Over the past week, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been in court for his libel case against The Sun newspaper.
As the trial continued yesterday, the court was shown a shocking photo of Depp's face injuries allegedly caused by Heard...
It's been a turbulent couple of years for Johnny Depp.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.
It all seemed to be going well...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.
At first, the pair seemed perfect for each other.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.
They announced their engagement in 2014...And, 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.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.
For the next year, various reports of abuse between the pair continued to surface...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.
At first, the divorce seemed unsuspicious...With many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited "irreconcilable differences" while filing the divorce petition.
But, only a few months into their separation...Amber filed a restraining order against Johnny, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
It was a big allegation to make...So 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.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.
She claimed that this would happen every time he'd lose his temper...And that he would frequently lash out at her, both verbally and physically.
Pictures of her bruised face also emerged...In 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.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."
There was an outpour of support for Amber...Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union's "Ambassador for Women's Issues".
And, 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...And 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.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.
Though they didn't directly cite Amber's abuse allegations...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.
Disney is notoriously family-friendly...So the motive behind letting Johnny go, despite his undeniable popularity in the movies, was pretty obvious.
Then there was a sudden change in events.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.
This was huge news for the actor.But 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...And 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.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."
The lawsuit also states that all of Amber’s claims were “categorically and demonstrably false"...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.
The allegations are difficult to read."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...Audio 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..."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.And 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.Their 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.At 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.Depp 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:"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.