Johnny Depp’s $50m defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard has been making waves amid the shocking allegations made by the latter. Depp had sued Heard over a 2018 op-ed she wrote about surviving domestic violence, though she never mentioned him by name in the article.
A recent People Magazine report suggested that the libel trial is expected to last about six weeks, inside the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia, Heard’s lawyers accused her ex-husband, Depp, of sexual assault as the actor set out to prove defamation charges against her.
The recent report quoted Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn who said evidence will show that she suffered domestic abuse by Depp that "took many forms," including physical, emotional, verbal and psychological. Rottenborn, while discussing the headline used for the online version of Heard’s op-ed, explained that she did not write that headline herself or get to approve it.
The headline read, "Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence -- and faced our culture`s wrath. That has to change. "However, the attorney claimed Heard has indeed been the victim of sexual violence by Depp. The attorney then listed a time when Depp allegedly had a three-day, alcohol-fueled blackout while in Australia in 2015 toward the end of their marriage, when he "abused and sexually assaulted Amber, all because she had the courage to confront him about his drinking.
"Addressing this new allegation, Depp`s spokesperson said, "These fictitious claims were never made at the onset of Amber`s allegations in 2016, and only advantageously surfaced years later once she was sued for defamation after noting in her op-ed that she was a victim of `sexual violence.`"
"Words are key in a defamation case and conveniently, this allegation only came after that. This follows a pattern of her elaborate, erroneous claims which have continued to change and evolve over time for the purpose of Hollywood shock value of which Amber has mastered and used to exploit a serious social movement," they added.
Meanwhile, another report quoted Elaine Bredehoft, Amber Heard’s lawyer, stated that Johnny Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle.
"Some pretty horrendous things happened to [Heard]... he rips off her nightgown, he has her jammed up against a bar... he penetrates her with a liquor bottle," Bredehoft said.
Camille Vasquez, Depp attorney said reportedly stated in a statement that these allegations were made by Heard to boost her career in light of the #MeToo movement at the time. He stated that Heard added sexual assault to a list of allegations because she "panicked" when she realized the "seriousness of what she`d alleged" and couldn`t back down from her notoriety as a survivor.
Vasquez added that Heard’s lawyers would be sharing "explosive" stories "designed" to "distract" from "common sense
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