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'No matter what happens' in his trial with Heard, Johnny Depp says he spoke his truth

Christie D’Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Johnny Depp has spoken his final words in his defamation court battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, saying in rebuttal testimony Wednesday that “no matter what happens” in the case, he’s satisfied that after six years of “carrying it on [his] back,” he got to share his truth.

“It’s insane to hear heinous accusations of violence, sexual violence, that she’s attributed to me, that she’s accused me of,” Depp said when asked what it was like to sit through Heard’s court testimony.

“Horrible. Ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unimaginably brutal, cruel, and all false,” he added a minute later. “All false.”

Depp has sued Heard for $50 million, alleging she defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she said she “became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and ... felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”

Heard has countersued for $100 million, alleging defamation by Depp via three comments a former attorney made to the media. The trial is being held in Fairfax, Virginia — home to neither party — because the Post’s servers are located there.

After saying nobody is perfect — Depp has admitted to using alcohol and drugs and being addicted to an opiate — the actor stated, “I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse. All these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things.”

 

Depp said he had been living with the abuse allegations for six years and had waited to tell his side of the story.

“This is not easy for any of us, I know that, but no matter what happens, I did get here and I did tell the truth and I have spoken up for what I’ve been carrying on my back, reluctantly, for six years,” he said.

His testimony also included comments on former sister-in-law Whitney Henriquez’s relationship with her sister, Heard.

“It was a kind of a strange combination of loving sister, trusted sister and friend, and then lackey,” Depp said. “Then either the punching bag or the dart board or the recipient of some rather demeaning and ugly words. Or she [Henriquez] would have wine thrown at her face.”

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