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Johnny Depp calls ex-wife Amber Heard’s allegations ‘incredibly cruel, cruel, and all false’ in exchange for a defamation trial


Editor’s note: Some testimonies contain graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical abuse.

Johnny Depp called his ex-wife’s accusations of sexual and physical assault “crazy” Wednesday when he returned to the stand as a witness in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.

When asked about his reaction to hearing Heard’s allegations when she testified earlier at the trial, Depp said: “It’s ridiculous, humiliating, funny, agonizing, brutal, incredibly brutal, cruel, all false.”

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Actor Johnny Depp testifies in the courtroom of Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Depp was testifying on Wednesday as a rebuttal witness – both he and Heard testified extensively earlier in the trial.

He gave some specific responses to some of the private allegations raised by Heard as well as her sister, Whitney Henriques, who gave some of the strongest supporting testimony to Heard.

The interrogation by his lawyer concluded with a final rejection of the allegations.

“I’ve never in my life committed sexual assault, or physical assault, or all these strange and outrageous stories about committing these things,” he said. “And living with her for six years, waiting to be able to get the truth out.”

“No matter what happened, I came here and I’ve told the truth and I’ve spoken about what I’ve had on my back, reluctantly, for six years,” he said.

In questioning Depp, Heard’s lawyers took aim at the claim, questioning the actor about his previous lawsuit against the British newspaper The Sun, which referred to him as a “wife’s lover”. Depp lost that defamation case.

As Heard’s attorney, J. Benjamin Rottenborn, text messages between Depp and his assistant in which he used expletives to refer to a woman’s sexual organs and said “I need. I want. I take.” Depp described the idea he wrote if he wanted to be with a woman sexually, it was rightly “ridiculous.”

“You can say whatever you want, I never said those words. There just isn’t enough arrogance in me,” he told Heard’s lawyer, noting that the text had been tampered with or someone might have grabbed his phone. “This is so hideous.”

Deb Heard is suing in Fairfax County Circuit Court over an op-ed she wrote in December 2018 in the Washington Post that described herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” His lawyers say the article defamed him even though he never mentioned his name.

Deb has Refusal He’s hit on Heard before, and says she was the abusive in the relationship. I heard testified about him More than a dozen separate cases of physical abuse she says she suffered at the hands of Depp.

Depp also disputed Heard’s claim that Depp had nothing to do with her getting a role in the superhero film Aquaman. When Heard testified, she was clearly offended by a question from Depp’s attorney insinuating that Depp got the role.

Despite this, Depp said that after Heard auditioned for the role, he spoke to the studio on her behalf. He was prevented from discussing the details of his conversations when Heard’s lawyers objected, but said, “She eventually got the job, so I hope, I think, I’ve quelled their concerns somewhat.”

But upon cross-examination, jurors saw a text message sent after Heard filed for divorce in which Depp told his sister, “I want to replace her in a WB (Warner Brothers) movie.”

However, when Heard’s attorney asked Depp if he was trying to kick Heard out of Aquaman, he denied it. Instead, he said he felt bound by his duty to tell the studio “it’s going to end up being something ugly” if they keep their hearing in the film.

Also on Wednesday, supermodel Kate Moss, Depp’s ex-girlfriend, denied that she was pushed or assaulted by Depp during their relationship.

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Model Kate Moss, ex-girlfriend of actor Johnny Depp, is sworn in to testify via video link during Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, May 25, 2022.

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Moss also testified as a cassation witness. Heard, in her testimony, referred to Moss and a rumor that Depp pushed Moss down a flight of stairs when they dated.

Moss, in an affidavit she provided via video link, said Depp never assaulted her. She said she once slipped down a flight of stairs after a rainstorm at a Jamaican resort, and that Depp helped her.

She testified for less than 5 minutes and was not questioned.

Depp also addressed the accusation in his testimony, saying that it happened just as Moss said. He said he told Moss’ story to Heard years ago and “Mrs. Heard took the story and turned it into a very gruesome accident, all on her mind.”

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