Actress Amber Heard requested a choose Thursday to dismiss a $50 million defamation lawsuit her ex-husband Johnny Depp filed over an op-ed about home violence she wrote in The Washington Submit.
Within the movement filed within the Circuit Courtroom of Fairfax, Virginia, Heard reiterates her allegations that Depp abused her earlier than and through their marriage and consists of reveals reminiscent of images of her with bruises on her face and scars on her arms, photographs of harm she says Depp did to their house, screenshots of textual content messages describing the incidents on the time, and excerpts of her divorce deposition describing home abuse.
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“Johnny Depp bodily and verbally abused Amber Heard,” her lawyer Eric George mentioned in an announcement. “Since their divorce, Mr. Depp has continued to publically harass Ms. Heard, and tried to gaslight the world by denying his abuse. It’s long gone time for Mr. Depp’s despicable conduct to finish.”
Depp’s lawsuit, filed final month, referred to as the continued allegations of home abuse “categorically and demonstrably false.”
“They had been a part of an elaborate hoax to generate constructive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her profession,” the lawsuit states, claiming that “she is the perpetrator.”
Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, mentioned he was reviewing the brand new submitting. He mentioned beforehand that he and Depp seemed ahead to offering proof that might clear Depp’s title.
The Submit piece by Heard, revealed in December, doesn’t point out Depp by title or describe any incidents, but it surely discusses the societal plight of those that communicate up about home abuse.
“I spoke up towards sexual violence — and confronted our tradition’s wrath,” the 32-year-old actress wrote, including that she felt as if she was “on trial within the court docket of public opinion.”
However Depp’s lawsuit says it was clear Heard was speaking about him, and that it worsened the injury the allegations had already carried out to his profession.
The lawsuit states Depp, 55, has suffered monetary losses due to the accusations, together with being dropped from his function as Capt. Jack Sparrow within the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.
Heard’s attorneys additionally argued that the lawsuit ought to be moved to Los Angeles as a result of that is the place the related occasions happened.
Heard first accused Depp of home violence in Could 2016, the 12 months after they had been married. They had been divorced in 2017.
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The actress, whose credit embrace “Aquaman” and “Justice League,” met Depp on the set of their 2011 movie “The Rum Diary.”