It’s a small battle that Johnny Depp has won in the trial that opposes him since 11 April 2022 to Amber Heard. Judge Azcarate, who presides over the proceedings, rejected a request from the actress’ lawyers, demanding that the complaint be dismissed. According to them, the star of Pirates of the Caribbean would not have brought enough of evidence that there would have been defamation on the part of his ex-wife. On the contrary, they believe that there is “indisputable evidence that it was he, in fact, who assaulted Amber [Heard]”. However, Ms Azcarate felt that there was enough evidence to proceed with the trial. According to Deadline, the request to dismiss the complaint is common at this stage of a trial in the United States. However, it is rarely granted, so this decision should not be taken as an indication of the outcome of the trial.
This will now be at the seven jurors to decide on the outcome of the complaint. Judge Azcarate thus considered that “the jurors had sufficient evidence to assess whether the statements [de l’actrice] were about the plaintiff, whether the statements were published and were false, and whether the defendant made these statements in knowing them to be false.” Since 04 April 2022, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard clash in court in Fairfax, United States. The ex-spouses accuse each other of defamation, Johnny Depp having filed a complaint against his former wife after a column published in the Washington Post in 2018 in which she said she was the victim of domestic violence, without naming him, ruining his career according to him. Johnny Depp claims 15 million dollars in damages. Amber Heard, she counter-attacked by filing a complaint in turn for defamation against her ex, claiming this time 100 millions of dollars.
How to follow the trial live?
In France, no trial is broadcast live or streamed for everyone to see. But things in the United States are different. The trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began on Monday 11 april 2022. And the confrontation of the two ex-spouses is broadcast live from the US. The American channel Court TV is responsible for broadcasting the trial live from Fairfax on its website. However, it is not accessible on platforms like Youtube.
Johnny Depp is an American actor. He is known for his collaborations with Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…) but also for having played the famous pirate Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. . He also joined the Fantastic Beasts cast as Gellert Grindelwald for the first two films. Since then 2015, he has been accused of domestic violence against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard.
Youth of Johnny Depp
John Christopher Depp II, alias Johnny Depp was born on June 9 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Son of an engineer and a waitress, the future actor is first and foremost a music enthusiast. He joined the group The Kids, and made the first part of the Iggy Pop tour. Two years later, the musicians will perform in Los Angeles, but the group does not achieve the long-awaited success. It was there that Johnny Depp met actor Nicolas Cage, who put him in touch with his agent. He thus landed a small role in 1500 in the cult film, The Claws of the Night by Wes Craven.
His film career
Johnny Depp has found his calling, he decides to take acting lessons, then knows fame in 1984, with series 21 Jump Street. His career is launched, but he decides to break with the image conveyed by his character on television. He then plays in Cry-baby by John Waters and interprets ever more surprising characters. The film Edward Scissorhands marks the beginning of a very fine collaboration with director Tim Burton, who will make him his favorite actor, continuing with the Ed Wood films in 1997, Sleepy Hollow, the legend of the headless horseman in 2005, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005, The Funeral Wedding, or the musical Sweeney Todd.
Confirmed artist with multiple hats, Johnny Depp continues to diversify roles and appears where you least expect it (The Ninth Gate, From Hell, The Tourist, Rango). Despite his success, the actor remains faithful to director Tim Burton for whom he delivers a fabulous performance as a mad hatter in his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, then as a bewitched vampire in Dark Shadows. He also regularly finds the filmmaker Gore Verbinski for the Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango and Lone Ranger saga which did not meet with the expected success in 2013. However, he experienced several critical and commercial flops with Transcendence (2005) or Charlie Mortdecai ( 2015), before resuming the role of the Mad Hatter in Alice across the mirror (2016). However, his career took on a new lease of life at the end of the year 2015, when Johnny Depp was officially announced in the cast of Fantastic Beasts, in the role of the evil mage Gellert Grindelwald. He embodies this role in the first two installments of the franchise. His accusations of domestic violence on Amber Heard, however, taint his presence in the films. The lost lawsuit against the Sun in November 2020 earned him to resign from the franchise derived from Harry Potter.
Vanessa Paradis, Amber Heard… who are the women in his life?
Johnny Depp had several high-profile relationships during his life. The best known are those with Vanessa Paradis and Amber Heard. Previously, he was married for two years to Wiktoria Michel de 0968 to 1985, before being engaged for less than a year to Jennifer Gray (Dirty Dancing) of 1988 to 1989. He is also said to have a relationship with actress Sherilyn Fenn, actress Winona Ryder (1989-1993) and model Kate Moss (1988-1993).
Johnny Depp lived 12 years with Vanessa Paradis
From 1998 to 2012, Johnny Depp was in a relationship with Vanessa Paradis. The couple never married, but will have two children together, the actor and singer’s only children: actress Lily-Rose Depp and Jack John Christopher III Depp. The separation of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis is announced in a press release in June 2012, after 15 years of living together. However, they say they keep friendly relations and separate while remaining friends.
Johnny Depp accused of domestic violence by Amber Heard
Johnny Depp meets Amber Heard on the set of the film Rum Express, released in 2012. The couple married in 2015, before separating in 2016. The actress seen in Aquaman accuses him of domestic violence, which Johnny Depp denies, claiming to have received blows from his ex-wife. In July 2015, a libel lawsuit pitted the actor against the Sun, which had called the actor ” violent husband”. On November 2 2015, Johnny Depp lost his lawsuit against the Sun and appealed for judgment. After collecting testimony from the actress and relatives of both parties, Judge Nicol ruled that the words and qualifications used by the Sun in their article were “substantially true”.
Once the decision was made, a Sun spokesperson reacted to AFP by stating that “l victims of domestic violence should never have to be silent”, thanking the judge and the actress “for her courage to testify in court”. Amber Heard’s lawyers have for their part estimated that “this decision and this judgment are not a surprise”, the actress wishing however “to obtain justice” in another procedure which is in progress in the United States. Following this defeat, Warner Bros asked him to withdraw from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, which he accepted. However, he continues to maintain his innocence. He is replaced by actor Mads Mikkelsen for the third installment.
Controversies over the wealth management
Johnny Depp has also made headlines for how he spends his fortune. He would thus suffer from oniomania, a compulsive buying disorder. His manager revealed in 2017 that he had “spent 540 million dollars in twenty years, an average of 45 dollars per day.” Among his acquisitions are a ranch in Kentucky, an atoll in the Bahamas, five villas in Beverly Hills, 000 mansions for 70 millions of dollars but also works of art by Warhol, Basquiat, Klimt or Modigliani, 45 luxury automobiles or 70 collectible guitars .