Amber Heard claims that her ex-husband Johnny Depp is allegedly refusing to provide evidence related to his drug and alcohol abuse as she continues to fight the $50 million defamation lawsuit he filed against her.
In the latest round of the former couple’s seemingly endless court battle, Heard is demanding that the actor hand over information on his drug treatment and arrests that she claims is critical evidence to her case.
Depp sued his ex-wife in March this year claiming she defamed him in a Washington Post op-ed about domestic violence in which she did not mention him by name, but claimed she had experience on the matter.
The 56-year-old has accused Heard of making the abuse up and said he was dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise following her opinion piece.
Heard – who is being represented by the co-founder of Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, Roberta Kaplan – believes she can defeat the defamation lawsuit by proving her allegations.
Amber Heard is demanding that Johnny Depp hand over information on his drug treatment and arrests, which she claims is critical evidence to her case
She filed a motion on Thursday asking a judge to demand turn over records related to his substance abuse, communications with his doctors and his arrest records.
Heard, through her attorney, claims that Depp’s substance abuse was a key factor and explains shifts in his behavior related to the alleged domestic violence.
Depp has so far refused to turn over the documents because he says it’s an invasion of privacy and irrelevant.
‘In Mr Depp’s self-serving view, his privacy justifies denying discovering essential to Ms Heard’s defense, but somehow hoes not justify the entry of a standard protective order,’ the court motion filed by Heard states.
‘Mr Depp refuses to produce evidence about his drug and alcohol abuse, even though he purports to challenge statements by Ms Heard that his substance abuse is inextricably intertwined with his patterns of violent conduct.
‘Mr Depp also refuses to produce communications with his doctor about incidents of domestic violence and abuse.
‘All of this evidence bears directly on Mr Depp’s claims; it is certainly likely to lead to the discovery of evidence that explains shifts in Mr Depp’s behavior over time, bears on Mr Depp’s own memory of events at issue, identifies witnesses who observed Mr Depp’s violence or helped cover it up and provides critical context for Ms Heard’s earlier statements.’
In a statement, Heard’s attorney Kaplan said Depp put at issue the physical and emotional abuse Heard suffered during their marriage when he sued her for defamation.
Amber Heard is pictured at a August 2016 deposition describing how Depp ‘beat her’ and yanked her hair. It was part of her defense to his defamation lawsuit
Heard also attached pictures of the injuries she says she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband in her legal filings
‘Ms Heard has already testified that it was almost always drugs and alcohol that fueled Mr Depp’s abusive behavior and this is consistent with multiple accounts of his drug-fueled rages over many years,’ Kaplan said.
‘It really is the height of hypocrisy for Mr Depp, having sued Ms Heard for $50 million, to refuse to produce evidence of his drug and alcohol addiction on the grounds of ‘privacy,’ while at the same time opposing a routine protective order that would ensure the privacy of Ms Heard’s medical records and similar information.
Mr Depp’s principal aim here seems to be to use this baseless lawsuit to score PR points to hurt Ms Heard, only continuing the pattern of abuse. We are confident, however, that the court will see through the patent hypocrisy of Mr Depp’s position on these and other issues.’
The latest motion comes soon after Depp accused his ex-wife of ‘masquerading’ as a domestic abuse victim in response to her ‘masquerading’ asking the judge to keep some of the details of the case private to protect her friends and family.
In a recent filing rejecting her request for privacy, Depp accused her of making the entire thing up.
He says he wants the entire case to become public because he thinks it will exonerate him.
In April this year, an avalanche of previously unseen documents from their divorce dispute emerged as part of the defamation lawsuit.
It included texts Depp sent Heard abusing her and videos of her where she cried as she recalled times when he had hit her.
It also included photographs of clumps of hair she says he pulled from her head and bruises she said he inflicted on her.
Depp, who claims he never laid a hand on her, said she was the violent party in their relationship.
He says in his defamation lawsuit that her Washington Post op-ed cost him movie roles and earnings.
This is one of the clumps of hair left on the ground after Depp pulled it from her hair during a December 2015 fight, she claimed
Depp and Heard are pictured in 2016. They were married from 2015 until 2018
For the last several years, his financial woes have been well documented.
Depp and Heard were married for two years between 2015 ad 2017.
Since then, they have been embroiled in a never-ending court tango. Heard claims Depp is an alcoholic with drug problems who routinely kicked her, beat her and, at times, was so violent that she lost consciousness.
He denies all of her allegations and says he hit him.
Their lawsuits have threatened to drag in Elon Musk, Heard’s boyfriend after Depp, and others.
In her op-ed, Heard wrote: ‘I write this as a woman who had to change my phone number weekly because I was getting death threats. 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.
‘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 — and my life and livelihood depended on myriad judgments far beyond my control.
‘I want to ensure that women who come forward to talk about violence receive more support. We are electing representatives who know how deeply we care about these issues.
‘We can work together to demand changes to laws and rules and social norms — and to right the imbalances that have shaped our lives.’