Friday 30 September 2016

Amber Heard withdraws Johnny Depp abuse allegations as divorce case settled

Published 16/08/2016 | 17:06

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have settled their divorce case (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have settled their divorce case (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have settled their contentious divorce and the actress has withdrawn her allegations that the actor had been physically abusive towards her one day before a restraining order hearing was scheduled to begin.

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"Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love," a joint statement released by Heard and Depp said.

"Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."

Heard filed for divorce in May and days later obtained a temporary restraining order accusing the Pirates Of The Caribbean star of hitting her during a fight in their Los Angeles apartment in May.

Depp denied he abused her and police said they found no evidence of a crime.

Heard accused Depp of repeatedly hitting her and throwing a mobile phone during the fight, and a judge ordered Depp not to contact Heard and stay 100 yards away from her.

A multi-day hearing on the case had been scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Heard said she would donate proceeds from the divorce to charity.

"Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future," the statement said, without a corresponding message of support from Depp for the actress.

Heard had accused Depp of being physically and emotionally abusive throughout their relationship, which began after they met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary.

Heard filed to divorce Depp on May 23, and a few days later obtained the temporary restraining order.

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