Johnny Depp recently recalled the moment in which he fell in love with Amber Heard.
On Tuesday, the Hollywood movie star took the stand in Fairfax, Virginia to give his witness testimony, speaking about the “complete shock” of the domestic abuse allegations made against him by Heard. He said that the accusations “were not based in any species of truth.” (Heard’s legal team is expected to cross-examine Depp on Wednesday.)
“Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” he said under oath.
Depp added of Heard’s abuse allegations, “Since I knew there was no truth to it whatsoever, I felt it my responsibility to stand up not only for myself in that instance but stand up for my children, who at the time were 14 and 16.” Depp is dad to daughter Lily-Rose, now 22, and son Jack, now 20.
Heard, 35, is countersuing for $100 million, claiming that he smeared her when he accused her of lying.
He said in the beginning his relationship with Heard, who he met on the set of the 2011 movie The Rum Diary, was ‘too good to be true’.
‘She was attentive, she was loving, she was smart, she was funny, she was understanding. We had many things in common, certainly blues music, literature.
‘For that year, or year and a half it was amazing.’
Johnny Depp reveals when he fell in love with Amber Heard
‘From the beginning of our relationship for a good year and a half she was wonderful and then things just started to change or things started to reveal themselves is a better way to put it.’
He said he called her Slim and she called him Steve after the Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart characters in the movie To Have and Have Not.
He explained that he was the craggy Bogart and she was ‘this beautiful creature, this stunning creature,’ the much-younger Bacall.
He said it was during a kissing scene in The Rum Diary that he realized he had feelings for Heard, saying he ‘felt something he shouldn’t be feeling.’
Depp also added that his ex-wife’s claims about his drug abuse were exaggerated.
He said: ‘The characterization of my ‘substance abuse’ that’s been delivered by Miss Heard is grossly embellished and I’m sorry to say but a lot of it is just plainly false
‘It was an easy target for her to hit because once you’ve trusted somebody for a certain amount of years and you’ve told them all the secrets of your life that information can be used against you, especially if it’s taken to a point that’s teetering on impossible, teetered over impossible at times.