Amber Heard insists her 2018 op-ed on domestic violence is “not about Johnny”

Amber Heard has insisted that the 2018 op-ed at the center of her libel trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp “is not about Johnny”.

Ms Heard said the article is actually about her and what happened to her “after I ran away from my marriage”.

“Ironically, the only one who made fun of him is Johnny,” he told the court.

Depp sues ex-wife for defamation over 2018 op-ed she wrote washington post where she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

The pirates of the Caribbean The actor is not named in the article, which is titled “I have spoken out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”

However, Depp claims that it falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser, something he adamantly denies, and has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50 million.

Ms Heard is countersuing for $100 million, accusing Mr Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.

The Aquaman actress took the stand Monday for what was her third day of testimony as the trial resumed in Fairfax, Virginia, after a week-long break.

When asked what ill will or intentions she may have had against her ex-husband in publishing the op-ed, Ms Heard insisted “none”.

She said the article was about her experience after her marriage ended.

“This is not about Johnny. The only one who thought it was about Johnny is Johnny,” she said.

“It’s about me. It’s about what happened to me after Johnny.

“It’s about what happened to me after I ran away from my marriage.

“This is about me and my life and what I endured once I went ahead and got a TRO [temporary restraining order] and went on with my life. It was about what happened to me afterwards.”

In the article, Ms. Heard wrote about what she called the “anger of the culture” that women face when they make claims of domestic violence.

“Like many women, she had been sexually harassed and assaulted when she was of college age. But I kept quiet, I did not expect to file complaints to do justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim,” she wrote.

“Then two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women speaking out.”

During his testimony last month, Depp told jurors “it was like someone hit me in the back of the head with a 2×4” when he read his ex-wife’s op-ed in 2018.

He stated that the article was “a successful piece” and that it was removed from the pirates of the Caribbean franchise “two or three days after this op-ed appeared.”

On Monday, Ms Heard also denied wanting to include her ex-husband’s name in the article.

She told the court that she had agreed to publish the op-ed because she wanted to lend her voice to “a great cause.”

“I really wanted to lend my voice to what I thought was a great cause,” he testified.

The article was published around the same time that Ms. Heard was announced as an ambassador for the ACLU and pledged to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to the organization and a Los Angeles children’s hospital. How much of that amount she has actually donated was disputed in court earlier in the trial.

The first draft of the article was written by an ACLU in-house attorney.

Prerecorded testimony from Terence Dougherty, the ACLU’s chief operating officer and general counsel, was heard earlier in the trial.

Mr. Dougherty recalled concerns raised that the opinion piece could affect Ms. Heard’s confidentiality agreement in relation to her divorce.

It said that Ms Heard’s lawyers had amended the draft to remove any reference to her marriage and divorce from Mr Depp.

Meanwhile, Ms Heard had wanted to “cleverly” reinsert sections referring to her temporary restraining order against her “then-husband”, according to a December 2018 email heard in court.

In the email, Ms. Heard writes that she is fine with the final draft if that is not possible.

In the end, the article that was finally published in washington post it was “very different” from previous drafts and “did not directly address Ms. Heard’s relationship with Johnny Depp,” he testified.

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