Amber Heard filed for divorce from the Johnny Depp in May 2016 stating that he had been 'verbally and physically' abusive towards her. They were married for 15 months before she filed for divorce.
Hollywood star Johnny Depp has denied physically abusing ex-wife Amber Heard, arguing that it was she who abused him during their relationship.
In newly filed court documents as part of his $50m defamation case against her, Depp accused Heard of having "painted-on bruises".
“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 began. “I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life.”
“I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman,” he added.
Images emerged at the time showing Heard with a bruised eye and face. She claimed Depp threw a phone at her face and struck her in their home.
While Depp denied abusing Heard, he claimed in his declaration that he had been the victim of abuse conducted by Heard.
“She was the perpetrator, and I was the victim,” he alleged. “While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms. Heard committed innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of a third-party witness, which in some instances caused me serious bodily harm.”
In his declaration, Depp claimed Heard “hit, punched, and kicked me,” adding, “She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, and television remote controls, which severely injured me.”
In one instance, Depp alleged he had asked Heard to sign a post-nuptial agreement after the two had tied the knot in 2015.“She went berserk and began throwing bottles at me,” Depp claimed. “The first bottle sailed past my head and missed, but then she threw a large glass vodka bottle.”
The actor said the bottle hit the countertop where he had his hand and caused his finger to shatter, ultimately severing his fingertip.“I had to have 3 surgeries to reconstruct my finger and contracted MRSA three times,” he claimed. “I feared that I would lose my finger, my arm and my life.”