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July 25 2020
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the Costume Institute Gala, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in 2014.

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.

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