After being dropped from his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, it came as no surprise when earlier this month Johnny Depp filed a USD $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Depp suffered financial losses because of the accusations and proceeded his law suit for the fabrication of domestic abuse allegations by Heard. Now, as he has done several times in the past as well, Depp’s Hollywood Vampires bandmate, Alice Cooper, has come to his defense as well, adding that “99 per cent was just bull.”
In an interview with Billboard in anticipation of the new Hollywood Vampires West Coast tour in May, Cooper shared that the band’s latest album contains several songs by Depp which come out as his expressions following the years of scandal and allegations against him by his ex wife.
“I’m spewing his venom on this album, which is kind of good,” said Cooper. “All the stuff you heard last year about Johnny, 99 per cent was just bull. I’ve never seen him look better in my life. I’ve never seen him happier. I’ve never heard him play better, and the way the press would have it is he’s a total destruction and ready to die. Totally not true.”
The lawsuit filed claims that Heard’s ongoing allegations are “categorically and demonstrably false”. It states that “Mr Depp never abused Ms Heard. Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016. They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms Heard and advance her career.”
In a statement to People Magazine, Heard’s attorney, Eric M George, has said that this lawsuit is “just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard”.
So the history goes, Heard accused Depp of domestic abuse back in the May of 2016 after which she settled for the sum of USD $7 million. She filed for a divorce a little over a year into their marriage saying that the marriage was unfixable due to stark differences. Then, Heard presented a photo of her bruised face to a judge in court after which she was granted a restraining order and Depp was required to maintain his distance from her. She then opened up further about being verbally and physically abused throughout her time with Depp.
The two parted ways a day ahead of their court hearing for divorce in a private settlement through which heard earned her USD $7 million sum which she donated to charity. Following the divorce, Heard and Depp released a joint statement saying that their relationship was “intensely passionate and at times volatile but always bound by love. […] There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”