Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp has sued the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a bid to prove that ex-wife Amber Heard committed perjury when she claimed, in court, to have donated her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity.
According to The Daily Mail:
…the actor’s lawyers believe the altruistic gesture was a sham and have spent more than a year chasing the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union to find out how much they actually received from the actress.
Their report continued:
The ACLU refused to cooperate [in January 2021] but Depp has now ramped up the pressure by filing a motion to compel in New York Supreme Court to force them to comply with a string of subpoenas and end their ‘outrageous stonewalling’.
Depp’s lawyers want the docs to prove Heard was lying when she boasted about the giveaway, not only in media interviews but in evidence she gave to a London court.
The move comes after Depp has faced months of legal issues as a result of Heard’s claims he engaged in domestic violence against her throughout their marriage. It was recently ruled that Depp could not appeal his libel case loss in the United Kingdom.
The case was initially filed after Depp and his lawyers asserted that Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse in U.K. News Group Newspaper publication, The Sun, were completely unfounded. Among other things, Heard claimed that Depp held her hostage during a Pirates of the Caribbean shoot in Australia.
Recently, new Los Angeles Police Department bodycam footage emerged that seemingly proves Heard was not entirely truthful about a 2016 incident at the couple’s downtown Los Angeles penthouse. LAPD is reportedly currently probing Heard — this could impact the delayed civil suit between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard in the U.S. and could ultimately lead to jail time for the Aquaman 2 actress.
Currently, Depp has lost his two most major current roles as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts spinoff series. Margot Robbie will reportedly lead Pirates of the Caribbean 6, while Mads Mikkelsen has taken over Grindelwald for Fantastic Beasts 3.
Depp, Depp’s lawyer, and the rest of his camp — including exes Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis — have vehemently denied any allegations of wrongdoing throughout the actor’s ongoing defamation battle.
What do you think about the latest in the Depp v. Heard legal drama? Do you agree with Depp’s decision to sue the ACLU?