Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Defamation Trial: Summary And Timeline (Updated)

Although the marriage didn’t last more than a few months, the post-divorce drama of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has caught the attention of the entire world.

The former couple’s relationship began a decade ago but now that they are presenting their cases in court, it is proven that the couple had an overall toxic marriage. They finally split in 2016 but things got tense after Heard’s 2018 op-ed that was published in “The Washington Post”.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial

She claimed to have survived domestic violence. Though no names were mentioned it was clear that she was hinting about Depp. After that Depp sued his ex-wife, Amber, for $50 million and she countersued him for $100 million.

The case is currently having its hearings in Fairfax County, Virginia. Want to know more about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial? We have detailed everything.

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The former couple first met each other on the set of “The Rum Diary”. In this movie, Depp plays the role of Paul Kemp who will be relocating to Puerto Rico, and then gets obsessed with Chenault that was played by his ex, Amber Heard.


This is the year when Depp broke up with his long-time partner, Vanessa Paradis. They had a 14-year relationship and two children. But it is the same year when Depp and Heard officially started dating each other.


Though the couple didn’t confirm initially, Heard was spotted with an engagement ring. It was only after some time that Depp declared the engagement news in one of his interviews. 


The former couple was officially married in a very private and intimate ceremony. It is the same year that the couple was accused of secretly bringing their dogs on their Australian trip. The couple released an apology video. Heard was even charged with two counts because of this case and she got another count in order to provide a false document.


In the month of May, Heard not only filed for divorce but was also provided with a temporary restraining order against Depp. It was because Depp allegedly threw his phone toward her and that had hit her cheekbone. This left her bruised.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial

In a sworn declaration, Heard claimed, “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny Depp has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” “He has a short fuse. He is often paranoid and his temper is exceptionally scary for me.” She writes she was living “in fear that Johnny will return to [our house] unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally.”

However, the judge rejected her request of Heard where she wanted Depp to attend any sort of anger management classes for a year. There were no charges pressed against the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and later they released a joint statement that had the line, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”

Amber also publicly declared donating her divorce settlement money to charities of her choice.


It was the year when Johnny and Amber got divorced.


Amber penned down the op-ed for “The Washington Post” that led to the now-famous defamation trial. In that, she mentioned, “I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”

Heard also mentioned supporting women who are facing the same experiences in that article.


As Depp was losing all his acting roles and ways of earning, Depp sued his ex-wife for $50 million. He mentioned that Amber was not the victim but the perpetrator in this case.


The Daily Mail published audio that gave insights into how Amber had hit Depp. It was the same year that the UK trial against the British newspaper, “The Sun” happened. In one of their publications, they called Depp, a “wife-beater”. Depp sued executive editor Dan Wootton and also the parent company, News Group Newspapers.

Many of Depp’s exes such as Vanessa, Winona Ryder, and more testified for Johnny Depp. Besides, it was known that Amber was dating Tesla founder Elon Musk and James Franco. The news of Amber defecating in Johnny’s bed after a fight broke out. In November, Johnny lost the case against The Sun.


Amber countersued Depp for $100 million.


The trial starts on April 11th in Fairfax County, Virginia. Attorney J. Benjamin Rottenborn started by reading Heard’s op-ed to the court and explaining how she “exercised her right to free speech”.

On the 19th of April, Depp took the stand and testified for four days. Depp’s lawyers provide proof of Heard’s abusive nature and Heard’s attorneys were more focused on highlighting Depp’s drug and alcohol use. Text messages, recordings, photographs, and many things were presented to the court during this period. 

Depp also stated how Heard would be the main one instigating arguments. 

As the case entered May, Heard chose to fire Precision Strategies, her crisis public relations firm. Heard is mainly getting negative coverage after Depp’s testimony and got a new team that was headed by David Shane.

Heard took her to a stand on May 4th and stated Depp had issues with addiction. She brings up her previous vacation incidents like that of May 2013 when Depp had a “cavity search” for finding cocaine that led him to hit her. Even her 2015 Australia action was brought up.

On May 24th, Heard’s legal team had to rest its case. Depp again returns to take the stand on 25th May 2022. Then Heard took a stand on 26th May and talked about death threats that were the result of the trial.

Now, the final verdict is going to be presented on 27th May and this will provide a conclusion to this high-profile case.

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