Ostensibly, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are appearing in London’s High Court of Justice for a libel trial—in 2018, a headline in The Sun referred to him as a “wife beater,” which he disputes—although a layman observing the proceedings may very well conclude that this is all just a curiously formal ceremony designed to ensure that neither of them ever works again.

Because, at least so far, this has been less a lawsuit and more a kind of nightmarish Jackass knockoff. Those following the case will have already seen pictures of physical injury, property destruction, drug paraphernalia, disturbing graffiti scrawled on a mirror and wall in blood and paint, and, most memorably, a dollop of feces plopped on somebody’s bed.