Johnny Depp accuses Amber Heard of 'painting on bruises', saying he was 'the victim of abuse'

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Actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', at a central London cinema, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Johnny Depp (Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Johnny Depp has accused his ex-wife Amber Heard of 'painting on' bruises in order to accuse him of domestic abuse.

The Fantastic Beasts actor, 55, made the claim in his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, adding that he was the victim of abuse in the relationship.

Court documents obtained by People include Depp's first person declaration against Heard, with the actor maintaining that he has 'never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman'.

“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.

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“She was the perpetrator, and I was the victim. 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.”

Depp and Heard married in 2015, but by 2016, Heard had taken out a restraining order against her husband, alleging verbal and physical abuse.

They divorced in 2017, releasing a statement at the time saying that there was 'never any intent of physical or emotional harm' in their relationship.

Depp settled with Heard for $7 million, which she donated to charity, but is now suing her over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post, in which she described being the victim of alleged domestic violence.

Photo by: Michael Germana/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 1/9/16 Amber Heard and Johnny Depp during The Art of Elysium's Ninth Annual Heaven Gala held in Culver City, California.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp (Credit: Michael Germana/STAR MAX/IPx)

The actor, who has long denied any wrongdoing, also described an incident in which he alleges Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, severing his finger, and another incident in which he alleges she, or one of her friends, defecated in his bed.

“[Heard] also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me,” the declaration goes on.

In one incident, after Depp says he asked Heard to sign a post-nuptial agreement, 'She went berserk and began throwing bottles at me. The first bottle sailed past my head and missed, but then she threw a large glass vodka bottle'.

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“I had to have 3 surgeries to reconstruct my finger and contracted MRSA three time,” he added. “I feared that I would lose my finger, my arm and my life.

“After I removed myself from Ms. Heard’s presence in the penthouse on April 21, 2016, the following morning Ms. Heard or one of her friends defecated in my bed as some sort of sick prank before they left for Coachella together.”

Following their divorce, both Heard and Depp signed non-disclosure agreements preventing them from publicly discussing their marriage.

A statement from Depp's lawyers given to People added: “Ms. Heard, the self-appointed leader of the #metoo movement despite a prior arrest and incarceration for violent domestic abuse, now faces a growing mountain of evidence including new female victims coming forward, a fraudulent letter to Homeland Security, scheming in writing with her lawyer to suborn witness perjury, and her infamous hoax getting obliterated by 24 sworn eyewitnesses, 2 police officers, 87 video surveillance tapes, audio tape, and her own sworn confessions of violence.”