Winona Ryder: 'I can't believe ex-fiance Johnny Depp is abusive'

Winona Ryder: 'I can't believe ex-fiance Johnny Depp is abusive'

Johnny Depp has received a big boost in his legal spat with ex-wife Amber Heard from his former fiancee, Winona Ryder.

The Stranger Things star has filed a declaration in Depp's defamation case, obtained by The Blast, dismissing Heard's claims that Depp abused her throughout their 15-month engagement.

Ryder states she cannot believe her ex-boyfriend would ever commit an act of domestic violence, insisting she never witnessed him being abusive to anyone.

"I knew Johnny very well years ago," she writes. "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.

"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."

Winona insists Depp was never violent or abusive towards her, adding: "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."

Ryder previously defended Depp against Heard's allegations in a Time Magazine piece.

Johnny is suing Amber for defamation in Virginia over an article she wrote in December, 2018 for The Washington Post, in which she referred to herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse".

He is demanding damages in excess of $50 million (£38.7 million).

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