Johnny Depp has revealed heartbreaking details of the alleged abuse he suffered during his childhood while testifying in his defamation trial against Amber Heard.
The actor has claimed that he suffered both ’emotional and physical’ torment at the hands of his late mother, Betty Sue Palmer.
Describing her as being ‘violent’ and ‘cruel,’ the 58-year-old alleged: “She was very unpredictable. She had the ability to be as cruel as anyone can be with all of us.
Hear what Johnny Depp has to say about Amber Heard’s allegations during the defamation trial below…
“She could become quite violent and she was quite violent, and she was quite cruel.
“And though there was physical abuse, certainly, which could be in the form of an ashtray being flung at you, hitting you in the head, or you’d get beat with a high-heel shoe or a telephone or whatever’s handy.”
He continued: “In our house, we were never exposed to any type of safety or security. The only thing that one could do, really, was to try to stay out of the line of fire.
“The verbal abuse, the psychological abuse, was almost worse than the beatings. The beatings were just physical pain. The physical pain, you learn to deal with. You learn to accept it. You learn to deal with it.
“But the psychological and emotional abuse, that’s what kind of tore us up.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star elaborated on how he used substances to cope with what he’d experienced, saying: “The characterisation of my ‘substance abuse’ that’s been delivered by Ms Heard is grossly embellished and, I’m sorry to say, but a lot of it is just plainly false.
“I have taken these substances over the years, on and off, to numb myself of the ghosts, the wraiths that were still with me from my youth.
“It was essentially self-medication, one of those get-me-out-of-here moments, where what you want to escape from is your own brain, your own head.”
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