The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial: What is Going On?



Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the Venice International Film Festival for Depp’s film premiere “Black Mass” in 2015.

Emily Aivazian, Staff Writer

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been one of the most well-known couples in Hollywood, with their marriage lasting around two years. However, their relationship was never well-received in the public eye.

The trial between Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard has stirred controversy on the Internet. Depp has filed a lawsuit against Heard for defamation over her article that had been published in The Washington Post titled, “Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” Depp claims that Heard is not the victim of domestic abuse, but rather the perpetrator. Disney no longer offered him his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after the publication of the article. 

A trial has begun in Fairfax, Virginia, beginning on April 11, 2022, that is expected to last six weeks. Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, claims her “false allegations had a significant impact on Mr. Depp’s family and his ability to work in the profession he loved.” On the other hand, Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn states that “The article is about the social change for which she is advocating and that the First Amendment protects.” Rottenborn claims that there will be proof presented at the trial portraying the domestic abuse Heard endured. 

At the trial, both Depp and Heard’s lawyers presented a variety of evidence claiming that there has been abuse on both ends. Through the testimonies of witnesses and the use of recordings, photographs, and messages, Heard and Depp tried to reveal to the jurors the horrors of their past relationship. “Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” Depp said.

Christi Dembrowski, Depp’s sister, testified about the abuse Depp faced from his mother, as well as Heard’s reaction to Depp’s meeting with Dior. “Why would Dior want to do business with you? They’re about class and they’re about style, and you don’t have style,” Heard said, according to Dembrowski. 

The Internet has been blasting with the hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp where users are voicing their concerns on TikTok, advocating for Depp to receive the justice he deserves. Throughout the trial, a recording of Heard’s voice was released, “…but you’re fine, I did not hurt you, I did not punch you, I was hitting you,” Heard said. In another instance, Depp rose to the surface speaking of the moment Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, which severed the tip of his middle finger. 

Videos have blown up on TikTok presenting the absurd questions Heard’s lawyers have been asking, regarding the muffins the psychologist hired by Depp’s team, Sharron Curry, had provided for Heard. “You say you brought muffins from your husband, and you gave those to Ms. Heard, correct?” Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft said. Ms. Curry responded by giving a detailed description of how her husband purchased the muffins. “May I clarify what occurred so that we can stop talking about the muffins?”, said Curry. Memes revolving around the trial have been circulating as the trial’s end date is nearing. 

This trial may be viewed as a depiction of truth against reality. Though the pair portrayed themselves as Hollywood’s ideal couple, their relationship proved otherwise. For more updates, the Law & Crime Network provides users on YouTube a livestream of the trial.