Johnny Depp claimed on the stand under oath that he ‘never’ struck Amber Heard or ‘any woman’.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor launched a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 article she penned in The Washington Post.
Depp took to the stand to attempt to clear his name against Heard’s accusations that he was a domestic abuser.
The actor took to the stand and denied ever “reach[ing] the point of striking” his ex-wife “or any woman”.
This is the first time the public has seen Depp address the disturbing allegations, since he testified in a trial of similar nature in 2020, which he lost.
Depp took his time answering questions and gave long, thought out responses, seemingly sombre when asked why he was in court today, he said:
“About six years ago, Ms. Heard made some quite heinous and disturbing — brought these disturbing criminal acts — against me that were not based in any species of truth. It was a complete shock that it would — it just didn’t need to go in that direction. Nothing of the kind had ever happened … There were arguments and things of that nature, but never did I, myself, reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,”
Depp added that his “goal is the truth”, before being asked what his first impressions of Amber Heard were.