Hollywood star Johnny Depp has filed a USD 50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife and actor Amber Heard for accusing him of domestic violence in an article published in Washington Post.
According to The Blast, the 55-year-old actor’s lawsuit is his response to Heard’s Washington Post op-ed that she wrote last year, in which she claimed to be a victim of abuse. In the op-ed, Heard, 32, had revealed that she lost out on a number of film roles as a result of the “full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out”. She had also claimed that she received death threats after she accused Depp of domestic violence.
In the lawsuit, Depp’s lawyers insisted that he “never abused Ms. Heard” and alleged that she used the claims in order to further her career in Hollywood. “Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator,” says the suit, while calling the allegations against Depp as “hoax”. Depp also claimed he was dropped from a “Pirates of the Caribbean” film after the op-ed was published, causing him financial damage. He is seeking USD 50 million in damages.