Johnny Depp has accused ex-wife Amber Heard of having “painted-on bruises” and denied being physically abusive towards her, according to new court documents.
Their acrimonious divorce was finalised in January 2017 amid highly publicised claims of violence and counter-claims of financial blackmail.
After Aquaman star Heard wrote an article in the Washington Post in December last year, describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse, Depp launched a $50m (£39m) defamation lawsuit against her.
Heard asked a judge in Virginia to dismiss the lawsuit, which has led to a new response from Depp.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star wrote in a declaration: “I have denied Ms Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016 when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the preceding week.
“I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life.”
Depp added: “I never abused Ms Heard or any other woman.”
The star then went on to allege that Heard was the “perpetrator” and he “the victim”.
“While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms Heard committed innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of a third-party witness, which in some instances caused me serious bodily harm,” he said.
A lawyer for Heard denied the allegations and alluded to other legal actions Depp is involved in, with former lawyers and managers.
In a statement to People magazine, Eric George said: “The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him – his former lawyers, former managers, and his former spouse – are not fooling anyone.”
Depp and Heard started dating after meeting on the set of 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015.
Both actors signed non-disclosure agreements after their divorce barring them from discussing their relationship publicly.