Amber Heard has been granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against estranged husband Johnny Depp by a Los Angeles court, following their separation last week.
The Los Angeles Superior Court ordered Depp to stay away from Heard until a hearing in June. She has been given the right to stay in their family home, though requests that Depp attend anger management classes and for a protective order in relation to her Yorkshire terrier, Pistol, were rejected.
Heard, 30, filed for divorce last Monday (23 May) citing irreconcilable differences, and documents were filed by her legal team the following Friday alleging an argument 21 May had turned violent, as well as “several prior incidents of domestic violence”.
In the statement, Heard said Depp, 52, had been verbally and physically abusive “during the entirety of our relationship […] 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.”
Responding to the application for the order in court papers, Depp’s legal team claimed Heard was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.
“Her current application for a temporary restraining order along with her financial requests appear to be in response to the negative media attention she received earlier this week after filing for divorce.”
Following the granting of the order, Heard's lawyer Joseph Koenig told reporters: “The judge has reviewed the evidence that we presented.
“He issued a restraining order based on the evidence that he received and there will be a further hearing.”
In court documents, she said Depp, whom she married 15 months ago, had “violently attacked” her on Saturday night at their home while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, throwing a mobile phone and smashing a large wine bottle when an argument escalated.
She submitted photographs of bruising around her cheek and eye and pictures of the alleged damage to their home to the court, and said in her statement that Depp had been “obsessing over something that wasn’t true” with “paranoid and irrational accusations about some delusional idea he was having”.
She said he was “extremely angry” and the phone hit her “with great force”, before he “continued screaming at me, pulling my hair, striking me and violently grabbing my face”.
She added in her statement: “I live in fear that Johnny will return to [our residence] unannounced to terrorise me, physically and emotionally.”
Heard’s friend Raquel Pennington, who is said to have turned up at the residence during the incident, submitted a separate statement and described how Depp picked up an open magnum-sized bottle of wine and “began swinging it like a baseball bat” before “using the bottle to smash everything he could”.
The day before the restraining order was granted, the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s representatives had issued a statement saying: “Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life.
“Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”
Some have called for a boycott of Depp's concerts with band Hollywood Vampires and his latest film, Alice Through The Looking Glass.
Others have spoken out in support of Depp, including daughter Lily-Rose and ex Vanessa Paradis. American website The Wrap published a guest column over the weekend by Depp’s friend, the comedian Doug Stanhope, in which he claims Heard is lying and Depp had been “used, manipulated and set up”.
Yesterday (30 May) Heard’s lawyer, Peter Sample, asked The Wrap to retract the column, and damned the allegations as “absolutely and unequivocally false”, saying the piece has “no basis in reality and is nothing but the typical celebrity muckraking for profit. It is highly offensive and disturbing that you would choose to publish it in the first place.”
In a statement, LA police said they had followed up a “domestic incident radio call” on Saturday night, but said there is no ongoing investigation concerning the specific alleged incident as “the person reporting the crime did not insist on a report”.
“On May 21, 2016, officers responded to a domestic incident radio call…” Sgt. Marlon Marrache told People magazine. “The person reporting the crime did not insist on a report and no report was warranted. There was no evidence of any crime. A crime did not occur so the officers left the scene and left a business card.”
People reports that Marrache added that if there had been any signs of abuse, officers would have conducted an investigation, regardless of what Heard said had happened. Depp was not at the residence when the police arrived and it is unclear who made the 911 call.
The next court hearing will take place 17 June.