Heard and Depp began dating in 2012 and married in February 2015 in a civil ceremony. When she and Depp travelled into Queensland, where he was working on a project, in April 2015, Heard broke Australia’s biosecurity laws by failing to declare her and Depp’s two canines to customs. Heard admitted to faking quarantine documentation and claimed that she made a mistake owing to a lack of sleep.
For providing a fraudulent document, she was sentenced to a one-month good behavior bond of A$1,000 (US$715); Heard and Depp also issued a video in which they apologized for their actions and asked everyone to follow biosecurity rules. The case was dubbed the “highest-profile criminal quarantine case” in Australian history by The Guardian.
In 2021, Australian officials announced that they were examining claims of perjury committed by Heard in regard to the incident in collaboration with the FBI.
In May 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp and secured a temporary restraining order against him, stating that he had been verbally and physically abusive throughout their relationship, generally while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in her court declaration.
According to Depp, she was “trying to get a premature financial conclusion.” The divorce was finalized in January 2017 after a settlement was agreed in August 2016. The restraining order was rejected by Heard, and they issued a joint statement announcing that their relationship had ended “The relationship was incredibly passionate and tumultuous at times, but it was always held together by love.
For the sake of financial benefit, neither party has manufactured false claims. There was never any intention of causing physical or psychological harm “.. Heard received a $7 million settlement from Depp, which she promised to donate to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Heard’s legal team stated in 2021 that she had been “delayed in that goal because to Mr. Depp filing a lawsuit against her, and as a result, she has been forced to spend millions of dollars fighting Mr. Depp’s fraudulent charges against her.”
Depp filed a libel claim in the United Kingdom in June 2018 against News Group Newspapers (NGN), the publisher of The Sun, for calling him a “wife beater” in an April 2018 piece.
During the widely publicized trial in July 2020, Heard was a crucial witness for NGN. The High Court of Justice determined in November 2020 that Depp had lost his suit and that “the vast majority of Mr. Depp’s claimed assaults on Ms Heard have been proven to the civil standard,” dismissing any notion of a hoax against him.
The judgment also determined that going public about the assault had adversely harmed Heard’s career and advocacy. Following the Depp v NGN ruling, a Change.org petition demanding Heard’s dismissal from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom garnered over two million signatures. In March 2021, Depp’s petition to overturn the decision was denied.
Depp sued Heard for defamation in early 2019 over an op-ed she wrote about her experience as a public victim of domestic violence since 2016, which was published in December 2018 by The Washington Post. Depp also claimed that Heard was the one who had abused him and that her claims against him were a hoax.
Heard countersued Depp in August 2020, alleging that he orchestrated “a harassment campaign via Twitter and [by] orchestrating online petitions in order to get her fired from Aquaman and L’Oréal.”
On April 11, 2022, the trial in Depp v. Heard began in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The case continues…