Depp v. Heard

John C. Depp, II v. Amber Laura Heard was a trial held in Fairfax County, Virginia, from April 11, 2022, to June 1, 2022, that ruled on allegations of defamation between previously married American actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Depp, as plaintiff, filed a complaint of defamation against defendant Heard claiming $50 million in damages; Heard filed counterclaims against Depp claiming $100 million in damages. After first meeting in 2009, Depp and Heard married in February 2015. In May 2016, at an early stage in their divorce process, Heard claimed that Depp had abused her physically, which he denied. In a separate libel trial in England, in which Depp sued News Group Newspapers Ltd over an article published in The Sun, the presiding judge ruled against Depp, stating that "the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil standard."

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