GETTING SETTLED

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Allison Edwards, Staff Writer

For over two years, the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial has been going on, causing the spotlight to shift towards them. Depp and Heard married on February 3, 2015, after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009 “where Heard played the love interest to Depp’s character,” (time.com). The spark that ignited their love was during one of the scenes where they had to kiss in the shower. Depp stated, “That moment, was, it was, it felt like something, it felt like something I should not be feeling. I think there was something in the kiss in the shower that was real.” Two years later, Depp and Heard met again on another set and Depp decided to divorce his wife, Vanessa Paradis, with whom he had two children. 

Fifteen months after the wedding, Heard filed for divorce, claiming that Depp was “abusive” and she got a “temporary restraining order” against him (time.com). Denying these statements, Depp had a legal team, which accused Heard of “alleging abuse” to “secure a premature financial resolution” (time.com). Heard gained seven million after she “rescinded a request for $50,000 a month in spousal support,” and Heard and Depp settled out of court (time.com). Out of the millions she received, Heard donated all of it to charity. A joint statement released by the couple said “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.” 

During Depp’s testimony on April 19, 2022, he mentioned that during his childhood he encountered physical and verbal abuse. Playing the main role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, he said it had transformed him and his life. Accusing each other of physical violence, Depp and Heard denied each other’s “claims” (time.com). Depp stated, “Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way nor have I ever struck any woman in my life.” However, Depp did claim that Heard was domestically violent, and proved this point by detailing one time when Heard allegedly threw a vodka bottle at him and caused major injuries to his finger. 

Heard’s legal team did a cross-examination on Depp and went through all of his messages, asking him about a conversation he had with one of his friends about “detailing his drug and alcohol use and discussing potential acts of violence against Heard” (time.com). One of the messages stood out to the legal team when they saw Depp refer to Heard as a “rotting corpse” (time.com). He stated that it was only a reflection of the dark humor that he possesses. Needing more witnesses, Depp had his sister, Christi Dembrowski, testify and confirm that they were abused as children. With more proof needed, Depp’s legal team called the doctor and nurse who “treated him for substance abuse” and claimed, “they witnessed arguments between the couple, but no physical abuse,” (time.com). 

A Los Angeles Police Department officer, Tyler Hadden, was one of the officers who responded to a domestic abuse call at the couple’s apartment in May of 2016 showed up in court stating that Heard had no marks of abuse on her. Heard came to the LA courthouse with “marks on her face as she applied for a temporary restraining order,” (time.com). On Wednesday, a recorded deposition played of Hadden stating “Just because I see a female with pink cheeks and pink eyes doesn’t mean something happened.” “Heard’s lawyer claimed that she might have covered her injuries with makeup in an attempt to protect Depp,” stated time.com. In the coming weeks, Heard is supposed to take the stand in court with more witnesses like Elon Musk, whom she reportedly dated, and James Franco, her former co-star “in whom she allegedly confided,” (time.com). Actor Paul Bettany is supposed to “testify on behalf of Johnny Depp about a conversation he had with him over text messages condoning violence against Heard,” (time.com). Throughout this period of time, Heard and Depp are hoping to get this case settled and move on with their lives.