"My goal is the truth," said Depp who is suing Heard for $50 million in a Fairfax County, Virginia court for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she had published.
Over at a Fairfax, Virginia court on Tuesday, Johnny Depp took the stand to give his statement in his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard. The Alice in Wonderland actor spoke in detail about the allegations of domestic-made by Heard against him. His roughly three-hour testimony also included his history with substance abuse and the nature of his relationship with the Aquaman actress, according to CNN.
"My goal is the truth," said Depp who is suing Heard for $50 million in a Fairfax County, Virginia court for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she wrote about her experience with domestic abuse. Although Depp was not named directly in Heard's piece, it was published a few years after she claimed Depp had allegedly bruised her face by throwing a phone at her in their Los Angeles home.
At the time, the 58-year-old actor denied the allegation and was not charged with any crime. Depp revealed during the testimony that the two had arguments when they were together but "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 then claimed that Heard's op-ed resulted in "financial losses" as he was dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after leading them for 15 years. "One day you're Cinderella so to speak and then in zero point six seconds you're Quasimodo. I didn't deserve that and nor did my children, nor did the people who had believed in me all these years," explained Depp of how his life changed following Heard's allegations.
He went on to describe his troubling childhood and witnessing his parents' turbulent relationship as well as experiencing verbal and physical abuse by his mother. Depp went on to speak about his first experience with taking controlled substances at roughly the age of 11 when he would consume his mom's prescription pills "to escape the chaotic nature of what we were living through."
During the trial that began last week, Depp noted that his testimony was the "first opportunity I've had to speak about this case in full." Speaking about the beginning of their relationship, he said, "from what I recall, what I remember, she was too good to be true...She was attentive, she was loving, she was smart, she was kind, she was funny, she was understanding. We had many things in common."
Depp and Amber tied the knot in 2015 after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009. The actor recalled how "wonderful" Heard was for some time between a year and a year and a half and how he became close to her family. "Then things just started to change -- or things started to reveal themselves, is a better way to put it," he shared of their marriage that ended in divorce in August 2016.
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