Johnny Depp’s ex Vanessa Paradis has joined alongside Penélope Cruz and Winona Ryder in voicing her support for the beloved actor in his ongoing defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Paradis has submitted a declaration on behalf of the actor, who sued his ex-wife in 2019 after Heard wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, in which she labeled herself as a victim of domestic abuse, according to court documents.
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Cruz and Ryder have submitted similar declarations.
“I have known Johnny Depp for more than 25 years,” Paradis wrote in the court documents. “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.”
“I am aware of the allegations which Amber Heard has publicly accused Johnny of for more than 4 years now,” she continued. “This is nothing like the true Johnny I have known, and from my personal experience of many years, I can say he was never violent or abusive to me.”
Depp and Paradis dated for 14 years, from 1999 to 2012.
The French singer has two kids with the Pirates of the Caribbean star: Lily-Rose and John Christopher.
Heard and Depp married in 2015. In May 2016, Heard filed a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing Depp of abusing her. He denied the claims, and the former couple settled their separation outside of court in August 2016 for $7 million, which Heard donated to charity. Both parties signed NDAs barring them from discussing their relationship to the public.
In 2019, Depp’s lawyers filed a $50 million defamation suit against Heard over her op-ed in The Washington Post published on December 18, 2018. The op-end was titled “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” In her public essay, she made no mention of her ex-husband’s name.
The Edward Scissorhands star sued the U.K. outlet The Sun in 2018 for libel over a story calling their actor a “wife-beater.” The trial is expected to begin on March 23 and last for two weeks.