Johnny Depp and Amber Heard


Amber Heard and Johnny Depp when they were still together Photo Credit: NBC News

Jessie Singh '21, Executive Editor-in-Chief

On November 2, 2020, actor Johnny Depp lost a libel case against British tabloid The Sun over a 2018 article where The Sun called Depp a “wife-beater” over the allegations of Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, where she claimed he physically abused her. As a result, Johnny Depp has been removed from the cast of Fantastic Beasts 3, with his Hollywood career in Jeopardy. 

Depp stated that he planned to appeal the court’s decision, but the court has since denied the option to appeal the decision.

The decision sparked outrage across the world, and especially throughout  the internet. Many people believe that Amber Heard is not only lying about Johnny Depp’s abuse, but also that she herself was actually abusing Depp, not the other way around. 

The British court determined that twelve of Heard’s claims had some truth, albeit very faulty, shallow, and deemed untruthful by outside sources, but this was enough to come to the conclusion that Depp’s name was tarnished without reason. However, many of Depp’s abuse claims also have some truth to them as well. There are photos of Depp being covered in cigarette burn marks, bruises on the face, and multiple cuts and scrapes across his body. There is even proof that Heard cut off part of Depp’s finger, and there is an audio recording that was leaked where Heard admitted to punching Depp. 

Since the ruling, many actors, actresses, and celebrities like Robert Downey Jr, Sia, and Paul Bettany have come to the defense of Johnny Depp, either citing his good nature or conversely citing that Heard has a lying personality. Even two of Depp’s exes, Winona Ryder and Victoria Paradis, have both said that Depp was not abusive with them and that he is loving, whereas there is actual documentation of Heard being abusive with previous partners. 

Many of Depp’s fans and supporters are now calling for Heard to be removed from her role in Aquaman 2, similar to how Depp was removed from Fantastic Beasts 3, through modems of petitions and protests. 

While there is a lot of documentation disproving Heard’s allegations in the court of public opinion, Depp is still viewed as abusive in legal court and has yet to clear his name. This case will certaining interest to pay attention to, as Depp tries to clear his name and reclaim his spot in Hollywood.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp when they were still together
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