In May 2016, Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, claiming that her husband had been "verbally and physically abusive" towards her during their relationship. The couple legally separated the following year, and released a joint statement saying that their "relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."
Since then, however, both Heard and Depp have continued to dispute the Pirates of the Carribean actor's alleged abuse, with Depp maintaining that he was never violent towards his wife. Most recently, the 55-year-old star has claimed to have evidence that exonerates him of assault.
In an ongoing lawsuit against The Sun newspaper, Depp has filed new evidence which apparently proves that Heard did not have any injuries in the days following his alleged assault against her.
"Mr. Depp filed new and previously unseen evidence with the U.K. court, including security camera video clips of Ms. Heard’s face in the days following her false beating claims, sworn depositions taken in 2016 from neighbors, eyewitnesses and building personnel who interacted with Ms. Heard in the ensuing days, and more," Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, told Us Weekly earlier this week.
Waldman then went on to say that Heard is not prohibited from entering her own evidence, should she so choose: "Mr. Depp also gave permission for Ms. Heard to give whatever evidence she wishes in The Sun defamation case. We look forward to seeing that evidence, which we will hold up against the videos and witness statements we just filed."
Depp took issue with the UK newspaper after it published an article with the headline, "How can J.K. Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?" in April last year. According to court documents, the actor said that The Sun "must have made a positive decision to present a totally one-sided picture, leaving out my side of the story and pretending it either did not exist or was not worth considering."
In fact, Depp has previously asserted that Heard was the abusive one.
On the night of the alleged abuse, court papers filed by Depp say that Heard, "who had been drinking, became aggressive and violent... punching him twice in the face." They go on to say that the actor, "defended himself by grabbing Ms. Heard's arms to stop her punching again and told her to stop. He pushed her away on to the bed and told her he was leaving and that she should not follow him."
Heard, meanwhile, maintains that she was telling the truth, and that Depp did physically assault her on more than one occasion.
Back in August 2016, Heard spoke to Blair Berk, an attorney employed by Depp, about the volatility of her relationship with the star. "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," she said. "I was petrified of the monster."
Heard was eventually awarded $7 million in the divorce, all of which she gave away to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.