When Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalized their divorce in 2017, both parties signed non-disclosure agreements barring them from speaking about the relationship or the breakup in interviews.
But some stories are too scandalous to stay buried, and a series of lawsuits have resulted in the strange tale of one of Hollywood's most disastrous marriages being dredged up time and time again.
In December of 2018, Heard published an op-ed in the Washington Post in which she referenced the abuse she had allegedly suffered during her marriage.
Though she never mentioned him by name in the piece, Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard, alleging that she had violated the NDA.
Last week saw the release of court documents in which Depp claimed that Heard tried to cut off his finger, amongst other allegations.
Now it's Heard's turn to return fire, and based on a filing obtained by Page Six, she's certainly not holding back.
In the documents, Heard claims Depp “would become a totally different person, often delusional and violent. We called that version of Johnny, ‘the Monster.’”
She goes on to detail a May 2014 flight from Boston to Los Angeles, during which Depp “began to throw objects at me” after becoming infuriated by news that she had filmed a romantic scene with actor James Franco.
“Instead of reacting to his behavior, I simply moved seats,” she said.
“That didn’t stop him. He provocatively pushed a chair at me as I walked by, yelled at me, and taunted me by yelling out the name ‘James Franco.’”
We racked our brains for a scene in Pineapple Express in which Heard and Franco hook up before remembering that the actors also appeared together in a second film, 2015's The Adderall Diaries.
Apparently, Depp had forgotten that he was married to an actress and was upset to learn that Heard and Franco kissed on camera.
Heard goes on to claim that Depp “picked another fight with me” at the couple's apartment in LA in 2015.
She says the actor “threw another decanter at me, knocked items around the room, and punched a wall,” and alleges he “slapped me hard, grabbed me by my hair and dragged me from a stairwell to the office to the living to the kitchen to the bedroom and then to the guest room.”
Heard claims that when she told Depp she wanted “to leave him, and that I would call the police if he ever touched me again," the actor responded by “pushing me” and “head-butted me in my face.”
Depp denies that he ever behaved abusively toward Heard.
In a statement, Depp's lawyers argue that he “never abused Ms. Heard, adding:
"Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016. They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career.”
Heard's attorneys fired back, claiming that Depp's lawsuit is not about the $50 million, but is rather part of a larger campaign to protect Depp's reputation by preventing Heard from telling her story.
“This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced," they wrote in court documents.
"Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. 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.”
Needless to say, it looks as though this situation will only get uglier from here.
We'll continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.