Amber Heard Sues Comedian Who Accused Her of Blackmailing Johnny Depp

Amber Heard Sues Comic Who Said

Amber Heard is firing back against comedian Doug Stanhope, who accused her of blackmailing Johnny Depp, Variety has confirmed. Heard filed a defamation suit against the comic on Friday in Arizona Superior Court.

Heard’s filing claims that Stanhope’s accusation that she fabricated her domestic abuse allegations against Depp are “completely false and defamatory.” The document also states that Stanhope “orchestrated a plot to write an article” for The Wrap — titled “Johnny Depp Is Being Blackmailed by Amber Heard – Here’s How I Know” — which falsely accused her of “‘blackmail’ and other criminal behavior” toward her estranged husband.

Heard is seeking the “maximum possibly jury award,” which she plans to donate to a domestic violence charity, according to her lawyer, Charles J. Harder.

“The Complaint alleges that Stanhope is a close friend of Johnny Depp and, as part of a coordinated effort, wrote a highly defamatory article about Ms. Heard, filled with completely false, highly defamatory and very hurtful statements,” Harder said in a statement obtained by Variety. “Ms. Heard seeks the maximum possible jury award, and will donate 100% of the proceeds from the lawsuit to Chrysalis, a domestic violence shelter in Arizona, in an effort to counter the setback made to women by the defendants’ defamatory article and related wrongful acts.”

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Amber Heard Shows Bruises in New Photos of Johnny Depp’s Alleged Abuse

The filming provides new details of alleged abuse by Depp, which she calls part of a “cycle of substance abuse and violence.” In addition to four other alleged fights — around April 22, on May 21, in March of 2015 and in December of 2015 — “The Danish Girl” star discussed another altercation, when she claims Depp “nearly suffocated her.”

“Depp has hit and kicked Heard on numerous occasions, has thrown objects at her, at one point suffocated her to the point where she feared for her life,” the document says, echoing her earlier court claims. (“I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally,” Heard said in late May.)

She also reiterated that he suffers from alcoholism and drug addiction, which she first revealed in her declaration for a restraining order in Los Angeles County Court on May 27.

“His drug and alcohol abuse has increased dramatically in recent years, as has his violent behavior,” Heard states in the new papers.

She also accuses Depp and his team of 20 unnamed defendants of defamation.

“Depp and his representatives further ‘went on the offensive’ during the publicity tour, repeatedly making false public allegations about Heard to the press, accusing her of being manipulative, a blackmailer, and blaming her for the breakup of the marriage — as if Depp’s alcoholism, drug addiction, and campaign of violence against his wife played no part,” the filing reads.

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  1. Michael says:

    Heard’s alleged abuse means she can get around the prenuptial agreement and get more money out of Depp plain and simple. Better hope the dates on the pictures match up, and yes cell phones imprint time stamps on all pictures. But the police stated in another article that no physical abuse was seen when they came for a domestic abuse situation.

  2. Nicola Ns says:

    I don’t believe for one second Johnny Depp would have done that to amber heard says she suffered from him for years then why marry him and looking very happy the next day with her friends without a care in the world cuz if that was the case and he did hit her why wait until after there first anniversary more like a great pay day oh I forgot its not about money so why ask for spousal support I think she deserves nothing except the things she brought into the marriage cuz Johnny doesn’t want anything from her

  3. Greg Mucha says:

    I find it hard to believe that Johnny Depp would injure any woman with whom he lived. Johnny Depp is not Tommy Lee Jones, Sylvester Stallone or any one of a dozen or so alpha males who make a living selling on-screen violence to audiences who thirst for it. Not that either of these men have had any problems with Domestic Violence, but it simply strains credulity to be quick to condemn Johnny Depp as guilty before he has had his day in court.

    I find it much more likely that Ms. Heard is exhibiting the typical symptoms of a pathological narcissist who has been challenged to become “real” with an actual partner and who has found herself unable to accomplish that feat. She is lashing out at Depp because, otherwise, she would have to come face-to-face with one of the most difficult to successfully treat personality disorders in the DSM-IV or V.

    Hollywood Culture attracts pathological narcissists; it is just really sad to see one so beautiful revealed to be as internally disordered as she appears to me to be.

  4. guest says:

    Danish Girl star? Please, she’s in three scenes

  5. Who’s paying her lawyer fees for this one since she can’t force Depp to do so? All Stanhope did was repeat a conversation he had with Depp. In my country, the judge would throw it out of court. But this is the U.S. the land of the free-for-all lawsuits so who knows. I guess this is her new job now that nobody in Hollywood will give her a work ever again – sue anybody for anything. Helluva way to make a living.

    • The Truth says:

      Does it make you feel like a big man when you pile on the battered victim, just like your fellow douche Doug Stanhope did? Whatever country you’re from, surely no civilized person wants to go there, especially if you’re around. Further down in this thread you posture as a self-styled expert on how abused women are supposed to behave. How did you learn so much with your head so far up your ass?

