In a declaration of support for his $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, the actor alleges several instances of physical and emotional abuse.
Johnny Depp has filed a lengthy document in support of his $50 million defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, in which he details years of alleged physical and emotional abuse, including "painted-on bruises."
According to People, Depp claims the "Aquaman" actress was under the influence of "prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol" when she would commit "innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of a third-party witness, which in some instances caused me serious bodily harm."
The declaration goes on to accuse Heard of assaulting Depp with a variety of objects including "heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans."
The "Crimes of Grindelwald" actor claims that it was a particularly disturbing event that convinced him finally to file for divorce in 2016, and it involved a friend of Heard's allegedly defecating in Depp's bed as "some sort of a sick prank." The actor also claims a physical attack occurred on that day.
He also alleges that when he proposed she sign a post-nuptial agreement in 2015, Heard shattered a vodka bottle near his hand, shattering a finger and severing his fingertip, resulting in multiple surgeries. He further claims he contracted MRSA and "feared that I would lose my finger, my arm and my life."
"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," Depp said in his statement, reiterating that he "never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman."
Pictures of Heard with bruises were filed as part of her own court filing where she sought a dismissal of Depp's suit. Her filing also included images of property damage she attributed to Depp and her own allegations of abuse against the actor. In May 2016, she filed for a domestic violence restraining order against him.
Depp denied those claims and the couple settled their divorce out of court by August of that year. As part of that settlement, both parties signed non-disclosure agreements disallowing them from speaking publicly about any facet of their relationship.
Heard's lawyer Eric George responded quickly to Depps latest filing, citing #TimesUp and suggesting that Depp's statement is part of an effort by the actor 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."
"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 Mr. Depp's baseless blame-the-victim conspiracy theories," George concluded his latest statement.
Depp's initial filing came in response to a December 2018 op/ed Heard wrote for the Washington Post where she detailed the alleged domestic abuse she'd suffered without naming names. Nevertheless, Depp and his legal team felt that the implication was clear and that her piece "depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her."
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