Johnny Depp’s $50 million lawsuit against Amber Heard will proceed

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In 2018, Amber Heard wrote a Washington Post op-ed about surviving domestic violence only to be subjected to harassment, hate and legal abuse by her powerful and abusive ex. She actually never wrote the name “Johnny Depp” in her op-ed, but she made references to her divorce, the difficult divorce proceedings and everything that happened after she left her abuser. She wrote about how institutions are built to protect men and protect abusers. Johnny Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against her in 2019 specifically for the op-ed. There have been pre-trial motions and filings in the two and a half years since he filed, and Amber has been trying to get it thrown out of court because she’s just tired of her ex-husband exploiting the legal system to emotionally and financially abuse her. Well, the case is moving forward:

Johnny Depp has been allowed to move forward with his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard. The actor, 58, is suing his ex-wife over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed where Heard, 35, wrote about surviving domestic violence. In court documents obtained by PEOPLE on Tuesday, a Virginia judge granted the actor the right to pursue his lawsuit, denying Heard’s supplemental plea to dismiss the case after Depp lost his U.K. libel lawsuit against British tabloid The Sun.

In November 2020, the Pirates of the Caribbean star lost his case against the British tabloid which called him a “wife-beater.” The court upheld the outlet’s claims as being “substantially true.”

Heard’s plea to dismiss Depp’s lawsuit, filed in Virginia in March 2019, came as the actress argued the U.K. judgment should hold sway on the proceedings in the U.S. since both lawsuits center on allegations of the actor as an abuser. Instead, Fairfax County Chief Judge Penney Azcarate rejected the actress’s plea, saying while Heard’s op-ed and The Sun’s article may be similar in that they related to claims of abuse, the statements made by the tabloid and Heard’s in her op-ed were “inherently different.”

“[Heard] argues she was in privity with The Sun because they both had the same interest in the case. However, for privity to exist, [Heard’s] interest in the case must be so identical with The Sun’s interest such that The Sun’s representation of its interest is also a representation of [Heard’s] legal right,” Azcarate wrote in her ruling. “The Sun’s interests were based on whether the statements the newspaper published were false. [Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she published were false.”

Azcarate added Heard hadn’t been named a party in Depp’s lawsuit against The Sun because her op-ed was published after he sued the tabloid.

[From People]

It’s not really good or bad news for Amber, it just means that one of her legal arguments didn’t sway the judge. Heard’s argument was basically “look, the British courts already ruled that Depp is an abuser and it’s fine to call him that in print.” And the judge believes there are still matters left to be worked out in a trial. Anyway, I feel so sorry for Amber. How much money is she spending on lawyers to fight off all of these frivolous lawsuits?

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp arrive for their last day at the Royal Courts of Justice

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  1. Mac says:

    I have always suspected the purpose of the lawsuit was to prevent AH from dropping more receipts. Going to court is risky for JD because he doesn’t know what she has.

    • LightPurple says:

      He can learn what she has through discovery, then he can decide whether to continue or not. It would only cost him his attorneys fees up to that point.

    • Dena Landon says:

      Speaking from extremely personal experience – yes 🙁 once you’re sued for defamation, your hands are tied. You have to be very careful about what you say and do in public (or write) and what you release – even if it’s true. It can also silence you in a separate child custody case, for example, so it’s a brilliant but awful way that abusive men keep their exes from being it up in court (not the case here, but in general.

      It’s extremely expensive to defend yourself and most judges allow these cases to proceed on the flimsiest of evidence. Most judges are sexist a**holes in my opinion. If the other party has more money and resources than you, you’re screwed and very effectively silenced. As well, most times you end up settling because you run out of cash to fight so when you see a settlement / side-eye it.

      It’s not the right or just party who wins in our legal system – it’s the richest.

      • GrnieWnie says:

        oh God. This is precisely why I haven’t legalized my divorce. I just don’t see the need to bring the state and lawyers into it…F them all! I will get around to paperwork after my child turns 18 (mine is amicable so no real need here).

  2. Princess Peach says:

    You would think that after he lost in the U.K. and lost a bunch of work because of it that he would finally learn his lesson.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Why bother learning a lesson, when he can use the legal system to further abuse his victim? This is classic abuse in action. I hope Amber has whatever support she needs in her life right now, and that this mumbling pile of scarves and trinkets doesn’t ruin the early months of new motherhood for her.

      • gilda says:

        Perfectly said, and I will now think of him as the abusive pile of scarves and trinkets in my head.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Exactly right. He is simply continuing to abuse her and to continue being a self destructive jerk. He hasn’t cared about working for years. He is much more interested in partying and hurting Amber.

  3. minx says:

    To think I used to like this guy…

  4. Snazzy says:

    He is such a manipulative and vindictive POS.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah – he keeps going after her because she not only dared to dump him but exposed him for the monster he is. He will try and take her with him out of spite.

  5. Emily says:

    I believe Amber.

    • Emily says:

      Also I remember you mentioning in the past that you get swarmed by bots every time you write about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard so I’m glad that you’re not letting them intimidate you.

