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Johnny Depp-Amber Heard court saga which hooked the world

Actor Johnny Depp won his defamation trial against his wife Amber Heard on June 1, after which Amber Heard lost most of her countersuit.

Shweta Kumari | New Delhi |

This court trial of divorce between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, the Hollywood stars-which makes for a juicy film script in itself, wasn’t just another celebrity split that went into the long legal trial but the one which lit the social media on fire and got the world hooked for each and every minute details from the courtroom. While, for now, there seems to be a lull, post the decree, the story is worth the documentation for the many twists and turns it saw during the trial.

Actor Johnny Depp won his defamation trial against his wife Amber Heard on June 1, after which Amber Heard lost most of her countersuit. A lawsuit of seven jury members decided that Depp has proved that his ex-wife Heard defamed him in her 2018 op-ed, which did not mention Depp by name but in which she wrote, “Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”

The jury awarded Depp with $15 million in damages but Heard will only have to pay $10.35 million due to the Virginia law cap on punitive damages (the judge reduced the amount). In her countersuit, Heard won one of the three defamation counts, and she was awarded $2 million in damages.

However, in a new interview since the verdict, Amber said that she ‘loves’ Johnny Depp with all her heart. In the same interview, Amber also said that during their relationship she did some ‘horrible and humiliating things.

Relationship Timeline of Amber and Johnny

The love story of Amber and Depp started back in 2011 when they first crossed paths while filming their 2011 drama The Rum Diary. Depp told an audience at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival that he realized that he is in love with Amber. He said that “she was attentive, she was loving, she was smart, she was kind, she was funny, and she was understanding. We had many things in common.”

Johnny Depp-Amber Heard
Johnny Depp-Amber Heard

 

On October 25, the pair made their red carpet debut, arm-in-arm while promoting their film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The pair started making public appearances and attending press conferences together. Both admired each other and praised each other. Falling this deep falling for Amber, Johnny on June 26, 2012, parted ways with his longtime love, Paradis, with whom he shares 2 children, Lily-Rose Depp, and Jack Depp.

After the split Depp started spending quality time with Amber on vacations, award shows, and parties. they were seen getting photographed together.

Johnny Depp-Amber Heard
Johnny Depp-Amber Heard

 

On January 13, 2014, Amber was snaped with an engagement ring in her hand. Following this on March 14, 2014, they both threw an engagement party making the relationship official and on February 13, 2015, they finally tied the knot to start a happy and loving journey together.  Both were happy together, while  Amber said that she is proud to be the stepmother of Jhonny Depp’s children, Depp said that he is a lucky man to have a wife like Amber.

Johnny Depp-Amber Heard
Johnny Depp-Amber Heard

 

But on May 23, 2016, everything changed when both the admired couple filed for a divorce petition, citing irreconcilable differences.  this was the start of the split.

Johnny Depp-Amber Heard
Johnny Depp-Amber Heard

 

The worst came on 27 May 2016, when Amber filed a restraining order against her husband on grounds of domestic abuse charges. According to the court filings, Heard claimed the actor “began obsessing about something that was untrue” and threw a cell phone at her, resulting in a facial bruise. On August 16, 2016, the couple settled for divorce and in January 2017, they were finally parted.

But this was not the end, on December 18, 2018, after the statement from Amber that she lost her job after making allegations of abuse against her husband, Depp filed a defamation case against Amber in March 2019. The trial for the defamation case started on April 9, 2022, and ended up on June 1 with the win of Depp over Amber.

Johnny Depp-Amber Heard
Johnny Depp-Amber Heard