Amber Heard and Johnny Depp may have had a more volatile relationship than was previously suspected. While both of them accused the other of abuse during their contentious 2016 divorce, new legal documents are expected to shed new light on their relationship.
The documents, according to The Hollywood Reporter, are expected to play a central role in Depp’s defamation suit against the U.K. tabloid The Sun.
THR published portions of a deposition in which both parties gave accounts of the alleged abuse.
In an account Heard gave to Blair Berk, an attorney employed by Depp, she reportedly said on August 13th, 2016: "Johnny and I refer to his other personality, the part of him that is present when he beats me up — we call that the monster and have called that the monster for many years. I was petrified of the monster."
That claim was extracted from a 471-page deposition transcript, which THR obtained, along with statements from Heard’s friend Raquel Pennington and the Los Angeles Police Department officers who responded to an altercation at their L.A. penthouse on May 21, 2016. (This is the famous fight that allegedly led to Heard filing for divorce. Photographs of Heard's bruised face also emerged, though Depp has long maintained that the bruises were self-inflicted).
According to Pennington, who came to the penthouse when Heard asked her to, Depp was "swinging around" a magnum bottle of wine and knocking things off the counter with it. She also said she took "dozens of photos" of Heard’s bruises over the years of her relationship with Depp.
The LAPD, meanwhile, stated that they saw no signs of broken items when inspecting the apartment.
Meanwhile, Depp claimed that Heard was the one who was "aggressive and violent." He said she punched him twice on April 21, 2016 after he was late to her birthday dinner.
He claimed that fearing for his own safety, he brought security guards to his apartment on May 21, 2016, and that he never touched her.
A hearing in the U.K. has been set for February 22nd.
Meanwhile, according to a report in Forbes, Disney is seriously mulling firing Depp from its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Because of salary and insurance requirements, the House of Mouse could save almost $90 million (a hefty helping of its $230 million budget) by losing Captain Jack Sparrow.