Actor Johnny Depp wasted no time after taking the stand in court on Tuesday 

saying that "never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way

nor have I ever struck any woman in my life."

Depp was in a Virginia court Tuesday testify in his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp is suing the actress for more than $50 million

saying her claims of domestic abuse have harmed his career and reputation.

Heard, 35, has filed a countersuit against Depp, 58

seeking $100 million in damages and saying

his legal team falsely accused her of fabricating claims against Depp.

Depp on Tuesday said Heard's "untrue" accusations that she had been a victim of domestic abuse "permeated the industry,"

eventually becoming global news and in many circles have been accepted as fact.

"I'm obsessed with the truth so today is my first opportunity that I've been able to speak about this case in full for the first time

" Depp told the court. "I felt a responsibility of clearing the record."