"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," Heard wrote to her Instagram on Saturday, April 9.
"I never named him," she explained of the inflammatory article, "rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking 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 post continued. "At this time, I recognize the ongoing support I’ve been fortunate to receive throughout these years, and in these coming weeks I will be leaning on it more than ever."
As OK! previously reported, Depp has been preparing for his upcoming court battle for months. News broke in February that the Pirates of the Caribbean alum hired famed attorney Kathleen Zellner to his legal team as his reputation continues to take a nose dive following Heard's accusations of domestic abuse.
The powerhouse lawyer has made a name for herself overturning wrongful convictions, and specifically gained widespread notoriety after she represented Steven Avery in Netflix's Making a Murderer.
"I have spent the last 30 plus years defending individuals who have been falsely accused of wrongdoing," Zellner said in a statement confirming the news. "I welcome adding Johnny Depp to that list and joining his dream team who share this view and have so effectively been advocating for him."