Winona Ryder Speaks Out On Johnny Depp Abuse Allegations

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Winona Ryder has broken her silence on Amber Heard's abuse allegations towards Johnny Depp.

The actress, who was briefly engaged to the "Pirates" actor in the '90s, spoke to Time magazine about her relationship with Heard's estranged husband.

"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, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves."

The couple famously met while filming "Edward Sscissorhands" in 1989 and got engaged only months later. After splitting up in 1993, Depp removed part of his "Winona Forever" tattoo, changing it to "Wino Forever."

When asked about the allegations, Ryder didn't choose sides.

"I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar," she said. "I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it. Look, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me. Imagine if someone you dated when you were — I was 17 when I met him — was accused of that. It’s just shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before."

However, Heard has a different story to tell.

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"The Danish Girl" actress filed court documents that alleged Depp, her husband of over a year, assaulted her at a birthday party on April 21. She also claimed that he threw an iPhone at her, hitting her in the face, on May 21.

New details have also emerged via text messages sent between the 30-year-old actress and a mutual friend, detailing the months of alleged abuse Depp inflicted on his estranged wife even before they got married on Feb. 3, 2015.

Friends and colleagues have spoken out in defence of Depp, most notably, his ex-partner and mother of his two children, Vanessa Paradis.

Similarly, friends have also come to Heard's aid, including ex-girlfriend Tasya Van Ree. "Amber is a brilliant, honest and beautiful woman and I have the utmost respect for her," Van Ree said about her ex.

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