A string of new information has come to light as actor Johnny Depp took the stand in an ongoing libel suit against The Sun. The actor is suing the tabloid after it published a story calling him a “wife-beater” due to rumors surrounding his former marriage to actress Amber Heard.
Abuse allegations against Heard are something Depp has repeatedly denied. In fact, Depp has retaliated against the claims saying that it was actually him who suffered the abuse during their 15-month marriage.
Now, while taking the stand during the lawsuit, Depp was asked about his marijuana use during his marriage to Heard and beyond. According to Metro, Depp referred to his marijuana use as “very helpful with regard to anxiety, sleep, sense of well-being, calmness.”
Depp was then asked if he ever encouraged his then 13-year-old daughter to smoke weed with him.
Now, 21, Lily-Rose is Depp’s daughter whom he shares with former partner Vanessa Paradis. While on the stand, Depp denied ever encouraging his daughter to smoke but rather asked her to come to him first if she were ever curious about the drug.
The question stemmed from a series of emails between him and Lily-Rose. It’s unclear how the emails became public, but the correspondence was about her first experience smoking weed.
“My daughter was 13 years old and, as we all know, at 11, 12, 13 years old, when you go to high school parties you are approached by people who will want to give you drink because they’re drinking. They are doing cocaine at 12 and 13, they are smoking marijuana at 12 and 13, they are taking ecstasy at 12 and 13.”
Then after explaining how his daughter was approached by someone at a party trying to pass her a joint at the age of 12, Depp gave his daughter some advice. “Listen, sweetheart, if you are at a party and someone hands you the joint, take the joint from that person and pass it to the next person… don’t experiment with drugs with people you don’t know,” Depp said he told Lily-Rose at the time.
“Please do me the honor of coming to me when you are ready, when you really feel you are ready, because I don’t want your first experience in this world to be with people you don’t know, taking things you don’t know that I can’t trust, so it’s a safety issue. It is a father worried about his daughter in these kind of situations and when she came to me and said ‘I’m ready.’ I spoke with her mother… Vanessa spoke with her.”
As Depp continued he said setting the mood for his daughter’s first experience with marijuana was important to him so that he can be reassured that her experience was safe. “I would rather have them be honest and have me be honest with them so that she doesn’t go out there and do these things and hide them from me.”
Depp concluded by adding that while he respects other people’s parenting decisions, he does not regret his.
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