Actor Johnny Depp testified on April 19 in his defamation trial against former wife Amber Heard that he never hit her during their brief marriage.
In a court at Fairfax, Virginia, Depp told the jury that although he and Heard argued during their relationship, “Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way nor have I ever struck any woman in my life.”
In his roughly three-hour testimony, Depp began by saying that Heard’s claims were “not based in any species of the truth.”
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over an op-ed article she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, in which she wrote about her experience with domestic abuse, but did not refer to Depp by name.
Depp said that Heard’s essay led to financial losses for him, including being dropped from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise, which he led for 15 years.
“It’s been six years of trying times — so strange when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and then in 0.6 seconds, you’re Quasimodo,” Depp said.
Attorneys for Depp argued that the article indirectly referred to abuse allegations Heard made against Depp during their 2016 divorce.
Heard had alleged that Depp bruised her face after he threw a phone at her in their home in Los Angeles.
Depp denied the allegation and was not charged with any crime.
Depp described his testimony at the civil trial that began last week as the “first opportunity I’ve had to speak about this case in full.”
Heard’s attorneys are expected to cross-examine Depp on April 20.
The trial is expected to last six weeks.
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