Amber Heard, Johnny Depp, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Defamation

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17 min readJun 4, 2022
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Trigger Warning: Domestic and sexual violence.

“Courtroom porn and social media have turned innocent bystanders into a mass of mudslingers.” — Monica Lewinsky, 2022


You would have had to have been living on Mars to have missed the furore about Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, and the latest chapter in their legal wrangles, culminating in a divisive verdict.

In case you did miss it, here is a summary of what happened.

Who is Johnny Depp?

Kentucky-born and pushing 59, Johnny Depp is such a prolific big-name actor, Wikipedia has given his filmography its own page. Depp is also a producer and a musician. In 2012, Depp entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s highest paid actor ($75 million). Depp has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Depp has also been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Depp’s more well-known romantic relationships include Jennifer Grey, Sherilyn Fenn, Winona Ryder, Kate Moss, Vanessa Paradis and Amber Heard. Depp has two children with Paradis.

Depp has acknowledged past addiction issues.

“I investigated wine and spirits thoroughly, and they certainly investigated me as well, and we found out that we got along beautifully, but maybe too well.”

Depp is a guitarist, and has featured on songs by Oasis, Shane MacGowan, Iggy Pop, Vanessa Paradis…




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