“The only ‘shameful psychological abuse’ stems from Ms. Heard’s continuing cynical manipulation of the important #MeToo movement,” Depp’s lawyer says in a statement.
It appears the legal battle between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard is far from over, despite settling their divorce in January of 2017.
"In UK court proceedings next month, we will be submitting clear evidence of the violence committed serially against him by Ms. Heard and the serious injuries that he suffered," Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman said in a statement released to the media Wednesday night. "We will also submit overwhelming evidence that Ms. Heard faked the abuse allegations against Mr. Depp."
The statement was part of a response to Heard’s lawyer accusing the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star of "continuing his psychological abuse" of his ex-wife by denying her domestic abuse allegations in a new British GQ interview published earlier this week.
The "Aquaman" star’s legal team released a statement earlier Wednesday to respond to Depp denying that he ever hit the actress, who filed a temporary restraining order against him in May of 2016 after he allegedly bruised her face. "To harm someone you love? As a kind of bully? No, it didn’t, it couldn’t even sound like me," he said while spilling his side of the story for the first time.
"If GQ had done even a basic investigation into Mr. Depp’s claims, it would have quickly realized that his statements are entirely untrue," Heard’s lawyer said in the statement. "Mr. Depp has blatantly disregarded the parties’ confidentiality agreement and yet has refused to allow Ms. Heard to respond to his baseless allegations, despite repeated requests that she be allowed to do so."
"Mr. Depp is shamefully continuing his psychological abuse of Ms. Heard, who has attempted to put a very painful part of her life firmly in her past. One need only look at the physical evidence to draw the proper conclusion."
Depp questioned that physical evidence — photographs of Heard’s bruised face — in the GQ article, which did state it was "not a piece of investigative reporting," but rather "a chance to sit down and talk to a person of immense interest."
"Why didn’t that person speak to the police? I mean, they spoke to the police, but the police saw nothing and they offered her an emergency medical technician. She said no," Depp told GQ. "Police see nothing on her. Police see nothing broken in the place, no marks, and then they offer her an EMT to have a look at her and she says no and I don’t know if it was the next day or a couple of days later, but then there was a bruise. There was a red mark and then there was a brown bruise."
At another point in the interview Depp said, "We probably shouldn’t be talking about this, but I am worried. I worry about the people that bought it and I worry about her. It’s just not right. I will never stop fighting. I’ll never stop. They’d have to f–king shoot me. An episode like this takes time to get over."
In addition to announcing plans to pursue charges against Heard, Depp’s lawyer said his client was "simply defending himself against Ms. Heard’s lingering false abuse accusations," and stated, "Johnny Depp is the abuse victim."
The statement continued, "The only ‘shameful psychological abuse’ stems from Ms. Heard’s continuing cynical manipulation of the important #MeToo movement and its real victims, that she has used to pursue her own ends."
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