Vanessa Paradis has supported her ex-husband Johnny Depp in the lawsuit launched by the American actor against the British tabloid The Sun, who had portrayed him as an abusive husband, according to court documents released Wednesday.
The “Pirate of the Caribbean” star accuses the British newspaper and its owner “News Group Newspapers” of having presented as a proven fact, in an article published in April 2018, that it had hit the woman who was then his wife, American actress Amber Heard.
The couple had divorced their parents in early 2017, just over a year after their marriage. The 34-year-old actress then mentioned ” years “ of violence “Physical and psychological”, which Johnny Depp denies.
Depp’s lawyers asked Vanessa Paradis to testify during the trial, which was scheduled to take place in London’s High Court in mid-March, but which was postponed until July due to the new coronavirus epidemic.
“A non-violent man”
“I have known Johnny for over 25 years. We have been together for 14 years and raised our two children together ”, recalled the French actress in written testimony brought to the proceedings.
“During all these years, Johnny has been a kind, attentive, generous and non-violent man and father”added the one who separated from the actor in 2012, shortly before he started a relationship with Ms. Heard. “He was never violent (…) towards me”, she added.
In a videoconference hearing Wednesday, Depp’s lawyers also announced plans to present the testimony of actress Winona Ryder, who had a relationship with the star in the 1990s.
In her statement, Ms. Ryder explained that she was not arriving “Not to understand” the charges brought by Amber Heard against her ex-husband, adding: “He was never, never violent with me.”
Johnny Depp denies having been violent with Mrs. Heard and has launched another defamation procedure against his ex-wife, which takes place in the United States.
In his complaint, Johnny Depp also accused The Sun of “Multiple violations” privacy and misuse of personal information, including voice messages.
From “Unlawful disclosures”, he accuses the British daily newspaper of having revealed the two pregnancies of Vanessa Paradis, in 1998 then in 2002, by pretending to hold this information via ” friends “. The tabloid also reportedly revealed his daughter’s health problems in 2007 by disclosing the nature of her illness and the name of the hospital.
Johnny Depp wanted “Protect your family, go to court to repair a totally unjustifiable harm that has not been fully recognized, and find out the truth about what happened.”