Amber Heard insists her 2018 op ed on domestic violence is ‘not about Johnny’

Amber Heard has insisted that the 2018 op ed at the centre of the defamation trial with her ex-husband Johnny Depp is “not about Johnny”.

Ms Heard said that the article is actually about her and what happened to her “after I escaped my marriage”.

“The only one who made it about him ironically is Johnny,” she told the court.

Mr Depp is suing his ex-wife for defamation over the 2018 op ed she penned for The Washington Post where she described herself as a “a public figure representing domestic abuse”.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor is not named in the article, which is titled “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change”.

However Mr Depp claims that it falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser – something that he strongly denies – and that it has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50m.

Ms Heard is countersuing for $100m, accusing Mr Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.

The Aquaman actress took to the stand on Monday for what was her third day of testimony as the trial resumed in Fairfax, Virginia, after a one-week break.

When asked what ill will or bad intentions she may have had against her ex-husband by publishing the op ed, Ms Heard insisted “none”.

She said that the article was about her experience after their marriage came to an end.

“It’s not about Johnny. The only one who thought it was about Johnny is Johnny,” she said.

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“It’s about me. It’s about what happened to me after Johnny.

“It’s about what happened to me after I escaped my marriage.

“It’s about me and my life and what I endured once I moved on and got a TRO [temporary restraining order] and moved on with my life. It was about what happened to me after.”


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