Lori Anne Allison, the first wife of Johnny Depp, said that her ex-husband has never laid a hand on a woman and isn’t capable of doing so—following allegations from Depp’s current wife, Amber Heard, who said he physically abused her several times during their marriage.
Allison was married to Depp from 1983 to 1985. She told friends that she doesn’t believe Heard’s allegations, and stressed that “Johnny never got physical with her during their relationship” and “he never even screamed,” said TMZ, which reported on Allison’s comments on Saturday.
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She described Depp, 52, as a “soft person” who is kind to animals. “Lori and Johnny had a dog during their marriage and he was more loving with the pooch than most parents are to their kids,” the report said.
Depp and Allison are still friends and spoke last week. She offered him her condolences following his mother’s death.
Last week, Heard claimed that Depp had been drunk and taking drugs last week before hitting her in the face with an iPhone. Photos of bruising on her face were published online.
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Heard went to court Friday, saying she was abused by Depp during their 15-month marriage. Last week, she also filed for divorce from the actor said to be worth more than $400 million. In the divorce petition, Heard, 30, asked for spousal support from Depp.
“Johnny has a long-held and widely-acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse,” she said in the abuse court filing. “He has a short fuse. He is often paranoid and his temper is extremely scary for me as it has proven many times to be physically dangerous and/or life-threatening to me.” In court, Heard appeared to have a bruise on her right eye.
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A judge granted her a temporary restraining order, requiring Depp to stay 100 yards from her, and gave her sole use of the downtown Los Angeles apartment.
Depp’s divorce attorney released a statement, saying her claims are motivated by money.
“Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse,” the lawyer said, reported People magazine. “Her current application for a temporary restraining order along with her financial requests appears to be in response to the negative media attention she received earlier this week after filing for divorce. Yet Johnny cannot protect himself or Amber from media scrutiny, and Amber’s anger certainly cannot drive this dissolution proceeding.”
Meanwhile, People magazine and TMZ both reported that on May 21, when the alleged abuse took place, 911 was called and officers were dispatched to their home. They found “no evidence of any crime,” an LAPD spokesperson said. Heard also declined to file a report against her husband, but a source close to the actress said she was too shaken to file a report. The source also claimed Depp knew about Heard’s plans to file a restraining order and then offered her money to stay silent.