After months of controversy, Johny Depp is finally speaking about the domestic abuse allegations levelled against him by ex-wife Amber Heard. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Depp maintains that Heard “fabricateddomestic violence allegations” against the actor which “are categorically and demonstrably false.” Depp has submitted a lengthy declaration in support of his $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife.
“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 preceding week. I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life. I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman,” reads the statement.
Depp said he filed the lawsuit “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 Heard purporting to be their spokesperson”.
“Appearance of new evidence not previously in my possession” is what led Depp to file new the new lawsuit. “After years of asserting my innocence, I am finally in a position to prove it by dismantling each element of her hoax.”
Refuting all allegations, Depp says Heard’s “lies are internally inconsistent, shifting, and directly contradicted by overwhelming sworn testimonial, photographic, audio, video, and other evidence”.
“Notwithstanding Heard’s false domestic abuse allegations about me, there was actual, documented domestic violence in our relationship: she was the perpetrator, and I was the victim. While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, 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.”
“Throughout our relationship, Ms. Heard also committed domestic violence against me. She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.”
The documents include several photos showing injuries Depp claims to have sustained as the result of alleged abuse at the hands of Heard — one incident was in April 2016 and then another in December 2015.
“As a result of the years of domestic abuse I had suffered at the hands of Heard—most recently the April 21 physical attack and defecation on my bed sometime before she and her friends left the next morning—I resolved to divorce Heard.”
Summing up his feelings in the deposition, Depp said: “Cynically relying on the concept of #believewomen that has been promoted as part of the important #metoo movement, Heard’s ‘evidence’ rests primarily on her word and that of her dependent friends. She and they have falsely accused me of violence, although interestingly none of her ‘witnesses’ say they ever witnessed any violence. And they did this despite the inconvenient truth of my possession of eyewitness statements provided under penalty of perjury and photographs of her converse violence committed against me, overwhelming evidence that her various abuse claims and the injuries that she claimed ensued from them are hoaxes, the fact of her own prior arrest and incarceration for domestic violence against her previous wife, and new witnesses who are now coming forward to describe the brutal violence they suffered at her hands.”
Meanwhile, Heard’s attorney Eric George told The Blast that “the evidence in this case is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard. The increasingly desperate attempts by Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him – his former lawyers, his former managers, and his former spouse – are not fooling anyone. In light of the important work done by the #TimesUp movement highlighting the tactics abusers use to continue to traumatize survivors, neither the creative community nor the public will be gaslit by Depp’s baseless blame-the-victim conspiracy theories.”