Amber Heard slaps back at Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit

Amber Heard says she ‘continues to pay the price women pay for speaking out against men in power’ ahead of $100 million defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp

  • Amber Heard, 35, took to Instagram days before her $100,000 million defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp in Virginia next week
  • Depp and Heard are preparing to square off over a 2018 op-ed she penned for the Washington Post describing herself as a domestic violence survivor
  • ‘I never named him, rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power,’ she wrote on Saturday 
  • ‘Hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny’
  • ‘I have always maintained a love for Johnny, and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world’ 

Aquaman star Amber Heard addressed her epic $100,000 million defamation trial waged by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, which kicks off next week in Virginia, on Instagram, announcing that she would ‘go offline for the next several weeks.’

She reiterated that she never named Depp in her Washington Post op-ed in which she detailed her experience with domestic violence, Which Depp initially sued her for in March 2019. 

She also wrote that she ‘continu[es] to pay [the] price… women pay for speaking out against men in power,’ and that she hoped she and Depp could both move on after the sensational trial was behind them.

‘As you may know, I’ll be in Virginia, where I face my ex-husband Johnny Depp in court,’ she told her 4 million followers Saturday afternoon. 

Amber Heard, 35, spoke out on Instagram Saturday, two days ahead of her $100,000 million defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp, 58

‘Johnny is suing me for an op-ed I wrote in the Washington Post, in which I recounted my experience of violence and domestic abuse. I never named him, rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny.’

‘I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world.’    

Although Heard, 35, never mentioned Depp by name in the article, the timing of their highly publicized split makes it clear that she ‘falsely implied to be physically and sexually abused by Depp during their marriage,’ Depp’s lawyer argued. 

The 58-year-old actor sued for $50 million, claiming he was axed from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise amid speculation he was the abuser. He was allowed to sue in Virginia because the Post’s online editions are published through servers located in Fairfax County.

Heard responded by countersuing for $100 million, claiming Depp smeared her and branded her a liar, setting the stage for next week’s final chapter in their tumultuous story.

‘I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world, the Aquaman starlet wrote in her post

The whirlwind romance between Depp and Heard culminated in 2017 a series of very public feuds that featured accusations of abuse and infidelity from both parts

Depp sued for Heard $50 million after she published an op-ed detailing her alleged experience with domestic abuse, claiming he was axed from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise amid speculation he was the abuser. Heard responded by countersuing for $100 million, claiming Depp smeared her and branded her a liar

 Depp had sought to bar Heard’s lawyers from claiming immunity at their upcoming trial, which is set to begin on April 11 after many delays since Depp filed the suit in 2019.  

However, Virginia 19th Judicial Circuit Judge Penney Azcarate ruled against Depp last month, saying Heard’s editorial deals were a matter of public interest. 

Azcarate’s ruling does not mean Heard has immunity for what she wrote, but simply that she can make that argument to a jury as part of her defense. 

The whirlwind romance between Depp and Heard, who last year became a mother to Oonaugh Paige Heard, 1, via surrogate, culminated in 2017 with a series of very public feuds that featured accusations of abuse and infidelity from both parts. 

Several A-listers including James Franco, Heard’s ex-boyfriend Elon Musk, Wanda Vision actor Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin are expected to take the witness stand.  

But DailyMail.com understands that Elon Musk will likely be a high profile no-show when the explosive case kicks off because neither side can compel the world’s richest man to appear.

Musk’s name features prominently in court filings and was included in Heard’s list of 80 possible witnesses she plans to call upon to back her story that she was savagely beaten and abused by her Fantastic Beasts ex.

But under Virginia law there is no way Musk, a non-resident of the state, can be forced to attend proceedings at the Fairfax County Circuit Court, either in person or via video-link.

If a witness decides not to participate lawyers can instead draw upon their deposition as evidence – but the mercurial Tesla boss, 50, never sat down for one with either side.


Amber Heard has listed actor James Franco (left) and Tesla founder Elon Musk (right) as witnesses for her defamation, in connection with Depp’s accusations she cheated on him with both men during the time they were married

Emails from Amber Heard’s Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa are listed on a 71-page exhibit list from Heard’s legal team

 DailyMail.com can reveal that Depp’s lawyers tried to subpoena Musk on six different occasions to grill him over allegations he had an affair with Heard during her ill-fated 18-month marriage.

But despite hiring private investigators and staking out the mogul’s various homes and businesses in California and Texas over the course of two years, they were never able to pin him down to serve the papers.

The Aquaman actress has always stood by her account of the infamous May 21, 2016 dust up that brought the couple’s doomed union to an end, claiming Depp hurled a phone in her face and tore out clumps of her hair.

But his lawyers will argue the account was a ‘hoax’ cobbled together by Heard and her closest pals, complete with photos of faked injuries, to extort a $7 million divorce settlement.

Depp has submitted a 38-subject witness list and will call on Bettany, 50, to testify in connection with text messages he had previously exchanged with Depp which featured in his libel trial against The Sun.


Actor Paul Bettany (left) is expected to give evidence during the trial while emails from Jack White (right) will also feature

Email exchanges between Johnny Depp and Fantastic Beasts author JK Rowling (pictured) are expected to feature in the trial

Depp has also listed members of his security team who previously testified to seeing Heard attack the actor as well as a worker at his apartment building in Los Angeles who gave evidence in his favor, according to the Times. 

Heard has submitted a 71-page exhibit list which includes references to Depp’s alleged drug use as well as email, texts, audio transcripts and journal entries. 

According to the Times, the trial will also feature evidence from an argument in May 2016 at Depp’s LA penthouse in which he is alleged to have hit Heard, as well as texts between the actress and Musk, whom she dated for a year. 

Other links to Hollywood submitted as evidence in the case include messages Heard exchanged with Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa and director James Wan; director Zack Snyder and CAA head Bryan Lourd; and emails between Depp and Fantastic Beasts author J.K. Rowling, as well as musician Jack White. 

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