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Amber Heard's New Claim: I Was Abused by 'the Monster'

Actress alleges ex Johnny Depp became 'delusional and violent' when drinking, on drugs
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2019 5:33 AM CDT
In this Nov. 3, 2011, file photo, Johnny Depp, left, and Amber Heard arrive for the European premiere of their film, "The Rum Diary," in London.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

(Newser) – The Johnny Depp–Amber Heard saga churns on. Last month, the former slammed the latter with a $50 million defamation lawsuit, with Depp insisting Heard's claims of domestic violence were a "hoax." Now the 32-year-old actress is outlining those abuse claims, with a motion filed Thursday that asks to dismiss Depp's suit and details more than a dozen incidents in which the 55-year-old allegedly became verbally and physically abusive, the AP reports. Heard even had a nickname for Depp after she says he drank or used drugs, when she notes his abusive behavior would worsen. "[Depp] would become a totally different person, often delusional and violent. We called that version of Johnny 'the Monster,'" the suit notes, per People. Heard says his abuse of booze and "illegal narcotics and prescription medications" began a year or so into their relationship, Page Six reports.

One incident in Heard's complaint involved a 2014 flight from Boston to Los Angeles, in which Depp allegedly became enraged because Heard had recently shot a romantic scene with actor James Franco. Heard says she tried to move away from Depp when he started hurling things at her, but that he kept berating and taunting her by yelling "James Franco." "Since their divorce, Mr. Depp has ... attempted to gaslight the world by denying his abuse," Heard's lawyer, Eric George, says in a statement, per the AP. Depp's own lawyer responded with an email that once more called Heard's claims false and said it was Heard who had been abusive toward Depp during their relationship. "The only way for Amber Heard to sustain her hoax is with more lies," attorney Adam Waldman says. Page Six goes into more "harrowing" detail on some of the more violent incidents Heard alleges. (Read more Amber Heard stories.)

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