By Kevin Barry and Eli Glenn
News & Managing Editor, and Staff Writer
The “Johnny Depp Vs. Amber Heard” trial has been bizarre to say the least. Amber Heard and Johnny Depp got married in 2015, and then shortly after in 2016, they separated. What followed was Heard accusing Depp of domestic abuse in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post. After those accusations, Depp was cut from the franchises of Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts. After these allegations came out, they quickly tarnished his reputation.
In 2019, Depp filed a lawsuit on the grounds of defamation of character. Heard had taken away two of his biggest franchises and Depp wasn’t going to let that slide. Although he filed the lawsuits in 2019, the trials did not commence until last month.
The trials began on April 11th and got off to a fast-paced start. It started with Depp taking the stand and going through his years of trauma from both Heard and his mother. He claimed Heard was the real abuser in the relationship. He stated that it started with name calling and progressed to an “endless parade of insults” every time he was with her. Johnny Depp alleged there was a fight in 2015 in which he hid in the bathroom, then escaped to their bar, which caused Heard to follow him and throw two vodka bottles, one of which severed his finger exposing his bone.
Depp goes on to speak of an incident that happened following a fight in 2016 after Heard’s 30th birthday. Depp claimed he found feces sitting on top of their shared bed following the argument. According to Depp, she blamed said feces on their dogs. For reference, the dogs weigh about four pounds each, making it nearly impossible that even both of them could defecate that much.
In another one of Depp’s testimonies, he was recalling a time where he was recovering from an opioid addiction and was experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. “It was physical. I hate saying this and I hate to have to admit this but that was about the lowest point in my life,” said Depp in his testimony.
During that time, he begged Heard for his medication to treat some of his withdrawal symptoms, but she refused. Throughout the relationship Depp claimed that Heard would instigate arguments. When asked what he lost because of Heard, Depp replied with “nothing less than everything.”
Heard’s initial claim was abuse which she wrote about in her op-ed and so far we have seen no evidence of abuse, other than her firsthand accounts of what she says happened. Heard’s lawyer certainly hasn’t been doing her any favors as he’s been seen scrambling for documents during the trial and even objecting to his own questions. Heard’s testimonies have been… wild for lack of a better word so far. She shared that she believed he did drugs out of a jar throughout their relationship.
After the divorce settlement, Heard claimed she would donate 3.5 million dollars to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) but according to the ACLU she only donated 1.3 million. She also stated she would donate all of the 7 million dollar settlement to charities. She donated 3.5 million to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Currently the trial is on recess and will resume on May 16. The majority of the trial has taken place but Heard will take the stand, and her team will bring more witnesses to the stand. It is clear to the public that Depp and his team are definitely in the lead. Not only have they disproved all of Heard’s claims but they’ve come out with a few of their own against Heard. Now what we have to do is wait for the trial to come into fruition.