Not Happily Ever After: Johnny Depp Sues Amber Heard for $50M In a Defamation Lawsuit

Not Happily Ever After: Johnny Depp Sues Amber Heard for $50M In a Defamation Lawsuit457
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Although the news for their breakdown went viral three years ago,  the family saga between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard does not seem to come to an end any time soon.

The Pirates of the Caribbean's superstar has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, accusing her of making allegations of domestic violence to advance her acting career.

In the lawsuit filed on Friday in a Virginia court, Depp quotes an article penned by Heard for the Washington Post in which she writes about her experience with domestic abuse. In response to her words in Washington Post, Depp says that the actress is not a victim of domestic violence but a perpetrator.

In addition to that, the lawsuit also includes Depp's allegation that Heard started dating the Tesla founder Elon Musk just a month after their wedding in 2015.

In her op-ed piece on domestic abuse, Heard never mentioned her ex-husband by name. However, she wrote that she experienced first hand how the institutions protected men accused of abuse, highlighting that it had to change.

Johnny Depp's defamation claim stated that the article developed on the premise that Amber Heard was a victim of domestic violence that Depp perpetrated against her during their short-lived marriage.

The lawsuit also says that her allegations affected his image and subsequently, he lost his leading role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Heard's lawyer, Eric George of Los Angeles said he has only read the media reports about the lawsuit. George called it ''a frivolous action'' from Depp's side pointing out the actor's inability to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior.

He also suspected that Depp and his legal team had been actively trying to silence his client, but he confirmed she would not stop.

The Depp-Heard divorce turned into a media sensation. One of the most toxic Hollywood divorces in 2016, it made the headlines with all the allegations of physical abuse, restraining orders, leaked pictures of facial bruises, and more.

Heard testified that the Los Angeles police officers responded to a call of an alleged beating and documented the abuse. However, the police officers told the press later they did not find any proof of a crime when they arrived at the actors' home.

After a summer of lawyers' dueling, Heard decided to withdraw her allegations that Depp physically abused her. The ex-couple managed to settle their divorce in August 2016. 

In a joint press release, the former spouses declined accusations for financial gain and physical or emotional harm. They also wished best for each other.

Amber Heard donated the nearly $7 million she received as a divorce settlement, to a charity fighting domestic abuse of women.

What do you think? Do you believe that Johnny Depp would win the lawsuit against his ex-wife?