JOHNNY DEPP has accused ex-wife Amber Heard of having ‘painted-on bruises’, as he denied being physically abusive in newly filed court papers.
The Hollywood stars divorced in 2017, with each side accusing the other of violence during their turbulent two-year marriage.
In December, after Heard wrote an article for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a victim of domestic abuse, Depp, 55, launched a $50million (£39million) defamation lawsuit against her.
She has asked a judge in Virginia to dismiss the lawsuit.
Depp wrote in response: ‘I have denied Ms Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016 when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the preceding week.
‘I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life.’
He went on to allege Heard was the aggressor in their relationship. ‘She was the perpetrator, and I was the victim,’ he said.
‘While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms Heard committed innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of a third-party witness, which in some instances caused me serious bodily harm.’
Eric George, a lawyer for Heard, 33, denied the allegations.
He told People magazine in a statement: ‘The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him — his former lawyers, former managers, and his former spouse — are not fooling anyone.’