In his nearly three-hour testimony, which will run Wednesday, the Oscar-nominated star detailed Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse, his history of drug use and their relationship.
“My goal is the truth,” Depp said early on in his remarks.
Depp, best known for his work on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, is suing Heard for $50 million in Fairfax County, Virginia over an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 that wrote about her experience with domestic violence.
Depp was not mentioned by name in Heard’s article.
In the years prior to its publication, Heard claimed that Depp bruised her face after throwing her a phone at their Los Angeles home. Deeb denied this allegation and no charges were brought against him.
Depp admitted in his testimony that he and Heard had arguments during their affair, but said, “I myself have never gotten to the point of hitting Mrs. Heard in any way nor have I hit any woman in my life.”
He also described his parents’ turbulent relationship and the verbal and physical abuse he and his siblings were subjected to by their mother. He also claimed that his first experience with controlled substance use occurred when he was about 11 years old and would take his mother’s prescription pills “to escape the chaotic nature of what we were living in.”
Depp claims that Heard’s editorial led to him incurring financial losses, including being excluded from future “Pirates of the Caribbean” films after leading the series for 15 years.
“One day you will be Cinderella so to speak, then in zero and six seconds you will be Quasimodo,” Depp said of how his career turned out after he was accused of abuse. “Neither did my children nor the people who believed in me all these years deserved it.”
Depp shyly admitted in his testimony that he had not seen the first film in the “Pirates” series. He said, however, “I believed in the character from the bottom of my heart.”
“It was too good to be true”
Depp and Amber met on the set of “The Rum Diary” in 2009, married in 2015 and went on a controversial split for several months, with accusations of bad behavior on both sides.
In his testimony, Depp spoke about the beginning of his relationship with Heard, saying “From what I remember, what I remember, it 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 a lot in common,” he said.
Depp said Heard has been “awesome” for some time between a year and a half. He also described his growth near the Heard family.
“Then things were just starting to change — or things were starting to reveal themselves, which is a better way to put it.”
Heard was unsuccessful in her attempts to dismiss the lawsuit. She filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Depp in 2020, and it’s ongoing.
Lawyers for the press group argued in court filings that Depp “beaten his wife Amber Heard, causing her severe injury and, at times, fearing for her life,” citing evidence, including photos, audio recordings and Depp’s text messages. .
During the trial, Depp said the tabloid’s allegations that he was violent towards Heard were “completely untrue”.
Judge Andrew Nicholl said in his ruling that the newspaper’s allegations had been proven “largely true”.
Heard previously posted a note about the current defamation trial on her verified social media accounts, writing, “I was never named [Depp]I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I’m still paying that price, but hopefully when this case is over, I can move on and so will Johnny.”
“I have always maintained my love for Johnny, and it brings me so much pain to have to live through the details of our past lives together in front of the world,” she wrote. “At this time, I am aware of the continued support I have been fortunate to have all these years, and in the coming weeks I will rely on it more than ever.”
CNN’s Rob Pechita contributed to this report.
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