Two years after Amber Heard first made allegations of violence against Johnny Depp, the Hollywood actor has spoken out to rubbish the claims made against him and reveals that he was ‘hurt’ by the allegations, as were his family.
Hollywood was rocked after Depp was accused of throwing an iPhone in Amber’s face and accused of other violence against her when she shared images of herself covered in bruises after an alleged altercation with the actor. She was also granted a restraining order against the now 55-year-old.
A year later, in January 2017, they divorced, with Amber Heard donating her $5.5 million (£4.9million) to charity.
Coming forward for the first time, the actor describes the ‘hurt’ of Amber’s accusations, and explained why he hasn’t spoken out before.
In an interview with GQ, he said: ‘It hurts. The thing that hurt me is being presented as something that you’re really as far away from as you could possibly get, you know? But to… To harm someone you love? As a kind of bully? No, it didn’t, it couldn’t even sound like me.
‘So, initially, I just kept my mouth shut, you know? I knew it was going to stick on me and it would get weirder. Keep going, you know? Go nuts. I ain’t going to get into a pissing contest with someone about it. Spit out what you need to spit out and, you know, my attorneys will take care of the rest. I never went out and spoke about the shit.’
The actor said that as the accusations spiralled and his reputation damaged, he turned ‘from Cinderella to Quasimodo’.
‘But it felt like within a very, very short period of time that suddenly this version – for lack of a better word – of Cinderella had been immediately turned into the beast. He’s Quasimodo. I could feel people look at me differently, because of the accusations towards you,’ he said.
And then people start putting things in magazines: “He’s insane. He needs to take a sanity test…” You know, ludicrous stuff. But the only thing that I could do was know what I still know.’
His family, including ex-wife Vanessa Paradis, stood by him during his divorce.
During his divorce battle, Depp was also hit with a lawsuit from his management, who also claimed to have been aware of his alleged violence towards Heard, claiming he owed them $18million (£13.8million) after allegedly blowing a whole heap of cash on his luxury lifestyle, with properties all over the world, private jets and a £23,000-a-month spend on wine.
‘This vile fucking circus’, he said, referring to Hollywood. ‘But did it stop all the power mongers in Hollywood who were interested in shutting me up?
‘Big money was being thrown about. People suing me at every opportunity. I mean, it’s all so obvious.’
He and Heard, 32, eventually reached an out-of-court settlement and she withdrew her allegations.
‘I know the truth and if I had to walk away from all of it today, the job, the career, all of it, and go toodle-oo, then ﬁne,’ he said.
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