Johnny Depp’s ex-partner Winona Ryder has said it is “impossible to believe” allegations from his former wife Amber Heard that he was violent.
“I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man,” said Ms Ryder.
Mr Depp, 57, is suing the publisher of the Sun over an article that referred to him as a “wife beater” – but the newspaper maintains it was accurate.
He denies 14 domestic violence allegations which News Group Newspapers is relying on for its defence.
Ms Ryder and Vanessa Paradis, also a former partner of Mr Depp, had been due to give evidence at London’s High Court via video link.
But on Thursday the actor’s barrister David Sherborne told the court Mr Depp’s legal team had decided there was no need to hear from them. Their witness statements were released to the media, following a successful application by the PA news agency.
Ms Ryder, who was in a relationship with Mr Depp for four years, said: “I understand that it is very important that I speak from my own experience, as I obviously was not there during his marriage to Amber, but, from my experience, which was so wildly different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him.
“The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved.
“I cannot wrap my head around these accusations. He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen.
“I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man – an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him.
“I do not want to call anyone a liar but from my experience of Johnny, it is impossible to believe that such horrific allegations are true. I find it extremely upsetting, knowing him as I do.”
‘Humble and respectful’
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