Johnny Depp: wife Amber Heard files defamation lawsuit over blackmail allegations

In a defamation suit filed against Depp’s close friend Doug Stanhope, Heard also makes more domestic violence allegations against the Hollywood star

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Amber Heard (left) and Johnny Depp arrive at The Art of Elysium's Ninth annual Heaven Gala at 3LABS in Culver City, Calif. | Image: Rich Fury / AP/Press Association Images

Amber Heard has filed a defamation lawsuit against a comedian who accused her of blackmailing her estranged husband Johnny Depp.

The actress has also accused Doug Stanhope of saying she made false domestic abuse allegations against the Oscar nominated actor.

She says they are "completely false and highly defamatory" and that they "have caused, and will continue to cause her tremendous harm".

In the new suit, filed on Friday in Arizona superior court against Doug Stanhope and his team of 20 unnamed defendants, Heard also makes more allegations against Depp.

A day after Heard was granted a restraining against Depp, from whom she filed for divorce and accused of repeatedly physically assaulting her, The Wrap posted a guest column by Stanhope, a close friend of Depp’s, with the headline: Johnny Depp is Being Blackmailed By Amber Heard – Here’s How I Know.

Stanhope accused Heard of “threatening to lie about [Depp] publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms” and alleges that his friend was manipulated.

Heard's suit addresses Stanhope's accusations of blackmail.


“Heard never undertook any action that could even remotely be described as ‘blackmail’,” reads the suit.

Heard, who met Depp on the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary, is seeking the “maximum possibly jury award”, which she plans to donate to a domestic violence charity in Arizona, 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.

“Defendants are engaged in a classic case of ‘attacking the victim,’ in an effort to discredit Heard, destroy her good name and reputation, and severely harm her hard-earned entertainment career, on top of the campaign of violence that Depp has inflicted upon her for years,” the suit alleges.

Heard also calls Depp “an alcoholic and drug addict”, while adding that his substance abuse has increased over the year. She also accuses the Hollywood actor of hitting and kicking her on “multiple occasions”.

The suit states that he had “thrown objects” at her and “suffocated” her such that she “feared for [my] life”.