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Penelope Cruz and Winona Ryder Come to Johnny Depp's Defense Amid Legal Battle with Amber Heard

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By Zachary Holt

Johnny Depp is in the middle of an ongoing legal battle in suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard, for defamation after she wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post characterizing herself as a victim of domestic abuse, according to court records obtained by People Magazine.

Depp apparently is receiving some support from a couple of unlikely sources, two of his exes in Penelope Cruz and Winona Ryder. Both actresses have submitted formal declarations on his behalf, defending Depp's character and the preponderance of Heard's claim against her ex-husband.

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Winona Ryder Speaks Up in Defense of Depp and Domestic Abuse Allegations

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"I am aware of the violence allegations that have been made publicly for the last few years by Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard," Ryder, who maintained a four-tear relationship with Depp, wrote in her formal declaration.

"I do not want to call anyone a liar but from my experience of Johnny, it is impossible to believe that such horrific allegations are true. I find it extremely upsetting knowing him as I do," the actress added in the document. Ironically, this wasn't the first time that Ryder had defended claims against Depp for domestic violence.

'I Only Know Him as a Really Good, Loving, Caring Guy...'

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In 2016, Ryder sat down with Time Magazine and was asked about the claims that Depp was a domestic abuser. For the actress, that notion couldn't be further from the truth as she described him as 'never abusive at all' during their relationship, which began in 1990.

"I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves," Ryder told Time Magazine. According to another ex of Depp, Penelope Cruz, she seemed to have the same opinions about Depp being the type that wouldn't engage in abuse.

Penelope Cruz Considers Depp a Friend, Is Impressed by His Kindness

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In Cruz's declaration, she admitted that she had never seen Depp engage in any sort of domestic abuse or violent behavior. The two first began dating when Cruz was 19-years-old.

"Many years have passed and I have not only made 3 movies with him, but I also count on him as a great friend," Cruz wrote in her formal declaration to the courts. "I’ve always been impressed by his kindness, his brilliant mind, his talent, and his peculiar sense of humor."

Depp Filed Defamation Lawsuit Against Heard for Her Washington Post Op-Ed

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While Depp and Heard married in 2015, Heard filed a domestic violence restraining order against Depp in 2016, citing that he had been abusing her. The actor denied all the claims and the couple eventually reached a settlement in their divorce for seven million dollars.

The couple also signed non-disclosure agreements that neither of the two would talk about their relationship publicly. In 2019, Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard for her 2018 Washington Post story that was titled 'I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change'. Depp's name was not mentioned in the story, though.

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