Depp and Heard first met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009.
Based on the book of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, the film stars Depp as a journalist named Paul Kemp who takes a job in Puerto Rico. Heard played Chenault, with whom Kemp falls in love at first sight.
“That moment was, it was, it felt like something, it felt like something I wasn’t supposed to feel,” Depp said, explaining that they were in other relationships at the time. “I think there was something about that kiss in the shower that was real.”
Depp testified that the two met two years later while on a promotional tour for the film.
Depp and his longtime partner Vanessa Paradis, who share two children, Lily-Rose and John Christopher, split in 2012.
Heard filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage. She obtained a restraining order against Depp, alleging that he abused her while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The actors released a joint statement at the time, saying: “Our relationship has been very passionate and at times fickle, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never any intent to cause physical or emotional harm.”
Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in December 2018 about the treatment of women in domestic violence cases. She didn’t mention Depp by name.
Depp sued Heard for defamation over her Washington Post article for $50 million, claiming it cost him lucrative acting work.
In 2020, Depp took the editor of The Sun to court for defamation in the UK over a 2018 article alleging he had been violent towards Heard.
Depp denied all allegations of abuse.
The British court found the newspaper’s claims “essentially true” and Depp was denied an appeal.
The trial in Depp’s defamation case against Heard began April 12 in Virginia.
Heard’s attorney said in an opening statement that Depp “will try to turn this case into a soap opera.”
Depp has testified about his experiences with an abusive mother, his struggles with substance abuse and his tumultuous relationship with Heard.
In his statement, Depp acknowledged that he and Heard had a fight during their relationship, but said: “I myself never got to the point where I hit Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever in my life a woman beaten.”
“What did you answer when Ms Heard said, ‘Tell the world Johnny. Tell them ‘Johnny Depp, I, Johnny Depp, man, I’m a victim of domestic violence too’?” Meyers asked Depp.
“I said, ‘Yes. That’s me,'” Depp replied.
Heard has yet to comment on the trial, which is expected to last six weeks.
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