Johnny Depp is currently testifying in court as he sues ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation.
This past Tuesday, the 58-year-old actor was seen in court in Fairfax, Virginia to give his witness testimony, speaking about the “complete shock” of the domestic abuse allegations made against him by Heard, 35.
He said they escalated to scenarios that “were not based in any species of truth.”
“Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” he said under oath.
Depp added of Heard’s abuse allegations, “Since I knew there was no truth to it whatsoever, I felt it my responsibility to stand up not only for myself in that instance but stand up for my children, who at the time were 14 and 16.” Depp is dad to daughter Lily-Rose, now 22, and son Jack, now 20.
“My goal is the truth,” he said, adding that he hopes to “clear the record” of the allegations made against him by his ex-wife.
He explained that “it killed me” to have his reputation tarnished and have people in his life “think that I was a fraud and had lied to them.”
“It’s been six years of trying times,” he continued.
“It’s pretty strange when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, then 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve that, nor did my children, nor did the people who have believed in me for all these years. I didn’t want any of those people to believe that I had done them wrong or lied to them or that I was a fraud. I pride myself on honesty.”
“Truth is the only thing I’m interested in,” he added.
The pair married in 2015 and filed for a divorce just one year later. Not too long after, Heard accused Depp of domestic violence and obtained a temporary restraining order against him.
The actor’s rep denied the allegations in a statement at the time, saying, “Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
Mamas Uncut is THE online place for moms. We cover the latest about motherhood, parenting, and entertainment as well – all with a mom-focused twist. So if you're looking for parenting advice from real parents, we have plenty of it, all for moms from moms, and also experts. Because, at the end of the day, our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for in one safe space.