Johnny Depp denies hitting Amber Heard and says he went from Cinderella to Quasimodo

Actor Johnny Depp has denied hitting his ex-wife Amber Heard, claiming that he went from "Cinderella to Quasimodo" when he faced abuse allegations.

The Hollywood star gave evidence on Tuesday 19 April in his multi-million dollar claim in his civil defamation case against his former wife in Fairfax, Virginia.

Johnny, 58, insisted in his defamation case, which is estimated to cost $100 million: "Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms Heard in any way.”

He told the jury that he has faced "six years of trying times" since Amber first claimed her former husband inflicted abuse on her.

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Taking to the stand, Johnny said: “It’s very strange when one day you’re Cinderella so to speak then 0.6 seconds later you’re Quasimodo.

“I didn’t deserve that nor did my children nor did the people who believed in me all these years. I didn’t want any of those people to believe I had done them wrong or that I was a fraud.

"I pride myself on honesty. I pride myself on truth. Truth is the only thing I am interested in. Lies will get you nowhere but lies build upon lies that build upon lies. I am obsessed with the truth.

“Today is the first day I have been able to speak about this case for the first time."

The actor said that he wanted to "shield" his children away from the paparazzi – once questioned about his thoughts on his private life being revealed to the public.

He said: “As a father raising kids, you know when they were very very little it was important to me, very important to me, to try and shield my children as much as possible from looking at their father, or their mum for that matter, as novelties. I didn’t want them in front of hoards of paparazzi."

He continued: "I was always a private person."

"So for me to come up here and stand before you all and spill the truth is quite exposing and it's unfortunate that it is not only exposing for myself but for my family, for Miss Heard.

"It never had to go in this direction. So I can’t say I am embarrassed as I know I am doing the right thing.”

In a courtroom on Tuesday 12 April, opening statements from their legal teams were delivered as Johnny's stated he was asking for $50 million in damages.

Meanwhile, Amber has filed a counterclaim of defamation against the Sweeney Todd star, suing him for $100 million.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor stated that his career and reputation have been harmed by Amber's claim of domestic abuse.

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