Even Joe Rogan is throwing his opinion into the ring.
Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard over a 2018 op-ed where she claims to be a victim of domestic violence. Depp claims that the allegation cost him work, even if Heard never mentioned him by name, and is suing her for $50 million dollars. The “Aquaman” actress filed a countersuit against the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor for $100 million dollars.
On Tuesday night, Rogan was clearly picking sides on his latest episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
Joe Rogan Sides With Johnny Depp In Amber Heard Defamation Trial
As per the New York Post, the former “Fear Factor” host suggested that the abuse allegations that Heard claimed against Depp are “not true” and called her a “crazy lady.”
“I’m watching this trial, and, like, it’s a cautionary tale about believing in bull—-, forming a narrative in your head like, ‘We’re rebels together,’” Rogan said.
“That’s what I felt like about Anthony Bourdain and his relationship to that crazy woman,” he said, possibly referencing Bourdain’s relationship with Italian film actress and director Asia Argento. “You’re seeing all the crazy come out.”
Rogan called out several key points that have been brought up in the trial. Heard claimed that she used a specific makeup by Milani to cover up her bruises; however, Milani has come out to say that the specific type of makeup was not sold at the time she claimed to use it. During his testimony last week, Johnny Depp also told the jury that Heard left a “fecal delivery” on his side of the bed after an argument.
Joe Rogan Claims That Amber Heard Is ‘Full Of S—’
“But that’s what happens with people like that,” Rogan said during his podcast on Tuesday night. “People that are just manipulative and full of s— like that? [Comedian] Doug Stanhope knows her. Stanhope’s buddies with Johnny Depp. He wrote something … like a little essay about how full of s— she is, and she threatened to sue him, and I think he had to wind up taking it down.”
“He knows her well,” Rogan alleged. “He’s like, ‘She’s out of her f—ing mind.’ Like, a crazy actress.”
He went on to say that Depp lacked perspective about how bad the relationship had become, simply because he had been famous ever since his 20s. “I don’t think you get any perspective like that,” Roan said. “I think you’re f—ed.”
Although legal analysts have said that Depp faces an “uphill battle” since Heard didn’t call him out by name in the op-ed, Rogan said, “The only good thing is everybody knows now … there’s something wrong with [Amber Heard].”
“This is a big win for Johnny Depp and a big loss for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’” he went on. “You got rid of the best f—ing pirate you ever had. For a crazy lady.”
Legal Expert Says ‘Defamation Is Very Hard To Prove’
Daniel Gutenplan, entertainment litigator, defamation expert, and a partner at Enenstein Pham & Glass, told PEOPLE that Depp is facing an “uphill battle” in winning his lawsuit against his ex-wife.
“In terms of the trial in Virginia right now, I think Johnny Depp has an uphill battle,” Gutenplan told the publication. “Defamation is very hard to prove. First and foremost, truth is an absolute defense to any defamatory statement. So regardless of the alleged defamatory statement, if a defendant can establish that it is true, the defense is going to win.”
One of the struggles that Depp has in his lawsuit is proving that he experienced hardship as a result of Heard’s op-ed, given that she never mentions him or any specific events in their relationship when she claims to be a domestic abuse survivor.
Gutenplan agreed that the op-ed “doesn’t detail any specific alleged events or any specific conduct. It is incredibly general in that regard.” He added that winning a defamation case “has to be based on facts” and said, “It can’t be based on opinion. And that’s where a lot of defamation plaintiffs get in trouble.”
Although Heard has tried several times to get the case dismissed, Depp was granted “his day in court.” Gutenplan said, “Clearly the judge … to some extent, thinks there’s legs, and at least the jury should decide.”