In a new statement from a lawyer for the Aquaman actress (and Depp’s ex-wife) says the fact that the sprawling story, in which Depp denies Heard’s claims that he physically abused her, did not talk to witnesses of the alleged abuse is “outrageous.”
“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 reads.
It continues, “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.”
British GQ’s story sees Depp denying Heard’s allegations and throwing doubt on them from his home in the south of France. “To harm someone you love? As a kind of bully? No, it didn’t, it couldn’t even sound like me,” Depp told writer Jonathan Heaf, in part.
The actor also threw doubt on the convergence of the domestic abuse allegations with legal troubles with his business managers, which the two parties settled in July. “But did it stop all the power mongers in Hollywood who were interested in shutting me up? Big money was being thrown about. People suing me at every opportunity,” Depp said. “It felt like within a very, very short period of time that suddenly this version — for lack of a better word — of Cinderella had been immediately turned into the beast. He’s Quasimodo.”
The story further revealed that Depp, who used to call his ex-wife “Slim,” has amended the nickname to “Scum” and “Scam.”
Adam Waldman, Depp’s lawyer, responded to Heard’s counsel in a statement. “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,” he said. “We will also submit overwhelming evidence that Ms. Heard faked the abuse allegations against Mr. Depp.”
Waldman continued, “The only “shameful psychological abuse” stems from Ms. Heard’s continuing cynical manipulation of the important #metoo movement and its real victims, that she has used to pursue her own ends.”
A judge finalized Depp and Heard’s divorce in January 2017, and called for Depp to pay Heard $7 million in a settlement. Heard pledged the money to two charities.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.