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Johnny Depp's daughter Lily Rose backs him after domestic abuse claims

Eleanor Bley Griffiths and David Mercer

Published 29/05/2016 | 17:37

Actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard, who are divorcing after 15 months of marriage
Actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard, who are divorcing after 15 months of marriage

Actor Johnny Depp's teenage daughter has indicated her support for her father following claims he was violent towards estranged wife Amber Heard.

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Model Lily-Rose Depp, 17, did not directly address the allegations, instead posting a childhood picture on Instagram.

She wrote: "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."

Depp has two children with singer Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose and her younger brother Jack.

The actor has been issued with a restraining order after Heard claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse.

Depp has been ordered by a judge to stay 100 yards away from actress Heard, who has filed for divorce, saying she lives "in fear" of her husband.

In papers filed with the Los Angeles Superior County Court, Heard, 30, said Depp threw a mobile phone at her at their Los Angeles penthouse last Saturday, striking her cheek and eye.

She claimed Depp had a "history of drug and alcohol abuse", and been "verbally and physically abusive" during their 15-month marriage.

Los Angeles police said they attended Depp and Heard's property on May 21 but were asked by the person reporting domestic violence not to take a report.

In the court papers, Heard wrote: "I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.

"Johnny has a long-held and widely acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse. He has a short fuse.

"He is often paranoid and his temper is exceptionally scary for me as it has proven many times to be physically dangerous and/or life threatening to me."

Heard alleged she was attacked by Depp after she celebrated her birthday on April 21 with friends at their penthouse.

She said she then did not see Depp again for another month before he arrived at their property on May 21 "inebriated and high".

After initially having a "peaceful conversation" about his mother's death, she claimed Depp's "demeanour changed dramatically" and he became "extremely angry".

She said: "Johnny then grabbed the cell phone, wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher and threw the cell phone at me, striking my cheek and eye with great force."

In a written response to the court, Depp's lawyer Laura Wasser said Heard's request for a temporary restraining order and financial support "appears to be in response to the negative media attention she received earlier this week".

Depp's mother died three days before Heard filed for divorce on Monday.

"Amber is a successful model and actress who earns her own income and is capable of supporting herself," Ms Wasser said.

She added that she understood Depp would be out of the country working in Spain "for the next several weeks and will not return before June 7".

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H Moor granted the temporary restraining order and ruled that Depp should not try to contact Heard.

Heard filed for divorce on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences and saying the pair separated the day before.

The next hearing in the case will take place on June 17.

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