Johnny Depp sues ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million for alleged defamation

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GETTY Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at a 2016 event

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife actress Amber Heard for $50 million dollars.

The BBC reports that Depp accuses Heard of defamation after she claimed he had abused her.

In the lawsuit, Depp claims that he lost his recurring role as "Jack Sparrow" in "Pirates of the Caribbean" because of the accusations.

Her attorney told People magazine that the lawsuit is another sign that "[Depp] unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior."

Depp, 55, and Heard, 32, were married for a little more than a year. She filed a domestic violence restraining order against him in May 2016.