Johnny Depp’s $100 million libel lawsuit against Amber Heard is just the latest chapter in the war between the once-smitten couple in one of showbiz’ most toxic altercations of all time
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There haven’t been many Hollywood relationships that have imploded like Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s.
The film legend is suing his ex-wife in the US in a defamation case and this time there will be cameras in court after he lost his case against the editors of The Sun in London in 2020.
The six-week trial is set to begin this week as the former couple prepare for a new altercation.
The $100 million libel case is just the latest in the war between the once-smitten couple in one of the most toxic arguments the showbiz world has ever seen.
Several A-list starts, including her ex-boyfriend Elon Musk, actor Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin, are expected to take the witness stand.
Before the case, Amber said she “always maintained a love” for the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
She said: “Hopefully when this case is closed I can move on and so can Johnny.”
It remains to be seen if this is the beginning of the end of the couple’s lengthy legal battle.
But how did it come about and why have the former lovers been embroiled in abuse and infidelity allegations from both sides?
Mirror Online takes a close look at their love, how things got so out of hand and why their relationship went so spectacularly wrong.
lust on the set
The couple first met on the set of the film The Rum Diary in 2011, but according to Johnny, the sparks didn’t really start until the film was finished.
Smitten Johnny spoke of the “amazing” way they fell in love.
“She was in my head, so I tracked her down,” he said. “We tracked each other down. Actually, by the way, it was amazing. It was day one of The Rum Diary’s release.”
Johnny split from his 14-year-old partner and mother of his two children, Vanessa Paradis, in June 2012, and the actor and Amber made their relationship official on the red carpet later that year.
“Drug Driven” Wedding
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By Christmas 2013, Johnny had popped the question — and just over a year later, they were stopped.
They legally married at their home in Los Angeles in February 2015 before the couple tied the knot at the event on a white sand beach in the Bahamas.
But in front of a crowd of only 24 guests, the bride is said to have done her own hair and make-up.
The High Court hearing heard allegations from Amber that her big day went wrong because it was marred by drug use and a fight.
Amber claimed: “He had lost weight and disappeared into the bathroom for extended periods during the wedding. He was even more possessive than usual and just didn’t make sense most of the time.
“I tried to smile through them and entertain our guests. But I’ve never felt lonelier in my life.”
Johnny admitted drugs were involved in the wedding.
Amber claimed in court the star “violently” attacked her and threw a cellphone in her face with “extreme force” in anger.
There were also allegations of other incidents of domestic violence, as the court was told she was “choked,” “slapped” and “choked” on the “most violent night” of their relationship.
She said she endured “excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse” and “angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening attacks.”
Johnny, 58, has always vehemently denied abusing Amber, 35, whom he accused of abuse, which she denies.
In her statement, she claimed she returned to the house and found “glass everywhere and blood on the walls.”
The actor said he severed his finger after Amber threw him a bottle, which she denied.
In a shocking twist in the trial, Johnny claimed he decided to “break up our marriage” after discovering a feces in their marital bed. She said the poo must have been made by her dogs, but Depp suspects she or one of her friends left it there.
Pictures of the poop that “destroyed” the marriage were shown in court.
Johnny has lost his libel suit against the newspaper over an article that called him a “wife beater”.
Judge Mr Justice Nicol found that 12 of the 14 alleged domestic violence cases had taken place. The star’s attorney called the verdict “perverse” and said the actor plans to appeal.
Showdown in court
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They will return to court in the days to come, and the world is prepared for what lies ahead.
Johnny launched a defamation lawsuit over her 2018 Washington Post comment in which she described herself as a victim of domestic violence.
The trial at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia is the most recent legal battle.
In an Instagram post, Amber complained that she was “moving on[s] pay [the] The price women pay for speaking out against men in power.
But the actress said she hopes they could both move on.
“As you may know, I will be in Virginia facing my ex-husband Johnny Depp in court,” she told her four million followers.
“Johnny is suing me over an op-ed I wrote in the Washington Post detailing my experiences with violence and domestic violence.
“I never named it, I wrote about the price women pay when they speak out against men in power. I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case is closed I can move on and so can Johnny.”
“I have always loved Johnny and it pains me greatly to have to share the details of our past lives in front of the world.”
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