specifically in the Virginia court. The actor’s claim and the actress’s counterclaim confront them in a defamation trial that will deal with domestic abuse and mistreatment as a matter adjacent to a defamation with effects on the public image and income of both.

    We clarify, in case we still have to do it, that it is not a domestic violence trial or in which penalties are requested for it, nor restraining orders, but a trial to settle who has defamed whom and calculate the economic amount that one owes the other for it. In that sense, and perhaps to reduce the tension, Amber Heard announced her Instagram disconnection with a conciliatory message before the trial in which she recalled that everything starts, plain and simple, from a sentence in her Washington Post article.

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    I’m going to go offline for the next few weeks. As many of you know, I will be in Virginia facing my ex-husband Johnny Depp on trial. Johnny is suing me over an op-ed I wrote for The Washington Post, in which he recounted my experience of domestic violence and abuse. I never named him, I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I continue to pay that price, but I hope that when this case is over it can move forward and so will Johnny. I have always held love for Johnny and it pains me to have to relive the details of our past life together in front of the world. At this moment I recognize the continuous support that I have fortunately received over the years, and in the coming weeks I will lean on it more than ever.

    On April 11, 2022, the trial began in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is expected to last approximately 6 weeks and, although much of the content of both teams is still unknown, familiar faces such as Paul Bettany, Jason Momoa, James Franco and Elon Musk are expected to attend testifying.

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