Just yesterday, we learned that Johnny Depp asked to further delay his messy ongoing legal situation with his ex-wife Amber Heard, because he wanted to film Fantastic Beasts 3. As it turns out, Johnny’s legal situation will continue to be dragged out further, because Amber is now counter-suing him for allegedly launching a “smear campaign” against her. Johnny always appears to be covered in a thin layer of grease at all times, so in the most literal sense, Johnny could be guilty of a smear campaign every time he leaned against a wall or wiped his face with a hanky. But that’s not the kind of smears we’re talking about here.
Page Six says that Amber filed her counter-suit on August 9th, claiming that she’s “fighting back” against Johnny’s continued abuse. In this case, she’s talking about verbal abuse and defamation of character. Johnny is suing Amber for $50 million, a lawsuit Amber claims is a pathetic attempt to, “remain relevant as his star otherwise wanes.” In his lawsuit, Johnny accuses Amber of going public with her domestic abuse claims, with the sole intention of garnering sympathy and positive publicity for herself. Johnny basically accused Amber of allegedly crying wolf so she could start presenting herself as Amber Heard: Actress-slash-Domestic Abuse Survivor. A position that was challenged more than once during Johnny’s recent defamation trial.
And it sounds like she really doesn’t want Round Two of all that, which would be why Amber has requested the court throw out Johnny’s $50 million lawsuit against her. But if they’re not cool with that, then she’d also like to counter-sue him for $100 million. That number is as astonishingly high as it is, because she’s accusing Johnny’s smear campaign of hurting her financially.
She alleges that after she came forward with her domestic abuse allegations, Johnny began calling her every name in the book, like, “cunt,” “whore,” “disgusting pig,” and “inhuman scum.” He also changed a tattoo that read SLIM (Amber’s nickname), into SCUM (subtle). Amber also accuses Johnny of taking his smear campaign online.
“Not content to let the jury decide this lawsuit, Mr. Depp and/or his agents acting on his behalf have orchestrated a false and defamatory smear campaign,” the counterclaim alleged.
To do this, he controlled “dozens if not hundreds” of bots and “social media accounts created specifically for the purpose of targeting” her, the filing said – suggesting some could even be tied to Russia.
“These accounts are designed to damage Ms. Heard and her livelihood without being directly traceable to Mr. Depp,” the court papers said.
That’s a wild allegation, if it’s true. Johnny Depp? Controlling hundreds of anti-Amber hate bots? Johnny always sort of struck me as the type who holds an iPad upside down and asks, “Where’s the download cable-ma-jig on this thing. Does this do emails and internet?”
Amber also alleges in her counter-suit that Johnny did everything in his power to make sure she didn’t get work, and his main target was her role as Mera in the Aquaman franchise. Last year, we learned that Johnny allegedly tried to get Amber blacklisted from any future Aquaman projects or films in which Mera might appear. Aquaman is part of the Justice League, so the options are truly endless. Johnny reportedly lobbied then-Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara (yes, that Kevin) to cut ties with Amber. She had appeared as Mera in two films, 2017’s Justice League and 2018’s Aquaman. Suddenly replacing Amber with a new actress would have been suspicious, so according to Amber, Johnny orchestrated a plot to make it seem like fans wanted Amber gone.
Depp has even “initiated, coordinated, overseen and/or supported and amplified” two change.org petitions to get her booted from the Aquaman movie as well as being a spokeswoman for L’Oreal.
One active Change.org petition currently has nearly 490,000 signatures. It was started by a writer named Jeanne, who (according to her Twitter account), sometimes goes by Jeanne Depp. And no, her Twitter picture isn’t just Johnny in a women’s wig. Again, not sure how tech-savvy Johnny is. Johnny Depp doesn’t have Twitter, which is probably for the best. If we want Johnny’s messy, unfiltered, coherent-ish thoughts, we can just wait for the next time he grants an interview.