Amber Heard sues comedian who accused her of blackmailing Johnny Depp

Maane Khatchatourian
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's Whirlwind Romance
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Amber Heard is firing back against comedian Doug Stanhope, who accused her of blackmailing Johnny Depp, Variety has confirmed. Heard filed a defamation suit against the comic on Friday in Arizona Superior Court.

Heard's filing claims that Stanhope's claims that she fabricated her domestic abuse allegations against Depp are "completely false and defamatory." The filing states that Stanhope "orchestrated a plot to write an article" for TheWrap.com which falsely accused her of "'blackmail' and other criminal behavior" toward estranged husband Johnny Depp.

Heard is seeking the "maximum possibly jury award," which she plans to donate to a domestic violence charity in Arizona, according to her Heard's lawyer, Charles J. Harder

"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," Harder said in a statement to Variety. "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.

More to come.

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