Back in 2018, following his domestic abuse allegations, Johnny Depp was dropped from his infamous role of Captian Jack Sparrow in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.
It's been a difficult couple of years for the actor but, now, things have taken a dramatic twist.
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It's been a turbulent couple of years for Johnny Depp.
via: GettyThe 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.
Let's start from the beginning...
via: GettyAfter 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.
At first, the pair seemed perfect for each other.
via: GettyJohnny 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.
They announced their engagement in 2014...
via: GettyAnd, not ones to waste any time, hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.
However, it was here when things started to go a little ship-shaped.
via: GettyTheir 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.
For the next year, various reports of abuse between the pair continued to surface...
via: GettySo 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.
At first, the divorce seemed unsuspicious...
via: GettyWith many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited "irreconcilable differences" while filing the divorce petition.
But, only a few months into their separation...
via: GettyAmber filed a restraining order against Johnny, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
It was a big allegation to make...
via: GettySo people were confused when Amber retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.
But this didn't stop the world from turning against Johnny.
via: GettyAmber 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.
She claimed that this would happen every time he'd lose his temper...
via: GettyAnd that he would frequently lash out at her, both verbally and physically.
Pictures of her bruised face also emerged...
via: GettyIn which she claimed was a result of him throwing his phone at her.
And, in 2018, the actress penned an article for The Washington Post where she opened up about her experience with domestic abuse and violence.
via: GettyThough 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."
There was an outpour of support for Amber...
via: GettyWho was even made the American Civil Liberties Union's "Ambassador for Women's Issues".
She truly painted herself as the victim...
via: GettyAnd, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him, Johnny found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.
Fewer and fewer directors were hiring Johnny for roles...
via: GettyAnd his appearance in J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.
And, in 2018, he was dropped from his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
via: IMDBIn 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.
Though they didn't directly cite Amber's abuse allegations...
via: GettyIt 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.
Disney is notoriously family-friendly...
via: IMDBSo the motive behind letting Johnny go, despite his undeniable popularity in the movies, was pretty obvious.
But now, there has been a sudden change in events.
via: GettyDespite 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.
This is huge news for the disgraced actor.
via: GettyBut their sudden change of heart isn't random and comes after a shocking twist in the Depp-Heard scandal.
Last year, Johnny filed a $50-million defamation case against Amber...
via: GettyAnd has presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
Shockingly, the actor has alleged that he was the victim all along.
via: GettyJohnny'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."
The lawsuit also states that all of Amber’s claims were “categorically and demonstrably false"...
via: GettyAnd listed down incidents of Amber’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.
The allegations are difficult to read.
via: Getty"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.
And, to tarnish the actress' reputation and credibility even further...
Holy crap. So in the FULL audio, Amber Heard is recalling an incident of abuse where she feared Johnny Depp would k… https://t.co/wwnJloqXPu— not lindsay lohan (@not lindsay lohan)1582754749.0
She could also be heard taunting him...
via: Getty"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 viciously saying.
Quite understandably, people are disgusted.
amber heard ruined johnny depp’s reputation and career. he had to provide 80 audio recordings as proof for anyone t… https://t.co/UGe9iYIABY— raven ☾ (@raven ☾)1582810348.0
She has deceived everyone.All to benefit her own reputation.
The case is still ongoing.
via: GettyThis just goes to prove that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, even those who you'd least expect. Let's hope that Johnny can finally get the justice he deserves and that Amber will face the consequences of her disgusting actions.