Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is set to take the stand on Tuesday in his trial against former wife Amber Heard on the grounds of defamation. 

The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ actor is suing Heard for $50 million in a Virginia court for a Washington Post op-ed she wrote in 2018 in which she claimed herself of being a victim of domestic abuse. 

The opinion piece was published nearly two years after Heard claimed that Depp threw a phone at her that left her face bruised. According to Heard, the incident occurred inside the couple’s Los Angeles home. Depp denied allegations and was not prosecuted for any crime. 

Although Heard did not drop any names, Depp claimed that the article resulted in several negative repercussions for him, including financial losses and being tossed out of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, the franchise he led for 15 years.

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The defamation trial began earlier this month. 

Ahead of the trial, Heard shared a note on her social media handles.

“I never named [Depp], rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking against men in power. I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny,” she wrote. 

“I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world,” she added.

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 “At this time, I recognize the ongoing support I’ve been fortunate to receive throughout these years, and in these coming weeks I will be leaning on it more than ever,” Heard concluded. 

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp met in 2009 while shooting on the sets of ‘The Rum Diary’. The duo tied the knot in 2015 and went on to have a rocky relationship, with allegations of abuse on both sides.