Amber Heard says she hit Johnny Depp ONLY ONCE because he tried to push her sister down the stairs
The actress reiterates in court papers that she was the victim in the relationship
'Aquaman' star Amber Heard has claimed in her declaration to dismiss the $50 million defamation suit filed against her by Johnny Depp that she did hit the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor once during their short-lived marriage, but only to save her younger sister, Whitney Heard, from being pushed down the stairs by her ex-husband.
According to Heard, the incident took place in March 2015. Heard claims that Depp was about to attack her sister after destroying her closet. "After becoming enraged he began to destroy personal property all over the house, including my belongings in my closet. My sister Whitney was there, so when Johnny lunged to hit me, Whitney placed herself between us. Johnny turned his attention to Whitney, who was standing on the top of a flight of stairs, and moved on her," she wrote in the court declaration filed in Fairfax County, Virginia Circuit Court.
She added: "Acting in defense of my sister, as I was scared of her physical safety, I punched Johnny in the face to draw his attention away from her. That was the only time I ever hit Johnny. At that point, house security intervened and separated us."
Attached to her declaration were screenshots of conversation that happened between Whitney and the former couple's house manager Kevin Murphy at the time regarding the alleged incident. Although she said nothing about Depp's alleged assault attempt on her, she did write to Murphy saying, "Good morning sir... so... um... Johnny destroyed amber's closet and there's some other damage to PH5 (Penthouse number 5). You're the lucky person I should talk to about that - correct?"
Whitney also shared a number of photos of the alleged damage to the property that Heard claimed was done by Depp. The photos showed disheveled shelves and racks, broken furniture and clothes strewn around the house.
After adding that she had also testified in court under oath about the alleged incident, Heard reiterated her stance that she was the victim in the relationship.
"People accused me of having abused Johnny. That simply is not true. I never attacked Johnny other than in self-defense (and in defense of my little sister). I have never physically abused anyone. I know what that does to people," she wrote.