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Johnny Depp says ex-wife's abuse allegations were 'sick' as libel case begins

July 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The actor Johnny Depp has forcefully rejected allegations he was abusive toward his ex-wife, Amber Heard, describing them as "sick" on the first day of his libel action against a UK newspaper group.

(CNN)The actor Johnny Depp has forcefully rejected allegations he was abusive toward his ex-wife, Amber Heard, describing them as "sick" on the first day of his libel action against a UK newspaper group.

Depp, who arrived at the High Court in London wearing a face mask for the hearing on Tuesday, admitted long-term problems with drugs and alcohol but said a newspaper's claims that he was violent to Heard were "completely untrue. "

Court papers show the newspaper group alleges that Depp was "controlling and verbally and physically abusive" towards Heard, "particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. " Depp has always denied allegations of physical abuse against his former wife.

Lawyers for News Group Newspapers (NGN) told a high court judge that its description of Depp is "entirely accurate and truthful," the PA Media news agency reported.

Citing evidence, including photos, audio recordings and Depp's own text messages, which are to be presented at the trial, lawyers for the newspaper group argued in court filings that Depp "beat his wife Amber Heard, causing her to suffer significant injury, and on occasion leading to her fearing for her life," PA reported.

The newspaper group claims there were 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence, PA said, including what Heard describes in court papers as a "three-day hostage situation in Australia in March 2015".

Giving evidence in court, Depp described accusations that he subjected her to "torture and other abuse" as "sick" and "completely untrue," PA reported, and he claimed that Heard was physically abusive to him.

The claimant was not violent towards Ms Heard, it was she who was violent to him," Depp's barrister David Sherborne said in a written outline of the actor's case, PA reported.

Depp told the court that he had started taking drugs at a "very young age, when it was not a particularly stable or secure or safe home life, and there was quite a lot of unpleasantness in the house," PA reported.

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