‘I am a victim of domestic violence and my ex-wife broke me’: Johnny Depp
On Apr 25, actor Johnny Depp finished his testimony in the defamation case he filed against ex-wife Amber Heard, stating he was a victim of domestic violence during their relationship and was “broken” by the time their marriage fell apart.
Depp’s fourth day on the witness stand in a Virginia court ended with his lawyers releasing audio from a discussion he had with Heard after she had obtained a restraining order against him in 2016.
Heard had requested a meeting in a San Francisco hotel room, and the Pirates of the Caribbean star said he accepted because he hoped she would retract her accusation that he had abused her. Depp recommended to the pair in the recording that they write a joint letter saying they loved each other and that the media had created a frenzy around them. According to Depp, the suggestion was made in the hopes of reaching a “peaceful settlement.”
The Aquaman actress, refused the idea and challenged him to go public with his claims of abuse. She said, “Tell the world, Johnny.” “Tell them I, Johnny Depp, a man, is a domestic violence victim.”
What you need to know:
The case is based on a Washington Post opinion piece from December 2018 written by Heard. The 58-year-old actor is seeking $50 million in damages from his ex-wife, 36. Heard has filed a countersuit for $100 million, alleging that Depp slandered her by labelling her a liar.