Thursday 22 February 2018

Judge orders Johnny Depp to stay away from Amber Heard amid violence claims

Actress Amber Heard claims bruising on her face was caused when husband Johnny Depp threw a mobile phone at her (AP)
Actress Amber Heard claims bruising on her face was caused when husband Johnny Depp threw a mobile phone at her (AP)

Johnny Depp has been ordered to stay away from his estranged wife Amber Heard after she accused him of repeatedly hitting her and leaving her face bruised.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H Moor also ruled that Depp should not try to contact Heard until a hearing is conducted on June 17.

Heard said in a sworn declaration that Depp threw her mobile phone at her during a fight, striking her cheek and eye.

She submitted a picture of her bruised face when she applied for a restraining order on Friday. She also wrote that the actor pulled her hair, screamed at her and repeatedly hit her and violently grabbed her face.

She appeared at a Los Angeles court on Friday and had a bruise on her right cheek below the eye.

Los Angeles police responded to Depp and Heard's residence on Saturday, but were asked by the person reporting domestic violence not to take a report and did not provide evidence.

Los Angeles police officer Aareon Jefferson said: "Officers' investigation determined that a crime did not occur."

Heard's filing alleges a history of abuse throughout her relationship with Depp, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary.

"During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me," Heard wrote. "I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him."

The restraining order was issued on the day Depp's latest film, Alice Through The Looking Glass, opens in cinemas.

Heard's filing said the actor was high and drunk when the alleged abuse occurred.

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

She also submitted a declaration from a friend who wrote that she took pictures of Heard's bruised face shortly after Depp left.

Judge Moor rejected Heard's request that Depp attend a year's worth of anger management classes and the protective order extend to her dog, a Yorkshire terrier named Pistol.

The status of the couple's other dog, Boo, is not immediately known. The dogs received worldwide publicity last year when Heard brought them into Australia without proper documentation. Heard and Depp released an awkward video last month apologising for the action.

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

The filing came five days after Heard filed for divorce.

Depp is in Portugal for a performance with his band Hollywood Vampires.

His lawyer Laura Wasser wrote in a court filing that Depp was out of the country and would agree to a mutual stay-away order. She contended that Heard's filing, along with requests for financial assistance from the actor "appears to be in 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 separated the day before. She is seeking spousal support from the Pirates Of The Caribbean star, but Depp's response asked a judge to deny the request.

Press Association

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