Winona Ryder has come to Johnny Depp’s defense!
The Stranger Things star has filed a declaration in her ex-fiance’s defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, calling the abuse allegations Heard made against him “impossible to believe.”
According to The Blast, the 48-year-old described her four-year relationship with the Pirates of the Caribbean star as “one of the more significant relationships of [her] life,” explaining:
“I am aware of the violence allegations that have been made publicly for the last few years by Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard. I knew Johnny very well years ago. We were together as a couple for four years, and I counted him as my best friend, and as close to me as family. I count our relationship as one of the more significant relationships of my life. I understand that it is very important that I speak from my own experience.”
The Oscar nominee went on to say she “cannot wrap [her] head” around Heard’s accusations, noting that the Aquaman star’s portrait of an angry, violent Johnny is “the farthest thing from” the man Winona “knew and loved.”
“I obviously was not there during his marriage to Amber, but, from my experience, which was so wildly different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him. The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations.”
Making it clear that Depp was “never, never violent” towards her, Winona shared:
“He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen. I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man- an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him… I do not want to call anyone a liar but from my experience of Johnny, it is impossible to believe that such horrific allegations are true. I find it extremely upsetting knowing him as I do.”
A lot of new statements from Depp and Heard’s inner circle have been issued lately, but this might be the most powerful.
This isn’t the first time Winona’s spoken out on behalf of Depp, though. In 2016, she called Heard’s claims “unimaginable,” telling TIME:
“Look, I mean, obviously I can only speak from my own experience. It’s very tricky because if it were any other type of scandal, like cheating, you could be like, ‘None of my business. No comment. Not appropriate for me.’ But I think because what is being said is so horrific and such a global issue for millions of women, obviously, that I understand why people feel it is their business. I get it. And I get why you would ask… I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said. I mean, he was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves. It’s hard because I feel like that’s my experience. And it’s been a very long time.”
Making sure she stopped short of victim-blaming, Ryder said:
“I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it. Look, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me. And we have a lot of mutual friends. I just never heard anything like that about him. But, again, I feel like even saying that, I’m going to get death threats or something. I’m not on social media, so maybe I will be spared.”
“It’s just shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before. It’s just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable. You know with certain people you hear something and go, ‘I can see that.’ But this isn’t that. So anyway this is the first time I’ve said anything so I don’t know. I can only offer my own experience. It’s such a serious, horrible thing to be accused of.”
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