While Ryder acknowledged that their relationship was "a long time ago," she said she's never seen the actor act out violently.
"I wasn't there. I don't know what happened. I'm not calling anyone a liar. I'm just saying, it's difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it. Look, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me," she said. "Imagine if someone you dated when you were – I was 17 when I met him – was accused of that. It's just shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before."
"It's just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable. You know with certain people you hear something and go, 'I can see that.' But this isn't that," she continued. "I can only offer my own experience. It's such a serious, horrible thing to be accused of."
Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against Depp in May, claiming the actor was both physically and verbally abusive throughout the "entirety" of their relationship.
In court documents, Depp's attorney, Laura Wasser, alleged that Heard "is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."