Johnny Depp has fired back at claims that he abused his ex-wife Amber Heard.
In a new interview with British GQ, the 55-year-old actor spoke at length about being accused of physically abusing his former partner, commenting: “The thing that hurt me is being presented as something that you’re really as far away from as you could possibly get, you know?
Heard famously accused Depp of throwing a cell phone at her face during a violent episode in May 2016; she filed for divorce and was granted a temporary restraining order days after the alleged incident, according to the New York Daily News. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told the outlet at the time that officers who were called to the couple’s home the night of alleged blow-up “determined a crime did not occur.” When the couple reached a divorce settlement in August, the restraining order was lifted.
Depp seemed to avoid mentioning Heard by name when speaking to GQ, instead asking, “Why didn’t that person speak to the police?”
“I mean, they spoke to the police, but the police saw nothing and they offered her an emergency medical technician,” he said, according to GQ. “She said no. Police see nothing on her. Police see nothing broken in the place, no marks, and then they offer her an EMT to have a look at her and she says no and I don’t know if it was the next day or a couple of days later, but then there was a bruise. There was a red mark and then there was a brown bruise.”
Depp seemed to be referring to Heard appearing in court days after the fight with a bruise on the right side of her face. She accused Depp of being both physically and verbally abusive “during the entirety of [their] relationship,” according to the Daily News.
“She was at a party the next day,” Depp told GQ, referencing Heard being photographed at a birthday party the day after the alleged fight. In photos posted to social media, Heard’s hair covered one side of her face, according GQ. “Her eye wasn’t closed. She had her hair over her eye, but you could see the eye wasn’t shut. Twenty-five feet away from her, how the f--k am I going to hit her? Which, by the way, is the last thing I would’ve done. I might look stupid, but I ain’t f--king stupid.”
Depp’s lawyer previously claimed that Heard’s accusations were financially motivated, accusing the actress of “attempting to secure premature financial resolution by alleging abuse,” according to the Daily News. The leaking of a video shot in secret by Heard, and which shows Depp flinging a wine bottle during an expletive-laden rant before discovering Heard is recording and trying to take her phone away, fueled public debate on the subject of Depp and Heard’s contentious relationship.
During his interview with GQ this month, Depp suggested numerous times that the abuse accusations against him were not true and lamented the effect the controversy has had on his two children.
“How could someone, anyone, come out with something like that against someone, when there’s no truth to it whatsoever?” he told the magazine. “I’m sure it wasn’t easy for my 14-year-old boy to go to school, you know what I mean? With people going, ‘Hey, look at this magazine, man. What, your dad beats up chicks or something?’ Why did he have to go through that? Why did my daughter have to go through that?”
Near the end of the interview, Depp admitted, “We probably shouldn’t be talking about this, but I am worried.”
“I worry about the people that bought it and I worry about her. It’s just not right. I will never stop fighting. I’ll never stop. They’d have to f--king shoot me. An episode like this takes time to get over. It’s a mourning for someone you thought was...” he told the outlet, trailing off before admitting that Heard was “something” to him because he did marry her “somehow.”
Heard has not publicly commented on Depp’s latest statements.
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