Winona Ryder to testify that Johnny Depp was ‘never violent’ to her during libel trial

Winona Ryder to testify that Johnny Depp was ‘never violent’ to her during libel trial

Winona Ryder to testify that Johnny Depp was ‘never violent’ to her during libel trial

Winona Ryder to testify that Johnny Depp was ‘never violent’ to her during libel trial

Winona Ryder to testify that Johnny Depp was ‘never violent’ to her during libel trial 1

Winona Ryder will testify on behalf of Johnny Depp during his libel trial this week.

Ryder, who was engaged to Depp for three years from 1990 to 1993, is due to appear in the High Court via video link on Wednesday (15 July) as part of his ongoing trial against The Sun newspaper.

The actor is suing the British publication for referring to him as a “wife beater” in reference to allegations that he physically attacked ex-wife Amber Heard throughout their relationship.

As reported by The Times, Ryder will tell the court about her relationship with Depp, with the Stranger Things star’s statement describing how the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was never “abusive” or “violent” towards her.


“I counted him as my best friend, and as close to me as family,” her statement reads. “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 … I felt so very, very safe with him.”

Lawyers for The Sun had reportedly tried to block Depp’s former partners Ryder and Vanessa Paradis from giving evidence, claiming that they did not see “their relevance”.

The trial began last week, with Depp claiming that Heard’s domestic abuse allegations are a “hoax” built up over years as an “insurance policy”.


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