Actor Johnny Depp testified Wednesday in his defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Hard that his “foreign” allegations of domestic violence were “unimaginably brutal” to hear.
“No man is perfect, of course not, neither are we, but I’ve never been sexually abused, physically abused, in my life,” said Mr. Depp, 58.
Taking a witness stand near the end of a six-week trial in Fairfax, near the U.S. capital, Mr. Depp was asked by his lawyers how it was to hear Mrs. Hard’s testimony.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star said, “I could hear horrible allegations of violence, sexual violence, that he blamed me.” “All these weird, offensive stories of me doing these things.
“Horrible, ridiculous, insulting, ridiculous, painful, barbaric, unimaginably brutal, cruel and all lies,” he told the jury. “All lies.”
Johnny Depp said that someone “enjoys dividing himself and telling the truth” but he has to deal with “what I’ve been carrying reluctantly on my back for six years”.
Amber Hard, 36, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, received a restraining order against her then-husband in May 2016, citing domestic violence.
Mr Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, filed a defamation suit against the British tabloid The Sun in London in November 2020 for calling her a “wife-beater”.
He lost the case and filed a lawsuit against Hard for an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post in December 2018, in which he described himself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.”
The Texas-born hardcover did not name Depp, but sued him for being a domestic abuser and seeking $ 50 million in damages.
Hard, who starred in “Aquaman”, demanded 100 100 million in retaliation and claimed that he had suffered “a lot of physical violence and abuse” at his hands.
– ‘He never pushed me’ –
During the high-profile trial, which began on 11 April, Hardy testified to multiple incidents of alleged physical and sexual abuse by an intoxicated Mr Depp, including being sexually harassed with a bottle while in Australia.
Johnny Depp claims that Mrs. Hard was often violent during their relationship and that he once threw a bottle of vodka at her and cut off the tip of one of her fingers.
Earlier on Wednesday, British model Kate Moss, Mr Depp’s ex-girlfriend, dismissed reports that he had once thrown her down the stairs.
“He never pushed me, never kicked me or threw me down the stairs,” Ms. Moss said, testifying as a witness for Mr. Depp.
Amber Hard, during her testimony, cited reports that Johnny Depp once allegedly pushed Mrs. Moss on a flight of stairs.
That reference gave Johnny Depp’s lawyers an opportunity to call Moss and he testified via video link from England.
Miss Moss, 48, said she had a romantic relationship with Mr Depp from 1994 to 1998.
He was asked about an incident the couple took to a resort in Jamaica during a vacation.
“It was raining hard and I got out of the house and fell down the stairs and hit my back,” said Kate Moss.
“And I screamed because I don’t know what happened to me and I was in pain. He ran to help me and took me to my room and treated me.”
Kate Moss’s testimony lasted only three minutes, and Amber Hard’s lawyers refused to question her.
– Damaged carriers –
After filing a defamation suit against Mr. Depp, Mrs. Hard filed a counter-lawsuit against him, citing alleged defamatory remarks made about him by Mr. Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman.
Both sides have claimed the loss of their Hollywood careers.
Amber Hard’s legal team testified to an entertainment industry expert who estimated that the actress lost চলচ্চিত্র 45- $ 50 million for lost movie and TV roles and approval.
An industry expert hired by Mr Depp’s side has testified that the actor has lost millions due to allegations of abuse, including a $ 22.5-million salary for the sixth installment of “Pirates”.
Judge Penny Azcaret set the date for the final argument on Friday.
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