Amber Heard’s lawyers sent Johnny Depp a list of demands after the couple filed for divorce.
Depp launched a defamation lawsuit against Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 article she penned in The Washington Post. The trial began Monday 11 April in Fairfax, Virginia.
The Aquaman star’s lawyer send Depp this list of demands only three days after the couple had an heated argument that led to Heard filing for divorce.
According to the actress, the couple had an explosive argument in 2016 which resulted in Depp hitting her with a phone. Depp denies this.
Depp’s lawyer, Jacob Bloom, received a letter only days after this which held Heard’s desire to ‘keep this matter out of the media spotlight’ if Depp complied with her list of demands.
The letter read:
“As you may be aware your client and Amber’s husband, Johnny Depp, violently attacked and threatened Amber on Saturday night, May 21, in their penthouse apartment.
“There are several witnesses to this particular incident and there are photographs depicting the property damage Johnny caused, as well as the physical injuries on Amber.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first incident of domestic violence perpetrated by Johnny against Amber.
“In fact, there have been two other incidents in the past six months.
“Although Amber is afraid of Johnny, she strongly insists that we do everything possible to keep this matter out of the media spotlight, which is why she has not yet sought a CLETS DV TRO [a temporary restraining order for domestic violence] and why we did not arrange for Johnny to have been personally served at last night’s movie premiere.”
Spector continued on to list Heard’s demands. She requested ‘‘exclusive use and possession’ of the couple’s black Range Rover that Depp was to continue to make all the payments towards the car.
The actress also requested ‘exclusive use and possession’ of three of Depp’s properties, penthouse 1, 3 and 5, with Depp to continue to pay the mortgage and all the utility bills.
She also demanded Depp pay $100,000 of Heard’s legal fees, on top of $25,000 for forensic accounting relating to the divorce, by 27 May 2016 – three days after the letter was sent.
This trial is expected to continue for several weeks.