If there’s any couple, or rather, ex-couple that has managed to make headlines amidst the global pandemic, it is none other than Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The couple met for the first time in the year 2009, on the sets of The Rum Diary (2011), where they played the lead roles. They began dating a year after the release of their movie and tied the knot in a private ceremony at Los Angeles in 2015. But who knew this quintessential couple of Hollywood would call it quits a year later? Not only did Heard apply for their marriage’s dissolution, but also file a restraining order against Captain Sparrow. Heard donated $7 Millions of her settlement to charity, the settlement that was agreed upon in August, followed by their final divorce in January 2017.
Depp is, however, suing the publisher of The Sun newspaper, along with its executive editor, for an article published in April 2018 claiming Depp to be a “wife-beater.” Not only did this article rage the fire of the couple’s legal battles, but Depp claims that another op-ed written by Heard for the Washington Post in which she claimed she’s a “public figure representing domestic abuse”, is the reason why Depp was dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Reboot in 2019.
These two libel claims, one against the newspaper and the other against his ex-wife, have definitely stolen all limelight from the pandemic this 2020 because the three-week-long legal battle between Depp and Heard have just begun on the 7th of this month. Each new day brings forth new shreds of evidence in London’s High Court, each shred trying its level best to prove the human on the other side of the court guilty, new claims being made by the colleagues of both Depp and Heard, followed by Heard’s image of her face bruised, claiming to have fallen prey to Depp’s domestic abuse etc. Only time will tell us who’s guilty and who’s not, since it is almost impossible to pick sides in this battle, unless you’re a die-hard fan of Captain Jack Sparrow.