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Johnny Depp’s ex Vanessa Paradis: “Domestic abuse claims are outrageous.”

Johnny Depp’s ex-partner Vanessa Paradis has come to his defense in the wake of the domestic abuse allegations leveled against him in court by estranged wife Amber Heard.

According to TMZ a handwritten letter, allegedly signed by Paradis on Friday, calls Depp a “sensitive, loving and loved person” and says “these recent allegations being made are outrageous”.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis in 2010. Via Getty.

"To whom it may concern," the letter says "Johnny Depp is the father of my two children, he is a sensitive, loving and loved person, and I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous.

"In all these years I have known Johnny he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years."

Parades, 43, and Depp, 52, were together from 1998 to 2012, and share two children: daughter Lily-Rose Depp, 17, and son Jack, 14.

Lily-Rose Depp has also backed her father. Via Getty.

Her 17-year-old daughter with Depp, Lily-Rose has also echoed her message on Instagram, writing "My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know, he's been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same," she said in the caption of a childhood picture.

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In keeping with the campaign of portraying a "softer" Johnny Depp his first wife, Lori Anne Allison who married the actor in 1983, said over the weekend that Depp was never physical with her and never even screamed or shouted.

TMZ reports that she told friends Depp isn't capable of hitting women saying he is a "soft person", who loves his pets like he would love a child.

A judge issued a restraining order against Depp last week after his former partner, Amber Heard, 30, claimed he had repeatedly assaulted her.

Ms Heard, who had a bruise on her cheek when she appeared in an Los Angeles court to file for divorce, alleged that Depp had thrown an iPhone into her face.

The actor had an "exceptionally scary temper", said Ms Heard, and she had sometimes felt that her life was threatened.

Johnny Depp's representatives have claimed that Ms Heard’s allegations of violence are a fabricated attempt to achieve a "quick financial settlement" in the divorce.

"Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life," said a statement.