A timeline of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship and court battles


Jhe Johnny Depp libel lawsuit against Amber Heard is currently underway in Virginia.

Depp sued Heard in March 2019, alleging a column written by Heard in The Washington Post on domestic violence was defamatory and sought $50 million in damages. Heard filed a countersuit for $100 million.

Proceedings began with jury selection on April 11, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Oral arguments are scheduled for May 27.

Here’s a timeline of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship, split, and court battles, from when they allegedly started dating until the final trial:

2012: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard start dating

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are believed to have started dating that year, after Depp split from his longtime partner, French actress Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis have two children: a daughter named Lily-Rose and a son named Jack.

Heard and Depp are believed to have met on the set of the 2011 film The rum journalin which they both starred.

March 2014: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard get engaged

Johnny Depp confirms that he and Amber Heard are engaged, after months of speculation. “The fact that I’m wearing a chick ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway,” he says while promoting the film. Transcendence. “Not very subtle.”

February 2015: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard get married

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are getting married. According to People magazine, they had two ceremonies: the first at Depp’s home in Los Angeles and the second on Depp’s private island in the Bahamas.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at a gala on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California

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May 2016: Amber Heard files for divorce

Amber Heard is filing for divorce from Johnny Depp, citing irreconcilable differences. That same month, a judge granted Heard a restraining order against Depp for allegations of domestic violence on his part.

In a sworn statement, Heard alleges that Depp threw a cell phone at her during a fight, which struck her in the eye and cheek, and that he yelled at her, punched her, violently grabbed her in the face and pulled her hair. According to the Associated Press, she submits a photo of her bruised face to the court when applying for a restraining order.

Heard is seen with “a bruise on her right cheek below her eye,” according to the AP, during a court appearance.

“Throughout our entire relationship, Johnny verbally and physically abused me,” Heard wrote in the filing. “I suffered excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, including angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults on me whenever I questioned his authority or was not of agree with him.”

She also writes: “I live in fear that Johnny will return (our house) unexpectedly to terrorize me, physically and emotionally.

Depp denied the domestic violence allegations. His attorneys alleged in a 2016 court document that Heard was “attempting to obtain a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.”

The LAPD said in May 2016 that officers who responded to a radio call about a domestic incident on May 21 found “no evidence of a crime.” Heard’s legal team has since subpoenaed the LAPD in that same appeal in the ongoing defamation case between Heard and Depp.

Amber Heard’s attorney Samantha Spector (left) arrives for a court appearance on August 9, 2016 in Los Angeles

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August 2016: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settle their divorce

After months of litigation, Depp and Heard reach a settlement of their divorce.

“Our relationship was intensely passionate and volatile at times, but always bound by love,” the pair said in a joint statement at the time. “Neither party made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent to physically or emotionally harm.

Heard pledges to donate Depp’s $7 million to the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. (In August 2021, a New York judge partially granted a motion by Depp to determine whether any donations had been made.)

January 2017: The divorce is official

Depp and Heard officially finalize their divorce.

“We are all delighted to put this unpleasant chapter in the life of Mr. Depp and his family behind them,” Depp’s attorney Laura Wasser wrote in a statement. “Having his motion to enter the judgment of dissolution granted today made it a particularly lucky Friday the 13th.”

Heard’s attorney told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H Moor that his client “would be very happy to get on with her life.”

June 2018: Johnny Depp files a complaint The sun big title

On June 1, 2018, Depp sued News Group Newspapers, the company that publishes The sunfor alleged defamation of an article published in the tabloid in April of the same year, with the title: “Gone Potty: How JK Rowling can be “really happy” to launch his wife’s drummer Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts movie?

Depp would eventually lose the case.

December 2018: Amber Heard publishes a column

On December 18, 2018, Amber Heard publishes a column in The Washington Post titled, “I spoke out against sexual violence — and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change.

In it she wrote in part: “Like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted when I was college. But I kept silent – ​​I didn’t expect the filing of complaints to do justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.

“Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s anger for women speaking out.”

Depp is not mentioned by name in the editorial. The op-ed would later become the basis of Depp’s $50 million libel lawsuit naming Heard as a defendant.

March 2019: Johnny Depp sues Amber Heard

Depp files $50 million lawsuit against Heard, alleging she defamed him in her Washington Post editorial.

“The editorial was based on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a victim of domestic violence and that Mr. Depp had committed domestic violence against her,” the complaint alleges in part, calling the domestic violence allegation “categorically and manifestly false”.

Amber Heard makes a statement as she leaves court after the final day of Johnny Depp’s libel trial against News Group Newspapers in London on July 28, 2020

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July 2020: Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against The sun go to trial

The trial opens on July 7, 2020 in London. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard both arrive at the High Court of Justice, with Heard due to give evidence in support of The sun.

Depp’s lawyers say he’s looking for “justification”, not money, and Depp himself denies the domestic abuse allegations. A spokesperson for Heard says vanity lounge Heard “never asked for these procedures to take place” and “tried to get on with his life.”

The trial lasts three weeks, with explosive allegations forming part of the evidence and testimony. The procedure ends at the end of July.

Johnny Depp leaves court on July 28, 2020 in London

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August 2020: Amber Heard strikes back

Heard files a $100 million countersuit against Depp in response to her defamation lawsuit, accusing him of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing her own lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.

In the filing, Heard asks the court to grant him immunity from Depp’s claim and seeks compensatory damages “no more than $100 million”, stating that it is “twice the amount that Mr. Depp asserted against Ms. Heard”.

November 2020: Johnny Depp loses libel battle against The sun

The court decides in favor of The sun in the defamation suit. Judge Andrew Nicol said the defendants had proven their allegations against Depp to be “substantially true”, the Associated Press reported at the time.

“I have found that the vast majority of the alleged assaults of Ms. Heard by Mr. Depp have been proven under the civil standard,” the judge wrote in a ruling.

A lawyer for Depp calls the judgment “so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr. Depp not to appeal this decision.”

March 2021: Johnny Depp is denied leave to appeal the loss in The sun Case

Two appeals court judges have ruled against allowing Depp to appeal the judge’s ruling in his libel suit against The sun.

According to the AP, Judges James Dingemans and Nicholas Underhill ruled that the initial hearing was “full and fair” and the judge’s rulings “have not even been shown to be flawed by an error of approach or error. by right”.

Dingemans and Underhill concluded that “the appeal has no real prospect of success and there are no other compelling reasons for it to be heard”.

“It is clear from reading the judgment as a whole that the judge based his findings on each of the incidents on his extremely detailed review of the evidence specific to each incident,” they said.

“In an approach of this type, the judge had little need or room to give weight to a general assessment of Ms Heard’s credibility.”

Amber Heard walks the runway as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 3, 2021 in Paris, France

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April 11, 2022: Defamation case goes to trial in Virginia

The trial in Depp’s libel case against Heard began on April 11, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. (The Washington Postin which Heard’s editorial was published, has printing facilities in the state.)

Depp suffered a significant setback before the trial began when the judge hearing the case, Virginia Judge Penney Azcarate, ruled that Heard could say his op-ed dealt with a matter of public interest.

According to the AP, Depp’s legal team had attempted to argue that Heard should not be able to rely on Virginia’s anti-SLAPP legislation. Anti-SLAPP laws, which stand for anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation, are designed to protect people from prosecution when they speak out on matters of public interest.

Judge Azcarate ruled that Heard could, in fact, invoke Virginia’s anti-SLAPP legislation in his defense and argue to the jury that it should apply to his op-ed.


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