The war has just begun: Johnny Depp responds to Amber Heard divorce filing as he tries to deny spousal support
Published 27/05/2016 | 07:39
Johnny Depp's spokesperson has finally addressed news of the movie star's divorce from Amber Heard.
The actress, 30, filed papers to end the couple's 15-month marriage in a Los Angeles court on Monday. She listed 22 May as their date of separation - just two days after the Pirates of the Caribbean star lost his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, following a long illness - and cited irreconcilable differences for the split.
A rep for the actor has now spoken out for the first time since the divorce news surfaced, taking aim at gossip swirling around the couple, and revealing Depp is hoping for a quick split.
A statement to E! News reads: "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."
Read more: What happened to Johnny Depp's teeth?
In Amber's legal documents, she requested spousal support from the 52-year-old Oscar nominee, but Johnny is seeking to deny her bid for financial help.
He is worth an estimated $400m and the pair did not have a pre-nuptial agreement.
He has hired top celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to represent him in court, according to TMZ.
Johnny and Amber wed in February, 2015, after meeting on the set of 2011's The Rum Diary. The couple has no children together, but the actor has two kids from a previous relationship with his girlfriend of 14 years, Vanessa Paradis.
It's reported his children didn't warm to their stepmother, whom they accused of using Depp to fast-track her career and profile.
"Earlier this year, Johnny moved his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, into the L.A. compound where he and Amber lived...and the tension was palpable. We’re told mom often told friends she thought Amber was using Johnny for his money and fame, and to boost her own career," a source told the website.