The Depps of despair: the disaster movie that is Johnny and Amber

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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

Jane Mulkerrins

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...

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