Johnny Depp Accuses Ex-Wife Amber Heard Of Fabricating Abuse Allegations

Johnny Depp has accused his former wife Amber Heard of fabricating domestic violence allegations against him that he claims “are categorically and demonstrably false.”

The Blast first reported that the actor made the comments in a declaration last month as part of a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, following her December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post. In that commentary, Heard described herself as a survivor of domestic abuse, although she did not name Depp.

The couple were married in 2015; their divorce was finalized in early 2017. The actress has accused her ex-husband of more than a dozen incidents before and during their short and rocky marriage. She has alleged that when Depp was high on drugs or alcohol, he punched, slapped, kicked and choked her.

The actor denied those accusations in his declaration.

“I have denied Ms. Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016, when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the preceding week,” Depp said, according to People magazine. “I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life. I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman.”

Depp said, per the Blast, that his lawsuit is meant “not only to clear my name and restore my reputation, but to attempt to bring clarity to the women and men whose lives have been harmed by abuse and who have been repeatedly lied to by Ms. Heard purporting to be their spokesperson.”

The actor said he filed the suit after the “appearance of new evidence not previously in my possession.” He added: “After years of asserting my innocence, I am finally in a position to prove it by dismantling each element of her hoax.”

In the declaration, Depp claimed that Heard committed “innumerable acts of domestic violence” against him while mixing prescription amphetamines and nonprescription drugs with alcohol. The actor alleged that she “hit, punched, and kicked” him and “repeatedly and frequently threw objects” at him, including bottles, soda cans, burning candles, remote controls and paint thinner cans.

As part of the declaration, Depp included several photos of injuries to himself that he said were caused by Heard.

Depp said that he decided to divorce the actress on April 21, 2016, after “Ms. Heard or one of her friends defecated in my bed as some sort of a sick prank before they left for Coachella together.”

Heard’s lawyer, Eric George, responded to Depp’s claims with this statement:

The evidence in this case is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard. The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr. Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him ― his former lawyers, former managers, and his former spouse ― are not fooling anyone. In light of the important work done by the #TimesUp movement highlighting the tactics abusers use to continue to traumatize survivors, neither the creative community nor the public will be gaslit by Mr. Depp’s baseless blame-the-victim conspiracy theories.

In a statement obtained by People, Depp’s lawyer fired back at George’s statement, denying that the actor had brought “baseless litigation” and saying that Heard “faces a growing mountain of evidence” about “her infamous hoax.”

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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Let Her Know You Care

NIA suggests: "She needs to know that you’re there for her, that you will support her. Don’t criticise the decisions that she’s made. Remind her that she’s not alone, domestic violence affects one in four women in their lives. "Remind her that it’s not her fault, that she isn’t responsible. Also it isn’t her responsibility to make him change or make him stop." Rise adds: "Believe the person, don't say 'Really? They seem so nice.' Say things like 'I believe you' 'this isn't your fault.' Don't say 'why didn't you say something sooner' as that is blaming a 'victim.' It doesn't matter when they tell, just that they do. Say things like 'I am pleased you've told me.'"

Let Her Know You're Concerned

NIA says: "it can be really difficult to see that you’re in an abusive relationship, as women often minimise or excuse what is happening to them or find ways to think it’s their fault. It’s also hard to tell someone else, so don’t wait for your friend to ask you for help. Ask her, let her know that you’re concerned, that you know something is wrong." Rise UK add: "Being direct can help as it takes the responsibility away from the survivor, they will know what you are asking, rather than trying to guess form an ambigious question. 'Are you experiencing abuse?' might also help a survivor feel safe that they can disclose to you; you aren't afraid of what might come out."

Support Her

Women's Aid says: "Tell her that no one deserves to be threatened or beaten, despite what her abuser has told her. Nothing she does or says justifies the abuser's behaviour."

Acknowledge Her Situation

Women's Aid says: "Acknowledge that it takes strength to talk to someone about experiencing abuse. Give her time to talk, but don't push her to talk if she doesn't want to. "Acknowledge that she is in a frightening and difficult situation."

Have Courage

Don’t be afraid to broach difficult questions. Is she safe? Is she afraid? Two women a week are killed in the UK. Domestic violence is serious.

Don't Make Things Worse

If you know her partner, don’t collude. Don’t make excuses for him, don’t agree with his excuses. Tell him that he, not she is responsible for his actins. If he genuinely wants to change, help is available, advise him to look up an organisation called 'Respect'.

Call The Police

"If you witness a violent incident, call the police," say NIA. Rise adds: "Be aware that doing things; preparing to leave or reporting to the police (etc) can increase risk to survivor and consider how that can be managed; make plans together, have a code word, inform the police, and contact local specialist services."

Find Out What She Wants

Rise says: "Ask the survivor what they want to happen or do about the situation, putting them in control. A friend or relative may want to jump in and 'fix' things, which is disempowering. Be aware that the situation probably cannot be resolved quickly, but support is available whilst decisions are made." NIA adds: "Check that she knows where she can get help. Give her the National Domestic Violence Helpline number (0808 2000 247). Also, Women’s Aid have an excellent confidential survivors forum, sharing what is happening with other women in abusive relationships can make a huge difference. You can find out where help is available locally from Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis’s websites."

Don't Give Up

Finally, don’t give up on her if she doesn’t tell you the first time you ask, or if she doesn’t leave or returns to a violence relationship. Abusers break down our self-confidence. Women often make several attempt to leave a violent and abusive relationship before they make the final break. She isn’t being weak, she being strong and brave and trying to escape. You might be her lifeline.

Don't Lecture Her

"Don't tell her to leave the relationship if she isn’t ready. That's her decision," say Women's Aid.

Medical Support

Ask if she has suffered physical harm. If so, offer to go with her to a hospital or GP.

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