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Johnny Depp sues ex-wife for $50 million in defamation suit

Actor Johnny Depp and his then wife, Amber Heard, arrive at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on Jan. 26, 2015. | Shizuo Kambayashi/AP file photo

FAIRFAX, Va. — Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, in a $50 million defamation lawsuit, citing a piece she wrote for The Washington Post about domestic abuse.

The complaint was filed Friday in Fairfax, Virginia. It says that, while Depp was not named in the Post article, it was clear Heard was talking about him. The lawsuit called her ongoing allegations of domestic abuse “categorically and demonstrably false.”

The suit said Depp has suffered financial losses because of the accusations, including being dropped from his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

In her article, published in the Post in December, Heard also said she lost an acting role and contract with a major fashion brand because went public with her claims of abuse.