Johnny Depp yesterday took a stand in his US defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, saying her allegations of domestic violence against him are disturbing, heinous and “not based on any kind of truth”.
Nothing like that ever happened,” Depp said in a Virginia court.
“I myself never got to the point where I would have beaten Ms. Heard in any way. I’ve never hit a woman in my life.”
Alluding to the downfall of his career since Heard made allegations of abuse against him, the former Pirates of the Caribbean star said: “It’s been six years of difficult times. It’s very strange when one day you’re like Cinderella and in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo.”
Depp added that he was worried about his children and the people who believed in him. “I’m obsessed with the truth,” he said. “So today is actually my first opportunity to speak about this case.”
The trial began more than a week ago, but until yesterday jurors had only seen the Hollywood star sit in silence with his legal team while each side tried to embarrass the other in a $50 million lawsuit , which Heard’s attorneys accurately predicted would turn into a mud-slinging soap opera.
After denying Heard’s abuse allegations, Depp spoke at length about a childhood in which his mother’s physical abuse was “constant.”
The abuse took the form of ashtrays being hurled or a high-heeled shoe or phone being hit with him, Depp said. When he became a father, Depp said he made sure his children didn’t experience that kind of parenting.
Regarding Heard, Depp said she seemed “too good to be true” early in their relationship.
“She was thoughtful,” he said of the woman he married in 2015. “She was loving. She was smart. She was nice. she was funny She was understanding… We had a lot in common.”
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But Depp said that within a year and a half it was like Heard had become a different person.
So far, Depp’s friends, family and co-workers have testified that Heard was the aggressor in the relationship and physically assaulted him on multiple occasions. Heard’s former personal assistant testified that Heard spat in her face in a fit of rage.
Meanwhile, jurors have seen text messages in which Depp uses profanity to describe Heard and expresses his desire to get revenge on her. Heard’s attorneys said he physically and sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions, often in situations where he had drunk so much that he later passed out.
Depp apologized for the text messages yesterday, saying they were written “in the heat of the moment” and he was “ashamed of some of the references made”.
He said Heard’s allegations of his drug abuse had been “grossly embellished” and that there hadn’t been moments when he got out of hand.
“I’m not a nut who needs to be high or charged all the time,” Depp said.
The actor said he was addicted to painkillers, which stemmed from an injury on the set of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean Movie. He also said he took his mother’s “nerve pills” as a child. He admitted “to have taken many substances over the years to numb me from the ghosts, the ghosts that still accompanied me from my youth”.
But Depp said he has detoxified from the painkillers and has experienced long periods of sobriety over the years.
“The characterization of my ‘drug abuse’ that Ms. Heard provided is grossly embellished,” he said.
“And I’m sorry to say that, but a lot of this is just plain wrong. I think it was an easy target for them to hit. Because once you’ve trusted someone for a certain number of years and told them all the secrets of your life, that information can be used against you.”
Less than two years ago, Depp lost a defamation lawsuit The sun Newspaper, which described him as a “woman beater”. A High Court judge in London ruled that he had repeatedly attacked Heard and put her life in danger.
The most recent lawsuit itself is said to be about whether Heard defamed Depp when she wrote an op-ed in 2018 The Washington Post about domestic violence.
In the article, Heard described himself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.”
She never mentioned Depp by name, but Depp and his attorneys say it was a clear reference to the allegations Heard made in 2016, when the couple was getting divorced and she was seeking a restraining order against him.
Depp’s testimony is expected to continue today. Heard is scheduled to testify later in the trial, which could last up to six weeks.
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