      As to Heard’s legal fees, any intelligent lawyer would take her case against Depp on a contingency basis, because Johnny will be settling out of court as soon as the numbers get worked out. Stanhope, however, is a very shallow pocket who’s garnering more attention for getting sued than for anything he’s ever accomplished professionally. He’ll probably end up publicly apologizing and making a token contribution to Chrysalis, then recede back into the slime.

  6. astro says:

    See,ms like a frivolous lawsuit designed to intimidate people.

    I will spell it out for Heard’s crack legal team. Stanhope wrote that he was over Depp’s house and Depp told him that Heard was leaving him and threatening to defame him unless her demands were met. On this basis, Stanhope stated his belief that Heard was blackmailing Depp. In other words, Depp told him that he was being blackmailed. That is a good faith basis even if it turns out to be completely false. Plus Heard is a public figure, meaning that actual malice has to be shown.

    Should Stanhope have written the article? No. It comes off as melodramatic (It’s 4:00 am…LOL) and biased. But unless Heard’s lawyers have proof that Stanhope concocted his comnversation with Depp, it is not defamation. Or maybe it will be in Arizona. Such is our legal system. The question is how much it will cost and how much time it will take to find out.

  7. Anna Wade says:

    Why did Amber take & keep a photo of alleged injuries in Dec 2015 & (although she says she was ‘afraid of her life’ many times) yet she stayed…collecting anything that looked like evidence!
    She had her own income (no children with him) unlike many women who stay with men who are abusing them.

  8. Kurt says:

    Ms. Khatchatourian, please correct: “The filming provides new details of…”. Filing, right ?

  9. Sherlock says:

    Immensely interested in keeping up with this case – it keeps changing by the second; and that is not to claim I am against her. In fact, I am on neither party’s side due to innocence until proven guilty. But I will say one thing: analyzing all the information given so far the most I can (I have even tried throwing a phone like a “baseball pitcher” as Heard described the iPhone bruise to be caused from – it did not ever land straight on to leave a perfectly shaped mark as she had), there are quite a bit of holes. Quite a bit indeed.

  10. Tpark says:

    Never heard of this woman before all this divorce mess but she’s giving abused women a bad name and I think she’s a very vindictive person who is bent on taking Depp down and anyone who stands up for him. Little does she know that she’s already defamed her own reputation all on her own. Even with her walking away with $20mil she will always be remembered as a vicious gold digger. Must admit that Depp has lousy taste in women and should stay away from marriages without pre-nips.

  11. RTF372 says:

    Shot fired. Put up or shut up time, Stanhope. Now you have to go under oath with your claims. Perjury’s a felony, funny guy.

  12. Doug>Amber says:

    Amber who?? Stanhope is crazy amazing!

  13. Rudy Mario says:

    This is not pakistan and Johny and Amber are not pakis. There it is ok for husbands to lightly beat their wives and keep them on a tight leash. Here it is ok to sue…..

  14. That’s what anyone would do, while her boyfriend’s mother lay there dying, start a bitching fest and make him hit her. I think it should be legal to beat people who use your mothers death to golddig and play victim of spousal abuse. How much emotional harassment and abuse does someone take while their mother lay there dying.

  15. anon says:

    Love all the psychopaths on here commenting like they know what happened behind closed doors of another couples house. You all are such hateful morons. Stop calling that poor girl a gold digger. She could 100% be telling the truth. I mean, what if she is??! Why is that so hard for you to believe? No baby is born a jerk. People make these choices out of their own free will. At the same time Johnny Depp could be telling the truth. Therefore should we be bashing him??! No! Because you never know what happened. As in you all and me. They are the only ones who know what went down.

    • Jackie Freitas says:

      Just the fact she secretly video taped him and then gave it to the MEDIA shows what a pos she is. It’s horrendous and she should go to jail.

    • Tpark says:

      anon – guess you didn’t read bodyguards statements that they heard her yelling ‘stop hitting me” but when they ran inside she was just sitting on couch while Depp was in kitchen. The take is that she was setting up her forthcoming accusations but since the bodyguards were there it refutes her entire story so probably the reason she dropped her abuse charges plus the cops didn’t see any evidence either. There goes your “poor girl” beliefs. When 90% of comments don’t believe her story you gotta wonder why.

      • Why do we find it so hard to believe? Really? Because she hasn’t filed a police report. She says she doesn’t want to harm his career but cannot STFU about his abuse and keeps leaking supposed proof for money to all the rags. She tells the guy at his moms deathbed she wants a divorce, gets a restraining order when he’s out of the country and tells the judge she wants $50,000 a month support. And when he says F you, she releases exactly one piece of unsubstantiated evidence every day and escalates it each day which is her way of saying “I can do this all day long until you pay up.”

        In a normal divorce by normal people, you say you want a divorce, one or the other leaves the marital home, you set a court date, you stfu and wait for that court day to arrive and plead your cases to the judge. The judge then decides who gets what. Divorce is done.

        What she is doing is character assassination and trial by public opinion. That is not how a demoralized, beaten and scared woman acts. I grew up in an abusive home and I married an abusive person and got the hell out when I realized who and what they were. She is not acting like any abused person would act in any way whatsoever.

