Defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard explained

Defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard explained
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On Monday, seven years after Amber Heard first accused Johnny Depp of assaulting her, Heard, 35, and Depp, 58, will come face-to-face with each other in a Virginia courtroom over allegations that Heard defamed Depp; he is suing her for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote titled “Opinion: Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” In response, Heard filed a $100 million defamation counterclaim against Depp. The defamation trial, which will feature other famous actors called to testify, will air on Court TV. Here’s how we got here and what to expect once the trial kicks off on April 11, 2022.

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What do we know about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship?

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s romantic relationship was brief compared to their protracted legal battles. The two met and began a relationship on the set of Depp’s movie The Rum Diary in 2009 when Heard was 23 and Depp was 46. They subsequently married in 2015, legally in California, and then again ceremoniously on Depp’s private island in the Bahamas.

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