The Story Behind Johnny Depp And Amber Heard's Drawn Out Divorce, Accusations Keep Flying From Both Sides

Jessica Dafoe

The tumultuous road to finalizing divorce seems to be never-ending for former star couple, actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard. The pair shocked the world back in spring of 2016 when Heard alleged abuse against Depp and shortly thereafter filed for divorce. Up until that point there had been talk of troubles in the relationship, but it seems to be the norm for any star couple to find themselves in tabloid headlines every now and again for false claims. No one was expecting the dramatic manner that the divorce proceedings began between Johnny and Amber.

Although things got off to a stormy start and the former couple seemed to be very much in a standoff, only two months after Heard filed, the pair appeared to have reached an agreement and things seemed to settle somewhat amicably with a released joint statement.

"Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity. There will be no further public statements about this matter."
"First of all, the settlement announcement came just ahead of a hearing date, one that had already been rescheduled multiple times while the two sides tried to come to terms in a more private fashion. Heard's camp had maintained that she would testify if need be, but understandably Depp's lawyer was doing everything possible to avoid that possibility."

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"If Amber indeed wants to be divorced as she contends, the simple question remains: Why hasn't she signed the forms necessary to finalize the Stipulated Judgment she has already executed? While only Amber may know the real answer to that question, it is clear that she is intent on prolonging resolution and continuing litigation as long as the public's attention will allow."

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