When Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalized their divorce back in January of 2017, the actors signed a nondisclosure agreement that prevented them from speaking to the press about their marriage.
Sources say both parties considered it the best path forward, as it would enable them to focus on their careers and avoid public conjecture about their personal lives.
But unquestionably, no one benefited as much from the arrangement as Depp.
Heard had accused Depp of abuse, and photos of the injuries she allegedly sustained at his hands stunned the internet.
In the current climate of Hollywood, it seems very likely that if we knew all of the details of Depp's behavior toward Heard in the final months of their marriage, he would never work again.
And that's a large part of why those details were supposed to be forever buried by that NDA.
Which is why it's so bizarre that Depp continues to make counter-claims against Heard, thus dragging the whole messy situation back out into the open.
Back in June, he hinted at being unfairly denigrated by Heard in a bizarre, rambling Rolling Stone interview.
And this week, Depp spoke with British GQ and claimed it's not possible that he could have been physically abusive toward Heard, as he's not that "dumb."
"To harm someone you love? As a kind of bully? No, it didn’t, it couldn’t even sound like me," Depp told the magazine.
Lawyers for Heard promptly issued a statement accusing Depp of continued psychological abuse:
"Mr. Depp is shamefully continuing his psychological abuse of Ms. Heard, who has attempted to put a very painful part of her life firmly in her past," their statement reads.
"One need only look at the physical evidence to draw the proper conclusion."
Depp's attorneys quickly shot back with a statement of their own, claiming that they'll soon reveal in a London courtroom that Heard was violent toward Depp on multiple occasions:
"In UK court proceedings next month, we will be submitting clear evidence of the violence committed serially against him by Ms. Heard and the serious injuries that he suffered," Depp's lawyer Adam Waldman said in a statement released on Wednesday night.
"We will also submit overwhelming evidence that Ms. Heard faked the abuse allegations against Mr. Depp."
This is not the first time that Depp has claimed he was physically abused by Heard.
The actor previously claimed Heard punched him in the face in front of multiple witnesses after flying into a rage because he was late to a party.
He also says Heard defecated on his bed as an act of revenge.
Again, we're baffled as to why Johnny would air all this dirty laundry in public.
But we're guessing those closest to both Depp and Heard wish they would simply cut ties with one another for good.