KEY POINTS

  • Johnny Depp called Amber Heard's 2018 Washington Post op-ed a "hell of a story"
  • Depp argued that it was "clearly about" him, pointing to a part where Heard talks about the plight of women in Hollywood
  • The actor said he feels that he has already lost regardless of the outcome of the trial

Johnny Depp directly addressed Amber Heard's op-ed on the second day of his testimony.

Depp, 58, took the stand again Wednesday in his ongoing defamation trial against his ex-wife in a Fairfax, Virginia, court and testified under oath that he has "never assaulted" Heard.

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star said that Heard's 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she wrote about surviving domestic abuse, was a "hell of a story" and claimed it was referring to him even if it didn't mention him by name, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"It was obviously referring to our relationship and to me. It was clearly about me," Depp said, pointing to a section in the piece where Heard talked about "the plight of women not just in Hollywood but in general."

The award-winning actor said there are a lot of things in the article that he agreed with because he is also against violence.

"I understand anyone's passion to right the wrongs that have been done for countless years against any being who suffered at the hands of domestic violence, be it women, men, children," he said. "That's something that of course — coming from my background — I am very against any bullying of any human being and forced violence."

The Golden Globe winner clarified on the first day of his testimony Tuesday that he hopes to "clear the record" of the allegations against him and that he is suing his ex-wife because he wanted the truth to be revealed.

However, on his second day of testimony, Depp said that no matter what the outcome of the trial, he has already lost.

"When the allegations were made [and] rapidly circulating the globe, telling people that I was a drunken, cocaine-fueled menace who beat women suddenly in my 50s… no matter the outcome of this trial, the second the allegations were made against me [and] turned into fodder for the media… I lost then," Depp said on the stand. 

He continued, "I lost because that is not a thing that anyone is [going to] put on your back for a short period of time. I will live with that for the rest of my life. Because of the allegations [and] because it was such a high-profile case, I lost then no matter the outcome of the trial… It never had to happen, and I don't quite understand why it did in the way that it did."

Depp and Heard split in May 2016, when she sought a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abusing her. The actor denied the claims, and the former couple settled their divorce out of court in August 2016.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over her 2018 op-ed, alleging that the "fabricated" allegations of domestic violence ruined his career. Disney dropped the actor from his leading role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise four days after Heard's op-ed ran.

Heard had been unsuccessful in her attempts to get Depp's lawsuit dismissed. She filed a $100 million defamation countersuit against the actor in 2020, which is ongoing.

US actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia US actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia Photo: POOL via AFP / JIM WATSON