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A millionaire trial with famous protagonists captures the attention of the press and the public these days.
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, the actress Amber Heardface each other in a lawsuit that includes mutual accusations of abuse, violence and lawsuits totaling US$150 million.
Johnny Depp is known for characters like Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and Eduardo in Edward Scissorhands (“Scissorhands” or “Edward Scissorhands”)), to name a few.
He had problems with drugs and alcohol in the past, difficulties that he himself admitted during the trial that is being carried out in a court in Virginia, United States.
But what is known about Amber Heard with whom Depp was married for just over a year?
Amber Heard was born in 1986 in Austin, Texas, and at the age of 17 she moved to Los Angeles, California, pursuing the dream of becoming an actress. And she made it.
The list of his participation in television, film and music videos is extensive.
But perhaps the role for which she is best known is for playing Mere in the movies Aquaman and the “Justice League”.
He also acted in Drive Angry (“Blind fury in Spain” and “Hell at the wheel” in Latin America) with Nicolas Cage (2011) and that same year in The Rum Diary (“The rum diaries” in Spain and “Diary of a seducer” in Latin America) where he met Depp.
romance and confrontation
The actor couple started dating in early 2012. Three years later they got married, but the marriage lasted only 15 months.
Heard filed for divorce and a restraining order against Depp.
She appeared in a Los Angeles court with a bruised cheek and said the actor had “violently” attacked her and thrown a mobile phone in her face with “extreme force”.
There were also other alleged instances of harassment including “excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse,” Heard wrote in court documents, as well as “furious, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults.”
Depp denied the abuse allegations.
A judge granted Heard a temporary restraining order, but hours before a civil trial over the order was to begin, she and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star released a joint statement saying they had ended their dispute.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent to cause physical or emotional harm.”
Depp gave Heard $7 million as part of her divorce settlement, which she promised to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union, something Depp’s defense now disputes.
Both are currently facing a trial for defamation because in December 2018, Heard wrote an opinion piece in the newspaper Washington Postin which he described his experience as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.
Although he doesn’t mention it directly, Depp’s lawyers say there is a clear reference to the actor.
In summary, Depp is suing Heard for defamation for $50 million. She also filed a counterclaim for US$100 million.
In addition to acting, Heard has been a human rights activist since 2018.
“Often what is known about me is different from my contributions,” Heard told the magazine. Wonderland Magazine in 2019. “It’s like beauty and brains can’t go together,” he added.
Heard is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. She dedicates her time off screen to organizations such as Amnesty International and Art of Elysium, as described by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on her website.
“Violence against women is the most frequent endemic problem, less reported, widespread, long-lasting and known by men,” Heard listed. “It transcends time, race, borders, and socioeconomic and geographic standards,” Heard told Wonderland Magazine.
She said her childhood in Texas, near the Mexican border, helped spark her activism.
Her father, who works in the construction industry, amassed godchildren on the Mexican side of the border, and young Amber, who speaks fluent Spanish, considered many of them friends and family.
“Simply because of where I was born, a few miles north of this line, I was free to travel from place to place as I pleased,” he told an audience at the United Nations in Geneva in 2018.
That left one “indelible impression on my soul” of injustice for children on the Mexican side, the actress assured, according to a cable from the agency Reuters.
Amber Heard is an active user of social networks, although on April 9 she informed her 4.3 million followers on Instagram that she would stay away due to the judicial process that confronts her with Depp and appreciated the support she received during all these years.
A year ago, Heard became the mother of a girl named Oonagh Paige Heard.
The actress communicated on social networks that she had decided to be a mother “on her own terms”; that is, having her unmarried daughter and through a surrogate mother.
“I hope we get to the point where it’s normalized not to wear a ring to have a crib,” she wrote on Instagram.
In addition to her marriage to Depp, Heard was romantically linked to photographer Tasya van Ree from 2008 to 2012 and billionaire Elon Musk in 2018.
Personality disorder and mutual abuse
Shannon Curry, a clinical and forensic psychologist hired by Depp’s lawyers, said at one of the trial hearings last Tuesday that Heard suffers from two personality disorders.
The specialist said she reviewed Heard’s mental health records and personally evaluated her for 12 hours over two days in December 2021.
And concluded that the actress has borderline personality disorder (BPD)which is a mental condition characterized by an ongoing pattern of unstable moods, self-images, and behaviors, and histrionic personality disorder (HPD)a mental condition whereby people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to them.
Separately, Laurel Anderson, a former couples therapist who saw Depp and Heard in various sessions between October and December 2015, said in a message recorded in February and played during the trial in mid-April that there was a “mutual abuse” during the last months of the stormy marriage.
According to the psychotherapist, there were times when both actors threatened to leave the sessions in the middle of arguments.
Anderson also reported that in meetings without Depp’s presence, Heard denounced physical aggression at the hands of her then-husband and that on one occasion she arrived with several small bruises on her face.
On more than one occasion, Heard initiated violent interactions in an effort to keep Depp from leaving, Anderson described.
“It was a point of pride for her, if she felt she wasn’t respected, to start a fight,” Anderson told the jury. “If he was going to leave her to avoid the fight, she was going to beat him up to keep him there, she’d rather fight than let him walk away from her.”
During the trial, Depp denied that he physically assaulted Heard or any other woman in his life.
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