America is getting front-row seats to one of the biggest celebrity court cases, as Hollywood icon Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million.
Now, Fox Nation takes a deep dive into the couple’s toxic marriage with two thought-provoking specials — “Who is Johnny Depp?” and “Who is Amber Heard?” hosted by Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. JOHNNY DEPP V. AMBER HEARD: THE SHOCKING TRIAL’S WILDEST MOMENTS
As the pair face off in a bombshell defamation trial that began in Fairfax, Virginia on April 11, the Hollywood couple accused each other of physical and emotional abuse
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post alleging she was the victim of domestic abuse. Heard is also counter-suing her ex-husband for $100 million, accusing him and his former attorney of conspiring to “destroy and defame” her.
The shocking trial leaves fans wondering, is one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors really capable of such heinous acts? Or has Depp been on the receiving end of the violence described in the daily court sessions?The Fox Nation special “Who is Johnny Depp?” takes a look at “The Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s life growing up and how the celebrated actor rose to fame prior to meeting the woman with whom he’d come to have a most public battle.
Actor Johnny Depp and then-wife Amber Heard at premiere of "Black Mass" in 2015.
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Growing up in Owensboro, Kentucky, John Christopher Depp II was raised with his three siblings and his parents, his father John Christopher Depp, and mother Betty Sue.
As Kilmeade’s special explores, the younger Depp had a troubled childhood and endured an abundance of violence at the hands of his mother.
“His mother’s personality would be consistent with what we would diagnose as a borderline personality disorder. Women with borderline personality disorder are enraged, abusive, and often only see the bad in their children,” psychoanalyst Dr. Bethany Marshall explained in the Fox Nation special. JOHNNY DEPP AND AMBER HEARD DEFAMATION TRIAL: JOHNNY DEPP RESTED HIS CASE TUESDAY
In his early teens, the actor was described as “unruly,” as he resorted to smoking, drinking, and even dabbling in drugs. Marshall described Depp’s behavior as “trauma” and said the actor may have numbed his pain with substances.
Could Depp’s traumatic childhood have impacted his relationship with his ex-wife Heard?
Long before the now infamously volatile relationship, Heard herself was a rising star and successful actress.
Fox Nation takes a deep dive into the couple’s toxic marriage with two thought-provoking specials — "Who is Johnny Depp?" and "Who is Amber Heard?" hosted by Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade.
In 2009, Depp and Heard reportedly first crossed paths in 2009 when they co-starred in “The Rum Diary.” The couple married in 2015 and divorced two years later in 2017.
In a second installment of the Fox Nation special, “Who is Amber Heard?” viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the American actress, model and activist, whose own childhood bore striking similarities to her ex-husband’s.JOHNNY DEPP V. AMBER HEARD DEFAMATION TRIAL: LIVE UPDATES
Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Attend The European Premiere Of ‘The Rum Diary’ At The Odeon Kensington, London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
(Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
Heard had been raised in a conservative family in Austin, Texas, and has reportedly mentioned her father was violent towards her mother growing up.
As the special explores, she and her younger sister, Whitney, grew up learning how to hunt, fish and even operate a gun — before the “Aquaman” actress left her small town behind after her best friend was killed in a car accident and that shook her faith in God.
Heard headed to New York to pursue a career in modeling, but quickly switched gears after realizing she wanted to be in Hollywood — a decision that ultimately led her to meet Depp.CLICK HERE TO GET FOX NATION
Now, Fox Nation subscribers can explore the Hollywood couple’s tumultuous past and what led them to the $50 million defamation trial that has America’s eyes peeled in the special documentaries, “Who is Johnny Depp?” and “Who is Amber Heard?” now available to stream. Subscribers can also live-stream the daily courtroom sessions on Fox Nation.
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Fox News’ Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.
Stephanie Giang-Paunon is an Entertainment Writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter: @SGiangPaunon.