From 'The Rum Diary' to court: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's relationship timeline

By Chitransh Sharma

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are presently spending their days in a Fairfax, Virginia courthouse. Depp, who attested for three days this week, is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote.

Depp and Heard first met on the set of the film "The Rum Diary" in 2009.

Based on Hunter S. Thompson's book of the same name, the movie stars Depp as a journalist named Paul Kemp who takes a job in Puerto Rico. Heard played Chenault, who Kemp falls for at first sight.


Depp and his longtime partner Vanessa Paradis, who share two children, Lily-Rose and John Christopher, parted ways in 2012. Heard and Depp began dating and later got engaged in 2014, according to a report by People magazine at the time.


Depp and Heard married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Heard filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage. She obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, claiming he abused her while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.


Depp denied the accusations and a $7 million settlement was reached out of court in August 2016. Heard donated the money to charity.


Heard penned a op-ed for The Washington Post in December of 2018 about the treatment of women in domestic abuse cases. She did not mention Depp by name.


Depp sued Heard for $50 million for defamation over her Washington Post piece, claiming it cost him lucrative acting work.

Heard was unsuccessful in her effort to get the lawsuit dismissed. Her $100 million countersuit case is ongoing.


Depp brought the publisher of The Sun to court for libel in the UK over a 2018 article that claimed he was violent against Heard. Depp denied all claims of abuse.

2022 The trial for Depp's defamation case against Heard began in Virginia on April 12. Heard's lawyer said in an opening statement that Depp is "going to try to turn this case into a soap opera."

Heard has not yet taken the stand in the trial, which expected to last six weeks.


By Chitransh Sharma

June 29, 2020