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Amber Heard recalls ‘love’ for Depp amid $50M defamation trial

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Two days earlier than she is about to defend herself towards Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation suit, Amber Heard took to Instagram to say she has “all the time maintained a love for Johnny” regardless of publicly feuding for years.

The trial in a Fairfax, Va. court docket begins Monday, the place a jury will in the end resolve if Heard defamed Depp in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed implying he was a home abuser —which the actor says harm his status and value him work.

The headline of Heard’s piece learn: “I spoke up towards sexual violence — and confronted our tradition’s wrath. That has to vary.”

In her Instagram publish Saturday, Heard addressed the op-ed, writing: “I by no means named him, moderately I wrote concerning the value ladies pay for talking towards males in energy. I proceed to pay that value, however hopefully when this case concludes, I can transfer on and so can Johnny.”

“I’ve all the time maintained a love for Johnny,” the actress wrote, “and it brings me nice ache to need to reside out the main points of our previous life collectively in entrance of the world.

“Presently, I acknowledge the continuing assist I’ve been lucky to obtain all through these years, and in these coming weeks I shall be leaning on it greater than ever,” she continued.

The trial is bound to be explosive, with a star-studded witness lists together with Heard’s ex-lover Elon Musk, actor James Franco, “WandaVision” star Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin.

Actor Johnny Depp (L) and Actress Amber Heard
A jury will in the end resolve if Amber Heard defamed Johnny Depp in a 2018 Washington Put up op-ed.
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Johnny Depp loses his libel case against the Sun newspaper on July 13, 2020.
Johnny Depp loses his libel case towards the Solar newspaper on July 13, 2020.
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Each exes are additionally anticipated to testify, and their attorneys will doubtless give attention to whether or not Heard’s account of Depp’s alleged abuse had been truthful.

Heard mentioned in her publish that she is “going offline” whereas the trial is underway.

In 2020, the previous couple duked it out in UK court docket over a 2018 story in The Solar, which referred to as the “What’s Consuming Gilbert Grape” star a “spouse beater.”

Actors Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp
Amber Heard mentioned that she is “going offline” whereas the trial is underway.
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The trial in a Fairfax, Va. court begins Monday.
The trial in a Fairfax, Va. court docket begins Monday.
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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp  attend the Art of Elysium on January 9, 2016.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend the Artwork of Elysium on January 9, 2016.
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A London decide sided with the newspaper in finding that it hadn’t libeled Depp — whereas additionally ruling that he frequently beat his ex-wife.

The bombshell trial included revelations of feces in the couple’s bed and harrowing testimony from Heard about Depp scrawling “I love you” on a mirror in blood.