The Jakarta Post
Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London, Britain, on Feb. 26. (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
French singer, model and actress Vanessa Paradis has voiced her support for ex-husband Johnny Depp, who is battling a defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
In a declaration included in the court documents, 47-year-old Paradis, who was in a relationship with the 56-year-old actor between 1999 and 2012, has reportedly praised Depp as "a kind, attentive, generous, and non-violent person and father" during their time together, raising their two children.
She added that she was fully aware of the allegations made by Heard yet she was convinced that "this is nothing like the true Johnny I have known" as Depp was never violent or abusive toward her throughout their relationship.
"I am aware of the allegations which Amber Heard has publicly accused Johnny of for more than 4 years now. 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." - Vanessa Paradis, 2020 pic.twitter.com/vKmHgtWPLN— Support Johnny Depp (@MyGrindelwald) March 16, 2020
Paradis, who is now married to French writer Samuel Benchetrit, shares two kids -- 20-year-old Lily-Rose and 17-year-old John Christopher -- with Depp.
Previously actresses Penélope Cruz, Depp's close friend for over a decade; and Winona Ryder, who dated the actor for three years in the 1990s; also wrote similar declarations to defend the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
The bitter ending for Depp and Heard, who married in 2015, begun when the Aquaman actress accused the former of domestic violence, which he denied committing. After the two divorced out of court in 2016, news outlets later reported that Heard had donated her US$7 million divorce settlement to charity.
However things got messy again after Depp sued Heard in 2019 for writing an op-ed for the Washington Post, in which she portrays herself as a domestic abuse victim. The real victim is being put into question though, after just earlier this year it was revealed that the actress admitted that she hit Depp and had previously threw pots and pans at him in leaked audiotapes obtained by dailymail.com. Following the news, the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp trended, followed by online petitions to remove Heard from Aquaman 2 as well as a L’Oréal spokesperson. (gis/kes)
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