Johnny Depp has spoken out in his media libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, from whom he separated in 2016. The former couple have been facing each other in court in Fairfax, Va. since last week over an opinion piece the actress wrote in Washington Postin which he describes as a “victim of domestic violence » .
“About six years ago, Miss Heard committed some rather heinous and disturbing criminal acts against me which were not based on any kind of truth.said Depp, 58, looking at the jury. “It was a complete shock that he did it, he just didn’t need to go in that direction because nothing like this had ever happened before.”
“During the relationship there were arguments and things of that nature, but I never got to the point of hitting Miss Heard in any way and I’ve never hit any woman in my life.“, condemned the movie star.
“The truth is the only thing that interests me. Lies won’t get you anywhere, but lies are built on lies and built on liesDepp said.
“I’m obsessed with the truthhe remarked.
Asked about his early romance with Heard, whom he fell in love with while filming ‘The Rum Diary’, Depp said:At the beginning of my relationship, from what I remember, she was too good to be true. Attentive, loving, intelligent, funny… We had a lot of things in common like music, literature… A year and a half was great”.
“When I came home from work, she would sit on the sofa and give me a glass of wine. I took my shoes off. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life. It was like a routine. A Once I remember I was coming home from work and she was busy talking on the phone. I sat down on the couch and took off my shoes. She came up to me and said, ‘What the hell? did you just do? Did you take your shoes off? It’s my job, not yours. And he went for a glass of wine,” the actor recalled.
“Then he became another person”sentenced.
Depp has sued his ex-wife for implying he was an abuser and seeks $50 million in damages. Heard, meanwhile, double request, 100 millionand claims to have sufferedphysical violence and endemic abuse” in his hands.
Johnny Depp has taken to the stage and opened up about his toxic relationship with his ex-wife Amber Heard (Reuters)
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ protagonist also opened up about his abusive parenting at the hands of his mother while his own lawyers questioned him.
Depp described “Verbal abuse, insults, intimidation” from his mother. She took advantage of any “opportunity to be cruel” and to “poke fun at whatever fault one might have”.
“He would call me rooster’s eye, one-eyed, anything that could degrade me, humiliate me,” he continued. “I even had to patch my good eye to strengthen my bad eye. I am legally blind in my left eye.
Depp giggled as he remembered throwing ashtrays, high heels, or phones at him. “Anything that was at hand.” “In our house we were never exposed to any sort of security or protection, the only thing we could do was stay out of the line of fire,” mentioned.
“Physical violence, physical abuse. It was a constant. you didn’t know what would happen“, he added. “The verbal abuse, the emotional abuse was almost worse than the beatings. Physical pain that you can bear. But the psychological and emotional abuse is what tore us apart.
Actor Johnny Depp is sworn in (Reuters)
He said his father keptstoicwhen their mother attacked them.
“There was never a moment, never a moment when my dad lost control or attacked my mom or even said something mean to my mom.“, mentioned. “There were a few times where she went too far and I could see her eyes filling with tears as she stared at her without saying anything. At best, I’d hit a wall.”
Depp said his father left overnight when he was 15. “When my father left, I didn’t realize he was goneDepp said. “A few hours later, my mother came home from work, around 3:30 p.m. He walked through the door and stopped and walked around, felt something. She told me that your father was gone”.
“She ran into her bedroom and into her closet, she opened the door and there was her coat rack and all her stuff was gone.. I was quite upset. I took his car and went to my dad’s work and sat in front of him.“, he said.
“I said, look, it looks like somebody stole all your clothes and was like, ‘Yeah, it’s over for me. I can not do this anymore. You are the man now,” he recalled. “These words did not suit me. I didn’t feel ready to hear those words”.
“My mother went into a very deep, dark depression and one afternoon I fell asleep and woke up and walked into the living room and saw my mother very weak, almost like she was walking in the slow motion. I knew something was terribly wrong. Slime was coming out of his mouth. The front door opened, my uncle and two paramedics came in and put her on a stretcher and carried her out of the house to take her to the hospital to pump her stomach.“says Depp. The mother had tried to kill herself by taking pills.
Asked what lesson his parents’ complicated relationship taught him as a child, the actor said that from his experience as a child, he knew how he was going to raise his children. “When Vanessa (Paradis) got pregnant, she knew she had to do the opposite. Never raise your voice in front of children and never yell “no” at them. »