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Johnny Depp Takes Stand in Defamation Trial Against Amber Heard

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In his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, actor Johnny Depp took the stand in a Fairfax, Virginia court on Tuesday.

The Oscar-nominated actor went into great depth about Heard's allegations of domestic abuse, his past with substance misuse, and their relationship during his almost three-hour testimony, which will resume on Wednesday.

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Early in his speech, Depp stated, "My purpose is the truth."

In a Fairfax County, Virginia court, Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about her experience with domestic abuse. Depp is recognised for his work in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

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Heard claimed Depp damaged her face after hurling a phone at her in their Los Angeles home 

"Never did I reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life," Depp claimed in his testimony.

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He also claimed that his first encounter with controlled substances occurred when he was about 11 years old, when he used his mother's prescription medicines "to escape the chaotic nature of what we were living through."

Depp alleges that Heard's op-ed cost him money, claiming that he was dismissed from future "Pirates of the Caribbean" films after 15 years as the franchise's leader.

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In his testimony, Depp sheepishly revealed that he had not seen the first film in the "Pirates" trilogy. "I totally believed in the character," he remarked.

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