Whereas taking the stand in his libel trial in opposition to Amber Heard, Johnny Depp addressed his ex-wife’s claims of home abuse.
“It’s been six years of making an attempt occasions,” Depp, 58, acknowledged throughout his witness testimony on the trial in Fairfax, Virginia on Tuesday, April 19. “It’s fairly unusual when someday you’re Cinderella, so to talk, then 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve that, nor did my youngsters, nor did the individuals who have believed in me for all these years. I didn’t need any of these folks to consider that I had executed them fallacious or lied to them or that I used to be a fraud. I delight myself on honesty.”
The Kentucky native recalled the “full shock” that he confronted after Heard, 35, claimed he abused her. “By no means did I personally attain the purpose of hanging Ms. Heard in any method, nor have I ever struck any girl in my life,” Depp continued, whereas referring to Heard’s earlier accusations as “heinous” and “not primarily based” in any fact. “Since I knew there was no fact to it in any way, I felt it my accountability to face up not just for myself in that occasion however arise for my youngsters, who on the time had been 14 and 16.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star, who shares daughter Lily-Rose, now 22, and son Jack, now 20, with ex Vanessa Paradis, defined that he hoped to “clear the file” as a result of it “killed” him to have his repute affected.
The Oscar nominee’s court docket look comes one week after his trial in opposition to Heard started. The duo, who tied the knot in 2015, beforehand made headlines when the Aquaman star filed for divorce one yr later. Days later, Heard accused Depp of home violence and obtained a short lived restraining order in opposition to him.
The Alice in Wonderland star’s rep denied the allegations in a press release on the time, saying, “Given the brevity of this marriage and the newest and tragic lack of his mom, Johnny is not going to reply to any of the salacious false tales, gossip, misinformation and lies about his private life. Hopefully the dissolution of this brief marriage can be resolved shortly.”
The previous couple reached a settlement in August 2016 and their divorce was finalized 5 months later.
Heard and Depp continued to be concerned in authorized battles when the Golden Globe winner filed a libel lawsuit in opposition to the U.Ok. newspaper The Solar for referring to him as a “spouse beater” in a 2018 article. (In November 2020, the Excessive Courtroom of Justice dominated that The Solar’s article was not libelous as a result of Heard’s allegations had been “considerably true.”)
In 2018, the Texas native penned an op-ed in The Washington Submit about her previous historical past with abuse. Though she didn’t identify Depp, the reference to a second that occurred two years previous to publication was the premise for her ex-husband’s lawsuit for defamation.
Forward of the trial, Heard took to social media earlier this month to replicate on her previous with Depp. “I by no means named him, reasonably I wrote concerning the worth girls pay for talking in opposition to males in energy,” she wrote through Instagram earlier than asserting an internet break. “I proceed to pay that worth, however hopefully, when this case concludes, I can transfer on and so can Johnny. I’ve at all times maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me nice ache to must stay out the main points of our previous life collectively in from of the world.”
In case you or somebody you realize is experiencing home violence, please name the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential help.