Amber Heard has filed a defamation lawsuit against a comedian who accused the actress of lying about domestic violence claims and blackmailing her now-estranged husband Johnny Depp.
In a biting article for The Wrap published last week, comedian Doug Stanhope tried to rubbish Heard’s claims of abuse, instead labelling the actress “manipulative” who is allowing her ex-husband to be “murdered on social media.”
“Johnny Depp got used, manipulated, set up and made to look like an a–hole,” the comedian wrote.
However, Heard’s filing claims that Stanhope’s scathing sentiments and accusations are “completely false and defamatory” and that the comedian “orchestrated a plot to write an article” which falsely accused her of “‘blackmail’ and other criminal behaviour” toward her estranged husband.
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The filing also states that Stanhope was fully aware that the claims made in the article were “untrue and fabricated” but that he “did not care” for his only concern for helping Depp “and trashing the reputation of his wife.”
In a statement to PEOPLE, Heard’s lawyer, Charles J. Harder, has confirmed that the actress is seeking the “maximum possibly jury award” which she then plans to donate to a domestic violence charity.
The filing also detailed further allegations of physical abuse, outlining that Depp’s violent tendencies stretched over numerous occasions and that there were times the 30-year-old was genuinely fearful for her life.
You can view some of Heard’s texts discussing the alleged abuse here. You can read the texts in full here. (Post continues after gallery.)
“Depp has hit and kicked Heard on numerous occasions, has thrown objects at her, at one point suffocated her to the point where she feared for her life,” she says in the documents.
In addition, Heard recalled how Depp’s “drug and alcohol abuse [had] increased dramatically in recent years” which coincided with a surge in “violent behaviour.”
She also told a very familiar story known to domestic violence victims of survivors, writing that every time she was abused she would hope “optimistically that the man she married would change his behaviour” but that it was only a matter of time that “the cycle of substance abuse and violence repeated”.
However, it’s not just the abuse allegations that Heard details carefully, similarly lamenting the way in which Depp and his team have responded to her claims and their attempts at rendering her claims false and portraying the actress as a liar.
“Depp and his representatives further ‘went on the offensive’ during the publicity tour repeatedly making false public allegations about Heard to the press, accusing her of being manipulative, a blackmailer, and blaming her for the breakup of the marriage – as if Depp’s alcoholism, drug addiction and campaign of violence against his wife played no part.”