The internet hasn’t been able to stop talking about Amber Heard since Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against her began. And social media has been filled with video footage from the trial. One thing is clear: the public loves getting to see the reality behind their favorite film stars.
Sometimes that reality gets pretty ugly. For example, Depp sued Heard in part because she had painted a picture of Depp as a dangerous wife abuser. As the trial goes on, though, many are starting to see that Heard has a dark side herself.
She’s kept it hidden pretty well, but that hasn’t kept us from digging into the shadier aspects of Heard’s past. Keep reading to discover every sordid story behind her alleged dark side!
Heard allegedly did drugs at her wedding reception
Previously, we’ve heard hints that Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s wedding day had some drama. For example, People reports that Depp’s daughter, Lily Rose, skipped the wedding because she didn’t get along with Heard. And these disagreements may have been fueled by Heard’s hard-partying lifestyle.
Later, Heard pushed a narrative that it was Depp who spent their wedding day doing hard drugs. Depp maintained he did nothing harder than marijuana. But as the Guardian reports, Heard’s former assistant testified that her drug use was causing both “manic episodes” and violent episodes. This seems to match earlier reporting by the Daily Mail accusing Heard of frequently drinking heavily and doing drugs like cocaine, worsening Depp’s admitted substance problem.
Heard plead guilty to smuggling her dogs into Australia
Back in 2015, Heard was still quite fond of Depp. So fond, in fact, that she desperately wanted to bring her dogs to Australia where Depp was filming a movie.
There is just one problem with that. As the Guardian reports, bringing dogs into the country like that is a crime. That’s because smuggling in these pooches poses threats to the domestic animals (due to Australia’s famously-dangerous wildlife) and to Australia’s animals (because the dogs could bring hidden diseases in).
Things got bad enough that Heard was sued by Australia, with prominent politician Barnaby Joyce threatening to have the animals put down! Eventually, the state dropped the charges after Heard plead guilty and promised never to return to Australia (via BBC).
Trying to improve their bad PR over the incident, Heard and Depp issued a bizarre apology video. Still, Heard eventually got a new dog towards the end of 2021 and named him Barnaby Joyce to annoy the politician who dogged her.
Heard allegedly assaulted her girlfriend
Before dating, marrying, and divorcing Johnny Depp, Heard dated photographer Tasya Van Ree. And it looks like their relationship may have been a preview of things to come for Heard’s later relationship with Depp!
According to TMZ, Heard was arrested in 2009 for domestic violence against Van Ree. The arrest took place at the Seattle International Airport, and charges were eventually dropped because both women live in California.
E! reports that Van Ree later defended Heard against these allegations. However, some of the #TeamJohnny fans are convinced this is early evidence that Heard is unpredictable and violent.
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Heard allegedly assaulted her sister
Reportedly assaulting girlfriends and husbands is bad enough. Now, it looks like Heard allegedly assaulted her own sister!
According to BBC News, the court at the defamation trial played a previously-unreleased segment from a reality TV show. In the segment, we see Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, nursing an injury. The only explanation she gave was that she had been arguing with her sister.
Later, Henriquez said that Heard never assaulted her. But as the Guardian reports, Heard’s former assistant Kate James claimed Heard had a “kick-the-dog kind of relationship” with her sister. And the Mirror reports the two have been estranged since 2015, when Heard (allegedly prompted by Depp) accused Henriquez of selling wedding photos to the tabloids.
Heard alleged cheated on Depp with Cara Delevingne and Elon Musk
While the defamation trial has been airing a lot of dirty laundry, some of it is effectively old news. For example, as early as 2016, the Mirror reports that Heard was allegedly dating fellow actress Cara Delevingne while still married to Depp. Furthermore, this infidelity was “the beginning of the end for her marriage to Johnny.”
Thanks to the trial, we know Heard allegedly cheated on Depp with Elon Musk. Furthermore, Page Six reports that tech mogul Elon Musk initiated a threesome with Heard and Delevingne while Heard was still married to Depp. Musk later denied both the threesome and seeing Heard until after her divorce was finalized.
Rumors have also linked Heard to having affairs with actors Billy Bob Thornton and James Franco. The Franco rumors helped prompt Depp’s infamous texts to Paul Bettany.
Heared allegedly failed to donate her divorce settlement
When Heard and Depp divorced in 2017, she received a $7 million settlement. Since Heard is already quite wealthy, she promised to donate this money to a couple of charities of her choice (in this case, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles). So far, so good.
This great act of charity actually came up in 2020 during Depp’s libel trial. As the Daily Mail reports, the judge said of Heard, “Her donation of the $7m to charity is hardly the act one would expect of a gold-digger.” And he’s right: anyone that would give away millions of dollars she got from an ex- probably isn’t focused on money.
There is just one problem: she allegedly never donated the money! Metro reports that when Depp’s lawyer contacted Children’s Hospital LA, they said they verified Heard had not made any payments. And as for other donations, he discovered she had only donated $100,000 out of the $7 million she promised.
Heard has blamed the lack of donations on the trial. However, it seems she had many years since the divorce and before this trial to donate the promised money.
Depp claims Heard put feces in his bed
On social media, you may have seen the inappropriate nickname “Amber Turd” going around. In fact, hackers recently changed Amber Heard’s IMDB profile to say “Amber Turd” (via TMZ). However, this nickname isn’t due to schoolyard humor. Rather, it deals with Heard allegedly defecating in Johnny Depp’s bed!
According to the Daily Mail, Depp claims Heard was mad at him for threatening to break up with her on her 30th birthday. In response, she or one of her friends allegedly left poop in his bed in a moment that Depp sarcastically declared “a strangely oddly fitting end to the relationship.” And it was Depp himself that came up with the “Amber Turd” nickname in text messages of his that were brought up in court.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder, Entertainment Weekly reports Heard tried to blame the mess on their dogs! Regarding this, Depp said, “They’re teacup Yorkies. They weigh about four pounds each…. I lived with those dogs for many years. It was not the dogs…. I didn’t feel like I deserved that kind of treatment.”
Heard allegedly staged injuries and was recorded admitting hitting Depp
To corroborate her claims that Johnny Depp beat her, Heard took photos of her alleged injuries back in 2016. Depp claimed these injuries were staged, but he’s obviously biased. However, the Daily Mail reports that Heard later claimed she was rocking two black eyes before her appearance on The Late Late Show in 2015. Her stylist, though, found no cuts or bruises on her that day.
Depp has claimed that she used various tricks to fake injuries, including using red nail varnish to fake a bloody nose. But things got truly bizarre during the trial when Heard claimed she used Milani Cosmetics’ All-In-One Correcting Kit throughout their relationship to cover injuries. As People reports, Milani took to TikTok to point out that this product wasn’t sold until 2017, long after the two had divorced.
To make things even weirder, Depp has constantly maintained that it was actually Heard assaulting him. Some of this has been corroborated by recordings we heard during the trial. As BuzzFeed notes, one recording has Heard saying, “I did not f***ing deck you. I f***ing was hitting you…. You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny.” She was also recorded saying, “I did start a physical fight.”
In another bombshell recording, we hear Heard taunt Depp. As the Daily Mail reports, she said “Tell the world, Johnny, tell them…. I Johnny Depp, a man, I’m a victim too of domestic violence… and see how many people believe or side with you.”
Put together, these recordings reveal someone admitting to spousal assault while mocking their victim. Just think: this may only be a small glimpse into the alleged dark side of Amber Heard!