Johnny Depp testifies he never ‘hit any woman in my life’

Actor Johnny Depp has taken a stand in the defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

“My aim is truth,” said Depp at the start of his remarks.

Depp, best known for his work in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, sued Heard for $50 million in Fairfax County, Virginia court over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which he wrote about his experiences with domestic violence.

The work was published roughly two years after Heard accused Depp of bruising his face after throwing the phone at him at their Los Angeles home. Depp has denied the allegations and has not been charged with any crime.

Depp admitted in his testimony that he and Heard had arguments during their relationship but said, “I myself have never reached the point of attacking Ms. Heard in any way and I have never hit any woman in my life.”

She also described her parents’ tumultuous relationship and the verbal and physical abuse she and her siblings endured by their mother.

Depp is not named in Heard’s work. However, Depp claims it caused him financial losses, including being kicked out of future “Pirates of the Caribbean” films after he led the franchise for 15 years.

“One day you are Cinderella so to speak and then in zero point six seconds you are Quasimodo,” Depp said of how his career changed after he was accused of abuse. “I don’t deserve it and neither do my children, nor do the people who have believed in me all along.”

‘He’s too good to be true’

Depp and Amber met on the set of “The Rum Diary” in 2009, married in 2015 and later engaged in a contentious argument for months, with allegations of misconduct levied by both parties.

In his testimony, Depp spoke of the beginning of his relationship with Heard, saying “from what I remember, what I remember, 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. We have a lot in common,” he said.

Depp said Heard was “amazing” for some time between a year and a half. “Then things just start to change – or things start to reveal themselves, is a better way to put it.”

The couple finalized their divorce in August 2016, releasing a joint statement that read in part, “Our relationship was passionate and at times unstable, but always bound by love.”

Heard was unsuccessful in his attempts to drop the lawsuit. He filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Depp in 2020, which is ongoing.

Late last year, Depp lost a UK case against News Group Newspapers and Dan Wootton, executive editor of The Sun, over an article claiming Depp abused Heard while they were together. The British High Court ruled in favor of the publisher.

Lawyers for the newspaper group argued in court filings that Depp “beaten his wife Amber Heard, causing her significant injury, and at times causing her to fear for her life,” citing evidence, including photos, audio recordings and text messages of Depp himself. .

Judge Andrew Nicol said in his judgment that the newspaper’s claims had proved “substantially true.”

Heard posted notes before his current defamation trial on his verified social media account, writing “I never mention names” [Depp], instead I write about the price women pay to speak out against men in power. I continue to pay that price but hopefully when the case is over I can move on and so can Johnny.”

“I have always maintained love for Johnny and it pains me so much to have to live the details of our past life together in front of the world,” she wrote. “At this time, I acknowledge the continued support I have been fortunate to receive over the years, and in the coming weeks I will be leaning on it more than ever.”

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