Monday 22 January 2018

Winona Ryder defends ex-fiancé Johnny Depp: He was 'never abusive towards me'

Winona Ryder & Johnny Depp (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Winona Ryder & Johnny Depp (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard
Amber Heard filed for divorce on May 23, citing irreconcilable differences with Johnny Depp (AP)
A photo submitted to Los Angeles Superior County Court by Amber Heard showing her bruised face. Photo: PA
DEPP TROUBLE: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at the premiere of the film ‘The Danish Girl’ at the Venice Film Festival in 2015 in happier times.
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Winona Ryder has defended ex-fiancé Johnny Depp following abuse allegations from Amber Heard.

In an interview with Time magazine, the actress said she finds it hard to digest that the claims are being made against Depp and that she has “never seen him be violent toward a person before.”

“I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said.”

“He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves,” she told the magazine.

Ryder (44) acknowledged that their relationship was a long time ago, but said the thought of Depp being physically abusive is “unimaginable”.

“I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it.”

“Look, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me.”

“Imagine if someone you dated when you were—I was 17 when I met him—was accused of that. It’s just shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before.”

Ryder and Depp were engaged for three years before breaking up in 1993. During their relationship, Depp had “Winona Forever” tattooed on his arm, which he later changed to “Wino Forever”.

The Hollywood star was married to Amber Heard for 15 months before she filed for divorce in May.

Heard has since been granted a restraining order against Depp following the claims. 

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