  16. laura mackay says:

    Sad for both parties it’s come to its inevitable conclusion. Seriously, there were more red flags at the start of their relationship than found at a communist party rally in Beijing. Up sides, a healthy settlement and global profile for Amber and rehab and sobriety for Johnny. All round win win.

  17. Lucy says:

    Wonder why she filed in Arizona. Isnt their condo in California?

  18. Kathy Bannister says:

    Go away, Amber. Your five minutes are up.

  19. Amber Heard the Gold Digger says:

    She’s so pathetic.

  20. twilla says:

    I don’t know what this Stanhope guy hoped to accomplish, he basically said he got Depp all worked up and sent him on his way to fight with Heard. Depp should just pay her, $50K a month is a drop in the bucket for him and hopefully all this shit would stop.

    • kayla says:

      50k a month for life for being married a little over a year? Gimme a break. Domestic violence or not, she’s definitely digging for gold. After taxes and paying off agents, 50k is what she normally makes in a year.

    • Ben Champ says:

      Except thats not what he said at all. He said Amber and her family are crazy and had been plotting and threatening to lie about Depp unless he paid them loads of money. He said that he had seen Amber attack Depp numerous times but they had stayed quiet because they knew he loved her.

      • twilla says:

        He wrote: “He seemed dumbstruck that nobody had ever come clean about this and he thanked everyone for being honest.” and then that they left because Depp felt he could sleep. They heard later that he had been at her place and the police were called. How else would you interpret that?

  21. Tayna M. says:

    I wouldn’t post a comment here, but people that are still calling her a gold-digger, did not read right? She will donate the money, but of course you decided to ignore that.

    • Bay says:

      The only reason she’s “donating” to victims of abuse is to contradict her gold-digging image. And donating to victims of abuse to bolster her own story that she was abused. I hope Johnny sues her for every last penny for all her damaging lies.

      • Jackie Freitas says:

        Well said. It’s astounding that people actually believe this. It’s such a blatant crock of sh*t.
        I hope she doesn’t get a dime. AND goes to jail.

    • Amber Heard the Gold Digger says:

      How gullible can you be? She’ll get money from JD anyway.

  22. Bill says:

    Doubling down; I guess all of the commenters on the Internet are next.

  23. Fred Mertz Jr. says:

    She showed People Mag text messages from someone purported to be his assistant, apologizing for his alleged attacks. Those messages are stored, not on her phone, but on AT&T’s servers. They can’t be altered and they CAN be traced. If they are real…..

    • CNU says:

      From what I’ve read, AT&T keeps details about the text for several years, but not the actual text, and assistant, Stephen Deuters, is stating the texts are fake so we’ll have to see how it plays out. The fact she thought enough about the abuse she alleges that she kept texts about it, but moved forward with relationship and the marriage also perplexes me.

      • twilla says:

        Yeah, good point. Texts AND photos documenting the abuse before they even got married. It is perplexing.

    • Bill says:

      SMS messages are relatively easy to fake; not as easy as email but without more forensic data they’re as reliable as a Facebook post.

  24. Deborah Baxtrom says:

    Now she can try to make some money off Stanhope as well. What a nut job. Is she ever going to stop? I hope he counter sues her.

  25. EricJ says:

    Well, if she’s going to use the Donald Trump strategy of suing anyone who reveals bad things about her, why doesn’t she go all the way and play the Butthurt card of calling the comic “totally unprofessional and inexcusable, he should not be allowed to perform comedy in public!”?

  26. Chris Dangerfield says:

    Amber Heard is seeking the “maximum possibly jury award,” — if followers of this story had doubts about this being about Heard making money, which she had not earned nor deserves, this just confirms it.

    My experience of Mr. Depp is a small gentle man. So, none of this jives with my observations. That said, I’m all for women who support men in long-term relationship/careers being financially acknowledged in situations analogous to this.

    However, this seems so clearly a ‘gold-dig’.

    Now, this over-reaction to a comedian’s (seemingly accurate) accusation seems even more like Heard flailing about for any wallet near-by, to dig into. If these facts are true, women should be more furious than men. This kind of behavior stereo-types “the negative stereotype” of wives not deserving acknowledgment, more than anything else could. I’ve seen wives who supported husbands for years and were essential in supporting their success. THIS CASE does NOT appear to have any relation to that. Hollywood behavior at its worst.

    I await to learn the truth.

    • The Wizz says:

      I don’t know who this Chris Dangerfield is but declaring to agree with Bingo’s boyfriend Stanhope that Heard is blackmailing him is a sign that Dangerfield isn’t so Dangerous, he is just a bit thick and a woman hater.

  27. HM says:

    ‘Heard is seeking the “maximum possibly jury award,” which she…’
    ‘In addition to four other alleged fights, “The Danish Girl” discussed…’
    ‘The filming provides new details…’

    I understand this is the web, but can’t the editors of Variety.com actually proofread the articles before rushing to post them online?

  28. Dee Cee says:

    Does he get to countersue when these allegations are proved to be true?

  29. Michelle says:

    GET HIM! She’s so brave and strong for doing this. My heart and soul is with her.

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