Johnny Depp takes the stand, says ex-wife’s abuse claims are ‘heinous’

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On Tuesday, Johnny Depp, actor in Johnny Depp’s defamation case against Amber Heard, took the witness stand for the first-time. He claimed that Amber Heard’s claims of sexual and physical abuse were untrue. “heinous”Both true and false

“My goal is the truth because it killed me that all these people I had met over the years … that these people would think that I was a fraud,”He told jurors at a Virginia court.

He denied ever having struck Heard and said that her claims were false. “not based in any species of truth.”

“Nothing of the kind ever happened,”Depp 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.”

According to him, the allegations of abuse have destroyed his acting career.

“it’s been six years of trying times. It’s very strange when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and then in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo,”The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star.

Depp filed a $50 Million defamation suit against his ex-wife, alleging that she libeled and slander him in an op-ed piece from 2018. The Washington Post about domestic violence. She stated that she was a victim of domestic violence in the article. “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

While she did not mention Depp, Depp and his lawyers said that the article was a direct reference to Heard’s 2016 accusations of Heard about the couple’s divorce. She sought a restraining order against him, and Depp denied her allegations.

Depp testified that he was subject to beatings by his mother and was hit with high-heeled shoes. He also had a telephone. He said that Depp vowed never to repeat the cycle after becoming a father.

The actor’s friends, family and employees have testified so far that Heard was the aggressor in their relationship, and physically assaulted him several times. Heard’s ex-personal assistant claimed that Heard once spat in her face.

Depp also said that he was a victim to substance abuse and had used prescription pills from his mother as a child in an effort to escape her abuse.

He said that he had done a detox from all pain medications and had experienced long periods sobriety.

“The characterization of my ‘substance abuse’ that’s been delivered by Ms. Heard is grossly embellished,”He testified. “And I’m sorry to say, but a lot of it is just plainly false. I think that it was an easy target for her to hit. Because once you’ve trusted somebody for a certain amount of years, and you’ve told them all the secrets of your life, that information can of course be used against you.”

The couple divorced in 2016, after 15 months of marriage. Depp’s testimony is expected to continue through Wednesday. Heard will take the stand later in trial.