Johnny Depp takes a stand and denies Amber Heard’s ‘odious’ allegations

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

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During his appearance in his defamation suit against Amber Heard, Johnny Depp responded to his ex-wife’s domestic abuse allegations.

“It’s been six years of tough times,” Depp, 58, said while testifying at the trial in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday, April 19. “It’s kind of weird when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, then 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve that, neither my kids, nor the people who believed in me all these years. I didn’t want any of these people to believe that I had wronged them or lied to them or that I was an impostor.I pride myself on honesty.

The Kentucky native recalled the “total shock” he faced after Heard, 35, claimed he abused her. “I myself never reached the point of hitting Ms. Heard in any way, and I have never hit any woman in my life,” Depp continued, while calling Heard’s previous accusations a ‘ “odious” and “unfounded” on any truth. . “Since I knew there was no truth to it, I felt it was my responsibility to not only defend myself in this case, but to defend my children, who at the time were 14. and 16 years old.”

the Pirates of the Caribbean star, who shares daughter Lily-Rose, now 22, and son Jack, now 20, with her ex Vanessa Paradisexplained that he was hoping to “delete the file” as it “killed” him to have his reputation affected.

The Oscar nominee’s court appearance comes a week after his trial against Heard began. The duo, who married in 2015, had already made headlines when the Aquaman star filed for divorce a year later. A few days later, Heard accused Depp of domestic violence and obtained a temporary restraining order against him.

the Alice in Wonderland The star’s rep denied the allegations in a statement at the time, saying: “Given the shortness of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories. , gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved soon.

The former couple reached a settlement in August 2016 and their divorce was finalized five months later.

Heard and Depp continued to be embroiled in legal battles when the Golden Globe winner filed a libel suit against the British newspaper The sun for calling him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article. (In November 2020, the High Court of Justice ruled that the Sun article was not defamatory because Heard’s allegations were “substantially true “.)

In 2018, the Texas native wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post about her history of abuse. Although she didn’t name Depp, the reference to a moment that happened two years before publication was the basis of her ex-husband’s libel suit.

Ahead of the trial, Heard took to social media earlier this month to reflect on her past with Depp. “I never named him, instead I wrote about the price women pay to speak out against men in power,” she wrote via Instagram before announcing an online hiatus. “I continue to pay this price, but I hope that when this matter is over, I can move on and Johnny too. I have always had a love for Johnny and it hurts me very much to have to go through the details together. of our past life outside the world.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential support.

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