  6. Poisonella says:

    He’s a nasty piece of work and needs to walk away. I only hope he has to pay her attorney bills here too.

  7. Watcher says:

    Ugh, just let it go already! Move on with your life and stop seeking vengeance. These lawsuits won’t redeem him in anyone’s eyes.

    • Turtledove says:

      I wish that were true, but the only place I see people predominantly take AH’s side is here. I see so many people that think he is 100% innocent and that she is a monster that set him up. It’s crazy. I guess he recently had a smal win of sorts, where I guess a judge rulled that she has to prove that she donated the award she won against him to the charity she said she did. Sorry, I barely read that article so my facts may not be 100% on point, but the gist was that she has to prove she actually donated the money. A HUGE portion of the comments were making that “win” out to be proof that he never abused her. It was downright bizarre.

      My longwinded point is that, sure, I do believe he is keeping up with the lawsuits to further abuse/control her. But I also think the more he does it, the more the dum dums out there think that means he must be innocent. So it helps him on that front too.

      • Lady D says:

        I find it hard to believe he won that one. A lot of big money/name donors don’t want that information out in the public, and with this ruling they just became fair game. I think it will cost the hospital large in donations and I hope they fight this ruling hard.

      • Sue Denim says:

        to emily’s point above, I wonder how many of them are bots, I hope a lot, but prob not… and yes…to think I used to like him…add Pitt to the list of pit-stains too…

      • Darla says:

        Yes, that’s true Turtle, I just unfollowed a long time mutual on Twitter for retweeting some anti-Amber BS. This is the only place on the internet with a comment section that she isn’t viciously attacked constantly. That I know of anyway.

      • petee says:

        This is the only site that like’s Amber.Personally I think she is a horrible person.She broke up his relationship with Vanessa and permanently hurt his career.None of his ex’s have said they were abused just her.

      • Lady D says:

        You think Amber was the first? This dirty looking monster did not need help screwing up his relationship with Vanessa. That’s on him.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Watcher, That’s my sentiment. Just drop it and move on JD. We all know the truth so you need to accept it and move on!

  8. Ariel says:

    He is using this financial abuse to “prove” she has not kept her word and given her divorce settlement proceeds to the charities as she said she would.
    And she has not fulfilled that promise – because she has to use that money to pay attorneys- SO MUCH MONEY.

    And i am appalled at how the public perception of this is still somewhat on his side.
    I had a friend who was like -well they were both messy-
    and yeah, they were, she is not a “perfect victim” but that does not make his abuse of her when they were married- and continued abuse of her to this day- anything other than sick, insane and criminal.

    • nina says:

      Even if she didn’t give it to charity, how is that a win. And what business is it of his. After what she had to endure during their marriage she should have gotten more.
      He is a pathetic douche bag who cannot get over the fact that someone like AH dumped him. I bet she sometimes want to kick herself for getting involved with him. Thank god she did not have children with him.
      It must really stick him in the craw that she has not been dumped by DC.

    • iconoclast59 says:

      @Ariel, re: Amber not being a “perfect victim” — Abusers often pick people with marginal reputations or credibility issues, because they know that, if the victim complains, nobody will believe her (or him).

  9. Chaine says:

    He’s such an incredible loser/abuser. Maybe his ongoing vendetta is not swaying the general public against him, but he IS losing work opportunities and the longer he keeps it up, the more that his image is going to be, at the very least, angry old dude who can’t get over his young trophy wife leaving him.

  10. JRenee says:

    He keeps sinking lower and lower..

  11. Premadonna says:

    I just take comfort in knowing that this will only further deplete Johnny’s already-dwindling “fortune”. How, oh how will he pay for all those scarves?

  12. gilda says:

    Speaking of celebs who don’t shower.

  13. Eleonor says:

    He is using the legal system to abuse her again and again.

  14. mgmoviegirl says:

    Truthfully I just wonder when this whole thing will be over. It’s just seems like it will keep getting messier. I also imagine Heard wants to be done with especially since she just had a kid but Deep keeps dragging her back in with his current methods of abuse.

    Personally, I stand behind Heard. Although I believe there is something going on with Depp from what I recall he started acting more erratic around the of spilt with his long term partner (Vanessa, I think that was her name). Likely drug use ,but also probably something else too maybe mental health issues. But it’s also publicly known that he was/is having money issues (depending on who you believe the accounting firm on his spending or that they were stealing money). Plus it’s probably the people he been surrounded himself with have influence his latest choices.

    I do feel that if he had not been dragging this through the courts he would still have those series and a career.

    • Eleonor says:

      Personally I think sometime an abusive a-hole is just an abusive a-hole.
      He clearly has an addiction problem, but he doesn’t want to get sober.

  15. Bonnie says:

    I think he really needs to just stop going after her and move on with his life. I actually believe both of them regarding the abuse. I thing they were both abusive towards each other.

  16. Stacy Dresden says:

    I believe Amber. I hope he rots.

  17. jferber says:

    He looks horrible in that picture– like the devil himself.