“My goal is the truth,” Depp said early in his comments.
Depp, known for his work in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, is suing Heard for $50 million in a court in Fairfax County, Virginia over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about her experience with domestic violence. .
The piece came out about two years after Heard claimed Depp bruised her face after throwing a phone at her at their Los Angeles home. Depp denied the allegation and was not charged with any crime.
Depp admitted in his testimony that he and Heard argued during their relationship, but said, “I myself have never reached the point where I have beaten Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever beaten a woman in my life.”
He also described his parents’ tumultuous relationship and the verbal and physical abuse he and his siblings experienced at the hands of their mother.
Depp was not mentioned by name in Heard’s piece. Still, Depp claims it resulted in financial losses for him, including being dropped from future “Pirates of the Caribbean” films after running the franchise for 15 years.
“One day you’re Cinderella so to speak and then in zero point six seconds you’re Quasimodo,” Depp said of how his career changed after he was accused of abuse. “I didn’t deserve that and neither did my children, nor did the people who had believed in me all those years.”
‘She was too good to be true’
Depp and Amber met on the set of “The Rum Diary” in 2009, married in 2015 and were embroiled in a controversial split for months, with both sides accused of bad behavior.
In his testimony, Depp spoke of the beginning of his relationship with Heard, saying, “from what I remember, from what I remember, she was too good to be true.”
“She was thoughtful, she was loving, she was smart, she was kind, she was funny, she was understanding. We had a lot of things in common,” he said.
Heard had been unsuccessful in her efforts to get the suit rejected. She filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Depp in 2020, which is ongoing.
Lawyers for the newspaper group argued in court files that Depp “beat his wife Amber Heard, causing her significant injuries, and on occasion causing her to fear for her life,” citing evidence including photographs, audio recordings. and Depp’s own text messages.
At the trial, Depp said the tabloid’s claims that he was violent towards Heard were “completely untrue”.
Judge Andrew Nicol said in his ruling that the newspaper’s claims were “substantially true”.
Heard posted a note on her verified social media accounts prior to the current defamation lawsuit, which read: “I never called [Depp], instead I wrote about the price women pay for speaking up to men in power. I will continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case is over I can move on and so will Johnny.”
“I’ve always had a love for Johnny and it pains me a lot to have to live out the details of our past lives together for the world,” she wrote. “At this point, I recognize the continued support I have received over the years, and I will be leaning on it more than ever in the coming weeks.”
DailyExpertNews’s Rob Picheta contributed to this report.