Johnny Depp ordered to stay away from wife over abuse claim

LOS ANGELES – Johnny Depp was hit with a restraining order on Friday after his wife appeared in court with a black eye, accusing the Oscar-nominated star of assaulting her.

Amber Heard, who filed for divorce in Los Angeles earlier this week and is seeking spousal support from the 52-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, says she is the victim of repeated attacks by Depp. Heard submitted pictures to the court showing a bruise on her face that she claims was inflicted during a fight between the couple on Saturday and said she feared Depp might harm her.

“During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” she said in a sworn statement. She added that Depp has a “totally acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse” and that she was scared of his temper.

Celebrity news website TMZ published a picture showing Heard with bruising around her right eye. It reported that the actress says it was taken shortly after Depp hurled his iPhone at her face on Saturday night. “Heard claims after he allegedly hit her, he offered her money to stay quiet, but instead she filed for divorce first thing Monday morning,” TMZ said.

A spokesman for the LAPD told AFP that officers who showed up at their residence were not asked to take a complaint, nor was there any “evidence provided by the victim that warranted a report.” “The police investigators concluded a crime had not occurred,” he said.

TMZ said Heard alleges she is facing an immediate threat of harm from Depp, even though the actor is in Europe promoting his new film “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which was released on Friday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl Moor ruled after reviewing 40 pages of evidence behind closed doors that Depp was banned from coming within 100 yards (91 meters) of Heard. The order will be reviewed on June 17.

Another of Heard’s attorneys, Joseph Koenig, said in a courthouse hallway that his client was dealing as well as possible with her recent ordeal.

“She’s having a hard time, it’s been a long few days,” Koenig said. Heard stayed in an attorney conference room around the corner from the courtroom while she awaited the ruling.

Depp’s attorney, Laura Wasser, declined to comment other than to say the petition was granted in part and denied in part. She did not elaborate. The couple’s separation came less than a week after the death of Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, at the age of 81.

The pair, who have no children together, have been embroiled in a spat with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce since Heard failed to declare the couple’s two dogs when they arrived in Queensland state a year ago.

Source: APP