- Johnny Depp appeared on the cover of British GQ and denied allegations that he domestically abused his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
- Heard’s lawyer issued a blistering statement, criticising the magazine for not interviewing witnesses of the alleged abuse and for giving a platform to “psychological abuse.”
- Heard filed a domestic-violence restraining order against Depp in May 2016, less than a week after she filed for divorce against him.
- Depp told British GQ: “How the f— am I going to hit her? Which, by the way, is the last thing I would have done.”
- Depp’s attorney said the actor was “simply defending himself against Ms. Heard’s lingering false abuse accusations.”
Amber Heard’s lawyer savaged British GQ for their November cover story of Johnny Depp and called the magazine a platform for “psychological abuse.”
The statement from Heard’s lawyer, who was not named, comments came after the magazine published an interview with Depp, in which the actor denied abusing Heard when they were married. The statement was published by Page Six.
British GQ’s article, which published online on Tuesday, quoted Depp as saying: “How the f— am I going to hit her? Which, by the way, is the last thing I would have done. I might look stupid, but I ain’t f—ing stupid.”
— British GQ (@BritishGQ) October 2, 2018
Heard’s lawyer on Wednesday called it “outrageous” that the magazine didn’t speak to witnesses of the alleged domestic abuse. The lawyer also accused Depp of lying and disregarding his confidentiality agreement with Heard.
The lawyer’s statement said, according to Page Six:
“It is outrageous that GQ never spoke to any of the multiple witnesses to Mr. Depp’s physical abuse of Ms. Heard prior to publishing its article. If GQ had done even a basic investigation into Mr. Depp’s claims, it would have quickly realised that his statements are entirely untrue.
“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.”
The lawyer added that in giving the interview, Depp was “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,” Heard’s lawyer said, referring to photos of Heard’s injuries.
The photo below, published by People in 2016, showed Heard allegedly injured from a domestic abuse incident by Depp she said took place in December 2015.
— People (@people) June 1, 2016
The author of the British GQ story said he wanted to give Depp’s side of the story, “which up until now has not been properly heard.”
Depp’s attorney told Page Six on Wednesday: “In his GQ interview, Mr. Depp is simply defending himself against Ms. Heard’s lingering false abuse accusations.”
Heard filed a domestic-violence restraining order against Depp in May 2016, less than a week after she filed for divorce against him.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said that officers responded to a call, but found no evidence of any crime,People reported at the time.
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, and attempting to grab Heard’s phone and to throw an object.
“Why didn’t that person speak to the police?” Depp told British 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.”
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.”
INSIDER has contacted Condé Nast, which owns British GQ, for comment.
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