“I am going to unplug for the next few weeks. As you may know, I will be in Virginia where I will face my ex-husband Johnny Depp in court,” Heard wrote. “Johnny is suing me over an op-ed I wrote for the Washington Post, in which I recounted my experience of domestic violence and abuse. I never named it, but wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I’m still paying that price, but I hope that when this case is over, I can move on and so can Johnny.”
“I have always held a love for Johnny and it pains me to have to live the details of our past life together in front of the word,” the post continues. “At this time, I acknowledge the continued support I have been fortunate to receive over the years, and in the coming weeks I will lean on him more than ever.”
Depp is filing a $50 million libel lawsuit against Heard. The actress’ request to have the lawsuit dismissed after Depp lost her libel case in the UK was denied. The case will open Monday in Fairfax County, Virginia. Depp launched a legal battle against Heard after the actress wrote a Washington Post op-ed in 2018 claiming that she is a survivor of domestic abuse. Although Heard did not mention Depp by name in the article, she did accuse him of domestic violence after filing for divorce in 2016.
In November 2020, Depp lost a UK libel case against the editor of The Sun, a UK tabloid who alleged he was a “wife beater” in a 2018 article. The judge ruled the words were “substantially true”.
Heard requested that Depp’s US libel suit against her be dismissed after the UK trial was finalized, as both suits involve allegations that Depp is an abuser. However, the Virginia court ruled that the two cases and statements were “inherently different.”
depp has since discussed that Hollywood is “boycotting” him, pointing to the delayed release of his biopic “Minamata.” Depp also came off the Warner Bros. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” franchise, where he had played the main antagonist role of Gellert Grindelwald in two films. The role has since been recast with Mads Mikkelsen.