Johnny Depp claims ex-wife Amber Heard had an affair with Elon Musk
Johnny Depp has accused ex-wife Amber Heard of starting an affair with Elon Musk a month after they married in 2015.
In a $50 million defamation lawsuit, the Fantastic Beasts star also claims the actress made allegations of domestic abuse in order to further her career.
The lawsuit, filed in Virginia on Friday, names Heard a "perpetrator" who created an "elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity".
In papers obtained by People, Depp alleged that the 32-year-old would receive "late night" visits from Musk while he was working out of the country.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor also claims the Tesla CEO was allowed into the couple's Los Angeles home on the same night Heard "presented her battered face to the public".
According to People, a representative for Musk claims: "Elon and Amber didn’t start seeing each other until May 2016. Their relationship didn’t become romantic until some time later."
Heard’s attorney, Eric M. George added in a statement to the magazine: "This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behaviour."
Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, then responded to George’s statement, claiming: "Telling media ‘they want to silence Amber Heard’ doesn’t sound like a denial by Ms. Heard of Mr. Depp’s 40-page, evidence-packed complaint. We hardly intend to silence Ms. Heard.
"To the contrary, we intend to subpoena and compel evidence from her, her three hoax-assisting friends, and Elon Musk. We look forward to holding the overwhelming video, photographic and eyewitness evidence we finally possess up against Amber Heard’s (so far silent) attempts to explain the inexplicable."
Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011 film The Rum Diary and were married from February 2015 to May 2016. The actress filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Depp in May 2016, accusing him of abusing her. These claims were denied by Depp, and the former couple settled their divorce out of court in August 2016 for $7 million, which she donated to charity.
However, last December, Heard wrote an article for the Washington Post in which she alleged she had received death threats and lost out on work after accusing Depp of domestic abuse.
"For months, I rarely left my apartment, and when I did, I was pursued by camera drones and photographers on foot, on motorcycles and in cars," she wrote. "Tabloid outlets that posted pictures of me spun them in a negative light. I felt as though I was on trial in the court of public opinion."
While the Aquaman star didn't mention her ex-husband by name in the piece, she did allude to the time period when "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."
Depp's lawsuit states: "The op-ed's clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser is categorically and demonstrably false. Mr Depp never abused Ms Heard. Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016. They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms Heard and advance her career."
Heard was first linked to Musk in 2016 and the pair broke up in August 2017 due to their busy schedules. They rekindled their romance in January 2018, only to split for a second time a month later.