Actor Johnny Depp said the domestic violence allegations made against him by his ex-wife, Amber Heard, were disturbing, vile and “without any basis in truth”.
- During a libel lawsuit hearing, Johnny Depp said he had never hit a woman
- Depp testifies in the case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who has launched a counter-suit against him
- The Pirates of the Caribbean star says Heard made false accusations that he was abusive during their marriage
Depp testified in court Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit against Heard over an opinion piece he wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 in which he described himself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”.
Heard never mentioned Depp by name, but Depp and his lawyers say it is a clear reference to allegations Heard made in 2016 when the couple divorced and he sought a restraining order against him.
In court on Tuesday, the Pirates of the Caribbean star said he had never committed violence against his ex-wife.
“I myself have never reached the point of attacking Miss Heard in any way. Nor have I ever hit any woman in my life,” he said.
Depp alluded to the downfall of his career following the allegations, including being kicked out of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
“It’s been six years of trying,” he said.
“It’s really weird when, one day you become Cinderella, so to speak, and then, in 0.6 seconds, you become Quasimodo.”
After denying Heard’s abuse allegations, Depp spoke at length about a childhood where physical abuse from his mother was “constant”.
The abuse took the form of a thrown ashtray or high heels or a phone being used to beat him, Depp said.
Since the trial began just over a week ago, each side has tried to humiliate the other in a case that Heard’s attorneys accurately predicted would turn into a messy soap opera.
So far, Depp’s friends, family and employees have testified that Heard was the aggressor in the relationship, physically assaulting him several times.
Heard’s former personal assistant testified that Heard spat in his face in anger.
However, Heard’s lawyers – who have filed their own counterclaim against Depp – have said nothing in the article that defames him.
They say the allegations of abuse are true, and the damage to Depp’s reputation stems from his own bad behavior.
The jury has seen text messages in which Depp uses vulgar language to describe Heard and detail his desire for revenge against him.
Heard’s attorneys have accused Depp of physically and sexually assaulting him on several occasions, often in situations where he drank so much that he passed out.
Depp’s testimony is expected to continue through Wednesday. Heard is scheduled to testify later at trial.