‘Horrible’ allegations against Johnny Depp

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp categorically denied his ex-wife Amber Heard’s allegations of violence in a US court on Tuesday, which “deeply shocked” him.

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“I’ve never hit Miss Heard or any woman in my life,” the star said in a slow, serious tone.

Amber Head’s allegations are “disgusting and disturbing” and “are not based on any truth,” he said at the beginning of his statement.

The former couple have accused each other of defamation during the trial, which is taking place in Fairfax, near Washington, according to a column published in the Washington Post in 2018.

In that text, the 35-year-old actress didn’t name Johnny Depp, 58, whom she married in 2015. However, she did mention the domestic violence charges she filed against her husband in 2016.

Questioned by one of his lawyers Tuesday, Johnny Depp asserted he had filed a complaint to “restore the facts” and said he was “obsessed with the truth.”

“It’s weird how one day you’re like Cinderella and in a split second you’re Quasimodo,” lamented the actor, who added he wants to “defend[his]children” who have been exposed to the media over these allegations.

From the physical and psychological abuse his mother inflicted on him during his childhood to the impact his fame would have had on his personal life, the 58-year-old actor gave a lengthy testimony on Tuesday, sometimes seeming to struggle for his words.

On rare occasions, Johnny Depp would smile when conjuring up episodes from his professional career, with his hair pulled back into a ponytail, dressed in a dark suit and pale yellow tie, and keeping a straight face.

Amber Heard, who was present in the courtroom, listened attentively and impassively to the story of the man who was her husband for two years.

Invited by one of his lawyers to speak about his drug use, Johnny Depp opened up about how his addiction began at the age of 11 when his mother was taking painkillers.

“It was to get away from the chaotic nature of what we were going through,” admitted the actor, who defended himself against “never being a nut who needed to get stoned all the time.”

When he admitted to being addicted to opiates for several years, before his relationship with Amber Heard, he declared in court that he had taken these drugs as “self-medication” and “never lost control”.

“Miss Heard’s characterization of my so-called drug addiction is grossly exaggerated and, I’m sorry, a lot of it is just plain wrong,” Johnny Depp said.

In court last week, his ex-wife’s lawyers described Johnny Depp as a “freak” when he drank or took drugs, which propelled him into outbursts that culminated in physical and sexual abuse.

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