The Depps of despair: the disaster movie that is Johnny and Amber
Revelations about the star’s riotous marriage just keep rolling out onto the set of the year’s biggest blockbuster
As compelling, lurid, headline-grabbing dramas go, it’s proving to be his biggest blockbuster in years. Over four astonishing days last week, Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp, once the highest-paid actor in the world, took the stand at London’s High Court in a libel trial against The Sun over accusations of domestic violence.
In suing the newspaper for labelling him “a wife beater”, the 57-year-old has already provided thousands more column inches of grisly revelations about his short, tempestuous marriage to 34-year-old fellow actor Amber Heard. And she hasn’t even taken the stand herself yet.
Their divorce was finalised in January 2017, with Heard receiving a reported $7m settlement (which she donated to charity) and both parties signing a non-disclosure agreement, barring them from discussing their relationship. Now, however, in front of the world’s assembled media, the bombshells have been falling thick and fast: Depp’s alleged epic drink and drug binges – including one 24-hour bender with rock star Marilyn Manson, after dropping his daughter at school – and domestic violence on both sides. Heard allegedly threw a bottle at Depp, cutting off the tip of his finger, after which he wrote on the wall in his own blood; he allegedly subjected her to repeated attacks, including head-butting her, giving her two black eyes and breaking her nose...