Amber Heard drops defamation case against comedian Doug Stanhope

Actress recently settled her divorce from Johnny Depp

Amber Heard has dropped a defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp’s friend Doug Stanhope.

The actress sued the comedian after he accused her of manipulating and threatening to blackmail Depp in a scathing online article which appeared on

Stanhope jumped to Depp’s defence after Heard sought a protection order against the actor in May, and then released photos of her bruised face.


In her suit against Stanhope, Heard’s lawyers alleged he falsely accused their client of blackmail and “other criminal behavior towards her husband, Johnny Depp”, while the actress called Stanhope’s accusations “completely false and defamatory”, adding they caused her “tremendous harm”.

However, new papers obtained by TMZ claim the legal spat is over, and a representative for the actress added: “Amber is moving on, getting back to work and leading a normal, happy life.”

It comes after the couple settled their divorce and Heard’s domestic abuse case against Depp last month.

The actress filed for divorce from Depp in May, just 15 months after the couple got married in February 2015.

But Depp has since been accused by his ex-wife of stalling over their divorce settlement.


On August 19, Heard revealed that she would be donating Depp’s $7m (£5.3m) settlement to two charities, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which focuses on domestic violence, and The Children’s Hospital Of Los Angeles, where Heard has volunteered for a decade.

Depp volunteered to pay the money directly to the charities, rather than give it to Heard to pass on. But Heard’s legal team say that Depp wants to pay the money in instalments rather than settle the two $3.5m donations in full immediately.