Johnny Depp testified in court that the allegations made by Amber Heard were false

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”.

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”.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp pose in front of a logoed wall at a red carpet event, both in formal wear.
Heard requested a restraining order against Depp in May 2016. (AP: Jordan Strauss )

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.

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