Penelope Cruz is speaking out on behalf of her longtime friend Johnny Depp and defending him against allegations made by his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The Oscar-winning actress filed a declaration in the defamation case that Johnny is pursuing against Amber, who has accused him of domestic abuse.
Johnny and Penelope have worked together in 2001′s Blow, 2011′s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and 2017′s Murder on the Orient Express.
“I met Johnny when I was 19 years old,” Penelope wrote in her declaration (which was revealed by The Blast). “He was in Madrid and Pedro Almodovar introduced him to me. The only sentences I knew how to say in English at that time were, ‘how are you’ and ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp.’”
“Many years have passed and I have not only made 3 movies with him, but I also count on him as a great friend. I’ve always been impressed by his kindness, his brilliant mind, his talent, and his peculiar sense of humor,” she continued. “I’ve seen Johnny in so many situations and he is always kind to everyone around. He is one of the most generous people I know.”
“During six months of my first pregnancy, I spent every single day with him while we shot Pirates of the Caribbean. My husband [Javier Bardem] and I will never forget the sweetness, protection, and kindness he treated me with during every single step of that process,” she concluded. “We love him very much and I feel lucky to have someone so special in our lives.”
Johnny‘s ex-fiancee Winona Ryder has also defended him in a declaration that was submitted to the judge.
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