Johnny Depp has lost everything – his wife, his family, his career. But His lawsuit in Virginia He might at least see him regain his reputation.
deep is Sue his ex-wife, Amber Heard In a $50 million defamation lawsuit, what unfolds in the courtroom is the story of a wife who may have been as abusive as hers, and a file on a marriage that was messy, tense, and dangerous. Reviving Depp’s reputation may be at hand.
It turns out that Sema was not a helpless victim, but was often the aggressor in their heated and violent marital quarrels. Perhaps Hollywood and the world were too quick to take Heard’s side and soon to take sides with Depp over the allegations alone.
After Heard alleged that the famous Pirates of the Caribbean actor was abusive during their marriage, Depp was dropped from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, as well as from Disney. He was called a “wife racket” in the British tabloid The Sun and lost a defamation lawsuit against the publication. This latest lawsuit stems from an op-ed published in the Washington Post in 2018 about domestic violence. She didn’t mention Depp by name, but she didn’t have to. The audience interpreted the “Aquaman” actress’ piece, written at the height of the #MeToo movement, as referring to abuse in her marriage.
Exposing men was big business in 2018, and many high-profile successful men, as well as many among the ranks of the unknown, were pushed out of their place by women who often believed, without evidence, that the accused men were as guilty as they were publicly accused. Heard was part of this movement, and Depp paid the price.
This new experience shows that Heard and Depp were often very drunk. Heard once threw a bottle at him that nearly cut his finger, and according to Depp’s testimony, “every time one of these accidents occurred, it seemed to get worse.” When Depp was asked if there had been violence committed against him by Heard, he said unequivocally yes.
Heard’s testimony begins next week, and while she’ll likely offer her views on their clearly dysfunctional marriage, unless Depp is outright lying, there’s no way to say that Heard is the innocent victim she portrayed herself as.
She was complicit, aggressor, and abusing her husband. Regardless of his involvement in this marriage chaos, Depp shouldn’t have suffered from public plunder, character denigration, job loss and the income he suffered.
Women experience a great deal of domestic violence, but that doesn’t mean the abuse doesn’t go the other way either. The revelations of this trial, and the continuing realization that the many men who lost their jobs, livelihoods, and reputations at the hands of those who shout MeToo, could have a lasting impact on how America perceives abuse.
Domestic violence is dangerous and deadly, and those women who may use allegations of abuse, and the situation that comes with being abused to advance themselves and their careers, hurt women and survivors of domestic violence.
Depp’s return to the silver screen would be a justified and welcome outcome of this trial, but the damage to the real victims, as opposed to the imagined victims of abuse, could lie in their disbelief with the same blind ferocity they were during the war. Years of “Believe All Women”.
Near the end of Depp’s testimony, his attorney played a recording of Heard allegedly making fun of her husband.
“You can tell people it was a fair fight . . . see what the jury and the judge think,” Heard allegedly said. “Tell the world, Johnny, tell them ‘I, Johnny Depp, man, I’m also a victim of domestic violence…and it’s a fair fight. And see how many people believe in you or support you.'”
Heard might be surprised how many believed him.
Libby Emmons is the editor-in-chief of The Post Millennial.