Friday 30 September 2016

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp's lawyers blocked her from testifying in divorce hearing

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Published 09/08/2016 | 07:51

US actress Amber Heard arrives with US actor Johnny Depp for the screening of the movie
US actress Amber Heard arrives with US actor Johnny Depp for the screening of the movie "The Danish Girl" presented in competition at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Actors Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp attend the "Black Mass" Boston special screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on September 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Warner Brothers)
A photo submitted to Los Angeles Superior County Court by Amber Heard showing her bruised face. Photo: PA
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Actress Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court court on Friday
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Amber Heard's representative has accused Johnny Depp's lawyers of wasting the actress' time after failing to quiz her during her scheduled deposition on Saturday.

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The actress had been booked to give evidence in her ongoing divorce case against Depp over the weekend, and even flew in from London, where she is filming the upcoming Justice League movie, to attend the Los Angeles session.

Reports initially suggested Amber had turned up 90 minutes late for the 10am deposition, but failed to enter the room where the questioning was due to take place.

Now the 30-year-old's publicist has addressed the claims, insisting Amber was "confirmed" ahead of time to arrive at 11am, and was briefly held up as she tried to avoid the waiting paparazzi.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Her rep goes on to state the actress was prepared to testify, but Depp's lawyers did not press on with the deposition as planned - and gave no reason for the delay.

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"Although she was ready, willing and able to go forward with her deposition, it was not taken by Johnny's attorneys," reads a statement issued to TMZ.

"She waited for 10 hours and at no time did Amber ever refuse to start the deposition. There was nothing preventing Johnny's counsel from commencing the deposition."

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The Pirates of the Caribbean star, 53, had also been expected to sit for questioning on Wednesday, but his representatives have since cancelled the session, claiming they can no longer make the date.

Depp's attorneys have yet to respond to the allegations.

Amber moved to end her 15-month marriage to Depp in May and subsequently accused him of assault, showing up in court sporting what appeared to be a bruise on her right eye as she obtained a domestic violence restraining order against her estranged husband.

She maintained the injuries were the result of Johnny hitting her with a cell phone just two nights before she decided to pull the plug on the union.

Actress Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court court on Friday
Actress Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court court on Friday

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