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Depp v. Heard: “What is the ACTUAL Truth?”

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There’s more to the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial than most of us knew, and per the latest from Netflix, we’re going to find out.

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard saga was long and painful for all parties involved; however, by the time it ended, the trial had fair conclusively had one outcome if for nothing else: Johnny Depp’s image had been restored in the eyes of the public. At the time, Depp had asked for the trial to be televised, a prudent move on the part of the Hollywood star, so that people could make their own judgment about what happened between Depp and his ex-wife, Heard.

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Johnny Depp Amber Heard / Credit: ABC

What Happened Between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard?

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard first met in 2009, and the pair got married in 2015. In May 2016, Amber Heard claimed that Depp had abused her physically, which he denied. However, as a consequence of the allegations, Depp lost many of his contracts, including his contract with Disney.

Depp then filed a suit alleging defamation based on an op-ed Heard published in The Washington Post, in which she stated that she had spoken up against “sexual violence” and that “two years ago, [she] became a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

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Johnny Depp with his ex-wife Amber Heard / Credit: ABC

Throughout the Depp v. Heard trial, Depp’s legal team sought to disprove Heard’s abuse allegations and demonstrate that she had been the instigator of domestic violence rather than the victim.

Legally, the trial ended with the following outcomes:

  • The jury ruled that Heard’s op-ed references to “sexual violence” and “domestic abuse” were false and did, in fact, and defame Depp with actual malice. They awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard.
  • The jury also ruled that Waldman had defamed Heard by falsely alleging that she and her friends “roughed up” Depp’s penthouse as part of an “ambush, a hoax.” Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages from Depp.
  • Notably, the jury also separately ruled that Heard’s “sexual violence hoax” and “abuse hoax” against Depp had not been proven defamatory.
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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean / Credit: Disney

Netflix Announces a Documentary About the Depp v. Heard Trial

Despite the legal outcomes, what became clear was that the general public was largely sympathetic to Johnny Depp, with many attacking Amber Heard for her allegations. The actress also became the victim of online attacks, harassment, and misinformation.

Netflix announced previously that they would be making a documentary about the trial, due to release on August 16, from director Emma Cooper. They shared,

Depp v. Heard, the new limited series from director Emma Cooper, covers the trial with the goal of presenting a neutral overview of what happens when the court of public opinion starts to overshadow reality…the three-part series presents Depp and Heard’s testimony side-by-side, using 200 hours of live-streamed trial coverage from the mainstream news and citizen commentators on TikTok and Twitter.

Recently, the studio released the trailer for the upcoming limited series, which viewers can watch below:

Per the trailer, the limited series aims to present the “reality” and potentially answer the question, “What is the ACTUAL truth?” of what happened between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Stay tuned to Disney Fanatic for further updates on this story and all other Disney and Disney Park news.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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