Thursday 8 December 2016

Mickey Rourke and Paul Bettany defend Johnny Depp as 'not a violent guy' amid domestic violence claims

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Published 29/05/2016 | 08:10

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (AP)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (AP)

Actor Mickey Rourke has described Johnny Depp as "not a violent guy" following his estranged wife's claims he hit her in the face with an iPhone.

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The Pirates of the Caribbean actor's wife of 15-months, actress Amber Heard, filed for divorce on Thursday (26May16), and a day later she requested a domestic violence restraining order against the 52-year-old.

A photo of the 30-year-old sporting what appears to be a bruise on her right eye was submitted as evidence along with her request, after she claimed Johnny threw his iPhone at her on Sunday (21May16) during a row.

A domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threat of abuse, and while Johnny's rep was quick to deny any wrongdoing, the actor's Once Upon a Time in Mexico co-star Mickey, 63, has also leaped to his defence.

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

"He doesn’t seem like a very violent man to me," he told TMZ on Saturday. “He’s always been like really low-key and gentleman(ly). Not a violent guy. I think he’s a really good guy. Always been low-key, (a) gentleman.”

Mickey wasn't the only friend and former co-star to come out in support of Johnny, as British actor Paul Bettany also took to Twitter on Saturday to stand by his pal.

Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany

"known Johnny Depp for years and through several relationships," he began. "He's the sweetest, kindest, gentlest man that I've ever known. Just saying."

Johnny and Paul, 45, worked together on 2015 flop Mortdecai, but after facing a barrage of criticism from Twitter users following his post, the star typed another message trying to defend himself.

Actor and former boxer Mickey Rourke
Actor and former boxer Mickey Rourke

"All I'm saying-Domestic violence is a serious allegation," he added. "Trial by twitter is unhelpful. Let the facts come out before rushing to judgment".

However, TMZ obtained the legal papers filed by Amber, which claim the iPhone incident was just the latest in a string of aggressive outbursts from the Edward Scissorhands star.

She also asserts she didn't see her husband for a month after he showed up at her birthday party "inebriated and high" in April.

She says they argued after guests left and he threw a bottle of champagne at the wall and a wine glass at her. Amber also claims he grabbed her by the shoulders and the hair and pushed her to the floor.

But a statement issued by Johnny's spokesperson on Thursday (26May16) read: "Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly."

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