In 2020 Hollywood movie star Johnny Depp sued The Sun newspaper at the High Court in London for calling him a wife-beater. His ex-wife, Amber Heard was the star witness. Depp lost. In April this year, Depp sued Heard directly in the US for claiming she was a victim of domestic violence. This time, the world was watching. This time, with both the jury and the court of public opinion, Depp won, resoundingly.
After two exhaustive trials, how did the outcomes differ so widely? And which verdict, if any, contains the truth?
Only one journalist - Nick Wallis - was on the ground in the UK and the US. No one is better placed to try and make sense of this story. In London Nick provided blow-by-blow accounts from inside the court, securing and publishing daily transcripts of proceedings. In doing so he connected with millions of people who followed his reporting on social media. Nick was the first to tell the world that Depp had lost against The Sun and that he’d failed in his application to appeal. Nick then crowdfunded his way to Virginia for the second trial, embedding himself as an independent reporter, witnessing all the evidence whilst engaging with the media throng and the fans. As coverage of the trial snowballed, turning Depp v Heard into the first ’Trial by TikTok', Nick witnessed the effect it had on everyone involved inside and outside the courtroom.
Nick’s latest book dives headlong into the madness to tell the definitive story of a saga that transfixed millions of people. In the engaging, page-turning style of his first best-selling book - The Great Post Office Scandal - Nick sets up the legal drama, weaves his own reportage through the story and provides definitive analysis of the undisputed factual evidence to uncover the real truth behind Depp v Heard.