Johnny Depp sues ex-wife Amber Heard, accuses her of cheating on him with Elon Musk
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star also charged that he lost his role due to Heard’s abuse allegations.
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has launched legal action against his ex-wife Amber Heard, accusing her of defamation. He seeks US$50 million (S$67.66 million) in damages.
Last December, Heard wrote an article for the Washington Post describing the backlash she faced in 2016 after speaking out about domestic violence. Titled “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change”, Heard wrote that she “felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out” and saw “how institutions protect men accused of abuse”.
Depp's lawsuit, filed on Saturday (Mar 2), says he "never abused Ms Heard" and the claims are "part of an elaborate hoax" to advance her career.
Heard first accused Depp of domestic violence in May 2016, a year after they were married. Depp was ordered to stay away from her and the couple divorced in 2017 after 15 months.
Depp’s lawsuit also alleges that Heard was having an affair with Tesla founder Elon Musk while they were married.
His lawsuit, filed on Friday, states, "Unbeknownst to Mr. Depp, no later than one month after his marriage to Ms. Heard, she was spending time in a new relationship with Tesla and Space X founder, Elon Musk."
"Only one calendar month after Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard were married – while Mr. Depp was out of the country, filming in March 2015 – Eastern Columbia Building personnel testified that Ms. Heard received Musk 'late at night' at Mr. Depp's penthouse," the documents say. "Specifically, Ms. Heard asked staff at the Eastern Columbia Building to give her 'friend Elon' access to the building's parking garage and the penthouse elevator 'late at night,' and they testified that they did so. Building staff would then see Ms. Heard's 'friend Elon' leaving the building the next morning."
A representative for Musk told E! News, however, that Musk and Heard were only together from May 2016, “and even then it was infrequent. Their relationship didn't become romantic until some time later."
The lawsuit adds, "Musk's first appearance in Mr. Depp's penthouse occurred shortly after Ms. Heard threw a vodka bottle at Mr. Depp in Australia, when she learned that Mr. Depp wanted the couple to enter into a post-nuptial agreement concerning assets in their marriage. Ms. Heard's violently aimed projectile virtually severed Mr. Depp's middle finger on his right hand and shattered the bones. Mr. Depp's marriage to Ms. Heard came to an end in May 2016.
According to E! News, Heard's rep has not commented directly on Depp's accusations of cheating. Her lawyer commented on his lawsuit in general, saying in a statement, "This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp's repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp's actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team."