Amber Heard is asking the court to toss Johnny Depp‘s defamation lawsuit, and thinks it’s ironic that her ex-husband is suing her over an article where she focused on women getting support for dealing with incidents of violence.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Heard is asking the judge in Virginia to dismiss Depp’s $50 million lawsuit.
The actress gives several reasons why she wants the case dismissed, but perhaps her biggest reason has to do with the motivation behind the entire lawsuit.
“There is a stark irony at the heart of this case,” the documents state.
“In December 2018, defendant Amber Laura Heard published an op-ed calling for ‘changes to laws and rules and social norms’ so that women who come forward to talk about violence receive more support. She warned that such reform is necessary because powerful men who have been accused of violence will spare nothing to punish and harass their accusers.”
Finally, “Months later, Plaintiff John C. Depp, II proved Ms. Heard’s point by filing this defamation lawsuit.”
As we reported, Depp is suing Amber for defamation after she penned an op-ed for the Washington Post about abuse against women in our society. She points out that if Depp is allowed to take this to trial it would serve as an example of abuse of the legal system.
“It appears that Mr. Depp desperately hopes to put his whole marriage on trial, or to wage legal warfare over Ms. Heard’s decision to report his abuse in 2016. If permitted, that would be an abuse of the legal system” Heard’s lawyer argues.
The “Aquaman” star also argues that she actually didn’t write the headline in her op-ed, and therefore cannot be held solely responsible for it.
According to the documents, the exact text was chosen by staff at the news outlet.
The title that went to print was: “Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”
Heard further points out that the text never actually mentions Johnny Depp by name, and she feels he should not be legally allowed to sue for the comments she made.
“The op-ed makes no mention of Mr. Depp and says nothing about his conduct. It is focused solely on Ms. Heard’s experiences and lessons that she believes should be drawn from them,” her lawyer points out.
Johnny Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman has a different take on the ironic situation in the defamation case.
He tells us,
“Here is irony: Amber Heard, a self appointed leader of the #MeToo movement, has been previously arrested and jailed for violent domestic abuse. And now a leader of the #Timesup movement represents her, tweeting, helping her hide the evidence and evade litigation of the truth with a lie about a lie: that the Washington Post op-ed, the tip of a defamation iceberg stemming from a disproven hoax, wasn’t actually about Johnny Depp, it was about ‘men.'”
Heard is preparing for a scenario where the case moves forward, which will most likely happen, and has added Roberta Kaplan to her legal team in the case.
Kaplan is best known as a co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.
She also successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of LGBT rights in a landmark decision that invalidated a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage.
A hearing on whether or not to dismiss the case will be head in Virginia on Sept. 13.