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Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s love story ended in an explosive courtroom trial with Depp winning a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard. Here is a timeline of the tumultuous Hollywood romance that came down.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began dating after meeting on the set of the comedy film, 'The Rum Diary'.
In February 2015, the actors exchanged wedding vows in a private ceremony in Los Angeles.
In May, the pair separated after an incident. In May 2016, after accusing Depp of domestic abuse, she filed for divorce and was granted a temporary restraining order.
The couple became formally divorced in January. The divorce was finalised by a Los Angeles judge, with Heard pledging to donate the seven million dollar settlement to charity.
In December 2018, the Washington Post published an op-ed written by Heard in which she described herself as ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse.’ Later, an article by The Sun newspaper referred to Depp as a ‘wife-beater’ in the headline. The actor filed his libel claim against the newspaper.
Mr Depp launched a 50 million dollar defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard. In response to comments made by a Depp attorney, she filed a 100 million dollar counter-claim.
Depp was unsuccessful in a lawsuit against the publisher of The Sun.
Depp’s 2019 defamation case against Heard, was also delayed due to the pandemic. Depp and Heard have both testified multiple days during the six-week trial that began in April.
On June 1, the jury ruled in favour of Depp. He is awarded compensatory damages of 15 million dollars altogether.