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Heard gets restraining order against Depp after claiming that he hit her

Anthony McCartney

Published 28/05/2016 | 02:30

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

A judge has issued a restraining order, directing Oscar-nominated actor Johnny Depp to stay away from his estranged wife after she accused him of repeatedly hitting her during a recent fight.

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Amber Heard told a court in Los Angeles that the actor was drunk and high when the incident occurred.

"I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) unannounced to terrorise me, physically and emotionally," she wrote in her sworn declaration.

Heard claimed that Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight on Saturday, striking her cheek and eye.

She submitted a photograph of her bruised face when she applied for the restraining order last night.

Heard also wrote that the actor pulled her hair, screamed at her and repeatedly hit her and violently grabbed her face.

She appeared in court yesterday with a bruise on her right cheek below the eye.

Los Angeles police responded to the couple's residence last weekend, but were asked by the person reporting domestic violence not to take a report and the person did not provide evidence.

"(The) officers' investigation determined that a crime did not occur," Los Angeles police officer Aareon Jefferson said yesterday.

The judge rejected Heard's request that Depp should attend a year of anger-management classes and that the restraining order should extend to her dog, a terrier named Pistol.

Heard alleges that the May fight was preceded by an incident in April in which the actor skipped her birthday party and showed up later, high and drunk, and pushed her to the floor. After that alleged incident, Heard wrote, she did not see the actor for another month.

The application for the restraining order came five days after Heard had filed for divorce.

Depp's attorney last night declined to comment.

Court papers indicated Depp was out of the country but that he would agree to a mutual 'stay-away' order.

He contends that Heard's filing, along with requests for financial assistance from the actor, appear to be a "response to the negative media attention she received earlier this week after filing for divorce".

Heard's divorce filing cited irreconcilable differences and said the pair had separated the day before.

She is seeking financial support from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star, but Depp's legal team has asked a judge to deny the request.

Depp has turned to a glamorous divorce lawyer known in Hollywood as the 'Disso Queen' as he seeks to protect his $400m (€360m) fortune.

Laura Wasser (48), a single mother of two, earned her nickname handling marriage dissolutions on behalf of some of Hollywood's biggest names.

She took on Arnold Schwarzenegger, acting for his wife Maria Shriver in their divorce. Other clients include Robyn Moore, the wife of Mel Gibson, Angelina Jolie, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera and Kiefer Sutherland.

She usually charges a retainer of $25,000 (€22,400) plus $850 (€760) an hour, which many celebrities have considered money well spent.

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