Johnny Depp testifies against his ex-wife Amber Heard for a second day

April 20 (Reuters) - Actor Johnny Depp, testifying on Wednesday in a $50 million defamation case against his former wife Amber Heard

said she was the one who became violent when their relationship soured, hurling verbal insults that at times escalated into a slap or a shove

During his testimony on Tuesday, Depp stated, "never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life

He also testified about the early days of his relationship with Heard, his drug use and his childhood. In December 2018,

After detailing their early romance during testimony on Tuesday, Depp returned to the witness stand in a Virginia courtroom

It seemed like pure hatred for me," Depp said. "If I stayed to argue, eventually, I was sure it was going to escalate into violence, and oftentimes it did

The Pirates of the Caribbean" star, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for defamation after she accused him of abuse

In December 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post voicing her support for the Violence Against Women Act

In it, she drew on her own experiences as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse