The legendary queen of the sea. The legendary pirate. and a relationship wreck.
Such was the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard love story that ended in an explosive libel trial headlined by abuse allegations. Both actors mentioned happier times in their testimony.
Depp, best known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, sued his ex-wife Heard, 36, for $50 million in a 2018 op-ed in which Heard was charged Describing yourself as a “public figure” represents domestic abuse. ”
Heard, who plays the fictional superhero and warrior Queen Mera in “Aquaman,” did not name Depp, 58, but has previously accused him of abuse, which he denies.
Both shared their descriptions of what happened throughout the six-week trial, but how did it get here?
Here’s a timeline of the couple’s tumultuous relationship.
2009: Depp and Heard team up for The Rum Diary
Heard said in testimony this month that Depp was the producer and star of the 2011 comedy film “The Rum Diary,” and met with Heard — then a budding actress — to discuss the film’s a potential role.
Hurd, who was familiar with Depp at the conference but didn’t consider himself a fan, was quickly surprised by their shared interest in books, music and poetry.
Heard said they started making the film in March 2009 and described the chemistry with Depp on set, but the two were in a relationship at the time.
2011: “The Rum Diary” Press Tour
Heard told the jury that Depp and Heard reunited in the fall of 2011 as they promoted The Rum Diary, when they were both single.
They were heard to “fall in love” during a press conference and went on to “secretly date” as the public didn’t yet know Depp’s previous relationship with singer Vanessa Paradis ended in 2012.
2015: Depp and Heard get married
The actors married in a civil ceremony in Los Angeles in February 2015, before exchanging vows later that month in the Bahamas.
2016: Hearing divorce papers
hear file for divorce Obtained a temporary restraining order in May 2016 following allegations of domestic violence against Depp.
She claimed at the time that Depp threw a mobile phone in her face in a violent outburst, claiming he was “drunk”.
Depp’s lawyers responded in a filing that Hurd “attempted to secure a premature financial settlement by accusing abuse.”
2017: Divorce finalized
A Los Angeles judge finalized the divorce in January 2017.Depp and Hurd have previously arrive $7 million settlement, which Hurd promised to donate to charity.
2018: Hear an op-ed about domestic abuse
In December 2018, the Washington Post published an op-ed written by Hurd in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
“I feel our culture’s anger at outspoken women,” Hurd wrote. The article doesn’t mention Depp.
2019: Depp files defamation lawsuit
Depp sued Hurd in Fairfax County, Virginia, in March 2019, saying he was defamed by the column.
his lawsuit alleges The op-ed “depends on the central premise that Ms Hurd is a victim of domestic abuse and Mr Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
Hurd later filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp’s lawyers for comments that described her abuse allegations as a hoax.
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2020: Depp loses defamation lawsuit against UK tabloid publisher
Depp has unsuccessfully sued the publisher of The Sun over an article that portrayed him as a “wife beater”.
In November 2020, a High Court judge found the claims “substantially true” and Depp was denied an opportunity to appeal the decision.
2022: Depp’s defamation trial against Heard begins
six-week trial In Fairfax, starting in April, Depp and Heard testified over multiple days, accusing each other of repeated physical abuse.
Depp has denied ever attacking Heard, who has denied ever attacking Depp.
Closing arguments took place on Friday, the day the jury began deliberations. They are expected to resume deliberations on Tuesday after a long Memorial Day weekend.