‘It was clearly about me’

KEY POINTS

  • Johnny Depp called the Washington Post’s 2018 Amber Heard editorial “one hell of a story”
  • Depp argued that it was “clearly about” him, pointing to a part where Heard talks about the plight of women in Hollywood.
  • The actor said he feels he has already lost, regardless of the outcome of the trial.

Johnny Depp directly addressed Amber Heard’s editorial on the second day of his deposition.

Depp, 58, returned to testify Wednesday in his ongoing defamation trial against his ex-wife in a Fairfax, Va., courthouse, and testified under oath that he “never assaulted” Heard.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star said Heard’s 2018 Washington Post editorial, in which she wrote about surviving domestic abuse, was a “hellish story” and claimed she was referring to him, even if she didn’t. mention. by name, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“It was obviously referring to our relationship and me. It was clearly about me,” Depp said, pointing to a section in the play where Heard talked about “the plight of women not just in Hollywood, but in general.”

The award-winning actor said there are many things in the article that he agreed with because he is also against violence.

“I understand anyone’s passion for righting wrongs that have been done over countless years against any being who has suffered at the hands of domestic violence, be it woman, man, child,” he said. “This is something that, of course – coming from my background – I am very much against any bullying of any human being and forced violence.”

The Golden Globe winner clarified on the first day of his testimony on Tuesday that he hopes to “clear the record” of the allegations against him and that he is suing his ex-wife because he wanted the truth out.

However, on his second day of deposition, Depp said that no matter what the outcome of the trial, he has already lost.

“When the accusations were made [and] circulating quickly around the world, telling people that I was a drunk, cocaine-fueled menace who beat women out of the blue in my 50s… no matter the outcome of this trial, the second the allegations were made against me [and] turned into fodder for the media… I lost it then,” Depp said at the booth.

He continued, “I missed it because that’s not something anyone [going to] put it on your back for a short time. I’ll live with that for the rest of my life. because of the accusations [and] because it was such an important case, I lost, no matter the outcome of the trial… It never had to happen, and I don’t quite understand why it happened the way it did.”

Depp and Heard split in May 2016 when she filed for a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abusing her. The actor denied the allegations and the former couple settled their divorce out of court in August 2016.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over his 2018 editorial, claiming “fabricated” allegations of domestic violence ruined his career. Disney dropped the actor from his lead role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise four days after Heard’s editorial was published.

Heard was unsuccessful in his attempts to file Depp’s lawsuit. She filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the actor in 2020, which is ongoing.

American actor Johnny Depp testifies during his libel trial at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia American actor Johnny Depp testifies during his libel trial at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia Photo: POOL via AFP / JIM WATSON

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