Amber Heard enjoys a return to the theater as Johnny Depp proceeds with $50M libel case against her


Amber Heard took to Instagram Sunday with a new post in which she posed outside of a theatre, days after her ex-husband Johnny Depp was cleared by a court to proceed with a $50 million defamation suit against the actress.

The Aquaman actress, 35, captioned the shot, ‘What a great feeling to be back in a theatre again,’ with a performing arts emoji of Greek masks.

In the accompanying photographs, the Austin, Texas-born beauty wore a black blazer with gold buttons and dark pants, with her blonde locks down and parted, as  she appeared to be having a fantastic time on the summer night.

Out on the town: Amber Heard, 35, took to Instagram Sunday with a new post in which she posed outside of a theatre days after her ex-husband Johnny Depp, 58, was cleared by a court to proceed with a $50 million defamation suit against the actress

She posed in front of an ad for the London-based play 2:22, which stars Lily Allen and Julia Chan.

Heard was seen out days after a Virginia judge on Tuesday ruled Depp can proceed with the litigation, based on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she penned saying she was a domestic violence survivor. 

She did not mention Depp in the story, though she publicly accused him of abusing her in their 2016 split.

Depp, 58, is trying to clear his name after losing a defamation suit against The Sun after the paper branded him a ‘wife-beater’ amid allegations of domestic abuse.

In an accompanying photograph, the Austin, Texas-born beauty wore a black blazer with gold buttons and dark pants

In an accompanying photograph, the Austin, Texas-born beauty wore a black blazer with gold buttons and dark pants

Out and about: Depp was snapped this past April in Barcelona at a film festival

Out and about: Depp was snapped this past April in Barcelona at a film festival

Depp has won the right to sue Amber Heard (pictured together in November 2011) in a $50 million libel case after a Virginia judge threw out the actress's plea to dismiss the suit

Depp has won the right to sue Amber Heard (pictured together in November 2011) in a $50 million libel case after a Virginia judge threw out the actress’s plea to dismiss the suit

Depp’s suit, filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, accuses Heard of creating a ‘hoax’ account; Heard had requested the libel suit against her, filed in March 2019, be thrown out, claiming the ruling in the UK case should swing any new cases in her favor because they both relate to domestic abuse allegations against Depp. 

But Judge Penny Azcarate ruled the statements made by The Sun and Heard were ‘inherently different.’

The ruling stated: ‘The Sun’s interests were based on whether the statements the newspaper published were false. [Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she published were false.’

Depp (pictured in July 2020) lost his suit against The Sun in November after a judge ruled the paper's claim the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was a 'wife-beater' was 'substantially true'

Depp (pictured in July 2020) lost his suit against The Sun in November after a judge ruled the paper’s claim the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was a ‘wife-beater’ was ‘substantially true’

Depp's suit, filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, accuses Heard (pictured outside the UK High Court in July 2020) of creating a 'hoax' account of being a domestic violence survivor for a 2018 newspaper article

Depp’s suit, filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, accuses Heard (pictured outside the UK High Court in July 2020) of creating a ‘hoax’ account of being a domestic violence survivor for a 2018 newspaper article

The ruling also noted Depp filed the defamation suit against The Sun before Heard’s op-Ed was published – and that she was not named in the case against the British paper.

In the December 2018 op-Ed, Heard wrote: ‘I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.’  

The UK’s High Court ruled against Depp following an explosive three-week trial last July, finding allegations the actor was a ‘wife beater’ were ‘substantially true.’ 

The judge ruled that Depp assaulted Heard on a dozen occasions and put her in ‘fear of her life’ three times often while on drink and drugs binges, which he said turned the actor into a ‘monster’ in one of the most high-profile libel clashes in recent years.

Lawyers for The Pirates of the Caribbean star had asked two Court of Appeal judges to grant permission for him to challenge the ruling, with the aim of having its findings overturned and a second trial ordered. 

The High Court libel case heard a string of claims about the nature of Depp's relationship with his ex-wife Amber Heard, left, and was nicknamed the trial of the century

The High Court libel case heard a string of claims about the nature of Depp’s relationship with his ex-wife Amber Heard, left, and was nicknamed the trial of the century

They claimed the judge in Depp’s initial libel trial had not ‘factually’ considered all the allegations of violence against him and that they had ‘fresh evidence’ Heard had ‘lied’ about giving her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

They said that the charity claim influenced how her testimony was viewed, but the Court of Appeal ruled that it did not have an impact on the judge and that he would have reached the same conclusion on Heard being the victim of domestic violence.

Depp lost his role in Warner Bros Fantastic Beasts following the High Court judgment, and the damage to his reputation risks him losing out on more roles in the future.

 



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