Johnny Depp has vehemently denied claims he was abusive during his brief marriage to actress Amber Heard, alleging in new court documents that the bruises she appeared with in court in 2016 were “painted-on” to help fabricate her story.
“I have denied Ms. Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016 when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the proceeding week,” the actor wrote in court documents obtained by The Blast. “I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life. I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman.”
The documents were filed as part of Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit filed against Heard after she published an op-ed in The Washington Post in December discussing the effect domestic abuse has had on her life.
Although the opinion piece written by the actress never mentions Depp by name, he believes the article inferred that he was an abuser, The New York Post reports.
Depp filed the suit “not only to clear my name and restore my reputation, but to attempt to bring clarity to the women and men whose lives have been harmed by abuse and who have been repeatedly lied to by Ms. Heard purporting to be their spokesperson.”
Depp not only claims the domestic violence allegations that have been made against him are “categorically and demonstrably false” but he also alleges that Heard was the actual perpetrator of domestic violence in the relationship.
“While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms. Heard committed innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of third party witnesses, which in some instances caused me serious bodily injury,” he said in the documents.
Depp claims that during their rocky relationship — which began in 2012 after the two met while working together on “The Rum Diary,”— Heard hit, punched, kicked, and threw objects including heavy bottles and burning candles at him.
He included several photos of the abuse he claims to have suffered at the hands of his former wife and also alleged she or a friend of hers defecated in his bed in April 2016 — an act which he said motivated him to file for divorce shortly after.
He says after years of “asserting my innocence, I am finally in a position to prove it by dismantling each element of her hoax.”
However, just last month, Heard filed her own response to Depp’s lawsuit claiming “The Pirates of the Carribean” actor became a “monster” when he used drugs or alcohol, according to documents obtained at the time by Page Six.
She alleges that during their relationship and year-long marriage Depp beat her, ripped out her hair, and choked her during violent episodes between the pair.
“Johnny often would not remember his delusional and violent conduct after he came out of his drunk or medicated states. … Because I loved Johnny, I had believed his multiple promises that he could and would get better. I was wrong,” she alleged.
Heard went on to recount one occasion where she said Depp became violent during a private flight the pair took from Boston to Los Angeles in May 2014. She said Depp had been drinking “heavily” and became upset about a romantic scene she had filmed with actor James Franco. She said he began to throw objects at her and taunt her by yelling, “James Franco.”
“At some point, I stood up, and Johnny kicked me in the back, causing me to fall over. Johnny threw his boot at me while I was on the ground. Johnny continued to scream obscenities until he went to the plane bathroom and passed out locked in the bathroom for the remainder of the flight,” she said in the filings.
She claims Depp later apologized via text message writing, “Once again, I find myself in a place of shame and regret. Of course, I am sorry. I really don’t know why or what happened. But I will never do it again.”
She also detailed another days-long incident just one month after the couple married in 2015 when she said Depp had taken MDMA/ecstasy while the pair was in Australia. She claims that over the course of several days Depp beat her, choked her, shoved her into a ping-pong table, and slammed her against a counter top.
After Depp’s filing, Heard’s attorney Eric George said he believes the evidence in the case is clear.
“The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr. Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him—his former lawyers, former managers, and his former spouse—are not fooling anyone,” he said, according to Page Six.
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