When news broke that Amber Heard was a granted a temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp for alleged domestic abuse, comedian Doug Stanhope took it upon himself to write an op-ed for The Wrap accusing Heard of blackmailing Depp and lying about being abused.
Now, Heard is taking a stand against Stanhope’s allegations and suing the comedian. Court filings also reveal some scary new details about the alleged abuse Heard claims to have experienced while married to Depp.
In the court filings, Heard called Stanhope’s article “completely false and defamatory” and said that it caused her “tremendous harm.”
The court filings also claim that Stanhope “orchestrated a plot to write an article, which was published at TheWrap.com, which falsely accuses plaintiff Amber Heard of ‘blackmail’ and other criminal behavior towards her husband, Johnny Depp, from whom she is seeking a divorce.”
Heard’s lawyer, Charles J. Harder, told People magazine that if Heard is awarded money from the lawsuit, she plans to donate it to a domestic violence charity in Arizona.
“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 his statement to People. “Ms. Heard seeks the maximum possible jury award.”
The court filings also reveal additional details about the alleged abuse, including an alleged incident where Depp nearly suffocated Heard.
“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 court documents claim.
Heard also claims in the documents that Depp is “an alcoholic and drug addict,” alleging that many of the attacks occurred while he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Depp’s attorney, Laura Wasser, claims that Heard “is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.”