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- Johnny Depp is on the cover of British GQ’s November issue.
- In the cover story, he discussed his ex-wife Amber Heard and her allegations of domestic abuse.
- Depp claimed the evidence Heard released of the abuse was all manufactured and that the allegations “couldn’t even sound like me.”
- “How the f— am I going to hit her? Which, by the way, is the last thing I would’ve done. I might look stupid, but I ain’t f—ing stupid.”
Johnny Depp did not hold back about Amber Heard, his ex-wife who accused him of domestic abuse, in a new and rare interview.
In the cover story for British GQ’s November issue – ostensibly timed to coincide with the release of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” though the film was never mentioned in the article – Depp insists that Heard’s allegations are entirely untrue.
“To harm someone you love? As a kind of bully? No, it didn’t, it couldn’t even sound like me,” he said. “So, initially, I just kept my mouth shut, you know? I knew it was going to stick on me and it would get weirder.”
“But of course I care what my family and my kids think. I mean, you realize right away, essentially, that what is being done is the commencement of what they hope is to be your funeral.”
A word exclusive interview with Johnny Depp. https://t.co/O2ZQ7MXdvB
— British GQ (@BritishGQ) October 2, 2018
In May 2016, less than a week after Heard filed for divorce from Depp, she filed a domestic-violence restraining order.
In court, Heard presented a photograph of herself with a bruise on her right eye. Months later, TMZ published a video taken by Heard, which seemed to capture Depp yelling, attempting to grab Heard’s phone, and throwing a wine bottle at her.
“Why didn’t that person speak to the police?” Depp told GQ, referring to Heard. “I mean, they spoke to the police, but the police saw nothing and they offered her an emergency medical technician. She said no.”
“Twenty-five feet away from her, how the f— am I going to hit her? Which, by the way, is the last thing I would’ve done. I might look stupid, but I ain’t f—ing stupid.”
— E! News (@enews) May 27, 2016
Depp also claimed that the video leaked to TMZ was made to look “like it was recent,” but it was “an older video” that actually captured his reaction after losing “hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars.”
He lamented the effect Heard’s allegations have had on his children, 16-year-old John and 19-year-old Lily-Rose, and said he has been transformed from a quasi-Cinderella figure in Hollywood to “Quasimodo.”
When the GQ reporter asked if he considers himself a violent man, Depp seemed to defend himself by saying people – paparazzi in particular – should keep their distance.
“I’ve even said before, if a paparazzo gets a shot, they’re far away and they get a shot of me and my kid, whatever, that’s their thing,” he said. “But if I catch you, I will eat your nose. I will eat your nose, chew it up and swallow it in front of you and then you’ll f—ing think about it next time. I f—ing mean it.”
Depp is currently being sued by a film location manager, who claims Depp punched him on set in 2017.
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Heard withdrew her request for a restraining order in August 2016. The domestic violence case was dismissed and cannot be refiled. The couple reached a $7 million divorce settlement in January 2017 – which reportedly included a confidentiality clause that bars Heard from publicly discussing the allegations.
In August of this year, Depp alleged domestic violence from Heard in 2016. He filed new court documents, as reported by People, that claim Heard assaulted Depp by punching him twice in the face.
Representatives for Heard didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
If you or someone you love suffers from domestic abuse, visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline website or call 1-800-799-7233.
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