Depp's ex Paradis dismisses domestic abuse claims
The mother of Johnny Depp's children has defended his reputation, describing the film star as "sensitive" and "loving" and dismissing as "outrageous" the claims that he assaulted his estranged wife, Amber Heard.
Vanessa Paradis (43), who was in a relationship with Depp for 14 years, said: "In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me, and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.
"I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous."
Depp's teenage daughter also indicated her support for her father.
Model Lily-Rose Depp (17) did not directly address the allegations, posting instead a childhood picture on Instagram.
"My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know. He's been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same," she wrote.
The couple also have a son, Jack.
A judge issued a restraining order against the actor last week after Ms Heard (30) said he had repeatedly assaulted her.
Ms Heard, who had a bruise on her cheek when she appeared in a Los Angeles court to file for divorce, claimed Depp had thrown an iPhone into her face.
The actor had an "exceptionally scary temper", said Ms Heard, and she had sometimes felt that her life was threatened.
But Ms Paradis sent a handwritten letter in defence of Depp, dated 27 May 2016, to celebrity news site TMZ.
Depp's ex-wife, Lori Anne Allison, also intervened in his defence.
The actor was a "soft person" who had never shouted during their two-year marriage in the 1980s, she said. Ms Allison and Depp are believed to remain friends. They were reported to have spoken after Betty Sue Palmer, the actor's mother, died last week at the age of 81.
Depp's representatives have claimed that Ms Heard's allegations of violence are a fabricated attempt to achieve a "quick financial settlement" in the divorce.
"Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life," said a statement. (© Daily Telegraph London)