‘Johnny vs Amber’ will feature testimony from lawyers for both stars, as well as those close to the pair. It will also examine extensive footage and audio recordings filmed by the former couple themselves.
The documentary will be available on Discovery Plus this fall. The series was ordered for Discovery Plus by Laycock, commissioned by Charlotte Reid and executive produced by Matt Reid for Discovery.
The documentary series is being executive produced by Nick Hornby and Fran Baker for Optomen.
“Through the tapes, home videos and text messages shown in court, these films give viewers a rare and important insight into a marriage that went tragically wrong, and to better understand the hugely important issue of domestic violence,” Hornby said.
As per People magazine, Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016 and later accused him of domestic violence. Depp has denied all the allegations levelled against him. A judge finalised their divorce in January 2017 with Heard being granted a USD 7 million settlement.
Their legal battles continued when Depp sued Heard for defamation after the actor wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in 2018 about surviving domestic violence. However, Heard never named Depp in the op-ed. The case is still ongoing.
At the time, Depp’s lawyers said in the lawsuit, “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 response to the lawsuit, Heard’s rep told People magazine in a statement at the time, “This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behaviour. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr Depp and his legal team.”
Depp also sued the British tabloid The Sun for libel after it called him a “wife-beater.” He lost the case in November 2020. After losing the case, Depp agreed to exit the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the ‘Harry Potter’ spinoff series, ‘Fantastic Beasts’.