Winona Ryder defends ex-Johnny Depp in Amber Heard defamation suit

Winona Ryder comes to defense of ex-Johnny Depp and calls Amber Heard’s claims of domestic violence ‘impossible to believe’ in legal declaration

  • Winona Ryder came to the defense of former fiance Johnny Depp in her declaration as part of his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard 
  • The Stranger Things star, 48, said she found violence and abuse allegations against Depp ‘impossible to believe’ 
  • Ryder explained that the description of Depp s an incredibly violent person ‘is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved’
  •  Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard in March 2019 over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018, in which she claimed he abused her during their marriage

Johnny Depp got some moral and legal support from an old flame in his defamation case in Virginia against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Winona Ryder, who was engaged to Depp during their four-year courtship, came to the defense of the Pirates Of The Caribbean star by filing a declaration claiming she found it hard to believe he would ever commit an act of domestic violence. 

‘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,’ she said during her legal declaration that was obtained by The Blast

‘I find it extremely upsetting knowing him as I do.’


Winona Ryder defended ex-fiance Johnny Depp’s character during her legal declaration in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard

Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019 over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018, in which she claimed she was abused by Depp.

As part of the suit, Depp claimed that Heard had in fact physically abused him during the marriage rather than the other way around, a claim Heard has denied.

During the opening of Ryder’s declaration, she gave a brief history of her relationship with Depp that began back when they first met in 1989 and included starring together in the 1990 romance fantasy Edward Scissorhands.

‘I knew Johnny very well years ago. We were together as a couple for four years, and I counted him as my best friend, and as close to me as family. I count our relationship as one of the more significant relationships of my life. I understand that it is very important that I speak from my own experience,’ the Stranger Things star stated.

‘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,’ Ryder said of Depp on her legal declaration

Defending his character: Ryder and Depp were engaged during their four-year courtship from 1990 to 1994, which included starring together in the quirky fantasy film Edward Scissorhands

Eventually Ryder, 48, gave her thoughts about Heard’s accusations of domestic abuse during her two-year marriage to Depp.   

‘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 actress added, ‘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.’

Ryder maintained that the man she knew during their romance was never violent or abusive towards her or anyone else.  

Depp and Heard, who were married from 2015 to 2017, reached a settlement and finalized the divorce in January 2017, which included the dismissal of the restraining order and Depp paying her $7 million, which she donated to charity

‘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,’ the Reality Bites star explained.

She did add that she didn’t want to go as far as to call ‘anyone a liar.’

Depp and Heard were married in February 2015. She ended up filing for divorce in May of 2016, along a temporary restraining order against him, stating in a court declaration that he had been verbally and physically abusive during their relationship.

The two sides reached a settlement and finalized the divorce in January 2017, which included the dismissal of the restraining order and Depp paying her $7 million, which she donated to charity.

Moral and legal support: ‘The idea that he [Depp] is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved,’ Ryder further explained

 

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