Depp had sued Heard for $50 million for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she stated that two years earlier, she “became a public figure representing domestic abuse”. While he didn’t name his ex, he publicly accused the actor of domestic violence in a 2016 restraining order he obtained after filing for divorce. Depp, who denied the accusations against him, alleged in his presentation that Heard herself “violently abused” him. During the trial, Heard testified that she “never assaulted Johnny.”
Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty fashion show marked Depp’s second on-screen concert since the end of the trial, in which Heard was found liable for defaming him with her op-ed and ordered to pay him more than $10 million in damages. . (The jury also ordered him to pay the actress, who counterclaimed, $2 million because her attorney had accused her of “deception.”) Depp’s first appearance on camera since the trial ended was a pre-recorded cameo at the opening of the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Amid his legal troubles with Heard, Depp acted sporadically, most recently appearing on camera in the 2020 indie flick. Minamata. In 2020, after losing a libel case against a UK newspaper that had labeled him a “wife beater”, a charge he denied, the actor resigned from his position. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secretsthe third film of the hit Harry Potter prequel series, at the Warner Bros. studio.’ request.
Despite his court battles with his ex-wife, Depp continued his music career. his band hollywood vampiresself made, Alice Cooper Y aerosmith‘s joe perryrecently announced a UK stadium tour.