Could Amber Heard or Johnny Depp Have Had a Personal Injury Case?
Both Parties Alleged Physical Abuse, Do Either Have a Case?
The trial couldn’t be messier. What began as a defamation lawsuit launched against a former spouse has turned into an ugly, complicated courtroom battle filled with allegations of physical and sexual abuse. Both parties have detailed horrific, violence-filled encounters, with each claiming the other was the aggressor. Does either have a case?
At Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, we are staunch advocates for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Any allegations of abuse must be taken seriously and addressed by a court of law. In many circumstances, there may be both a civil and criminal case that unfolds. Our trial lawyers represent individuals who have been hurt as a result of sexual or physical abuse. Contact our office at (219) 513-5614 for a free, confidential consultation.
The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial
Johnny Depp is currently suing ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million, alleging defamation. The lawsuit comes on the heels of an op-ed Heard wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 stating that she was the survivor of domestic abuse. Heard has filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp.
The op-ed was not the first time Heard had indicated that the relationship with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star had been violent. Days after filing for divorce in 2016, Heard obtained a temporary restraining order for domestic violence against the three-time Oscar nominee.
The trial, according to multiple news reports, including this detailed account from People, has been a chaotic back and forth of abuse allegations. Both sides are trying to show through text messages, audio recordings, and testimony that they had a tumultuous relationship filled with cruelty instigated by the other party.
What Happens Next?
It is unclear how the defamation lawsuit and countersuit will resolve. As noted in the People article, Depp previously lost a libel lawsuit against a British tabloid that referred to him as a “wife-beater.” A court found that The Sun’s claims against Depp were “substantially true” after hearing the testimony of physical and sexual abuse. After a week-long break, the trial has begun again, with Camille Vasquez, Depp’s representative, cross-examining Ms. Heard.
It is important to note that any allegations of sexual abuse or physical assault should not be taken lightly. They should be reported to the appropriate authorities. Even if criminal charges are not brought against the perpetrator, a survivor may still be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Understanding Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence is a serious problem that affects a large number of men and women across the globe. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that it can be perpetrated by a current or former partner and may include acts of physical or sexual violence, stalking, and physical aggression.
The CDC estimates that around 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. The impacts of intimate partner violence are widespread and potentially fatal. It is important to seek help immediately and speak out about abuse or assault.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
If you have experienced abuse or assault, contact our office at (219) 513-5614 for a free and confidential consultation. We can help guide you through your legal options and provide resources to help you move forward. Our trial lawyers will relentlessly pursue justice for you and your family, always working on getting you the compensation you deserve.