Johnny Depp files $50 million lawsuit against ex-wife: report
Johnny Depp has filed a whopping 50 million dollar defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, according to a new report.
Depp, 55, claims in the new paperwork that Heard's allegations of domestic abuse are "an elaborate hoax," TheBlast.com reported Friday.
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star says Heard stepped out of line when she wrote a piece for The Washington Post in December.
"Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out," Heard wrote in the editorial.
Heard, 32, did not mention her ex-husband by name, but Depp's new complaint says the reference was clear.
The article "depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her," the lawsuit argues.
"Mr Depp never abused Ms Heard. Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016," the lawsuit reportedly claims.
Depp says he suffered tangible fallout from the December op-ed because four days after it was published, his ongoing role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates" franchise was deep-sixed.
"Ms Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator," his lawsuit claims.
The filing also includes an allegation that Heard started a relationship with Tesla and Space-X founder Elon Musk shortly after their marriage that included visits "late at night," according to The Blast.
Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016 with allegations the actor verbally and physically abused her "during the entirety" of their relationship.
She claimed Depp went into a violent rage during a fight that month and hurled a cellphone at her face, pulled her hair, smashed bottles of wine and trashed her painting studio.
She won a temporary stay-away order and was on the verge of testifying at a court hearing when the couple reached a joint settlement in August 2016.
"Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love," the couple said in a joint statement announcing the deal. "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain."
The statement added that "there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."