© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Desert Palm Achievement Award-winning actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard pose at the 27th annual gala of the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards in Palm Springs
(Reuters) – Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were only married for 15 months, but their tumultuous relationship was revealed in a London trial in which Depp wants to prove in a 2018 British newspaper article that he was described as a "thug." "
Below are key facts about the romance that blossomed and became sour for the stars of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Aquaman".
2009 – Depp and Heard meet on the set of "The Rum Diary", where they play each other's love interests.
2010 – Heard, who is related to the artist Tasya van Ree, appears publicly as bisexual.
2010 – Forbes.com ranks Depp as Hollywood's highest-paid actor with an estimated $ 75 million in annual profit, largely due to his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
2012 – Depp separates from his 14-year-old partner, the French actress Vanessa Paradis. Depp was previously engaged to Winona Ryder. After their separation in 1993, he switched a tattoo from Winona Forever to Wino Forever.
2013 – Depp and Heard appear together on promotions for his film "The Lone Ranger".
April 2014 – Depp says he and Heard are engaged and call them "cute as possible and very good for me".
February 2015 – Depp (51) and Heard (28) get married. In July, Heard was accused of smuggling the couple's two dogs to Australia without permission or quarantine monitoring.
May 2016 – Divorce petitions citing irreconcilable differences. Heard receives an injunction against Depp, alleging that Depp has abused her throughout her marriage. Depp denies the allegations and accuses Heard of trying to blackmail him into a better financial solution.
August 2016 – Depp and Heard announce divorce settlement. Heard will receive $ 7 million, which she will donate to charity. They make a joint statement saying that their relationship is "very passionate and sometimes volatile, but always tied to love" and that "there was never any intention of physical or emotional harm". They also agree not to disparage each other in the future. The divorce was completed in January 2017.
January 2017 – Depp files a $ 25 million lawsuit alleging fraud and financial mismanagement to its former directors. His former managers file a counterclaim, which claims unpaid fees and damages of $ 550,000, and reveal details of Depp's wasteful expenses. Both sides reach an agreement in July 2018.
August 2017 – Heard separates from entrepreneur Elon Musk after about a year. Their romance will rekindle in January 2018 before they split up for the second time.
December 2017 – author J.K. Rowling defends the decision to cast Depp in her film "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" after fans had a backlash because of the consequences of Depp's divorce.
April 2018 – The British newspaper Sun publishes an article by its editor-in-chief Dan Wootton in which Depp is referred to as the "thug".
June 2018 – Depp files a defamation lawsuit against the sun.
December 2018 – Heard writes a statement on domestic violence in the Washington Post, but does not mention Depp.
March 2019 – Depp files a $ 50 million defamation lawsuit over Heard's Washington Post statement, claiming Heard is the abusive partner. The lawsuit has yet to be settled.
July 7, 2020 – Depp begins testifying in his defamation case against the Sun newspaper in London.
July 27 – Final arguments are expected in London. A verdict is expected to be announced later.
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