"If GQ had done even a basic investigation into Mr. Depp’s claims, it would have quickly realized that his statements are entirely untrue. Mr. Depp has blatantly disregarded the parties’ confidentiality agreement and yet has refused to allow Ms. Heard to respond to his baseless allegations, despite repeated requests that she be allowed to do so,” the statement given to The Hollywood Reporter reads. "Mr. Depp is shamefully continuing his psychological abuse of Ms. Heard, who has attempted to put a very painful part of her life firmly in her past. One need only look at the physical evidence to draw the proper conclusion."
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Depp's lawyer responded to Heard's team's response in a statement to THR on Wednesday, writing, "In his GQ interview, Mr. Depp is simply defending himself against Ms. Heard’s lingering false abuse accusations. Johnny Depp is the abuse victim. In UK court proceedings next month, we will be submitting clear evidence of the violence committed serially against him by Ms. Heard and the serious injuries that he suffered."
"We will also submit overwhelming evidence that Ms. Heard faked the abuse allegations against Mr. Depp," the statement continued.
In the British GQ interview that was published on Tuesday, Depp specifically brings up a video recording published by TMZ in August 2016 that appears to show him grabbing the phone out of Heard's hand after pouring himself a large glass of wine. Depp alleges the video was not recent, and that it was taken out of context.
"The tape that came out, or the tape that someone made, that miraculously appeared on YouTube, taken from someone’s phone. That was not downtown [L.A., where he lived with Heard]," Depp said. "She wanted to make like it was recent. It was an older video and [what happened in it] had to do with finding out that I had lost hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars.”
“We probably shouldn’t be talking about this, but I am worried," Depp says. "I worry about the people that bought it and I worry about her. It’s just not right. I will never stop fighting. I’ll never stop. They’d have to f**king shoot me. An episode like this takes time to get over. It’s a mourning for someone you thought was..."
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Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016, accusing him of being "verbally and physically abusive" in court documents. The pair reached a settlement in August 2016, and their divorce was finalized in January 2017. Depp has denied the abuse allegations.
"Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love," Depp and Heard said in a joint statement following the 2016 settlement. "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm."
The 32-year-old actress, however, continued to use her platform to support victims of domestic violence, sharing her thoughts with GQ Australia last December about recent sexual misconduct scandals in Hollywood.
"You scratch your head wondering why women go through this sort of harm most often behind closed doors," she explained. "Just look at how we treat those who do come forward? We have a long history of dismantling and discrediting women with ease in a public theatre. So, you can understand why it would be so intimidating to say anything whether you're a man or a woman. It's a club as well, a small world. And I imagine that being that small it adopts a certain posture."
Depp, on the other hand, has also spoken out the difficulties he's faced over the last couple of years. Watch the video below to hear what he confessed.