Johnny Depp’s Ex Vanessa Paradis Confirms He Was Never Violent To Her
Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Vanessa Paradis has said he is a “kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father”, according to legal documents in his libel claim against the Sun newspaper.
In a report by The Mirror, The Pirates Of The Caribbean star is suing the tabloid’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over April 2018 article which referred to the 56-year-old as a “wife-beater”.
The article is related to allegations made against Depp by his former wife, actress Amber Heard, which the actor strenuously denies.
Lawyers for Depp are seeking to admit evidence from Paradis, who has two children with the star, as part of his case against the publisher. The case is due to be tried at the High Court in London in July.
According to the court documents, his relationship with Paradis ended in 2012, shortly before he and Heard were together.
In the witness statement, Paradis said:
I have known Johnny for more than 25 years. We’ve been partners for 14 years and we raised our two children together. Through all these years I’ve known Johnny to be a kind, attentive, generous, and non-violent person and father. He was never violent or abusive to me.
At a hearing conducted remotely over Skype on Wednesday, Depp’s lawyers also said they wish to also tender evidence from actress Winona Ryder, who was in a relationship with the star in the 1990s.
In the words of Ryder:
I cannot wrap my head around the accusations. He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me.
A two-week trial was due to start in London on March 25 at which the actor, Heard and a number of Hollywood figures would have had to give evidence, but it was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The trial is now set to take place at the Royal Courts of Justice over three weeks from July 7, with strict social distancing measures in place.