Johnny Depp has just taken his feud with ex-wife Amber Heard to an entirely new level.
Monetarily speaking, at least, that is.
According to multiple outlets, the veteran actor has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, alleging that her accusations of abuse against him have harmed his reputation.
In court papers obtained by The Blast, Depp says that Heard’s “false allegations” are nothing but “an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity” for her and to “advance her career.”
The lawsuit specifically cites a December 2018 Washington Post op-ed that Heard wrote on this topic
“Ms. Heard purported to write from the perspective of ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse’ and claimed that she ‘felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out’ when she ‘spoke up against sexual violence,’” the court documents state.
To be clear, Heard never actually mentioned Depp by name in this piece.
However, the lawsuit says the op-ed was dependent "on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her."
The lawsuit goes on to say that Heard’s op-ed cost Depp his job as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Depp and Heard got divorced in 2016 after just 15 months as husband and wife.
Shortly afterward, Heard’s accusations of domestic violence went public, with portions of a deposition Heard gave years ago making the viral rounds just a few months ago.
"Johnny and I refer to his other personality, the part of him that is present when he beats me up," Amber said in this revealing interview. "We call that the monster. And have called [that] the monster for years."
The deposition is 471 pages in length.
At one point in it, Heard says of Depp: "I was petrified of the monster."
The actress went on to detail how Depp hurled a phone at her face in the pasts and how he has grabbed and pulled her by the hair.
However, Depp has alleged the opposite; he has said that Heard actually abused him, writing in this new lawuit:
"Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator."
He claims he had to have his finger surgically re-attached after Heard allegedly threw a vodka bottle at him, for example.
In these just-filed court papers, Depp’s legal team writes that "87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos" help to "conclusively refute" the abuse allegations.
Earlier this year, the Golden Globe winner submitted new information in a separate defamation lawsuit against The Sun.
He took the newspaper to task for running with the rumor that he asssaulted Heard on numerous occasions.
“Mr. Depp filed new and previously unseen evidence with the U.K. court, including security camera video clips of Ms. Heard’s face in the days following her false beating claims, sworn depositions taken in 2016 from neighbors, eyewitnesses and building personnel who interacted with Ms. Heard in the ensuing days, and more,” attorney Adam Waldman told Us Weekly on January 22.
This is all a very ugly and sad situation.
In a statement from Heard’s representative in response to the $50 million defamation suit, the actress says;
"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."
Depp, it should be noted, is in serious debt.