Amber Heard sues comedian Stanhope for defamation over Johnny Depp
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lawyers for actress Amber Heard filed a defamation lawsuit against comedian Doug Stanhope on Friday after he wrote an article accusing her of blackmailing and manipulating her estranged husband, actor Johnny Depp.
The complaint was filed in Cochise County, Arizona, against Stanhope and 20 unnamed individuals associated with the comedian.
The lawsuit demands a jury trial and says that Heard would donate all proceeds to a battered women's shelter in Arizona.
Representatives for Stanhope and Depp did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The complaint is in response to a May 29 guest column by Stanhope published on entertainment trade outlet TheWrap.com and headlined "Johnny Depp Is Being Blackmailed by Amber Heard – Here’s How I Know."
Stanhope, who said he was a friend of Depp's, wrote that Depp had told him that Heard was leaving him and "threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn't agree to her terms."
"Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it, including the manner in which he is now being vilified," Stanhope wrote.
Lawyers for Heard called Stanhope's comments, detailed in the complaint, "completely false and highly defamatory." Continued...