Amber Heard has accused Johnny Depp of sexual assault during their live defamation trial.
Rolling Stone reports that the accusation was made by Heard’s attorneys during the court case. They called the incident “a three-day blackout in which he abused and sexually assaulted Amber.”
Depp’s lawyers say this is categorically false, stating that:
“Ms. Heard had never made that accusation against Mr. Depp – it was never part of her allegations of abuse in 2016. So, what changed? When she realized the seriousness of what she alleged, she panicked and alleged sexual assault. In Mr. Depp’s fifty-eight years, not a single woman has ever accused him of violence, and nobody in Hollywood or the world had any reason to believe he was an abuser- until Ms Heard publicly accused him.”
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – History of sexual assault
The Depp-Heard saga has been at the forefront of global entertainment news for a long time now. It’s the reason Depp was dropped from the Fantastic Beasts franchise. With this trial, Depp is hoping to recover some of his lost status.
A spokesperson for Johnny Depp later provided CBR with this statement:
“These fictitious claims were never made at the onset of Amber’s allegations in 2016, and only advantageously surfaced years later once she was sued for defamation after noting in her op-ed that she was a victim of ‘sexual assault. Words are key in a defamation case and conveniently, this allegation only came after that. This follows a pattern of her elaborate, erroneous claims which have continued to change and evolve over time for the purpose of Hollywood shock value of which Amber has mastered and used to exploit a serious social movement.”
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