The case of assault between Johnny Depp and Ex-wife Amber Heard, will be examined in a hearing at the court of Appeal on Thursday morning. Johnny Depp attempting to overturn the courts ruling.
The couple met during the making of “The Rum Diary” in 2011 and married four years later, but divorced in 2016.
In May 2016, Amber arrived at a Los Angeles court seeking a restraining order against her husband. As she left the building, she was surrounded by photographers, journalists and film crews. On her cheek was what appeared to be a mark. She said Depp had violently attacked her and in a rage had thrown a mobile phone at her face with extreme force. The court was shown photographs of what looked like facial bruising. There were also allegations of other incidents of domestic violence. She said she had endured “excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse” and “angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults”. Depp denied the abuse. The restraining order was granted, and soon after the marriage was over.
The accusations were shocking. Heard said she had been assaulted by him on more than 14 occasions she said the actor choked, punched, slapped, head-butted, throttled and kicked her, with Nicol accepting 12 of these accounts were true, including an assault after her 30th birthday party and another incident which left her with black eyes. There was also a 15th allegation too traumatic and personal to be heard in open court.
High Court Judge, Andrew Nicol, ruled last November that Depp had violently assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard during their tempestuous five-year relationship, at times putting her in fear for her life.
“I have found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil standard,” said Nicol in his November ruling.
In the aftermath, Depp’s lawyers said the ruling was so flawed it would be ridiculous for him not to appeal.
They said it was “troubling” the judge had relied on Heard’s testimony while rejecting the evidence of police officers, her former assistant and other witnesses which they said had undermined her evidence.
Depp said he was never violent towards his ex-wife, saying her claims were a hoax and portrayed her as a gold-digger
Following the court ruling in favour of NGN at the July hearing in the UK last year, Mr Depp was asked to step down from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantatsic Beasts franchise.Mr Depp was subsequently replaced by actor Mads Mikkelsen for future films.
In 2018, Depp appeared in court again over a libel action against The Sun, a British newspaper which tagged him as a “wife beater”.
Depp has also filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard in a Virginia court over an opinion piece she wrote in The Washington Post. Which was recently delayed until April 2022.
The hearing starts today 10.30am Thursday morning. It will be streamed live on the court’s own YouTube Channel .