Johnny Depp stands in defamation court against ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp took a stand on Tuesday afternoon in the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heardsaid he was focused on “cleaning records” regarding allegations he was involved in domestic violence.

“Truth is the only thing I’m interested in. Lies will get you nowhere, but lies are built on lies and are built on lies,” says Depp. “I’m obsessed with the truth.”

Under questioning from his own lawyer, Depp denied that he had ever been violent with Heard, or with any other woman.

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Actor Johnny Depp took to the stand on Tuesday April 19 in the libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. (AP)

Heard accused Depp of hitting him, strangling him, and kicking him several times during their relationship. She also alleged that Depp had sexually assaulted her during a brawl in Australia in 2015. Depp and Heard divorced in 2016.

In December 2018, Heard published an opinion piece on Washington Post in which he alluded to earlier allegations, although he did not identify Depp by name. Depp sued him for $50 million.

“I feel it’s my responsibility to defend not only for myself in that case, but for my children,” Depp testified, speaking very carefully on the witness stand.

Johnny Depp steps out of court during day 8 of his civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on April 19, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. (Getty)

“I think it’s evil that my children have to go to school and their friends or people at school approach them with the famous. People magazine cover with Ms. Heard with a dark bruise on his face.”

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Depp said the allegations against him were “quite vile and disturbing,” and “are not based on any kind of truth.”

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“It’s very strange when one day, you become Cinderella and in 0.6 seconds you become Quasimodo,” he said.

Depp also testified of the physical abuse he endured at the hands of his mother when he was growing up in Kentucky, saying he would throw things at him and beat him with high heels.

Actress Amber Heard speaks with her attorney in a courtroom at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Monday April 18, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referred to itself as "community leaders who represent domestic violence." (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Swimming Pool)
Actress Amber Heard speaks with her attorney in a courtroom at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Monday April 18, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed in The The Washington Post in 2018 described himself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool) (AP)

He also talked about the start of his relationship with Heard, saying “it was as if he was too good to be true.”

“He’s caring. He’s loving. He’s smart. He’s kind. He’s funny. He’s understanding,” she said. He added that they shared a common interest in blues music and that Heard would often take his shoes off when he returned home.

But within a year and a half, he said, “it was as if he had almost become someone else.”

Depp’s testimony is expected to continue on Wednesday.

The trial will last until the end of May, and Heard will also have the opportunity to testify in his defense.

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