He filed a $50 million lawshuit against his ex-wife over a Washington Post op-ed she wrote in 2018.
Johnny Depp, The Pirates of the Caribbean actor testified in court on Tuesday. The hearing was related to the defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in a Fairfax County, Virginia court, reports CNN. This was in response to an op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post in 2018 describing her experience with domestic abuse. Heard did not mention the name of her ex-husband in the article but prior to this publication, Heard claimed Depp damaged her face after smashing a phone at her in their Los Angeles home. Depp denied all allegations and was not charged with any crime.
“i didn’t deserve that. nor did my children. (..) i pride myself on honesty. i pride myself on truth. truth is the only thing i’m interested in.” - johnny depp about amber heard. #justiceforjohnnydepp pic.twitter.com/Weqed3rISx— b ✧⡱ (@j0hnnycdpp) April 19, 2022
In his testimony on Tuesday which lasted for 3 hours and will continue on Wednesday, Depp said, "My goal is the truth." He spoke in detail about all allegations of Heard including Domestic Abuse and also about his own struggle with substance abuse and their marriage. He accepted that they have had intense arguments about their relationship. However, he stated, "Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way nor have I ever struck any woman in my life."
He also discussed his parents' troubled relationship, as well as the emotional and physical violence he and his siblings endured at the hands of their mother. He stated that this was the cause of his substance abuse which started when he was just 11 years old. He used to take the prescription pill of his mother to "escape the chaotic nature" of what they were going through.
Johnny Depp took the stand on Tuesday in his defamation case against Amber Heard, his ex-wife, seeking to clear his name from domestic abuse allegations that he said were “not based in any species of truth.” Heard maintains that he abused her repeatedly. https://t.co/Ju72LJ29T5— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 19, 2022
The oscar-nominated actor claims that Hear's accusations have cost him various financial losses. He was also pulled from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after leading it for 15 years. He said, "One day you're Cinderella so to speak and then in zero point six seconds you're Quasimodo." He further added, "I didn't deserve that and nor did my children, nor did the people who had believed in me all these years." Depp admitted that he had not seen the first film from Pirates of the Caribbean but "believed in the character wholeheartedly."
Depp also said this trial has given him the "first opportunity" to speak about this case. Depp recalled the starting of their relationship, "from what I recall, what I remember, she was too good to be true." He added, "She was attentive, she was loving, she was smart, she was kind, she was funny, she was understanding. We had many things in common." However, after getting married in 2015, the couple went through multiple splits and finally settled for divorce in August 2016.
Heard's attempts to have the action dismissed had been futile. In 2020, she filed a $100 million defamation countersuit against Depp, which is still continuing. Heard wrote a statement on her Washington op-ed, "I never named [Depp], rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking against men in power. I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny." She added, "I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world."
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