Johnny Depp Calls Amber Heard Abuse Allegations ‘Heinous’ in Defamation Lawsuit

Johnny Depp testified in his own defamation trial on Tuesday, saying the abuse allegations his ex-wife Amber Heard made against him were “heinous” and “not based on any kind of truth”.

The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor spoke on the fourth day of the trial. Depp accused Heard of defamation related to a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post. Heard counterattacked Depp in the case.

In the op-ed, Heard called herself a “public figure representing domestic violence.” The ‘Aquaman’ actor didn’t name his ex-husband in the piece, but Depp’s attorneys argued that Heard referenced a restraining order she obtained in 2016 against Depp during their divorce proceedings.

“About six years ago Mrs. Heard did some pretty heinous and disturbing acts – brought these disturbing criminal acts against me that weren’t based on any kind of truth. It was a complete shock…He wasn’t all just not necessary to go in that direction,” Depp said. “Nothing like that had ever happened, although there were arguments, things of that nature. even got to the point of hitting Mrs. Heard in any way, and never hit a woman in my life.

“So at the time, because news of his accusations had permeated the industry and then made its way through the media and social media, became a pretty global ‘fact’, let’s say, if you will,” did he declare.

Johnny Depp testifies during his libel trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on April 19.

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Depp began his testimony by describing the abuse he suffered as a child, particularly from his mother. The actor said verbal, emotional and psychological abuse was worse than physical abuse, and that after Depp’s father left the family, his mother fell into depression and attempted suicide.

Depp also said his struggle with drug addiction began at age 11, when he took pills his mother used for nerve pain. He said he had used substances from time to time over the years, not to “party” but “to numb me to ghosts, specters that were still with me from my youth.”

Lawyers for Heard have argued that much of the abuse she allegedly suffered occurred while Depp was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Heard alleged that Depp was unable to stay sober and would become violent towards her after drinking or using drugs. Depp said he became addicted to opiates before he got into a relationship with Heard and detoxed during the relationship. He maintains that he has not taken opiates since then.

“The characterization of my ‘addiction’ that Ms. Heard delivered is grossly embellished and, I’m sorry to say, but much of it is just plain wrong,” Depp said. “I think that was an easy target for her because once you’ve trusted someone for a number of years and told them all the secrets in your life, that information can of course be used against you, especially if taken to a point that wavers on the impossible.

Depp, 58, and Heard, 35, met on the set of ‘The Rum Diary’ in 2009 and started dating around three years later – although Depp testified on Tuesday that the two shared a kiss in its trailer during the filming of “Diary”. .” The couple married in 2015 and divorced two years later.

“She was too good to be true,” Depp testified when describing the early days of their relationship, calling Heard “attentive,” “loving,” “smart,” “funny” and “understanding.” He said they had a lot in common, and for about a year and a half the relationship “was amazing”, until it started to deteriorate.

” I worked a lot. When I came home from work, I would come home or to the hotel and she would sit me on the couch and give me a glass of wine and take off my boots, set them aside ― and I had never experienced anything like this in my life,” Depp said. “It became a regular thing that she did, that kind of routine.”

The actor said that one evening when he came home from work, he found Heard busy on the phone, so he sat down and took off his own boots. According to Depp, Heard then approached him, upset that he took off his boots, saying “It’s my job, you don’t do that.”

“I felt strange,” he testified. “And then once you notice something like that, then you start noticing the little treats — and then within a year, a year and a half, she had become a different person, almost.”

Depp is expected to continue his testimony on Wednesday.

Need help? In the United States, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for National Domestic Violence Helpline.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, Round-the-clock support from the crisis text line. Outside the United States, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.


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