23 april, 2022

Entertainment

Johnny Depp ‘wanted to ruin Amber Heard’s life

Johnny Depp was an ‘obsessed ex-husband hell-bent on revenge’, a court has heard, as the actor’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard got underway in the US state of Virginia.

Lawyers on behalf of the Justice League actress said Mr Depp had sought to ‘ruin her life’ and that the situation was ‘disturbing, but not surprising’.

The 58-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean actor is suing Heard, his former partner, for libel over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post about the domestic abuse.

Mr Depp’s lawyers say the article falsely shows Ms Heard, 35, was physically and sexually abused by him when they were married. 

He initially launched the $50million (£38.2million) lawsuit in 2019, saying the accusations have made it difficult for him to get the sorts of roles he used to.

However, Ms Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn said the actor had brought the suit ‘rather than take responsibility for his own actions’ and planned to turn the trial into a ‘soap opera’. 

Mr Depp’s fans crowded into the courtroom on Tuesday as the case was officially opened, where both actors are attending the trial in person and are due to give evidence.

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