Thursday 29 September 2016

Depp and Heard settle bitter divorce battle with $7m deal

Anthony McCartney

Published 17/08/2016 | 07:00

Johnny Depp and estranged wife Amber Heard; the pair have settled their divorce. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Johnny Depp and estranged wife Amber Heard; the pair have settled their divorce. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settled their contentious divorce yesterday - while the actress has also withdrawn her allegations that Depp had been physically abusive towards her.

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The divorce settlement is thought to be worth $7m (€6.2m). Heard is alleged to have refused an $8m deal.

"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 star of hitting her during a fight in their LA apartment in May.

Depp (53) denied he abused her, and police said they found no evidence of a crime. Heard (30), who came to court with a bruise on her right cheek, accused Depp of repeatedly hitting her and throwing a mobile phone during the fight.

The judge ordered Depp not to contact Heard and to stay 100 yards away from her.

The restraining order was issued on the day that Depp's latest film, 'Alice Through the Looking Glass', opened. It was a commercial failure, earning less than $76m in its first six weeks in cinemas.

'Forbes' magazine says Depp is worth an estimated $48m.

A hearing on the case had been scheduled to begin today. Heard's attorney Pierce O'Donnell and Depp's lawyers were also not immediately available to comment.

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

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

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