The world has had their eyes peeled on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s tumultuous breakup ever since the actress accused him of domestic abuse. Shocking claims of the former couple’s allegedly rocky romance took headlines by storm and left many questioning the Hollywood icon’s actions…
But the intense legal battle soon withered away when Amber withdrew allegations that Johnny had physically abused her, ultimately dismissing the domestic violence case altogether. So where did it all begin and what persuaded Amber to drop the case?
From their engagement to their ugly breakup, here’s a timeline of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s messy relationship and divorce…
Love is in the Air…For Now
Johnny splits from his wife of fourteen years and mother of his children, Vanessa Paradis and is immediately rumored to be dating Amber. She also recently splits from her girlfriend of four years, Tasya van Ree.
January 17, 2014
Rumors swirl that Johnny and Amber are engaged after she’s spotted with an engagement ring.
February 3, 2015
The couple marry at their place in Los Angeles before a more intimate ceremony with family and friends on Johnny’s private island in the Bahamas.
In Trouble With the Law
May 12, 2015
Johnny and Amber get in trouble for sneaking their two dogs into Australia. The couple failed to declare their dogs in the country and did not provide the appropriate paperwork which resulted in Australian authorities threatening to euthanize the dogs.
Amber Headed For Prison?
July 16, 2015
Prosecutors in Australia issue Amber a summons to appear in magistrates court regarding the dogs. Johnny was not charged, but Amber faced a possible sentence of 10 years in prison.
No Trouble in Paradise…
November 17, 2015
Amber denies rumors that she and Johnny were having marriage troubles. “I try not to react to the horrible misrepresentation of our lives, but it is strange, and hard,” she told Marie Clare magazine.
Amber Heard Pleads Guilty
April 17, 2016
Johnny and Amber appear for a hearing regarding the dogs where her attorney calls the incident a “tired, terrible mistake.”
Amber pleads guilty to fabricating a false or misleading document, while two other charges are dismissed.
The controversial duo release a video which sees them apologize.
A Sad Time for Johnny
May 20, 2016
Johnny’s mother sadly dies at the age of 81 in Los Angeles after a long illness.
Johnny Allegedly Hits Amber
May 21, 2016
An alleged domestic violence episode occurs at Amber and Johnny’s house. Johnny apparently bruised Amber’s face by throwing a phone at her. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson later told People magazine that officers were called to the house, but no evidence of a crime was found.
We learned about this later when Amber filed for divorce.
Filling for Divorce
May 23, 2016
Amber files for divorce and seeks spousal support from Johnny.
Johnny Depp – a Woman Beater?!
May 26, 2016
Headlines report that domestic abuse was the cause for Amber’s filing, leading Johnny’s attorney to release a statement – “Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life”
May 27, 2016
Amber is granted a temporary restraining order against Johnny by an LA judge. In her court papers, Amber claimed, “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,”
Johnny then accuses Amber of “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.”
Johnny’s Family In Defence
May 29, 2016
Johnny’s family and friends defend him. His 17-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose Depp posts a photo of herself as a baby with her dad on Instagram captioned, “My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know, he’s been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same,”
Doug Stanhope, Johnny’s friend tells The Wrap that Heard was “threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms.” While Johnny’s ex-wife, Vanessa Paradis publishes a letter which writes “In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.”.
Speak Up, Amber
May 31, 2016
Amber denies she is blackmailing Johnny. In response to why she never initially gave a police statement about the May 21st incident, Amber’s legal team says, “Amber did not provide a statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career. Johnny’s team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts, as she cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media. Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny,”
Amber later requests $50,000 a month in spousal support from Johnny.
Where’s the Proof, Amber?
June 1, 2016
Things get serious when news outlets publish photos of Amber’s bruised face and cut lip, allegedly inflicted by Johnny in December 2015.
In the meantime, Johnny continues to deny any charges of abuse.
Money Don’t Mean a Thing…For Now
June 13, 2016
Heard’s attorneys reportedly file a declaration withdrawing her request for $50,000 a month spousal support because she claims it is being “used against me to distract and divert the public away from the very serious, real issue of domestic violence.”
Dragging It On
June 16, 2016
A judge postpones the hearing for Amber’s restraining order request less than 24 hours beforehand. It is postponed for August 2016.
Winona Ryder Defends Johnny
June 27, 2016
Actress, Winona Ryder who was engaged to Johnny in the 1990’s defends her ex-fiancé by telling Time magazine, “I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves,”
Amber Refuses to Testify Against Johnny
August 6, 2016
Amber shows up 90 minutes late and is uncooperative for a scheduled deposition at Wasser’s office in Los Angeles. Court documents stated, “She refused to testify despite repeated requests from Johnny’s counsel and instead sat with her lawyers, cried on the telephone, yelled, screamed, and paced in a separate room,”
What’s Taking So Long, Amber?
August 9, 2016
Johnny’s attorneys file a motion which asks to dismiss Amber’s request to extend the restraining order.
“Amber has repeatedly obstructed Johnny’s efforts to obtain evidence of her claims,” the motion states. “Amber has provided innumerable excuses: I am in London; I am at a wedding; I have a costume fitting; My lawyer is unavailable.”
Heard is ordered to appear for deposition on August 12.
A Disturbing Video
August 12, 2016
The deposition is postponed by Amber’s attorneys because “To no fault of her own, Amber was unable to arrange for a flight to travel from London to Los Angeles”
On the same day, a video is published by TMZ which shows a man who appears to be Johnny in a rage. Johnny is seen slamming kitchen cupboards and throwing a wine bottle and glass while talking to Amber. However, she denies leaking the video.
A Legal Battle Underway
August 13, 2016
Amber reportedly arrives on time at the law offices and is deposed for several hours.
Scenes From a Horror Movie
August 15, 2016
TMZ publish photos of Johnny’s cut-off fingertip which was a result of him reportedly slamming glass bottles and windows in a fight with Amber in March 2015. Another photo shows a mirror with “Billy Bob” and “Easy Amber” written on it. It is rumored Johnny wrote this by dipping his bloody finger in paint after he accused her of having an affair with actor, Billy Bob.
Reaching a $7 Million Divorce Settlement
August 16, 2016
The divorce case is finally settled after three months of abuse allegations. Amber withdraws her request for a domestic violence restraining order and Johnny agrees to pay her approximately $7 million dollars, according to TMZ.
In a joint statement the duo said, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity. There will be no further public statements about this matter.”
The case may be over but people are still allowed to have an opinion. What do you make of all this? Do you believe Johnny physically abused Amber or did she make this all up to get her $7 million? Are you team Johnny or team Amber?