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Amid Threats, Amber Heard Needs More Protection After Johnny Depp Trial

Amber Heard is stepping back out into the public eye.

The highly publicized and acrimonious relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp has captivated media headlines and sparked intense debate worldwide. Both Hollywood actors, their tumultuous marriage and subsequent legal battles have exposed a complex narrative of allegations, counter-allegations, and a host of legal proceedings. Fans went wild watching the trial unfold for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp first met on the set of the 2011 film, The Rum Diary, and began dating shortly after. They married in February 2015, but their relationship quickly unraveled, leading to Heard filing for divorce in May 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce proceedings soon turned acrimonious, with both parties accusing each other of physical and emotional abuse.

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The most significant turning point in the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp saga came in 2016 after Amber Heard obtained a temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp. Heard said that she experienced domestic abuse during their relationship. She claimed that Mr. Depp had physically assaulted her on multiple occasions. However, Depp vehemently denied these allegations, maintaining that he was the victim of abuse and accusing Heard of fabricating her claims for financial gain.

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The legal battle between the former couple reached its peak in 2022 this trial was the biggest news for months. Amber Heard has been “hiding out” in Spain for the last few months after the trial. Now, the Aquaman actress is back and making her first premiere since the Johnny Depp trial, but she has to have more protection than before, according to one report.

Heard told Deadline:

I’m in control for the most part of what comes out of my mouth. What I’m not in control is how my pride in this project and all we put into this film can be surrounded by clips of other stuff. Heard also said in the interview “let’s get the elephant out of the room then, and just let me say that. I am an actress. I’m here to support a movie. And that’s not something I can be sued for.”

Amber Heard has not made a public appearance since last year’s defamation trial. The media frenzy surrounding the trial, including a negative comments and post about Heard. The verdict from the trial came in on June 1, 2022 and sided with Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp won all three of his claims of defamation and was awarded $10.35 million in damages. Amber Heard on the other hand won one of her counterclaims against Depp, which he was to pay her $2 million. They decided to settle outside of court with Ms. Heard paying Mr. Depp $1 million.

In the wake of the legal battles, both actors have faced consequences. Johnny Depp was asked to resign from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise, a decision reportedly influenced by the trial’s outcome. Meanwhile, Amber Heard’s casting in the upcoming film, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023), has also faced backlash, with petitions calling for her removal from the project.

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.