Johnny Depp's Exes Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis Blast 'Horrific' Claims Against Him | 22 Words

Amid the drama and scandal surrounding Johnny Depp's divorce from Amber Heard, the actor's exes have come forward with their opinions on the detrimental claims against him... And they could change everything.

It's been a turbulent couple of years for Johnny Depp.

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The Kentucky born actor, who has been renowned in Hollywood since the 1990s, has been embroiled in a highly publicized domestic abuse scandal with his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard, for the last 4 years.

It all seemed to be going so well...

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After meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, the actor started dating Texan actress and model, Amber Heard, shortly after calling it quits with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis.

At first, the pair seemed perfect for each other.

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Johnny and Amber enjoyed a happy couple of years together, and would regularly attend red-carpet events as a couple, arm-in-arm and seemingly madly in love.

They announced their engagement in 2014...

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And, not ones to waste any time, hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.

However, it was here when things started to go a little ship-shaped.

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Their honeymoon period was rather short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Johnny reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of "smashing bottles and windows" during a heated argument with his wife.

For the next year, various reports of abuse between the pair continued to surface...

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So it came as no shock when Amber filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their "I do"s.

At first, the divorce seemed unsuspicious...

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With many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited "irreconcilable differences" while filing the divorce petition.

But, only a few months into their separation...

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Amber filed a restraining order against Johnny, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.

It was a big allegation to make...

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So people were confused when Amber retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.

But this didn't stop the world from turning against Johnny.

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Amber had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.

She claimed that this would happen every time he'd lose his temper...

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And that he would frequently lash out at her, both verbally and physically.

Pictures of her bruised face also emerged...

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In which she claimed was a result of him throwing his phone at her.

And, in 2018, the actress penned an article for The Washington Post where she opened up about her experience with domestic abuse and violence.

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Though she didn't explicitly name Johnny in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out."

There was an outpour of support for Amber...

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Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union's "Ambassador for Women's Issues".

And, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him...

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Johnny found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.

Fewer and fewer directors were hiring Johnny for roles...

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And his appearance in J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.

But then, there was a sudden twist in the tale.

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Last year, Johnny filed a $50-million defamation case against Amber and presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.

Shockingly, the actor alleged that he was the victim all along.

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Johnny's defamation lawsuit read: “The op-ed [Amber's article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her."

The lawsuit also states that all of Amber’s claims were “categorically and demonstrably false"...

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And listed down incidents of Amber’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.

The allegations are difficult to read.

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"She hit, punched, and kicked me. She 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." His lawsuit read.

And, to tarnish the actress' reputation and credibility even further...

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Audio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Johnny.

As per the audio clip, she could also be heard taunting him...

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"You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn't matter how friendly it is, it's not cool," Amber can be heard saying.

The case is still ongoing.

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And Johnny has been in court over this past week for his libel case against The Sun newspaper - whom he is suing over a 2018 article in which he was described as a "wife-beater."

Depp and Heard are both in court as part of the 3-week long trial...

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Their dramatic Hollywood trial has seen the pair both allege shocking details about their tumultuous relationship, such as Heard allegedly defecating in Depp's bed.

But Depp is on the full defense...

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And more people are coming forward to speak in his favor.

Malcolm Connolly, the actor's longstanding security guard, said this week in court that he never saw Depp “physically attack or hit" Heard.

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“I wouldn’t tolerate any man striking a woman. No matter who he was, I just wouldn’t tolerate that," he said. “Not even if he’s my boss. I don’t care if he’s the Pope."

Connolly reiterated that Depp was the victim...

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And he also detailed how he witnessed Heard throwing objects such as forks, lighters, and Coke cans at the actor on several occasions.

And now, 2 more witnesses have spoken out in Depp's defense...

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His old flames, Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis.

Depp's former partners have given staunch statements in his defense...

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And they have slammed all of the "horrible" accusations made against him.

Both women have defiantly defended Depp...

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Winona Ryder, who dated the actress for 3 years in the 1990s, said she was "absolutely shocked, confused and upset" by the allegations against him, adding in her statement, provided in advance of the trial: "The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved."

She continued:

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"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 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."

Depp's ex-wife, Vanessa Paradis, voiced Ryder's shock over the accusations.

Paradis, who was married to Depp for fourteen years and shares 2 children with him, described him as a "kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father."

She explained:

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"On movie sets the actors, directors and entire crews adore him because he is humble and respectful to everyone, as well as being one of the best actors we've seen."

However, it was eventually decided that the women's' statements would not be required in court...

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Because Depp's claim that he has never hit a woman was only tested by the defense regarding Heard.

The trial continues.

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We will post updates accordingly. For more lighthearted news on the actor, keep scrolling to read about the fake Donald Trump biopic he is set to star in...