Amber Heard has filed a defamation lawsuit against comedian Doug Stanhope, who is also a friend of her husband, Johnny Depp, after he publicly accused her of lying about Depp's domestic abuse towards her.
She claims Stanhope "orchestrated a plot to write an article, which was published at TheWrap.com, which falsely accuses plaintiff Amber Heard of 'blackmail' and other criminal behavior towards her husband, Johnny Depp, from whom she is seeking a divorce," PEOPLE reports. Stanhope penned a guest column on TheWrap titled, "Johnny Depp Is Being Blackmailed by Amber Heard – Here's How I Know," just two days after she was granted a temporary restraining order against Depp.
Heard's lawyer, Charles J. Harder, released a statement to PEOPLE which reads: "The Complaint alleges that Stanhope is a close friend of Johnny Depp and, as part of a coordinated effort, wrote a highly defamatory article about Ms. Heard, filled with completely false, highly defamatory and very hurtful statements. Ms. Heard seeks the maximum possible jury award." She reportedly wants to donate the money to a domestic violence charity in Arizona.
According to Heard, Stanhope's "completely false and defamatory" claims have caused her "tremendous harm." The lawsuit was filed in Arizona where Stanhope lives.
She further detailed in the court filing additional incidents of alleged abuse by Depp. It's noted, "Depp has hit and kicked Heard on numerous occasions, has thrown objects at her, at one point suffocated her to the point where she feared for her life."
She refers to her husband as "an alcoholic and drug addict" and states that most of his attacks were when he "relapsed into a cycle of substance abuse." Adding, "His drug and alcohol abuse has increased dramatically in recent years, as has his violent behavior."
According to Heard, Depp and his team — including 20 unnamed John Doe defendants — have gone on a "publicity tour" to defame her.
"Defendants knew the statements about Heard in the Defamatory Article were completely untrue and fabricated, and they did not care, because their only concern was helping Depp by trashing the reputation of his wife, who loved Depp, even though she had been repeatedly physically and verbally abused by him," the court filing further read.