The Kentucky born actor, who has been renowned in Hollywood since the 1990s, has been embroiled in a highly publicized domestic abuse scandal with his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard, for the last 4 years.
After meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, the actor started dating Texan actress and model, Amber Heard, shortly after calling it quits with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis.
Johnny and Amber enjoyed a happy couple of years together, and would regularly attend red-carpet events as a couple, arm-in-arm and seemingly madly in love.
And, not ones to waste any time, hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.
Their honeymoon period was rather short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Johnny reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of “smashing bottles and windows” during a heated argument with his wife.
So it came as no shock when Amber filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their “I do”s.
With many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited “irreconcilable differences” while filing the divorce petition.
Amber filed a restraining order against Johnny, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
So people were confused when Amber retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.
Amber had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.
And that he would frequently lash out at her, both verbally and physically.
In which she claimed was a result of him throwing his phone at her.
Though she didn’t explicitly name Johnny in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”
Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Ambassador for Women’s Issues”.
Johnny found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.
And his appearance in J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.
In a career-shattering announcement just 4 days after Amber’s damning article, Disney announced that the actor would no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
It was widely assumed that Disney, who have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office from the Pirates franchise, were trying to distance themselves from the actor and the scandal surrounding him.
So the motive behind letting Johnny go, despite his undeniable popularity in the movies, was pretty obvious.
Despite their actions in 2018, Disney are reportedly considering bringing Johnny Depp back to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the 6th installment of the franchise.
But their sudden change of heart wasn’t random and comes after a shocking twist in the Depp-Heard scandal.
And presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
Johnny’s defamation lawsuit read:
“The op-ed [Amber’s article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
And listed down incidents of Amber’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.
“She hit, punched and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.” His lawsuit read.
Audio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Johnny.
“You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn’t matter how friendly it is, it’s not cool,” Amber can be heard saying.
And Johnny has been in court this week for his libel case against The Sun newspaper – whom he is suing over a 2018 article in which he was described as a “wife-beater.”
The actor said that he gave his daughter Lily-Rose marijuana when she was thirteen, as per the Evening Standard.
He told the High Court he supplied some of his own drugs to Lily-Rose after discussing the decision with her mom, ex Vanessa Paradis.
And knew that his own stash was “trustworthy.”
“My daughter was thirteen-years-old and as we all know at 11, 12, and 13-years-old when you go to a high school party you are approached by people who will want to give you drink because they are drinking at 12 and 13, doing coc***e at 12 and 13, and smoking marijuana at 12 and 13, doing ec****y and doing many many drugs,” he told the court.
“My daughter was at a party and someone passed the joint to her. She was just twelve and she said she didn’t know what to do.
“I said ‘listen sweetheart, if you are at a party and someone hands you the joint, take the joint from the person and pass it to the next person. Please don’t experiment with drugs with people you don’t know’.”
He said that he told her: “Please, please, when you are really at the moment in your life when you are passed the joint and you really want to try it, I said please do me the honor of coming to me when you are ready, and you really feel you are ready.
“I don’t want your first experience to be with people you don’t know, taking things you don’t know, that you don’t trust,” he continued.
“It’s a safety issue, it’s a father worried about his daughter in this kind of situation, when she came and said ‘we are ready’.
“I want her to trust me. If my daughter says she was ready, she was ready. I wanted to make sure the settings were perfection, put on family TV, fill the refrigerator with ice cream, fill the freezer, make a situation where the experience is as pleasant as possible.
“I don’t want a thirteen-year-old going into some sort of paranoid tailspin. I knew the marijuana I had myself, that I smoked myself, is trustworthy and good quality.”
Addressing barrister Sasha Wass QC directly, he said: “If this is wrong in your eyes, I appreciate what you think but I was raising a daughter and I was being a responsible parent so far as I’m concerned.”