Summary: The defamation trial between Johnny Depp & Amber Heard

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd probably have heard about the ongoing defamation trial involving Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, 58, and his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36.

Heard had accused Depp of domestic violence in a Washington Post op-ed in Dec. 2018, while Depp is suing her for defamation.

The trial commenced on April 11, 2022, with the closing arguments scheduled for May 27.

Here's some background information about this case.

Before the defamation case

Heard and Depp met in October 2009 on the set of "The Rum Diary", in which they played lovers.

Following Depp's split from long-time partner French actress Vanessa Paradis, Depp and Heard started a relationship in 2012, according to Variety.

Depp and Heard tied the knot in February 2015.

In May 2016, Heard filed for divorce and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp.

Heard accused Depp of being verbally and physically abusive towards her, partially blaming it on drug and alcohol abuse.

In August 2016, the couple settled their divorce case. Heard dismissed the allegations of physical abuse against Depp, and retracted her request for a restraining order.

She also pledged to donate the entire divorce settlement of US$7 million (around S$9.7 million) that Depp paid her to charity.

The settlement ...

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