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28th Jun 2016

Winona Ryder weighs in on the domestic abuse claims against ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp

They dated for four years.

Cathy Donohue

Winona Ryder has spoken out about the domestic abuse allegations surrounding Johnny Depp.

Johnny and Winona were together for four years from 1989 to 1993 with the actress saying that Depp “was never abusive towards her”.

Last month, Johnny Depp’s relationship with his estranged wife Amber Heard came under intense media scrutiny after Amber filed for divorce.

In the days that followed this announcement, Amber reportedly filed a court order for domestic abuse citing that Johnny has been “verbally and physically abusive” during their relationship, which began in 2012.

It’s believed that Amber appeared at court with a bruise on her face, claiming that her ex-husband had assaulted her.

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In an interview with TIME, which you can read in full here, Winona defended her former fiancé:

“I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said. I mean, 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. It’s hard because I feel like—that’s my experience. And it’s been a very long time”.

Winona went on to say that she was not there during Amber and Johnny’s relationship and so, she cannot say what happened.

“I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar. 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”.

According to reports, Amber and Johnny are due to appear at a court hearing re their divorce proceedings in August.