Amber Heard and Johnny Depp divorced in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped their divorce from making recent news. A United Kingdom tabloid obtained — and released — a 471-page transcript of the deposition given by Amber Heard about their marriage.
To say that the transcript is devastating to Depp in the wake of the #MeToo Movement is probably an understatement. The actor’s reputation had already taken some serious blows after allegations surfaced early on in their divorce that he had been violent toward Heard. He allegedly broke things in a rage, threw her phone at her, grabbed her hair and struck her in the face before their final fight was over.
For his part, Depp claimed that he was actually the abused victim — and that Heard attacked him after he was late to her birthday celebration. It’s important to note that officers who came to the house testified that they saw no probable cause to believe a crime had been committed by either party.
The divorce was eventually settled with a nondisclosure agreement that prevents Heard from commenting further without permission from Depp’s legal team. Depp also signed a nondisclosure agreement — but he may have violated that when he commented about Heard’s claims in a 2018 interview.
Just the same, Depp has been plagued by allegations that he’s a “wife-beater” and an alcoholic ever since. The allegations seem to have damaged his credibility with his fans and cast a pallor over a role he had in a recent “Harry Potter” movie.
Cases like this show how the emotions at the end of a marriage can spiral out of control and have a lasting impact long after the divorce is over. The more public a couple’s divorce becomes, the more damaging the end results can be for both parties. That’s why divorce attorneys often counsel high-profile couples and business owners to try to work out their agreements as quietly as possible, especially if they want to keep the details of their split from becoming fodder for gossip. Collaborative divorces and private judges, for example, are two tools that can be used to keep divorce proceedings quiet.