Celebrity divorces are pretty much always nasty affairs.
But once the papers are signed and the property is divided, that's usually the end of it.
However, that hasn't been the case with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Depp and Heard finalized their divorce back in 2017, and yet the former couple is still embroiled in a messy legal battle.
The problem is that both parties signed an iron-clad non-disclosure agreement -- an agreement that Heard allegedly violated when she wrote a Washington Post op-ed about her experiences as an abuse victim.
Now, Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million for defamation of character.
Normally, in high-profile cases like these, the case gets settled out of court, so that the celebs involved can protect their privacy.
But that won't be the case with Depp and Heard.
For one thing, at this point, the actors have very little privacy left to protect.
On top of that, the mutual disdain between these two really cannot be overstated.
And so from the very start, the exes eagerly hurled mud at one other with the full knowledge that their accusations would eventually be made public.
Depp claimed that Heard tried to cut his fingers off during a particularly violent altercation.
Heard described Depp as an alcoholic monster prone to fits of jealous rage over actors she had shared screentime with.
It was a virtually unprecedented display of ugliness and vitriol, and it seems that was just the beginning.
Several media outlets have now confirmed that Depp and Heard's case will go to trial.
A date has been set for February 3, 2020, and a estimates the trial will last 12 days.
While there's little doubt among the public that Depp was abusive toward Heard during their marriage, it's anyone's guess how the trial will play out.
Lawyers for Depp claim that Heard's article “depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
They also say that Heard's allegations of physical abuse are “conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos.”
If they're able to prove that Heard violated the NDA with unfounded claims against Depp, it could prove costly for the actress.
Heard's attorneys are expected to file one more motion to dismiss, but it seems unlikely that a judge will throw the case out at this point.
We'll bring you further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.