Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Johnny Depp’s Wife, Amber Heard, Sues Comic Doug Stanhope for Allegedly Libeling Her


Amber Heard has sued comic Doug Stanhope in an Arizona court for libel. Stanhope wrote a piece on website basically calling Depp’s soon to be ex wife a liar in her accusations of domestic abuse against Depp.

Statement from Charles J. Harder, civil litigation counsel for Amber Heard:

Amber Heard filed a lawsuit today in the Arizona Superior Court for the County of Cochise. The defendant is Doug Stanhope, a resident of that county. 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, and will donate 100% of the proceeds from the lawsuit to Chrysalis, a domestic violence shelter in Arizona, in an effort to counter the setback made to women by the defendants’ defamatory article and related wrongful acts.

Harder says in his complaint: “Defendants published the Defamatory Article with the intent to interfeie with
Heard’s actual and prospective economic relationships and to cost her valuable work in the
industry, to add pressure to Heard to resolve the pending divorce case on favorable terms, and also
in retaliation for Hoard’s decision to end her marriage with Depp and protect her safety by seeking
a restraining order against Depp. In the alternative. Defendants’ actions were negligent in that
they disregarded the risk that by publishing the Defamatory Article, they would harm Hoard’s
prospective economic relationships. As a result of Defendants’ actions. Heard has suffered actual damages in an amount to be proven at trial.”

In other Hollywood legal news, Dr. Rob Huizenga is suing the New York Post and the contestants from “The Biggest Loser” who accused him of forcing them to take drugs to lose weight.

I wrote about Huizenga because he was OJ Simpson’s doctor. But Huizenga’s whole claim to fame is getting athletes OFF of drugs. He’s written about it extensively. He was hired as OJ’s doctor to solve his steroid addictions. That should be one interesting trial.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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