Hollywood star Johnny Depp (58) testified for the first time in the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard (35) and denied ever hitting his former partner.
He says: “There were fights and things like that, but it never got to the point where I would have hit Ms. Heard in any way.” On Tuesday he was heard before the court in Fairfax near the US capital Washington. “I’ve never hit a woman in my life.”
Allegations were “nefarious and disturbing”
Heard’s allegations of domestic violence against him are “nefarious and disturbing,” the Pirates of the Caribbean star said. They were based on “no kind of truth” and were a “total shock” for him.
When asked by one of his lawyers why he was suing Heard for defamation, the 58-year-old said: “I saw it as my responsibility not only to stand up for myself, but also for my children.”
His children had to read a “horrible thing” about him that was not true. “It’s weird when you’re like Cinderella one day and Quasimodo 0.6 seconds later,” added the actor.
He wants $50 million, she wants double that
Depp has sued Heard, to whom he was married between 2015 and 2017, for $50 million in damages. The reason is an article by Heard for the newspaper “Washington Post” from the end of 2018, in which the 35-year-old described herself as a victim of domestic violence.
The actress did not name her ex-husband. However, Depp argues that he is implicitly accused of domestic violence, especially since Heard had publicly accused him of a physical assault in 2016.
Elon Musk will be questioned
Heard has responded by countersuing Depp. She is demanding $100 million in damages. At the trial that started last week in Fairfax, Virginia, numerous witnesses will testify, including actor James Franco (44) and Tesla founder Elon Musk (50).
The couple, who divorced after a turbulent marriage, had already faced each other at a trial in London in 2020. At the time, Depp sued the British tabloid The Sun, which had described him as a “wife bully”. Heard testified as a witness at the trial. Depp lost in the process. (AFP/euc)