BLOW star Johnny Depp has expressed his disgust at the way his ex-fiancee Winona Ryder was treated during her shoplifting trial.

The GIRL, INTERRUPTED beauty was sentenced to 480 hours of community service, three years' probation and charged thousands of dollars in fines last year (02), after she was caught shoplifting at Beverly Hills' Saks Fifth Avenue in 2001.

And Depp, now settled with French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, was horrified to see how she was handled during the very publicised trial.

He says, "I haven't talked to Winona for a while. The way they dragged her through the... I would say mud, but it was broken glass..."

But Depp is sure his ex-lover will bounce back in no time.

He adds, "She's a good girl and she's also very strong. She'll make her way through it."

23/06/2003 21:09