Winona Ryder is speaking out in defense of her ex-boyfriend Johnny Deep. The actress told Time Magazine that during the course of their four year relationship, the actor was never abusive towards her.
Her commentaries come on the heels of Depps estranged wife Amber Heards accusations that the 53 -year-old abused her throughout their relationship.
Ryder contended that her experience with The Pirates of the Caribbean star was nothing like the relationship Heard has said she had with him.
I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar, she said of Heards asserts. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it. Seem, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me. Imagine if anyone you dated when you were I was 17 when I satisfied him was accused of that. It’s only shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before.
Ryder began dating Depp in 1990. The pair had a whirlwind romance that resulted in their participation after only five months of dating. Ryder acknowledged that her relationship with the -Alister was a long time ago, but she stood by her ex.
“I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said, ” Ryder said. “He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, caring, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves.”
Heard has submitted pictures to the court of her with a black eye and bloodied lip that she claims was caused at the hands of Depp. She got a temporary restraining order against the mega superstar in May.
However, Depps camp has said that Heard is building up the domestic abuse asserts in order to get more fund in their pending divorce. In response to those asserts, Heard fell her original request for $50,000 in spousal supporting temporarily to allegedly show the court her objective is not monetarily motivated.
Ryder reflected, “It’s just hard to picture. The only term I can come up with is unimaginable. You know with certain people you hear something and run, ‘I can see that.’ But this isn’t that I can only offer my own experience.
Still, a domestic abuse expert cautioned that the comments from a Ryder do not mean Heards accusations are false.
Brian Pacheco is the director of public relations for Safe Horizon, the largest non-profit victim services bureau in the United States. He used to say while Ryder may not have experienced Depp as an abuser it is possible that someone who is non-abusive in one relationship can act violently towards another partner.
What I appreciate in Ryders response is that she states she is speaking from her own experience. I dont know what happened in Johnny Depps relationships with Ryder and Heard, but I can speak to our experiences at Safe Horizon, said Pacheco. And its absolutely possible that an abuser did not have a known history of abuse or did not abuse a past partner, but then went on to become abusive to a different spouse. What is extremely important to remember is the fact that we dont discredit people allegations of abuse only because a former partner used to say didnt happen to me. Its within the realm of possibilities that both people are telling the truth.
Pacheco explained that there are many myths about domestic violence.
For starters, a common myth is that domestic violence is merely physical. It can also be verbal, emotional, fiscal and sex. For abusers, often day they are well-respected and admired in public but abusive behind closed doors. Pacheco said. Or one moment they may be incredible caring and caring to their partner and abusive the next. Some refer to this as the Jekyll and Hyde consequence , not knowing which personality you are able to get.
Heard filed for divorce on May 23 rd after 15 months of marriage.
FOX4 11 reached out to Amber Heard and Johnny Depp but did not receive comment.
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