Aquaman star Amber Heard has hit out at her ex as she addresses the $100,000 million defamation lawsuit by ex-husband Johnny Depp, which begins next week in Virginia.
In an Instagram post, she complained about “carrying on[s] pay [the] price … women pay to speak out against men in power,” according to her Washington Post op-ed.
She said she hopes she and Depp can both move on after the sensational lawsuit is behind them.
“As you may know, I will be in Virginia, where I will be facing my ex-husband Johnny Depp in court,” she told her four million followers on Saturday afternoon.
Amber Heard, 35, spoke out on Instagram on Saturday, two days before her $100,000 million defamation lawsuit with ex-husband Johnny Depp, 58.
“Johnny is suing me for an op-ed I wrote in the Washington Post in which I recount my experience of violence and domestic abuse. I never named him, instead I wrote about the price women pay to speak out against men in power. I continue to pay this price, but I hope that when this case is over, I can move on, just like Johnny.
“I have always had a love for Johnny and it pains me very much to have to go through the details of our life together in front of the world.”
Although Heard, 35, never mentioned Depp by name in the article, the timing of their highly publicized split makes it clear that she “falsely implied that she was physically and sexually abused by Depp during their marriage,” Depp’s attorney explained.
The 58-year-old actor has filed a lawsuit for $50million claiming he was kicked out of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise amid speculation he was the attacker. He was allowed to sue in Virginia because the Post’s online editions are published through servers located in Fairfax County.
Heard responded by counter-suing for $100 million, claiming Depp smeared her and called her a liar, setting the stage for next week’s final chapter in their tumultuous history.
“I’ve always had a love for Johnny and it pains me so much to have to go through the details of our past life together in front of the world,” the Aquaman starlet wrote in her post.
The whirlwind romance between Depp and Heard culminated in 2017 with a series of very public feuds that featured accusations of abuse and infidelity on both sides.
Depp sued Heard for $50million after he published an op-ed detailing his alleged domestic abuse experience, claiming he was kicked out of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise amid speculation he was the abuser. Heard responded by counter-suing for $100 million, claiming Depp smeared her and called her a liar
Depp had sought to block Heard’s lawyers from seeking immunity at their next trial, which is set to begin on April 11 after numerous delays since Depp filed the lawsuit in 2019.
However, Judge Penney Azcarate of Virginia’s 19th Judicial Circuit ruled against Depp last month, saying Heard’s editorial deals were a matter of public interest.
Azcarate’s ruling doesn’t mean Heard has immunity for what she wrote, just that she can make that argument to a jury as part of her defense.
The whirlwind romance between Depp and Heard, who last year became mother to Oonaugh Paige Heard, 1, via surrogate, culminated in 2017 with a series of very public feuds that included accusations of abuse and sexual abuse. infidelity on both sides.
Several stars, including James Franco, Heard’s ex-boyfriend Elon Musk, Wanda Vision actor Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin are expected to take the witness stand.
But DailyMail.com understands that Elon Musk will likely be a high-profile non-presenter when the explosive affair kicks off because neither side can compel the world’s richest man to appear.
Musk’s name figures prominently in court documents and was included in Heard’s list of 80 possible witnesses she plans to call to back up her story that she was savagely beaten and abused by her Animals ex. Fantastic.
But under Virginia law, it is impossible for Musk, a non-resident of the state, to be compelled to attend proceedings in Fairfax County Circuit Court, either in person or by liaison. video.
If a witness decides not to participate, lawyers can instead rely on their deposition as evidence – but Tesla’s mercurial boss, 50, has never sat down for just one side.
Amber Heard has named actor James Franco (left) and Tesla founder Elon Musk (right) as witnesses to her defamation, as part of Depp’s accusations she cheated on him with the two during their marriage.
Emails from Amber Heard’s Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa are listed on a 71-page exhibit list from Heard’s legal team
DailyMail.com can reveal that Depp’s lawyers tried to subpoena Musk six times to grill him over allegations he had an affair with Heard during his ill-fated 18-month marriage.
But despite hiring private investigators and monitoring the tycoon’s various homes and businesses in California and Texas over the course of two years, they were never able to nab him to serve the papers.
The Aquaman actress has always stood by her account of the infamous May 21, 2016 dust that ended the couple’s doomed union, claiming Depp threw a phone in her face and ripped clumps of hair out of her .
But his lawyers will say the account was a cobbled-together “hoax” by Heard and his closest friends, complete with photos of fake injuries, to extort a $7 million divorce settlement.
Depp has submitted a witness list of 38 subjects and will ask Bettany, 50, to testify in relation to text messages he previously exchanged with Depp that featured in his defamation lawsuit against The Sun.
Actor Paul Bettany (left) is expected to give evidence during the trial while emails from Jack White (right) will also feature
Email exchanges between Johnny Depp and Fantastic Beasts author JK Rowling (pictured) are set to feature in the lawsuit
Depp also listed members of his security team who previously testified to seeing Heard attack the actor as well as a worker at his Los Angeles building who testified on his behalf, according to the Times.
Heard submitted a 71-page exhibit list that includes references to Depp’s alleged drug use as well as emails, texts, audio transcripts and diary entries.
According to the Times, the lawsuit will also include evidence of a May 2016 argument at Depp’s LA penthouse in which he allegedly punched Heard, as well as texts between the actress and Musk, whom she dated for a year.
Other Hollywood links presented as evidence in the case include messages Heard exchanged with Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa and director James Wan; director Zack Snyder and CAA director Bryan Lourd; and emails between Depp and Fantastic Beasts author JK Rowling, as well as musician Jack White.