Hollywood star Johny Depp has denied physically abusing his ex-wife Amber Heard arguing that instead, she was the one abusing him during their relationship.
In newly filed documents as part of the $50 m worth defamation case against her, Depp Further accuses Amber of having “painted-on bruises” to sway the court’s verdict.
“I have denied Ms. Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016,” he said.
These allegations were strongly denied by Heard’s lawyer.
Depp launched the defamation case against her after the actress described herself as a victim of domestic violence in an interview with an American Magazine.
Depp’s new declaration comes after Heard asked a judge in Virginia to dismiss the lawsuit.
“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.”
Depp added: “I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman.
“She was the perpetrator, and I was the victim. While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms Heard committed 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.”
Heard’s lawyer Eric George responded to Depp’s allegations saying; ‘The evidence, in this case, is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard.
“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.”
Amber and Depp started dating after meeting on set for the 2011 comedy; The Rum Diary. They got married in Los Angeles in 2015 but their marriage was short-lived.
In May 2016, Heard obtained a restraining order against Depp on accusations of abuse, to which Depp strongly denied.
The couple settled their divorce out of court in 2016, to which both actors signed non-disclosure agreements barring them from publicly discussing their relationship.
In a joint statement issued at the time, they said their relationship was “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love”.
They added: “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”