LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend the "Black Mass" Virgin Atlantic Gala screening during the
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In the wake of Amber Heard's domestic abuse restraining order against husband Johnny Depp, scores of Depp's family, friends and industry reps have come to the embattled actor's side. One is comedian Doug Stanhope, who wrote an article late last month for The Wrap, accusing Heard of conducting a nasty smear campaign against Depp to accrue publicity and money in court. 

Now, Heard is suing Stanhope for defamation, with her lawyers citing "a highly defamatory article about Ms. Heard, filled with completely false, highly defamatory and very hurtful statements."

Heard's lawyers have responded to that Stanhope article in a complaint filed in Arizona Superior Court. As per the The Hollywood Reporter, it notes:

"Stanhope is a close friend of Johnny Depp and, as part of a coordinated effort, wrote a highly defamatory article about Ms. Heard, filled with completely false, highly defamatory and very hurtful statements."

The complaint, which notes that the actress "seeks the maximum possible jury award," explains that Depp conducted "a campaign of violence" against Heard over the years, and has "hit and kicked Heard on numerous occasions, has thrown objects at her, at one point nearly suffocated her to the point where she feared for her life.” Heard seeks to donate all potential proceeds to a domestic abuse shelter in Arizona.