Johnny Depp is set to reunite with ex-wife Amber Heard in a US court in a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit.
Here’s a timeline of the legal twists and turns of the tumultuous Hollywood romance.
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard form a relationship after meeting on the set of comedy film The Rum Diary.
– Beginning 2013
Mr Depp is said to be the first time he has physically abused Ms Heard.
Ms Heard claims the actor hit her three times after she joked about a tattoo he got on his arm during his relationship with actress Winona Ryder. He denies the allegation.
Mr Depp and Ms Heard will wed at a private ceremony in Los Angeles in February.
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The couple are taking a trip to Australia in March, which Ms Heard describes as “a three-day hostage situation” and claims Mr Depp was abusive while drinking heavily and using drugs.
Mr Depp again denies the allegations and says Ms Heard lost his temper after talking about a post-marital arrangement.
– April 2016
In May, the two split after an incident in which Ms Heard claims Mr Depp became angry at her LA penthouse and vandalized property with a bottle of champagne.
Ms Heard is filing a motion to have their marriage dissolved, as well as a domestic violence injunction barring Mr Depp from contacting her.
The separated couple agree on the dissolution of their marriage. Ms Heard later donated her $7million (£5.5million) severance pay to charity.
The couple will officially divorce in January.
In April, The Sun newspaper editor-in-chief Dan Wootton published an article in which he wrote in the headline that Mr Depp was a “wife beater”.
The actor is filing his defamation lawsuit against News Group Newspapers (NGN) – the owner of The Sun.
Ms. Heard published an op-ed in The Washington Post in December addressing her personal experience of domestic violence.
It is entitled: “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change,” but does not mention Mr. Depp by name.
Mr Depp is launching a $50million (£38million) defamation lawsuit against Ms Heard, with his lawyers claiming the article falsely implied she was physically and sexually abused by the actor when they were married.
He claims that the article led to his being removed from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and that Ms Heard was the one who offended him.
The pair meet at the Royal Courts of Justice in London for Mr Depp’s NGN defamation lawsuit, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.
After a 16-day trial in July, a judge found the article’s content “essentially true.”
Mr Justice Nicol is rejecting Mr Depp’s application for leave to appeal his decision to the Court of Appeal.
Mr Depp’s lawyers are appealing to the Court of Appeal, arguing that the actor “did not receive a fair trial” and that Mr Justice Nicol’s decision is “clearly wrong” and “manifestly uncertain”.
The UK Court of Appeal has refused Mr Depp leave to appeal the High Court’s ruling.
Mr Depp’s 2019 defamation trial against Ms Heard, which has also been delayed due to the pandemic, is set to begin on April 11.
Witness lists show several high-profile celebrities are due to testify, including actors James Franco and Paul Bettany and Tesla founder Elon Musk.
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