Depp is to answer wife beating claims in no-holds barred TV interview

Depp is to answer wife beating claims in no-holds barred TV interview

Johnny Depp is to answer his wife’s shocking claims that he beat her black and blue in a no-holds-barred TV interview.

The deeply disturbed Pirates star has told trusted friends he aims “to set the record straight”, even though his lawyers have advised against him going public.

One confidante of more than 20 years said last night: “He is shell shocked over the events of the last week and is determined to tell his side of the story.”

Depp (52), is scheduled to perform tonight with his rock band Hollywood Vampires in Germany and has further gigs this coming week in Sweden and Denmark. However, he wants to do a one-on-one TV interview, most likely on a network morning show, “as soon as possible.”

His confidante added: “As this is a civil and not a criminal matter, Johnny believes he has every right to address his fans about the terrible claims and accusations being hurled around.”

On Friday, four days after filing for divorce, Depp’s wife of just 15 months, actress Amber Heard, won a restraining order barring him from coming within 100 yards of her after claiming he attacked her with an iPhone.

A judge at Los Angeles Superior Court was shown photos of her with a black eye and bruised face after the alleged assault and Ms Heard (30), claimed in a written statement that Depp regularly abused her while high on drugs and alcohol.

She said: “I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assault to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.

“As Johnny’s paranoia, delusions and aggression increased throughout our relationship, so has my awareness of his continued substance abuse. Because of this, I am extremely afraid of Johnny.”

The alleged iPhone attack – in which she claims Depp hurled the mobile at her face “like a baseball pitcher” after downing champagne straight from a magnum-sized bottle – came a day after the death of his beloved mother Betty Sue Palmer (81).

She had become too ill to live alone at the 43-acre Kentucky farm Depp purchased for her in 1995 for just under a million dollars and he moved her into his West Hollywood mansion overlooking L.A.’s famous Sunset Strip shortly after marrying Ms Heard in February last year.

Depp’s friend said last night: “He realised how awkward it might be for his much younger bride to have her new mother-in-law living with them, and Betty Sue definitely became a source of friction between them.

“But Johnny simply adored his mom and it was heartbreaking to him to see her health deteriorate.”

Numerous reports have suggested that Betty Sue, as well as Depp’s two sisters and two teenage children from his 14-year relationship with French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, did not get on with Ms Heard, who has described herself as bisexual.

Our source declared: “It’s a subject he doesn’t like to talk about but, yes, it is true that there has been a lot of acrimony between Amber and his family. They really don’t like her and she has no time for them.

“It’s been the week from hell for Johnny and he wants and feels he deserves the chance to answer everything that has been hurled at him.”

Depp also believes a daytime show interview – similar to the one on NBC last November in which Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV-positive – will help reassure his fans he is “not the monster he’s been painted as”, according to his friend.