Over the past week, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been in court for his libel case against The Sun newspaper. During the trial, Depp shared a "disgusting" photo that led to his divorce from Heard.
Keep scrolling to get the whole story in the scandal and to see the shocking photo for yourself...
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.
It all seemed to be going well...
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".
And, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him...
via: GettyJohnny 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.
Then there was 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 was huge news for the actor.
via: GettyBut their sudden change of heart wasn'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 presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
Shockingly, the actor 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...
via: Getty ImagesAudio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Johnny.
As per the audio clip, 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 saying.
The case is still ongoing.
via: GettyAnd Johnny has been in court over the past 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."
Depp and Heard are in court as part of the 3-week long trial.
via: Getty ImagesTheir dramatic Hollywood trial has seen the pair both allege shocking details about their tumultuous relationship. For example, just a couple of days back, a photograph of Depp with ice cream spilled on his legs during a private flight was shown.
Heard allegedly showed Depp the photo, which was taken in 2014, the day after it was taken.
via: Getty ImagesAt the time, she reportedly told Depp: "Look at what you've become... look at you, it's pathetic," when showing him the snap.
When the snap was taken, the actor is alleged to have been drinking heavily and consuming a cocktail of drugs.
via: Getty ImagesDepp spoke about the picture while giving evidence in the trial at the High Court today, claiming he had been working seventeen-hour days at the time and had already agreed he was going to go to the Bahamas to detox.
Here's what he had to say:
via: Getty Images"I was obviously on the nod and very tired, falling asleep, and the ice cream then spilled all over my leg and then she took that ... and showed me the next day and said 'Look at what you've become ... look at you, it's pathetic'."
Depp then claimed Heard "began to harangue him" as he was sketching in a notebook, and when then tried to "playfully tap her on the bottom with his foot," she took "great offense" and "continued to verbally berate" him.
Heard says otherwise, however.
via: Getty ImagesShe claimed that during the flight, Depp had been drinking heavily and threw objects at her, pushed a chair at her, slapped her, and kicked her in the back before passing out in the toilet.
Here's the picture in question:As the trial continued, Heard's diary entries were also brought up in court.
The entries were read aloud in the courtroom.
via: Getty ImagesIn them, Heard describes a "terrible" fight she claimed she had with Depp on a train journey during their 2015 honeymoon in Southeast Asia.
The excerpt was read by Sasha Wass QC, representing The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers, during her questioning of Depp’s personal security guard, Malcolm Connolly.
via: Getty ImagesConnolly is said to have been on the same train journey the alleged fight occurred. “So, if a fight had taken place at 3.30 in the morning, do you think you would necessarily have known about it?" Connolly replied: “I would never have known about it."
As per Press Association, Heard wrote:
via: Getty Images“Our fight was terrible. Johnny… at one point found himself with his shirt wrapped around my neck. Amazing to think about (the) precision, co-ordination that required considering the close circumstances… I don’t even know how I wound up with this huge, rather annoying knot on the back of my head. F*ck, I hate that."
via: Getty Images"We finally fell asleep with one another smashed together in desperate, childlike anger, fear, and love."
Connolly said today that he never saw Depp “physically attack or hit" Heard.
via: Getty Images“I wouldn’t tolerate any man striking a woman. No matter who he was, I just wouldn’t tolerate that," he said. “Not even if he’s my boss. I don’t care if he’s the Pope."
Connolly also stated he had “heard of" instances of Heard attacking Depp.
via: Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, in another twist, Depp shared a "disgusting" photo that led to the pair's divorce.
Honorary Mr. Justice Nicol was shown 3 of the images on day 6 of the trial.
via: Getty ImagesThe photo in question allegedly show's Heard's feces in the bed. The star claimed Heard did this in the bed after a birthday bust-up between the pair.
Depp said it was a "fitting end" to his relationship.
via: Getty ImagesCleaner, Hilda Vargas, said she was "horrified and disgusted" to find the "fresh feces" which she said could only have been left by a human.
Vargas has worked for Depp for more than thirty years.
via: Getty Images"I pulled back the top sheet on the bed and saw a large pile of feces. "I was horrified and disgusted. It was clear to me that this was human feces."
She went on to say that it "couldn't have come from either of Mr. Depp's or Ms. Heard's 2 small dogs."
via: Getty images"I have cleaned up after those dogs many times and their feces are much smaller. Further, I have never known those dogs to defecate in the bed."
Vargas continued her statement:
via: Getty ImagesShe went on to say it showed a "lack of respect" and took photos to show Depp's estate manager, before washing and changing the sheets.