Depp 'tried to smother wife with a pillow', claims friend
Johnny Depp once attempted to smother his wife, Amber Heard, with a pillow, a friend of the actress has claimed, as the couple's divorce becomes increasingly venomous.
Miss Heard (30) filed for divorce from Mr Depp (52, below) on May 23. She has accused him of domestic violence and appeared outside court sporting what seemed to be a large bruise on her face, and has taken out a restraining order.
Now a friend of Miss Heard has told The New York Post that the Oscar-nominated actor attacked her in December, resulting in the friend receiving a desperate text message calling for her help.
"I got to her apartment to find her with a cut and bruised lip, a swollen eye and a chunk of hair missing from the top of her head," the friend recalled.
"This incident really stuck with me, because she confided in me that day that she feared for her life after an intoxicated Johnny tried to suffocate her with a pillow."
The friend told the paper that Mr Depp was frequently violent.
"I have personally witnessed the aftermath of Johnny Depp's violent and abusive behaviour towards her on many occasions," the confidante said.
Samantha Spector, Miss Heard's lawyer, issued a statement yesterday saying that her client "has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny".
The pair married 15 months ago, having met in 2009 on the set of The Rum Diary.
Ms Spector rubbished Mr Depp's friends' insistence that it was, in fact, Miss Heard who was violent towards her husband.
"In domestic violence cases, it is not unusual for the perpetrator's playbook to include miscasting the victim as the villain," said Ms Spector.
"In reality, Amber acted no differently than many victims of domestic violence, who think first of the harm that might come to the abuser, rather than the abuse they have already suffered.
"Amber can no longer endure the relentless attacks and outright lies launched against her character in the court of public opinion.
"Hopefully, Johnny will get the help that he so desperately needs."
Mr Depp's lawyers have denied the domestic violence claims, and his representatives did not respond to requests for comments last night.
Heard has already claimed that Depp argued with her on April 21 after showing up at the end of her 30th birthday party "inebriated and high", grabbed her by the hair and "violently shoved" her to the floor.
She also said he threw a mobile phone at her, "striking my cheek and eye with great force" during an altercation on May 21 - when he "began obsessing about something that was untrue".
Los Angeles police have said they responded to that incident, but found no evidence of a crime.