• Amber Heard is set to face Johnny Depp in a U.S. court hearing Monday 
  • The 35-year-old said she'll be "offline for the next several weeks"
  • Elon Musk and actors James Franco and Paul Bettany will testify virtually

Amber Heard recalled her love for Johnny Depp two days before she defends herself against her ex-husband’s $50-million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Post op-ed painting Depp as an abuser. Heard took to Instagram to address the op-ed she wrote herself and said she has always loved the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor.

“I’m going to go offline for the next several weeks. As you may know, I’ll be in Virginia, where I face my ex-husband Johnny Depp in court. Johnny is suing me for an op-ed I wrote in the Washington Post, in which I recounted my experience of violence and domestic abuse,” she wrote in her post shared Sunday.

Heard went on to claim she never named Depp in her article, saying she simply wrote about the price women pay for speaking up against men in power. “I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny.

"I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world,” the 35-year-old continued.

Following a high-profile libel case in London, the two are set to face each other in court once again in the U.S. for the defamation suit filed by Depp against Heard. The hearing will be broadcast live and will see the ex-couple testify in person, along with actors James Franco, Paul Bettany, and billionaire Elon Musk, who will testify virtually.

The lawsuit centers on an article written by Heard in December 2018, in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Entitled “I spoke up against sexual violence—and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change,” the article did not name Depp but was published shortly after Heard made assault claims against the actor.

In the lawsuit, Depp’s camp stated that while the op-ed did not mention the actor, it clearly implied that Depp was a domestic abuser, which was “categorically and demonstrably false.” “Mr. Depp never abused Ms. Heard,” the complaint reads.

A spokeswoman for Amber Heard said she was was 'pleased -- but by no means surprised by the decision'
A spokeswoman for Amber Heard said she was was 'pleased -- but by no means surprised by the decision' AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS